Chiang Mai, Thailand (USAC) Academics
EligibilityTo apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. No previous study of the Thai language is required.
CoursesSemester/Year Long Students:
Students may enroll in 12-18 credits per semester, with most students choosing 12-15 credits. Course selection may change from term to term, but for a list of course offerings, see USAC’s website and click on the appropriate term. Course availability is subject to student interest and enrollment.
Students can enroll in either Summer Session I (4 weeks), Summer Session II (5 weeks) or both I & II (9 weeks). Students will enroll in 3-5 credits in session I and 3-6 credits in session II. Course availability is subject to student interest and enrollment. To find a list of course offerings, please refer to USAC’s website and select which session you are considering. Students planning to use financial aid need to be enrolled in at least 6 credits.
Internships (semester/academic year only):
Qualified students may apply for internships during their time abroad. These internships are designed to complement the academic program. As a result, interns receive credit (a maximum of three) but no financial compensation. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. USAC will attempt to place students in their field of interest, but it is not guaranteed. You finalize your internship placement after you are onsite in Thailand and final say will be made by the internship sponsor. Past placements have included Chiang Mai Small Animal Hospital, Forest Restoration Research Unit, Baan Kingkaew Orphanage, etc.). Students should complete the necessary internship materials prior to arrival in Chiang Mai. Students need to have a GPA of 3.0 and be in sophomore standing by the time of the program. In certain circumstances, relevant work experience may be required. A refundable $100 fee is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.
Whether or not an internship will come back as internship credit for your major will vary. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisors to discuss what completing an internship abroad will do for them.
UW-Eau Claire EquivalenciesTo find courses that have been evaluated, go to the Transfer Wizard site by clicking here.
- Choose Thailand, then click "Search"
- Click on Chiang Map Univ
- Click "Search" again. All courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear.
Please remember that the transfer wizard is a historical record. There is NO guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future or that they will be offered during the term in which you will be abroad.
Liberal Education/General Education RequirementsFor students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details.
For semester students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at firstname.lastname@example.org after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.).
For summer students in catalog years through 2015-16, three credits of Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at email@example.com after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.).