This program offers a wide variety of courses in Thai language, Buddhism, culture, environment and development studies, literature, and Thai politics. On the Development and Globalization program you will take 4 courses, including one introductory Thai language course plus 3 additional courses (all taught in English); depending upon the semester, some courses may be compulsory. Students are required to take 15 US credits, 22.5 Quarter Hours per semester. Information about the range of courses for this program can be found at the CIEE website. Field trips are also offered as part of this program.
Education Abroad Credits
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.
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.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. While not on community visits, students will live in an off-campus rental unit with Thai roommates, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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, such as the Whole World Scholarship. Eligibility is based on program location, 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
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