Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Chiang Mai, Thailand; Kunming, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/03/2020 07/03/2020

** 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 Mai

Highland Peoples of Southeast Asia

Location: Kunming, China & Chiang Mai, Thailand

Program Dates: June 3 - July 3, 2020

Program Highlights: 
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 ethnic villages and theme parks, community markets and workshops, to religious sites, this faculty-led program will take you deep into this complex cultural landscape to navigate the impacts of political, economic, and cultural change on highland communities. This highly engaging program will provide a unique opportunity to become actively involved in learning about tourism development, ethnic diversity, and field research in the culturally-diverse environment of southern China and northern Thailand.

Trips & Excursions Include: Ethnic Nationalities Theme Park • Miao (Hmong) and Yi Minority Villages • Chiang Mai Night Bazaars• Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple • Ban Huay Hom, Phrae Province (Hmong and Other Hill Tribes) • Chiang Rai • The Golden Triangle 

Courses: 6 units
  • ANTH 338: Culture and Tourism (Syllabus Here)
  • SOCI 354: Global Perspectives on Ethnicity and Nationalism (Syllabus Here)
Early application & deposit is strongly encouraged to secure your spot.  Proof of a valid passport is required prior to the trip.  Any disability requiring special attention must be reported to the instructor. All participants in this program must register for credit, including non-matriculated individuals.
Before traveling, talk to your doctor about immunizations. More information can be found at:

Faculty Leaders:
Dr. William Nitzky, Professor (Socio-cultural Anthropology, CSU Chico)
Contact email:
Dr. Chunyan Song, Professor (Sociology, CSU, Chico)
Contact email:

Number of Participants Accepted: 10- 15 students (program is first-come-first-served)

Housing: Hotel in Kunming, China (double occupancy) & Payap University Dorms in Chiang Mai, Thailand (double occupancy). ​
Program Cost: $3,910, includes: 
  • ​Academic Course Fees $1,800
  • Program Fees & Foreign Travel Insurance: $2,110
Note: Above program fees do not include round-trip international airfare, China visa, meals other than those listed in the program, laundry, or personal expenses (estimated to be approximately $1,800). 

*Up to $450 subsidies are available to CSU, Chico Participants* 

Application Deadline & Fee Schedule:  
  • April 1, 2020: Application Deadline & $500 Deposit due to RCE. By this date students need to attend a Study Abroad Information Session, meet with a Study Abroad Advisor, and submit all TREK Documents (including personal statement, materials and questionnaires). 
  • May 1, 2020: Deadline to pay final program fees of $3,410 and enroll in courses. 
  • Participants in this program must have a valid passport that expires no sooner than 6 months after the return date of the program. Those needing a U.S. Passport can apply in the Passport Place at CSU, Chico, located in the Student Services Center Room 440. 
  • Routine service for first time applicants (age 16 and over) takes 6 -8 weeks from form DS11 submission date.
  • Expedited services for first time applicants (ages 16 and over) takes 2 -3 weeks from form DS11 submission date. There is an additional fee for this service.
  • For more information, go to the Chico State Passport Place website

SE Asia Brochure Bottom