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Chiang Mai, Thailand (USAC) Academics

Eligibility

To 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. 

Courses

Semester/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. 

Summer Students:
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 Equivalencies

To 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. 
If the course does not appear on the transfer wizard, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit. 

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 Requirements

For 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 regrec53@uwec.edu 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 regrec53@uwec.edu 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.). 

Academic Calendar

You may study in the program for the full academic year, fall, spring or summer. The academic year runs from late August – Early May; fall term runs from late August – Mid December; spring term runs from early January – early May. The summer program dates vary depending on the term you choose to go. To see program dates, visit USAC's website, but please note that exact dates will be finalized the semester prior to departure. 

*Summer students: For those interested in going for just session I OR both session I & II, this program's start dates will be during finals week of spring semester (just session II participants will not be affected). Due to this, you may need to rearrange some spring finals once you know your spring courses. There is no guarantee that your faculty will allow this. If you have questions at this time, please contact your Study Abroad Coordinator, Jenna (kroschjm@uwec.edu). Otherwise, Jenna will be in touch should you be accepted to the program.