Summer in Thailand

Program Information

Spend four weeks this summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand - a beautiful and popular city in the north, rich with 700 years of ancient history and the heart of Lanna culture. As a summer study abroad student you will soon learn and experience first-hand the magical charm that Thailand holds. If you're looking for an active and engaging program that will engage you in Thai culture, this is your best bet! You can start picturing yourself:

Living in beautiful Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand - Recently voted the world's number two best city, this medium-sized city has a rich history and culture and is one of Thailand's most popular destinations. People come from all over to enjoy Chiang Mai's easy way of life, great food, and fun nightlife. From Chiang Mai, you can explore the mountains and visit hilltribe villages, learn to cook Thai food, ride elephants, go bamboo rafting and experience so much more.

Studying at Chiang Mai University (CMU) - Surrounded by temples, a national park, a palace, and flower gardens, CMU is one of Thailand's top universities. CMU is located on a beautiful campus at the base of the famous Doi Suthep mountain. It's a modern university that largely influences Chiang Mai with its 35,000 students. Facilities include an international center, art galleries, sports facilities, and other conveniences.

Savoring the delicious Thai cuisine - Whether you enjoy the delicious and affordable Thai food from the many colorful street carts or at any number of restaurants, two things are for sure: you won't go hungy and you won't burst your budget! We'll show you some of our favorite street carts and restaurants, as well as take you to the Sunday market so you can try your hand at making traditional Thai dishes.

Highlights and Excursions

Here are some great reasons to consider studying for a summer in Thailand:

  • Courses offered in English, with Thai lessons and a mandatory Thai History and Culture course to help you adapt 
  • Benefit from Thai Language lessons! Learn the basics to communicate with Thai people around the country 
  • Live in Chiang Mai, a medium-sized college town, popular with foreign and domestic tourists due to its pleasant climate, beautiful setting, rich history, and laid-back atmosphere 
  • Local excursions include visiting markets, trekking into Hill Tribe communities, riding elephants and more 
  • A hub for travel across Thailand and nearby countries such as Lao, Cambodia and Malaysia 
  • Study at an internationally-focused and well-regarded university, taking classes in Thai History and Culture, Gender Studies, Buddhism or International Finance 
  • Housing in the Old Town, where you will experience the culture and customs of Thailand, and explore the many old temples, markets, coffee shops and restaurants 
  • Enjoy the company of fellow study abroad students, meet other international students, and get to know the local Thai people 

During your summer in Thailand, you'll enjoy a variety of local excursions including trekking to the Hill Tribes, riding elephants, bamboo rafting, and visiting waterfalls, temples, markets and other places of interest.

Our students also enjoy 2 day, 3 night excursion in Bangkok, which includes a boat tour and city tour, including a visit to the Grand Palace and temples.


You will be living in the beautiful and centrally located guest rooms at Top North in the Old City of Chiang Mai. With over 700 years of history, the Old City is the very center of Chiang Mai and there are many beautiful temples and exciting markets to explore close by.

You will live in a shared suite with a shared room, free internet access, and air conditioning. There is a pool in the building and a restaurant and massage studio on the main floor. Living in the Old City will give you a better insight into Thai culture, especially because you will be living within walking distance to the Sunday Walking Street, Night Bazaar, and Tha Pae Gate.

The university is a 15 minute bus ride away, and from your central location you can walk or bike all over this moderately-sized town.

*Partcipants may request a single room for an additional fee. Note: Single rooms only available for Chiang Mai portion of the program. Rooms in Bangkok are all doubles. Please contact an advisor for more information.


All students must enroll in Thai History and Culture and choose 1 other elective.

Mandatory: Thai History and Culture, view syllabus

Elective Courses (choose one):

NEW! International Finance, view syllabus

Gender Studies, view syllabus

Buddhism, view syllabus

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

2 courses (6 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Start Date: Mid June
End Date: Mid July

Program Fee


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.

*See CISabroad website for updates.


  • Orientation
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Mahidol University official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“Overall, I was very satisfied with my decision to study abroad. I met friends I'll never forget, experienced the time of my life and will go home a changed person.”

Natasha M.