Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Located in the center of the Northeast region, known as Isaan, Khon Kaen is Thailand’s fourth-largest city with a population of over 300,000. About 300 miles north of Bangkok, it is the educational and government center of the Northeast, as well as the headquarters for many development organizations working in the region. While exploring this center for commerce, industry, education, government, and transportation, you’re as apt to see water buffalo and Buddhist monks traversing the streets as businesspeople and students. The city also is home to the region’s silk trade, and beautiful temples, museums, and recreation areas. Compared to other parts of Thailand, the relatively rural Northeast has retained many of its traditional Lao and Khmer customs.
This program focuses on development, international and human rights, grassroots efforts and social justice issues. Confront development and globalization through interactions in the field where you will learn from and contribute to communities and organizations. Immerse yourself in the culture through community stays, Thai student roommates, fun adventures and more. Complete a final group project using methodical, field-based resarch.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
This program offers courses in Thai language and environment and development studies, plus research methods. You will take four courses for a total of 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Information about available courses can be found at the CIEE website. Field trips are also offered as part of this program.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Khon Kaen Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
Your housing is arranged by CIEE. While not on community visits, students will live off-campus with a Thai roommate, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. Students can eat meals at the university cafeteria or local restaurants. The accommodations are a short walk from where classes are held.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.