TEAN - Thailand Internship

Chiang Mai
TEAN - Thailand Internship
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SummerFeb 15Late MayEarly August
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

There’s no better way to truly experience a place than by working within the community. Discover Thailand by living, interning and studying in Chiang Mai, one of the country’s most charming and culturally rich cities. After a three-credit course introducing you to the inner workings of Thai culture and society, you’ll spend seven weeks in an internship servicing the local community often through a non-profit or non-governmental organization. Students also have the added option to study Thai and will live with a Thai roommate for an even more immersive experience. 


The academic program is based at Chiang Mai University, founded in 1964 as Northern Thailand’s first institution of higher education and is now home to approximately 36,000 students.

Chiang Mai University is ranked by Thailand as 3rd in the country for academics, 5th for research output, and is the number one university outside of Bangkok.

TEAN students are hosted by the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAA) at Chiang Mai University that offers courses on the history, culture and society of Thailand and Southeast Asia. The ISEAA courses are transcripted by the College of Mount Saint Vernon in the U.S.

With Chiang Mai’s location in the geographic center of Southeast Asia, it allows easy access to Laos, Burma, Vietnam and Cambodia making it home to many non-governmental organizations focusing on social rights within the region. As Chiang Mai continues to act as a leader in human rights activism, placements in Thailand are best suited for students interested in working for non-profits, NGOs or service learning opportunities. Local placements range from working with refugees, teaching English as a second language, practicing art therapy or implementing local conservation strategies at national parks.


Nestled at the foot of Suthep Mountain, just minutes from Chiang Mai’s city center, the university is surrounded by an eclectic student-focused hub of affordable hip cafés, street food and night markets.

Spread over 725 acres, the university boasts verdant parks, countless student cafés, and a mixture of buildings. Many local students travel around campus by bicycle or scooter. Alternatively, students can travel from class to class on the free university shuttle.


Enjoy a unique living experience developed to help facilitate cultural immersion on a daily basis by living off-campus in a modern student apartment complex with a Thai roommate. Each participant has their own room and shares a small common living area with their roommate. All roommates are Chiang Mai University students who are on hand to assist program participants assimilate into the new culture. Just a five-minute walk to campus, each apartment has built-in furniture, a walk-in closet, refrigerator, air conditioner, TV, bathroom and Internet. Within the complex you will find a lobby, meeting room, study room, fitness center and male/female swimming pools. Washers and dryers are also located in each apartment building and on the apartment grounds students can take advantage of convenience stores, restaurants, bakeries, laundry and ATM machines. The housing is located in a vibrant university area, with cool student cafés, awesome street food and restaurants all a short walk from your front door.

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Program Costs

To find the costs of this program follow these steps:

  1. Go to the TEAN website for the Thailand Internship program.
  2. Click on the "Dates, Fees & Inclusions" tab located down the program page.
  3. Listed will be the program's estimated expenses listed under "Summer/Semester FeesAND "What's Not Included".
  4. Last, account for the "Study Abroad Fee", which is $600 for a summer program.
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