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ISEP Direct Thailand Summer Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

Bangkok, Thailand

Credit:

Transfer

Eligibility:

At least sophomore standing, good academic and non-academic standing

Application Due:

3/15

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

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.

Academics

This 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 attend classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with time for study and cultural excursions on weekends and holidays. Students will enroll in two separate three semester hour courses: Society & Culture of Thailand and Buddhism in Thailand.

UI students earn transfer credit on the ISEP program.

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Dates

Approximately late June to early August. Please check back for more information later as dates are finalized.

For More Information

Visit the ISEP webpage here. Go to Thailand and then click on the name of the university. Once you have done this, before proceeding any further, meet with the ISEP advisor in the UI Study Abroad office to discuss your interest and receive instructions for application.

PLEASE NOTE: The on-campus application deadline is one month prior to the deadline posted by ISEP.

UI Study Abroad Advisor

Fran Boyken
1111 University Capitol Centre
Phone: 319-335-0353
Email:frances-boyken@uiowa.edu

To set up an appointment, please call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The receptionist who answers the phone can help you schedule an appointment. Study Abroad does not take same day appointments.

Thammasat University

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 33,000 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

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

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.

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Living Arrangements

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.

Travel Arrangements

Airfare is not included in the program fee but students will work with ISEP to determine the best time for arrival. More information on travel arrangements will be provided by ISEP after the application cycle has concluded.

Songthaew - Thai Public Transportation

Songthaew - Thai Public Transportation

Eligibility

At least sophomore status at the time of application. In good academic and non-academic (disciplinary) standing.

Costs

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The previous session's ISEP program fee was $4,000. The Summer 2015 program fee has yet to be calculated. Please continue checking back for more information. Additionally, students pay the UI study abroad administrative fees described here (this is a 6 s.h. short-term program) and the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance fees described here. There is also a $50 non-refundable application fee.

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.

Withdrawal Policy

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 Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $390 ($490 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $390 ($490 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP

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.

Application Deadline

The on-campus application deadline is 3/15, one month before ISEP's deadline.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application. 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 Fran Boyken, 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 program advisor Fran Boyken if you have questions.

Pre-departure Materials

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A Country Handbook, found at Placed Students on the ISEP web site, provides practical information for living in Thailand.

Once confirmed by Thammasat University, students will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of their placement. They will also receive a welcome mailing from their host institution with additional academic and arrival information.

Orientation Information

All UI students attend a required general TIPS orientation for students studying abroad. Additional individualized meetings will address topics specific to this program, including credit and billing procedures.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
USA

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343
E-mail: study-abroad@uiowa.edu