Study in Thailand!
The USAC program is located at Chiang Mai University (CMU), a university recognized throughout Southeast Asia for its high academic standards. Founded under a Royal Charter in 1964 by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, CMU was the first institution of higher education in Northern Thailand. With an enrollment of 40,000 students, CMU is comprised of four campuses. CMU hosts the USAC program on the SuanSak campus, located approximately five km west of the city center.
Known as the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai is located on the Ping River in Northern Thailand and dates back over 700 years. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, it is in one of the most scenic areas in the country. Unlike most of Thailand, the climate in the north—and especially in Chiang Mai—can be cooler, with rain and mist, but it still has tropical heat and humidity. The region is full of lush jungles, national parks, and over 300 Buddhist temples. Historically and culturally important for trade, Chiang Mai Province is the second largest province in Thailand.
- Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Early January to Early May
- Summer Semester: Late May to Late June and Late June to Early August
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Thailand webpage
Students will stay in apartments within walking distance to campus and convenient to Chiang Mai Airport. Typically, these options are fully furnished double rooms equipped with air-conditioning, hot and cold water, small refrigerator, and high speed internet for daily or monthly rental.
Paid to Appalachian State
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate.
||Included in Program Cost
|3OIED Program Development Fee
|Intl Health Development Fee
2Housing is charged at the USAC rate.
3The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Students are responsible for submitting a $500 non-refundable confirmation deposit to USAC after acceptance.
|USAC Application Fee
|1USAC Confirmation Deposit
||$500 - $1000
||Included in Program Cost
|Refundable Housing Deposit
||$1200 - $1800
||$1200 - $1800
||$800 - $1500
||$250 - $350
||$1200 - $2000
||$300 - $600
|Books and Materials
||$100 - $150
||$20 - $50
||$150 - $300
||$80 - $100
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|3US Based Health Insurance
|4Personal Travel and Spending
||$500 - $1000
||$250 - $400
2Personal living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Students will enroll in 12-18 credits per semester comprised of electives in Southeast Asian culture, international relations and development studies. Thai language is not required but strongly encouraged to help you better assimilate into your new life and culture. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change. For more information about course options please visit the USAC Thailand webpage.
Students will enroll in 3-5 credits in session I and 3-6 credits in session II. Course offerings normally focus on the region and span disciplines such as literature, religion, politics, and sociology. Students also have the option of enrolling in a hill tribe field study course.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Chiang Mai program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits during the semester and 3-6 credits per summer session. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage