Native Studies Thailand Year Abroad Program
We welcome applications from students
from other universities
Undergraduate and graduate students from Trent
University and other universities may spend an academic year abroad in
Chiang Mai, Thailand in conjunction with the Native Studies program. Students
are required to take five Native Studies courses, including an intensive
Thai language course, as well as having an opportunity to gain research
and work experience in a four month work - practicum placement. This program
will give the students valuable work experience along with a full credit
is located in South East Asia, with Burma and Lao to the north, and Cambodia
and Malaysia to the south of the country. Thailand is nestled between the
Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand. The city of Chiang
Mai. is in the northern province of Chiang Mai and is approximately
600 km's from Bangkok, the capital. Chiang Mai is the original seat of
culture in Thailand, and the area was formally known as the kingdom of
Lanna. Much of the ancient culture remains and is reflected today in the
art and architecture of the area. Chiang Mai is also close enough to it's
northern neighbours to reflect the diverse culture of Lao, Burma and the
southern province of China, Yunan.
Chiang Mai University is situated in the city of Chiang.
The mountain, Doi Suthep, is within view and there is easy access to the University
through public transportation. The University was founded in 1965, the same year
as Trent, and offers a variety of arts and sciences degrees at both the graduate
and undergraduate level. Chiang Mai University offers Trent Students a unique
opportunity for study, as the Tribal Research Council is located at the University
and the library offers many texts in English on the Hill Tribe people in the area.
Applicant must have an academic standing of 70%
or more and must be willing to study full time in Thailand. Preference
will be given to Native Studies majors, however students enrolled in other
majors may apply. The previous Thailand Year Abroad Program included students
from many disciplines.
Academic System Structure:
The academic year for Native Studies Thailand
Year Abroad Program is divided into two sections; a four month formal classroom
session and a four month work-research field placement. The first session
includes an intensive Thai language course, as well as, two other Native
Studies courses. The second session involves a placement within a Hill
Tribe community or a non-governmental development agency. This placement
will give students valuable opportunity for combining work experience and
study within a new cultural setting. The year in Thailand will commence
the first week of September and conclude the last week of April
Students undertaking a study year abroad program
in Thailand are expected to complete there intensive language course in
Thai, as well as, the two other Native Studies courses offered in Thailand.
There are currently two third year and two fourth year courses being offered
during the Thailand year abroad: one third year and one fourth year are
concened with community development, while the other two courses study
the Hill Tribe societies inThailand. As well the students will be expected
to complete specific tasks during thier field placement from January to
April. The field placement component is designed as a two credit course
and students will be expected to carry out a minimum of assignments and
reports and receive full credit for the courses.
All Native Stuides courses taught at Chiang Mai
will be taught by a Native Studies Professor from Trent. The courses will
include some guest lectures from the University of Chiang Mai, however
the core of the material will be taught by the Trent Professor. The Thai
language course will be taught in conjunction with Chiang Mai University;
the language faculty beign comprised of Chiang Mai staff. Second term students
will be independent in thier field placements with periodical visits from
the Trent professor and/or the field placement coordinator.
Students are expected to pay regular Trent University
tuiton, as well as, a program fee. The cost of a return airfare must also
be met by the student and basic living expenses in Thailand. Due to lower
cost of living in Thailand the extra costs of the year abroad program are
lowed enough to help offset the extra costs of the program. Students who
receive funding from OSAP may apply the funding to the Thailand program.
At present the exact program fees are not secured, however students participating
can expect to pay over $2650 above tuiton plus airfare.
Applications for the Trent University Native Studies
Thailand Year Abroad Program must be received no later than February 11, 2002.
Apply on-line here
Don McCaskill, Director
Brenda O'Toole, Administrative Assistant
Native Studies Department
Peterborough, Ontario K9L-1Z8
Voice: (705) 748-1011 ex.1466
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