Thailand short course 2018Posted on April 4, 2018

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Generation Study Abroad (GSA) is an initiative launched in 2014, by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. To encourage the U.S. students to broaden their global education experiences, committed institutions and country partners are to implement programs for increasing study abroad awareness and participation among U.S. students. Generation Study Abroad is redefining study abroad, to encompass for-credit, non-credit, short-term study abroad and experiential learning experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The 30-day course will offer students not only a chance to learn what Thailand is good at but also to perceive cultural diversity or “Thainess” in Thai society. Students will learn about Sustainable Development Goals through Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and the Royal Projects of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). Moreover, the visit to natural and tourist attractions and experiencing local wisdom and Thai way of life such as Thai food and traditional handicrafts, are also included in the program activities.



To start the program, U.S. students will be picked up at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. They will be partnered with Thai students during their stay in Thailand. The group of students will be traveling to the seven universities which are located in different parts of the country. In each place, students are able to study and absorb Thai cultural diversity, Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Royal Projects initiated by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). Outdoor activities including the visit of tourist attractions will also be provided for all participants.

After finishing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the diversity of Thai culture and Thai ways of life,
  2. Explain cultural integration in Thai modern society,
  3. Distinguish how Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved by the framework of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP),
  4. Explain Thai traditional medicine and wellness care based on the use of herbs,
  5. Discuss how to cultivate Hom Mali rice, and
  6. Justify the traditions of Kui ethnic people who have co-existed with elephants for many years.

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