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  • Locations: Chiang Mai, Thailand; Kunming, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/03/2019 07/03/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider: CSU Chico Program Type: Study Abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Financial Aid: Grants (if applicable), Loans, Scholarships
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:

Chiang MaiHighland Peoples of Southeast Asia

Embark on a journey to one of the most ethnically-diverse regions of the world. Study abroad in northern Thailand with a stop in southern China. From the base at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this program will explore the lives, histories, interactions, and movement of highlands peoples of Southeast Asia.

From tourist villages and theme parks, community markets and workshops, to religious sites and refugee camps, this faculty-led program will take you deep into this complex landscape to navigate the impacts of political, economic, and cultural change. This highly engaging program will provide a unique opportunity to become actively involved in learning and conducting research in this culturally-diverse environment.

Trips & Excursions Include:

The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and the Highlanders • Hill Tribes and Lanna Museum, Chiang Mai • Doi Suthep and the Hmong Village • Ban Huay Hom, Phrae Province (Hmong and Other Hill Tribes) • Mae La Refugee Camp for Karen Refugees • Chiang Rai • Kunming, China


Program & Unit Fees: $3,905
  • Academic course fees (6 units x $300/unit), lodging, excursions, some group meals. 
  • Foreign travel insurance $75; paid directly into your account through the Student Center
  • TREK Administrative Fee: $30; paid directly into your account through the Student Center.
NOTE: First 10 students to apply and pay their deposits will receive a $500 grant toward unit fees. ​

Additional Expenses (Estimates):
  • Airfare to and from Chiang Mai, Thailand (stopping in Kunming, China). Fares are estimated at $1,200. NOTE: do not secure your flight until we have confirmation on the total number of interested students on April 1, 2019. Airfare purchased for this program must include a two-night lay-over in Kunming, China, with continuation service to Chang Mai, Thailand. 
  • Personal expenses, estimated at $500 for additional meals and laundry. You are encouraged to plan for some personal expenses for entertainment or shopping by bringing some extra cash and/or a credit card to cover these expenses. Unexpected and urgent expenses may arise while abroad. Be prepared!

Deadlines & Fee Schedule:
  • April 1, 2019: Application & deposit of $1,000 due to Regional & Continuing Education (RCE). 
  • May 1, 2019: Registration deadline & remaining balance of $2,800 to Regional & Continuing Education (RCE). Note: the Foreign Travel Insurance ($75) and the TREK Administrative Fee ($30) will be paid separately. 

*If the trip cancels due to low enrollment or other circumstances you will receive a full refund.

Academic Credit: (6 Units total)
ANTH 338: Culture and Tourism (Syllabus Here)
SOCI 354: Global Perspectives on Ethnicity and Nationalism (Syllabus Here)

Program Faculty:

Dr. William Nitzky, Professor (Socio-cultural Anthropology, CSU Chico)
Contact email:

Dr. Chunyan Song, Professor (Sociology, CSU, Chico)
Contact email:

Dr. Tony Waters, Professor (Sociology, CSU, Chico)
Contact email:

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Quick Detail

Faculty-Led Summer 2019
Earn 6 units of academic credit.

Available Terms

June 3–July 3, 2019

Special Requirements

2.0 GPA Requirement

Language of Instruction