Ready to get up close and personal with Thai elephants?

Study Elephants, Culture and Ecology in Thailand!

Are you looking for a once in a lifetime experience? Hands-on and experiential, this 4 week course will let you step “back stage” to see what is really going on with elephants in Thailand, diving deep into Thai culture and the biology and ecology of elephants.

This is a for-credit college course that critically examines both the biological/ecological context of elephants as well as their place within the Thai and broader Southeast Asian cultural context. This in an intensive course with a combination of classroom based seminars and experiential field studies learning about the biology, ecology and cultural context of elephants. The course is challenging, covering a broad range of topics and issues related to elephants in four weeks.

An important part of the course will be interacting with elephants in a variety of settings, both wild and domestic. Students need to be willing to learn to be comfortable around elephants, and how to act safely and appropriately with elephants in different settings and with a variety of different management techniques.

Highlights of the course:

  • Study at two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Thung Yai-Huai Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary (the largest wilderness in Southeast Asia) and the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya.
  • Spend extended time based out of Chiang Mai, one of Thailand’s most vibrant cities.
  • Spend time interacting with elephants in a variety of settings and learn the different management techniques used with elephants in Thailand.
  • Work with elephants at an elephant hospital, learning about health care, birth and and the care of baby elephants.

Applications are still being accepted!

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This course is open to any currently enrolled college student or graduate student, a minimum 3.0 GPA, in good academic standing, and not on disciplinary probation. If you have any questions, email [email protected].


SUMMER 2017 Dates

June 3 – July 2

Application deadline: March 15th. Students will be accepted before that date — we encourage you to apply early to be sure you have a spot on the program!


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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