Summer Program: Culture & Ecology of Northern Thailand

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Program Description

This 6-week summer program examines the intersection of vibrant cultures and ecology in beautiful Northern Thailand, and gives students an insider's perspective as they learns experientially in the expedition field. During this unforgettable experience, students will live with host families in a variety of villages, conduct field studies, hike into and survey remote forests, meet with local NGOS, and learn from a series of guest speakers. Students will also have the opportunity to learn basic proficiency in Thai language, and challenge themselves academically and physically.

By the end of the program students will have an understanding of the key sustainability issues and development challenges in Thailand, and a more in-depth understanding of sustainable development principles worldwide.


Become engaged and immersed in the local communities as you are challenged physically and intellectually.

On this program, students will:
1. Learn hands-on in the expedition field
2. Live with host-families and engage with community leaders in multiple villages
3. Study management of indigenous forests with ethnic Karen people while backpacking on remote forest trails
4. Work on an organic farms while learning about agroecosystems
5. Develop expedition and leadership skills
6. Gain basic language proficiency in the Thai language

What`s Included

ISDSI charges a comprehensive fee so that students may apply existing financial aid to tuition and the cost-of-living while studying in Thailand.

This fee includes: tuition, housing, program-related meals, in-country books/readers, program related travel and a monthly cash stipend for food/local transportation


Agricultural Sciences, Agriculture, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biology, Conservation and Preservation, Culture, Development Studies, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Humanities, Social Policy, Social Sciences, Sociology, Sustainable Development, Tropical Biology

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
  • Thailand: Chiang Mai
School Term:
English, Thai
American, WorldWide
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