Spring Semester in Thailand
Spend next Spring experiencing Thai culture firsthand! Gain an insider’s perspective by living with a local family in Chiang Mai and by taking classes at Chiang Mai University. Courses focus on Thai culture and language. For 16 hours a week, students participate in an internship at a church, government, or educational agency, discussing their unique experiences at a weekly seminar. For the last month of the program, students journey to the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern Thailand, where they live in a Karen tribal village called Tee Mae Ker Lah. By interacting with village leaders and families, students examine the growing effect of broader Thai culture on these indigenous communities. This 12 week program is perfect for students who wish to explore a different country as a member of its society, not simply as a tourist. This program is only available to Messiah students during the spring semester.
Video about the program.
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Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.
Costs: 2013 - 2014 $20,620, plus $400 deposit.
Fee covers tuition, housing, meals *round-trip airfare, educational excursions, airport taxes, visas, and books, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation. Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) local transportation, passports, immunizations, and course fees. A $300 deposit is typically requested within two weeks of acceptance.
For comparison, a typical semester in Grantham for 2013-2014 is $19,655.
Optional Post Semester Courses
Chiang Mai University Language Institute TEFL Program - Certification (no credits) - additional $1,300
Ethnographic Research on Thai Tribal Peoples (3 credits) - additional $1,300
Note: *Once flights are booked, students are responsible for the cost of the flight if they cannot participate for any reason, including visa issues. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the jumping off point in the United States.
“By learning in a Buddhist country and a strong Buddhist environment, I actually found that my faith grew stronger and that I was reacquainted with what it actually means to be a follower of Jesus”
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