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  • Locations: Chiang Mai, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Summer, Winter-Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2022 04/30/2022
Summer 2022 03/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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Program Description:

Program Overview

USAC Chiang Mai Sum

A recent survey by Conde Nast named Chiang Mai in the top 10 friendliest cities in the world! A city of cultural, trading, and economic prominence for hundreds of years, Chiang Mai is host to many historical and cultural landmarks. There are over 700 temples in Chiang Mai alone. The famous "night market" is a sprawling tourist attraction that offers all sorts of trinkets, local handicrafts, food shops, and shows. Its tiny passageways and colorful booths are great fun to explore, however there are many side streets of shops and restaurants away from the touristy zone where students can find authentic local cuisine and truly start to experience all that Chiang Mai has to offer. Near the city there are national parks and nature preserves, including the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon, Obkhan, and Doi Pui Suthep National Park. Located just outside of town, Wat Doi Suthep Buddhist temple overlooks the city—and Chiang Mai University—from the top of Doi Pui Suthep. CMU students traditionally hike to the top as part of an annual tradition; once they arrive at the top they find the elaborate temple with its pure gold dome, the beautiful view of the city, dancing shows by local hill tribe children, musicians, vendors, and a marketplace. 

Program Focus

The Chiang Mai program is the perfect opportunity to live and study in a lively, vibrant city in one of the most scenic areas of an already very beautiful country. The curriculum integrates multiple disciplines in order to respond to the ever-changing issues and events surrounding the country and region. The program is ideal for students who are interested in the economics, philosophy, politics, religions, culture, and language of Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, in a city that is manageable, walkable, exotic, and unforgettable. In exploring Chiang Mai and the surrounding area, you will discover both what makes it a beloved part of Thailand for visitors and locals alike; though a popular destination, while living and studying there you will find easy access to non-touristy areas for a unique, colorful, profound experience.


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Program Provider

USAC - University Study Abroad Consortium

Program Dates Current USAC Calendar 

Areas of Study

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This program is a good fit for the following majors:

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Communication Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Gender Studies
  • International Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies


Fall:  Students enroll in 18 - 27 quarter credits
Winter/Spring: Students enroll 24 - 27 quarter credits
Academic Year:  Students enroll in 36 - 54 quarter credits
Summer: Students enroll in 5 - 9 quarter credits

Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone option available during fall and spring terms

Language of Instruction 


Host Country Language 


Housing Apartments

Class Standing Eligibility

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-bac

Minimum GPA Requirements

Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Program Requirements

No previous language study required

Program Fee

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PSU Fees

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Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.