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IAGE Provider: ISDSI Thailand - People, Ecology and Development
Chiang Mai, Thailand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
None
Internship:
Possible
Housing:
Dormitory, Host Family
Illinois Sponsor:
Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (Thailand)
Program Description:
International Sustainable Deve
 
SAO Provider: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand

This program is administered through the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI), an Illinois Study Abroad Office affiliate. Journey into the forests, mountains, and islands of Thailand to study the links between culture and ecology, and how local communities are creating a sustainable future. This study abroad semester is like no other, with a unique Expedition Field Course format allowing students to travel and study throughout Thailand, from remote hill tribe villages in the North to the islands in the South. Expedition Field Courses are hands-on learning — assignments include everything from a coral reef survey to ethnographic research. Students live with local families, and backpack, sea kayak and travel through the landscapes they are studying.


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Program Specific Information

Eligibility Requirements
Courses
Student Experience
Program Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships
*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.
Application Process
Resources & Contact Information
Program Dates
 

General Study Abroad Information

Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information

 


 

ISDSI Thailand 1  ISDSI Thailand 3

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed at least one year at the University of Illinois at time of application
  • Good academic standing
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Courses

This program focuses on sustainability and how ecosystems shape cultures, and how in turn those cultures impact and shape local ecologies. Students spend time studying sustainable agriculture and food systems; forest and mountain ecology and cultures; and the cultures and ecologies of the coasts and islands of Southern Thailand. Course offerings include:

  • Thai Foundations: Thai Language, Society and Development
  • Sustainable Food Systems: Social and Biological Factors in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Political Ecology of Forests: Upland People and Natural Resources
  • Culture and Ecology of the Andaman: Islands, Reefs and Mangroves
  • Internship/Independent Research Option: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Development  
For details about available courses on this program, please click here
 
For a listing of courses that already have Illinois equivalencies, please visit the Illinois Study Abroad Office Course Approval Database.

 
 ISDSI Thailand 2  ISDSI Thailand 4

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Student Experience
 
Journey into the forests, mountains, and islands of Thailand to study the links between culture and ecology, and how local communities are creating a sustainable future. This study abroad semester is like no other, with our unique Expedition Field Course format allowing students to travel and study throughout Thailand, from remote hill tribe villages in the North to the islands in the South.

Expedition Field Courses are hands-on learning — assignments include everything from a coral reef survey to ethnographic research. Students live with local families, and backpack, sea kayak and travel through the landscapes they are studying.

Please click on the links below for more information on the following:

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Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships
 
Please click on the “Budget Sheet” link at the top of this program brochure page to access program-specific cost information.
 
Participants of this program are eligible for financial aid and scholarship opportunities both through the University of Illinois and the program provider. 
Click on the links below for details:

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ISDSI Thailand 6  ISDSI Thailand 5

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.

Spring Semester Programs: September 15

Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: February 15 
 
How to Apply
 
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 study abroad systems fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
 
This program has a two-step application process:
 
Step 1) The Illinois Abroad application, which includes:
  • Letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Passport photocopy
  • Official transcript (eSCRIP)
  • Online questionnaires
Step 2) The Provider application, to be completed AFTER you are nominated by an advisor in Step 1:
  • If you are nominated by Illinois Abroad based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a provider application to ISDSI. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow. 
 
 
ISDSI Thailand 7
 
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Resources & Contact Information
 
Provider Program Website 
http://isdsi.org/programs/people-ecology-development/
 
Program Handbook
http://1d1uzx1621ly38id802m2c39.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/program_summary.pdf

Program Advisor
Lauren Hann
sao-asia@illinois.edu

Program Alumni
Click here to meet past program participants. 

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Study Abroad Office Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6322

First Steps Info Sessions
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA

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