A leader in innovative study abroad programs

ISDSI is an educational institution dedicated to teaching about sustainability. Our study abroad programs educate American students about the key issues in sustainability through a close collaboration with local communities.

ISDSI’s flagship program is our  Culture, Ecology, and Community semester. We also collaborate with universities on custom semester programs, as well as with faculty on short-term study abroad experiences in Thailand. In addition we host faculty, graduate students, and others at our sustainable campus for workshops, conferences, and training programs.

How to reach us

There are several easy ways to get in touch with us.

Office/Fax in Thailand: +66-53-218-931

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (UTC+7)

General Inquiries: [email protected]

Admissions/applying: [email protected]


Mailing address for letters

PO Box 222
Chiang Mai, 50205

Street address for packages & express mail (DHL, FedEx, UPS)

47 Chotana Road, Chang Puak
Muang, Chiang Mai, 50300


The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) is a recognized leader in innovative study-abroad programs. In 2005 ISDSI’s semester program was recognized as one of three “best practice” programs by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Awards, and in 2006 was nominated as a UNESCO Centre of Excellence.

The program that developed into the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) was started in 1998 as an initiative of Dr. Joseph Brockington of Kalamazoo College. Developed by Mark and Dana Ritchie, who were already living in Chiang Mai and working in development, the program started its first year with six students. Since then the program has grown, and has had over 600 students from more than 50 colleges and universities in the US. ISDSI now runs fall and spring semester programs, facilitates short term programs led by faculty, and host researchers and graduate students.

ISDSI is a project of The Foundation For Experiential Learning, a 501c3 registered non-profit in the United States. To clearly separate tuition and ongoing expenses from donations, we have also set up an ISDSI LLC for tuition payments. This also supports our work in Thailand through our Thai foundation. We are registered as a non-profit foundation in Thailand under the same name, The Foundation For Experiential Learning, under the Ministry of Social Welfare, in Chiang Mai province.

If you are interested in the work of ISDSI and our Foundation, please feel free to get in touch! We can be reached at [email protected].

Emergency Contacts

Mark Ritchie, Executive Director
+66-81-724-0860 (personal mobile phone)

Email: [email protected]

Supawadee Chimmanee, Associate Director

+66-81-706-7639 (personal mobile phone)

Email: [email protected]

Generally contacting us by email is better due to the time zone differences with North America.

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Application Deadlines

Semester Application Deadlines: Fall – March 15 / Spring – October 15

Summer Application Deadline: April 1

After the deadline we will accept students on a space available basis, so contact us at [email protected]

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