The program will be based at Simpson’s partner institution, Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Due to low enrollment in this year’s program, a Simpson professor will not be accompanying the group to Thailand, but we anticipate that future Thailand programs will have a faculty program director.
At Payap University, Simpson students will join other international students to participate in Payap’s Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program. All students will take six credits of Thai language, a three-credit course on the Cultural Foundations of Thai Society, and two three-credit elective courses. Elective courses are generally offered in the following subject areas: Sociology/Anthropology, Religion, History/Political Science, and Fine Arts.
This program offers field trips, excursions, and cultural activities throughout the semester which provide students the opportunity to learn even more about Thailand and Thai culture.
Cost of the program
To participate in the program, students pay Simpson tuition, room and board plus a program fee of $2,400. In addition, students are also responsible for covering their air transportation costs to and from Chiang Mai (approximately $1,500-$1,700 from Des Moines).
Students must take a one-credit hour orientation course during the fall semester preceding the semester in Thailand. Students must also have a grade point average of at least 2.5 both at the time of application for the program, and at the time of departure in order to be able to study abroad.
To apply for admission into 2013 the program, students should take the following actions by Monday, Apr. 2, 2012:
Submit the following items to the Office of International Education (located in Maple House on North D Street, across from the Campus Center construction site):
- Two copies of the completed the application form
- A one to two page personal statement explaining why you’re interested in this semester program and how it fits into your educational goals.
- A copy of your current degree audit.
- The names and contact information for two people who could serve as references (neither of whom are related to you and at least one should be a Simpson professor).
- A copy of the photo page from your passport, if you already have it, but if you don’t already have a passport, then provide a copy of your completed passport application (with your SSN blacked out).
- Proof of having made a non-refundable $200 deposit payment to the Business Office.
When you drop off your application materials, you will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute interview with the Program Director and the International Education Coordinator, which will take place during the week of Apr. 2, 2012.
Students will be notified of their status in the Thailand program during the week of Apr. 9, 2012. A second deposit payment of $300 will be due by Oct. 15, 2012.
Final program payment is due to be paid with Spring Semester tuition, room, and board prior to December 31, 2012.
For more information, contact:
International Education Coordinator
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288