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Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2018-19
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2020
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


TEAN is moving its Spring 20 program to Mahidol University outside Bangkok. Contact TEAN for details

Opportunity Description

Take courses for study abroad students at the University of Chiang Mai, in Thailand's beautiful second city, home to former northern Thai kingdoms.

What is unique about this program?

  • Study abroad in Chiang Mai, the cultural heart of Thailand, home to many traditional Thai festivals
  • Live in modern off-campus private residence hall with other university students
  • Thai student buddies
  • Innovative academic program includes overnight field trips to traditional hill-tribe villages
  • Volunteer opportunities at a local orphanage or teaching English to young Buddhist monks
  • Explore the historical kingdoms of Thailand with an excursion to Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Bangkok

What is unique about Chiang Mai?

Nestled in the northern Thai hills, Chiang Mai is considered the cultural heart of the country. Here you’ll find a true blend of traditional customs and modern life as bicycle rickshaws share the roads with cars, students still wear traditional Lanna (northern Thai) clothing to school, and longstanding street stalls split space with trendy new cafes. Explore the region’s 300 Buddhist temples, try bartering at the street markets and eat some of the best, and cheapest, food in the country. The laidback lifestyle and low cost of living aren’t the only draws for students however. With several respected universities in the area, this charming city is also a major academic destination and students have plenty of opportunities to practice their Thai language skills with peers, discover the surrounding area through hands-on programs, work in unique internship positions and more.  

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • 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
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

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.)