Semester: People, Ecology & Development

Journey into the forests, mountains, and islands of Thailand to study the links between culture and ecology, and how local communities are creating a sustainable future.

This study abroad semester is like no other, with our unique Expedition Field Course format allowing students to travel and study throughout Thailand, from remote hill tribe villages in the North to the islands in the South.

Expedition Field Courses are hands-on learning — assignments include everything from a coral reef survey to ethnographic research. Students live with local families, and backpack, sea kayak and travel through the landscapes they are studying.

The People, Ecology & Development is available in the Fall and Spring semesters. For a detailed schedule, please view our calendar. To learn more about the components of this program visit the pages on each course.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who are considering applying to the program are encouraged to contact us at [email protected] so we can keep you up to date on the admissions process and scholarship opportunities.

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Fall deadline: March 15

Spring deadline: October 12


Thai Language and Culture

Sustainable Food Systems

Political Ecology of Forests

Culture and Ecology of the Andaman


18 Semester hours

Program Summary

Download this PDF which summarizes the courses, credits, contact hours and other details about the program!

Program Summary


"My semester challenged me to define my beliefs and future goals, but most importantly, taught me to embrace living completely present in the moments and experiences of each day."

Kathleen J. | Fall, 2013

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Fall Semester: March 15  |  Spring Semester: October 12

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