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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2023
    January 14, 2023 to May 13, 2023
  • Fall 2023
    August 26, 2023 to December 16, 2023
  • Spring 2024
    January 13, 2024 to May 11, 2024


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


Opportunity Description

Hands-on, field-based learning directly from the people involved in creating a more sustainable world, designed in collaboration with local communities.

What is Unique about this Program?

  • Cornell students have had excellent experiences on this program.
  • Unique Expedition Field Courses take you from remote hill tribe villages in the North to the islands in the South. Backpack, sea kayak and travel through the landscapes you are studying.
  • Focus on sustainable food systems, political ecology of forests, and coastal environments of the south
  • Assignments include everything from a coral reef survey to ethnographic research.
  • Live with local families in urban Chiang Mai and in rural villages throughout Thailand.
  • Study Thai language and culture intensively, both inside the classroom and out

Why Thailand?

Thailand is a beautiful country full of contrasts.  Experience and study different ecosystems.  Be challenged intellectually and physically.  Collect and examine data through multiple methods.  Learn from leaders in organic farming, conservation, elephant care, and more.

Some tips:

  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Contact ISDSI directly at
  • See ISDSI's COVID-19 response

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)