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Thailand: Development and Globalization (CIEE)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Don't just study complex environmental, development and globalization issues - immerse yourself in them in Thailand with CIEE. On the Development and Globalization program in Khon Kaen your coursework is a springboard, propelling you into the field to interact with, learn from, and contribute to communities and organizations. You'll examine issues of development and social justice on a grassroots level, and immerse yourself in Thai culture through community stays, Thai student roommates, fieldwork, and travel. A final group project brings your methodical, field-based research into focus. Government officials and NGO partners and specialists assist you as you formulate and carry forward your research project.

Located in the center of the Northeast region, known as Isaan, Khon Kaen is Thailand's fourth-largest city with a population of over 300,000. About 300 miles north of Bangkok, it is the educational and governmental center of the Northeast, as well as the headquarters for many development organizations working in the region. While exploring this center for commerce, industry, education, government and transportation, you're as apt to see water buffalo and Buddhist monks traversing the streets as business people and students. The city is also home to the region's silk trade, and beautiful temples, museums and creation areas. Compared to other parts of Thailand, the relatively rural Northeast has retained many of its traditional Lao and Khmer customs.

Study with CIEE in Khon Kaen and you'll:

  • Engage in Thai culture with the help of community residentiality, translated exchanged, Thai student roommates and peer tutors
  • Spend time living and exchanging ideas and observations with villagers and community organizers in the northeast region, a region affected by human rights issues such as natural resource management, sustainable agricultural practices, land rights and more.
  • Plan, execute and present a final project using methodologically sophisticated, field-based research - a project that contributes to knowledge in the public sphere, in collaboration with NGOS and local community partners

Learn more about the CIEE Thailand: Development and Globalization Program

Credits:  4.5 Knox credits for the fall or spring semester; 9 Knox credits for the academic year

Advisor: Professor Nancy Eberhardt

Click here for more information about the application process, program selection, and more!

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