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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.30 (may be flexible) Language of Instruction: English
Year in School: May apply as first year student; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: None
Coordinator: Jeff DeGrave Additional Eligibility: Good academic, conduct & financial standing at UWEC
Program Description:

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 GroupThailand 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. 


To learn about eligibility requirements, academic course offerings, and the program calendar, click the following button:
Academics - Thailand Faculty-Led

Student Life

riverTo see more on what resources they provide and special notes on the program, click on the following button: 
Support - Thailand Faculty-Led

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.
Summer 2019 

Learn More & How To Apply

Still have some questions? You can contact Kim Reed, Assistant to the Immersion programs, at 715-836-5940 or

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Ready to apply?! Click here to read our application instructions. Please note this program will require a recommendation as a part of the UWEC application process. Then return to this page and click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/08/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.