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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Candice Snowden Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Art History, History, International Relations, Political Science, Public Health, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Options: Full-time
Key Word Search: Budget Friendly, Culture Studies, Ecotourism, Homestay, Peace & Conflict Studies Host Institution: Hoa Sen University, University of Chiang Mai
Language(s) of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 College-Level Semester
Language Credits Available: 3 credits Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Provider: TEAN Program Type: Study Abroad
In Classes With: Mostly US Students Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore
Housing: Apartment, Hostel
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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.