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 part of the program, students journey to the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern Thailand, where they live in a Thai tribal village. 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.
Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.
Messiah tuition, room, board plus $1,700 off-campus study fee.
Fee covers tuition, housing, round-trip international airfare provided by program, meals educational excursions, airport taxes, pre-departure, re-entry orientation, as well as $700 for visas and books,. Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
Optional Post Semester Courses
Chiang Mai University Language Institute TEFL Program - Certification (no credits) - additional $1,500
Ethnographic Research on Thai Tribal Peoples (3 credits) - additional $1,500
Messiah Application Deadline
Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014
Begin the application process here!
“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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