Payap University’s South East Asian Studies Center welcomes students from all over the world to Thailand. Program participants take part in a short village homestay, go on field trips to cultural sites and ancient cities, and enroll in coursework related to regional history, culture, religion, and sustainability, as well as Thai language and dance. The university is located on the east side of the city, about five miles from the city center.
Payap University’s South East Asian Studies Center welcomes students from all over the world to Thailand. Program participants take part in a short village homestay, go on field trips to cultural sites and ancient cities, and enroll in coursework related to regional history, culture, religion, and sustainability, as well as Thai language and dance. The university is located on the east side of Chiang Mai, about five miles from the city center.
Payap’s South East Asian Studies Center provides a combination of courses in Thai language and a range of English language courses focusing on the history, politics, culture, arts, and religion of Thailand and Southeast Asia. An example of available courses can be found here.
Past participants have taken advantage of the Independent Study courses and the highly individualized academic environment of Payap to design a course of study for themselves in an area of personal or professional interest.
Payap’s program takes advantage of its location by inviting a selection of notable figures to talk about their areas of expertise, and learning continues outside of the classroom through the many university-organized excursions to historical, cultural, and environmentally unique sites around Northern Thailand.
This program is open to undergraduate students in any major. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:
There is no language requirement.
Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, IE3 Global, and their home university International Programs Office.
If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements, please consult with your home campus contact person before applying.
Residing in the cross-cultural environment of Paradornparp International House is an important part of the living-learning experience of Payap University’s program. Program participants typically live with a Thai roommate, and orientation addresses dorm life in Thailand and the ins-and-outs of living with Thai students. The dining hall offers breakfast and dinner buffets on weekdays as part of the housing package, and other meals can be purchased at eateries on campus, or in the dozens of restaurants in the surrounding area.
The South East Asian Studies Center specializes in supporting students in cultural adjustment to Thailand. Payap’s small size and dedicated staff offer a personalized and supportive environment for international students. Counseling services are available as are referrals with Payap’s clinical psychologist.
IE3 Global seeks to make its exchange programs affordable and accessible. For detailed information regarding the program budget (both the program fee and an estimate of personal expenses), please click on the following:
The program fee includes academic and administrative fees, orientation expenses, on-site support, and health and accident insurance. The program fee does not include airfare, campus-based fees and personal expenses such as local transportation, textbooks, laundry, recreation (including travel), personal supplies and incidental expenses.
Fall: February 15
Fall/Winter/Spring: February 15
Winter/Spring: October 15
- Sophomore or higher
- Institutional GPA of 2.75 or above