Thailand » Academic Program
The Oregon University System’s partner in Chiang Mai is Payap University. Payap’s Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program provides a combination of courses in Thai language and a range of English language courses focusing on the history, politics, culture, arts, and religion of Thailand and Southeast Asia.
The program takes strong advantage of its location by inviting a selection of notable figures to talk about their areas of expertise and includes excursions to interesting and relevant sites around Northern Thailand.
A sample course list can be found here: http://iseas.payap.ac.th/index.php/academic/10.html. Students enrolling for a second semester may work with a Payap University faculty member to develop an independent study. Preparation for such study must begin mid-way through the first semester.
The courses and curriculum of the Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Certificate Program have been approved and are fully accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs of the Royal Thai Government. For more information, please see Registration and Credits, below.
Host University Description
Payap University was established in 1974 and granted university status in 1984. However, originally begun as the McGilvary Faculty of Theology, its roots can be traced back to 1888. The school’s evolution over time is a mirror into the development and internationalization of Thailand. Today, as a private, coeducational university, Payap provides liberal arts and pre-professional education to Thai students and international students from across the region. There are approximately 8,300 students in the university, with international students from Myanmar, Nepal, the United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Japan and the United States.
Payap University has three campuses in and around Chiang Mai. The primary campus is about 15 minutes outside of the city proper. It is a small walk able campus with a large number of new, modern buildings, including a brand new library and international dorm.
Host University Website
Southeast Asian and Thai Studies: http://thaistudies.payap.ac.th/
Registration and Credits
Students participating in this program will be registered at their home university in Oregon and will receive home campus credits for courses taken at Payap University. Students’ course work will be reviewed and evaluated by appropriate academic departments at their home institutions. Students must keep detailed records of course outlines, reading lists, exam results, and other work completed to facilitate accurate evaluation by their home university academic departments.
Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor about their plans to study in the Thailand program. Students wishing to earn major or minor credits for courses taken at Payap University are strongly advised to be in frequent communication with their advisor to determine what’s best for their plan of study.
Because of the nature of this program, courses and credits are applied after completion of the program.
- Fall Semester: Early-mid August to late December
- Winter/Spring Semester: Early-mid January to late May
- Yearlong: Early-mid August to late May
- Summer: Mid June to late July
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Eastern Oregon University
Inlow Hall 109E
La Grande, OR 97850
Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 885- 1847
Oregon State University*
Theresa Cuenca or Craig Geffre
1600 SW Western Blvd. Suite 290
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
(541) 737-6481 (Theresa) or (541) 737-6473 (Craig)
Portland State University
International Affairs, East Hall 101
632 SW Hall
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
Southern Oregon University
Stevenson Union 321
Ashland, OR 97520
University of Oregon
333 Oregon Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
Western Oregon University
Michele V. Price
Study Abroad &
Monmouth, OR 97361
* Also serves as the program Coordinator/Assistant.