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Fact Sheet:
Candice Snowden
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Culture, Economics, History, Music, Political Science, Religion, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Host Institution:
Hoa Sen University, University of Chiang Mai
Language(s) of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
0 College-Level Semester
Language Credits Available:
3 credits
Program Provider:
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Apartment, Hostel
In Classes With:
Mostly US Students
Minimum Class Standing:
2nd Sem Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
Classification of Credits Available:
Program Description:
Comparative Semester Thailand and Vietnam


Study abroad in Thailand and Vietnam in one semester. Spend two months in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a land of contrasts, a delightful mix of frenetic energy and serene moments. Hold tight as your tuk-tuk careens high-speed down crowded alleyways, around each corner a new delight. It might be a couple of young, orange-cloaked monks in quiet conversation or the rush of what seems like a thousand mopeds competing for the street. From Thailand, you travel to Vietnam, which will delight you from the green rice fields of north, to the hustle and bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south; with its beautiful and varied landscapes, delicious cuisine, stunning beaches and great shopping. Having survived war after war, colonialism and communism, your host city for two months, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam provides an fascinating comparison to Thailand.

Program Highlights

  • Study in two distinct locations in Southeast Asia in Thailand and Vietnam
  • Learn both the Thai and Vietnamese languages
  • Study with students and professors from all over Southeast Asia in Chiang Mai
  • Interact with local Vietnamese students on the English-speaking campus of the Hoa Sen University
  • Comprehensive three-day Orientation Program in Chiang Mai, including a day with Southeast Asia’s majestic elephants, plus other cultural activities and orientation sessions designed to help you feel adjusted and ready to jump into your semester in Southeast Asia


"The ability to study in two countries, learn two languages, and interact with two very dissimilar cultures is something that very few students get to do, even those that do study abroad.  I also enjoyed the experience of studying at two universities – Chiang Mai University and Hoa Sen University – and being able to compare and contrast the academic settings of Thailand and Vietnam. I learned more about myself and the world I live in than I could have done in many years staying at home; I would not give up those lessons for anything."
Chad Stein, University of Pittsburgh


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA

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