This is a faculty-led immersion program and is administered by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator. This program is not administered by the Center for International Education. Any questions about this program should be directed to Shanti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-6037. Submit all application materials to Schofield 17. This program is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.
Program Summary & Location
This international immersion to Thailand will allow students to learn about the Hmong living there from a variety of perspectives. Thailand has the fourth largest population of Hmong in the world (behind China, Vietnam, and Laos). Traveling to several provinces in the country, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phetchabun, students will connect the experiences of the Hmong people in
Thailand with those of Hmong descent in the United States (specifically in Wisconsin and Minnesota), observe everyday life in Hmong villages, and understand contemporary Hmong issues in Northern Thailand. You will also have a chance to study the relationship between Hmong Thai, Hill Tribes, and Thai society.
You will explore first-hand the everyday lives of Hmong families and students, document your experiences in writing and other media, and gain new perspectives on possible professional engagement with Hmong Studies in fields such as international development, education, business, journalism, and academia. Through all these experiences, students will learn about how Thai culture, society, and history has shaped and changed Hmong culture.
The entire program length is spent in and around the city of Chiang Mai, in the North where the majority of Hmong in Thailand live. There, students will meet with NGO staff, travel to nearby Hmong villages, meet Hmong families, and learn about their history and everyday lives. Students will also pair up with Hmong students at Chiang Mai University, to compare experiences. Students also have the option of traveling to various homestays with Hill Tribe communities, and participating in a Trekking Tour.
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Housing & Meals
Students will be staying in hostels and hotels through Thailand, as well as homestays with Hmong families in Chiang Mai and Hill Tribe communities. Some breakfasts will be provided by the lodging in each location, but other breakfasts, lunch and dinners are not included in the program cost.
This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program, and each student is eligible to receive funding for only one FLIIE experience. By clicking on the following term, you will find more information on program costs. If the term you want to go abroad is not listed, please see the most recent term and add 7% to your estimate to factor in exchange rate fluctuations and tuition increases. Click on the buttons below to view that term's cost estimate.
Learn More & How To Apply
Still have some questions? You can schedule an appointment with Shanti Freitas (Faculty-Led Immersion Coordinator) by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing email@example.com.
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