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Study at Payap University's beautiful campus in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

PAYAP UNIVERSITY (PYU) was founded in 1974 as the first private university in Thailand. Located in a beautiful valley in the northern part of Thailand, PYU offers more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,000 Thai and non-Thai students. 

ABOUT: This semester program has a foundation in Thai language courses and introduction to Thai society courses. The programs provide additional electives in the social sciences and arts, as well as advanced language study. Village home stays, field trips, and cultural and service activities provide the context for students to learn about Thailand and its people through direct contact, integrating learning both inside and outside the classroom. Receive between 12-15 credit hours!

SPRING 2017:

    • November 1, 2016: Registration Due
    • January 4-5, 2017: Check-In at Paradornparp International House (PIH)
    • January 6, 2017: SEASC Orientation
    • January 9, 2017: Classes Begin
    • February 10 - 12, 2017: Village Excursion
    • February 24 - March 4, 2017: Midterm Examinations
    • March 23 - 26, 2017: Ancient Cities Excursion
    • May 1 - 13, 2017: Final Examinations
    • May 6, 2017: Farewell Party
    • May 13, 2017: Semester Ends 
    • May 18, 2017: Last Day to Check Out from PIH




  • Students must remain in residence in Chiang Mai during the entire program.
  • Students will have up to 5 days after the end of any semester to move out of PIH.
  • Students should not have family and friends visit until after the program ends.
  • If you have any concerns on health, food, allergies, or mobility/disabilities please inform us in advance.
  • Make sure that you apply for a non-immigrant education visa
    • Many students have had problems due to tourist visas rather than education visas


  • Visit local cultural heritage sites like Doi Suthep, Mae Sa Elephant Training Center, Chiang Mai Art and Culture Museum, Huey Tueng Tao Reservoir Tourism Center, Village Homestay at Mae Kam Pong, local markets, & more!

COST: $8,500

  • Additional costs include:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • Some meals (Breakfast & Dinner provided M-F)
    • Optional local travel
    • Program fee upon arrival $65
    • Single entry visa (Approximately $60), OR multiple entry visa (Approximately $175) depending on the student's preference


Courses Offered

  • Thai Language 1, 2
  • Society and Culture of Southeast Asia
  • Practicum in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Intro into ASEAN: Economics and Culture of SE Asia
  • Comparative Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
  • Introduction into Thai Dance
  • Globalization, Transnationalism, and Localization
  • Globalization in Thai Society
  • Ethnic Groups in Southeast Asia 


  • Ready to get started? Click HERE to fill out the CGE Study Abroad Application. Please email completed application to



After you complete your CGE Study Abroad Application and receive your acceptance email, you will receive an email from a CGE Study Abroad representative with a step-by-step checklist of additional documentation required, as well as payment instructions. To submit the application, you must FIRST download and save it to your desktop, then fill with your information, and finally re-save before attaching it to an email and emailing it to studyabroad@cgedu.orgIf you fill the form directly without saving it first, the information will not be saved.

This includes:


*Please also provide a scanned copy of the front inside picture page of your valid passport. You can send this to CGE via FAX to 770-321-4910 or via email to


  • Payment can be made via check or credit card. Please call the CGE office at 770-321-4897 to pay by credit card. Checks can be sent to:
Consortium for Global Education
1633 Mount Vernon Road, Ste. 200
Atlanta, GA 30338


For further inquiries into the program at Payap University, please send an email to or call 770-321-4897.



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