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• 2.00-2.75 minimum GPA, depending on program
• At least sophomore standing
• Good academic and non-academic standing
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Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok
Immerse yourself in the richness of Thai culture by spending four weeks on a campus that was once the palace grounds for the viceroy of Thailand. During this six-credit Thai Studies Program at Thammasat University, learn about Buddhism and Thai society while spending weekends on organized field trips exploring temples, monasteries, museums, archaeological remains, palaces, and ethnic minority communities throughout the country. There are also several opportunities to attend Thai theater, dance, and music performances.
The summer program focuses on the complex relationships among Buddhism and Thai history, politics, economics, education, literature, law, arts, and theater. Students are taught by distinguished scholars and professors at Thammasat University and visit sites of particular historical importance.
Students will enroll in two separate courses: Society & Culture of Thailand (3 s.h.) and Buddhism in Thailand (3 s.h.). Both of these courses have been approved to fulfill the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education Program requirement for Values, Society, & Diversity.
The summer program is approximately from late June to early August.
PLEASE NOTE: The on-campus application deadline for UI students is six weeks prior to the deadline posted by ISEP.
If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The Study Abroad receptionists can help you schedule an advising appointment.
Founded in 1934, Thammasat University has educated many prominent members of the Thai civil administration. Over the years, Thammasat students have been known for their activism and have played a major role in Thai politics. The university is located on the Chao Phraya River near the original Bangkok city center and several important sites, such as Thailand’s most sacred temples, government ministries, the Grand Palace of the reigning Chakri dynasty, the National Theater, and the National Museum. Approximately 33,500 students are enrolled at Thammasat.
The university is centered on a compact campus, Tha Prachan, formerly the viceroy's palace grounds. All existing international programs, except Engineering and Science, are located at the Tha Prachan campus. The Rangsit campus, approximately one hour from the Tha Prachan campus, houses science-related faculties and is adjacent to the Asian Institute of Technology. Most classrooms are air-conditioned. A large performing arts hall hosts plays, concerts, lectures, and guest performers.
Bangkok is the political and cultural capital of Thailand and home to around 11 million people. For a country known for its smiles and beaches, Bangkok may not seem like the Thailand of a traveler’s imagination, but in fact it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in all of Asia. Skyscrapers sit next to ancient temples still in use by Thailand’s mostly Buddhist populace.
Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a peninsular country of about 67 million people. A constitutional monarchy, this largely Buddhist nation has seen rapid growth over the years as tourists flocked in looking for jungle adventures and deserted beaches. Thailand has a long, rich history with world-class cuisine to match.
Students will be assigned a shared room (no more than 3 persons per room) in off-campus accommodations within walking distance from Thammasat University. Meals are not included, but there are many nearby restaurants and supermarkets.
Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Bangkok by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP. An Institutional Information Sheet will provide detailed information for travel, contacts in the international office, information on accommodations and other nuts and bolts.
Songthaew - Thai Public Transportation
Minimum GPA varies between 2.00 and 2.75 depending on the program. At least sophomore standing at the time of application. In good academic and non-academic (disciplinary) standing.
Students do not need to have any Thai language background, as courses on this program are taught in English.
It is the UI Study Abroad office's policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.
In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.
Financial aid and scholarships received to attend the University of Iowa can often be applied toward the program cost. Eligible program participants are also encouraged to apply for merit, need-based, and Diversity Ambassador scholarships awarded by Study Abroad, and other external awards.
The program cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. Cost sheets include fees charged on students’ U-Bills, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective web sites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
After applying for a Study Abroad program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|After Accepting the Placement||UI Administrative Fee: $400
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP
|After Program Start Date||UI Administrative Fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 100%
Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
The on-campus application deadline is 3/1, six weeks before ISEP's deadline.
Click here for UI's online study abroad application. After submitting this online application, the $50 non-refundable Study Abroad application fee will be charged to your U-Bill. On the application page, you need to choose your desired session. Then choose the program "International Student Exchange Program" from the drop down menu. Do NOT choose "International Student Exchange Direct" even if that's what you want. Once confirmed from ISEP, Study Abroad will manually put you in the appropriate section.
Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out ISEP's application. BEFORE applying to ISEP, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Students will not be allowed to apply unless they are first nominated by the University of Iowa. Please call Study Abroad at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5) and ask the receptionist to schedule an appointment for you.
After you submit your application, Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation materials and other preparations. Please contact the program advisor if you have questions.
Once you have been accepted by the University of Iowa and received your placement and acceptance through ISEP, you must confirm your participation in the program. Please print and complete the Confirmation of Participation form included below. For Summer 2017, the completed Confirmation of Participation form must be turned in to UI Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by April 24, 2017. Please carefully read the Withdrawal Policy information included on the Confirmation of Participation before signing the form.ISEP Direct Thammasat University Confirmation of Participation and Withdrawal Policy - Summer 2017
Once confirmed by Thammasat University, you will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of your placement. You will also receive a welcome mailing from the host institution with additional academic and arrival information. You must complete and submit materials to ISEP as required.
All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:UI Financial Aid Information
Students are also encouraged to fill out the Medical Self-Assessment form and use it to determine if a follow-up visit to your physician or to Student Health & Wellness would be beneficial to help you prepare for this trip. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.
A Country Handbook, found on the ISEP web site, provides practical information for living in Thailand, including insights about culture, daily life, the education system, and more.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
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