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USAC Thailand: Asian-Pacific Rim Economics, Cultural, and Political Studies in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Program Terms: Fall,
Year (Fall-Spring)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: USAC 
Program Costs Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Independent Housing
Language of Instruction: English
 Minimum GPA:
Program Description:

Chiang Mai is located on the Ping River in Northern Thailand and dates back over 700 years. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, it is considered one of the most scenic areas in the country. Unlike most of Thailand, the climate in the north--and especially in Chiang Mai--is cool, fresh, and misty. The region is full of lush jungles, national parks, and over 300 Buddhist temples. Historically and culturally important for trade, Chiang Mai province is the second largest province in Thailand.

Thailand is strategically located in the heart of Southeast Asia and is an important center of the region. Thailand has a population of 67 million people, 95% of whom are Buddhist. Although industrialization and modernization have brought energy to the lifestyle in Chiang Mai, one can still find beautiful old temples and palaces among the skyscrapers. The saying that Thailand is the "land of smiles" is still true, especially in the rural areas where traditional agrarian lifestyles survive. While eastern and southern Thailand is famous for its seaside resorts, the north and west are well known for its peaceful mountains and hill-tribe treks. Thailand is a tourist gateway and the friendliness of Thai people makes travel in Thailand and the surrounding region easy.

Why Study in Chiang Mai?

The Chiang Mai program is ideal for students who are interested in the economics, philosophy, politics, religions, culture and language of Thailand as well as those of other Southeast Asian countries. In addition to these specialized areas, you can take general courses that can be used to fulfill degree requirements at your home university. The program integrates these disciplines in order to respond to the ever-changing issues and events surrounding Thailand and Southeast Asia. Participation in formal and informal activities, including field trips and optional field studies, also form an integral part of the program.

The Chiang Mai program has a Resident Director who is responsible for the overall operations of the program: securing appropriate student housing, hiring outstanding faculty, organizing exciting field trips, and overseeing your general well-being. Phatcharakran "Jha Jaah" Intanaga is the Resident Director for the Chiang Mai program. She is a native of Chiang Mai. Jha Jaah received her two Master's Degrees in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Public Administration from Chiang Mai University, where she teaches English and Linguistics. She will meet the group flight at the airport and provide an on-site orientation as well as additional support and resources while you are on the program.

Chiang Mai University

The USAC program is located at Chiang Mai University (CMU), a university recognized throughout Southeast Asia for its high academic standards. Founded under a Royal Charter in 1964 by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, CMU was the first institution of higher education in Northern Thailand. Comprised of four campuses, CMU hosts the USAC program on the SuanSak campus, located approximately five km west of the city center. Set against the backdrop of Doi Suthep Mountain, the campus occupies an area of 615 acres and houses the faculties of Agriculture, Architecture, Business Administration, Science, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Economics, Law, Mass Communication, Political Science and Public Administration, as well as the College of Arts, Media and Technology, the Graduate School, and three Research Institutes. The newly opened International Centre for Education (ICE) welcomes our students.

CMU continues to rise in national and international rankings for research universities, and has incorporated a focus on internationalization into its long-term goals. CMU currently offers more than 60 international training courses, three international undergraduate degrees, and 23 international postgraduate degree programs.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Last Day to Apply Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 10/15/2013 
Rolling Admission 01/10/2014 05/11/2014
Summerterm 2014 03/30/2014 
Rolling Admission 05/29/2014 08/07/2014
Fall 2014 03/30/2014 
Rolling Admission 08/22/2014 12/13/2014
Year (Fall-Spring) 2014-2015 03/30/2014 
Rolling Admission 09/02/2014 05/20/2015
 NOTE: CAUTION: These are placeholder dates that you should not use to make your travel plans. Dates will be updated as they become available.

** Admissions for the program are made on a rolling basis and applications will be reviewed in the order that they are completed. Early application is advisable.

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