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Thailand: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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ISDSI courses are expeditions into the cultures and ecology of Thailand. Each course is focused on understanding sustainable development and is designed in collaboration with local communities.

Integrating both the social and natural sciences, on ISDI courses students may work on an organic farm alongside villagers while learning about agroecosystems, backpack on remote forest trails in the mountains with upland people in order to study indigenous forest management or sea kayak to learn about oceans, reefs and fishing communities.

Components of the semester in Thailand include four block courses: Thai Foundations, Agroecology, Political Ecology of Forests, Cultural Ecology of the Andaman (Oceans). Rosetta Stone for Thai is available in the Burkhardt Language Center. 

Credit: 4.5 for one semester. With internship, 5.5 or 6.5 credits.

Program advisor: Professor Nancy Eberhardt

Learn more about Thailand: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute.

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