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Gender and Sexuality in Thailand

Not available for Summer 2012. Please check back for Summer 2013.

Module Information

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer School can be taken as a three week (3 credits) or six week (6 credits) experience. While we strongly encourage all students to undertake the full program of 6 weeks, we also understand that due to individual situations some students may not be able to participate in the longer program. As a result the program has been designed as two ‘stand-alone’ independent 3-week modules.

Each course involves a number of off campus excursions or experiences. Students live on-campus at Payap University and take classes on the campus. All instruction is provided by Payap professors and grades appear on a Payap University official transcript. These courses are open to university students from the US, Australia and local Thai students. All instruction is in English. Students taking both Module 1 and 2 will receive a discount on the total cost of the program.

Course Description

Gays, Girls, Gender Bending, Ganja, and Gambling. Thailand is a country of many paradoxes. As a Buddhist Kingdom with the world's longest reigning monarch, Thailand somehow harmoniously balances contemporary sexual freedoms with traditional values. Known around the world as a "Gay Paradise," Thailand provides an excellent location to study and explore variant gender identities and expressions -- a kind of "Asian Mystique"-- which challenges many from the West.

As anyone who comes to Thailand soon discovers, gender and sexuality are in a constant state of change as fluid, contingent and adaptable performances. Androgyny permeates and possibilities abound. Globalization, tourism, technology, and the information society have all impacted Thailand in recent decades to create a fascinating space within which to explore reformed, emergent and traditional expressions of gender and sexuality. It is within this gendered space of "Queer Thailand," with its many myths and mystiques, that this course journeys.

This course will include an introduction to gender/queer theory and proceed to use case studies of gender performance in Thailand to provide a fascinating comparative study for Gender/Sexuality/Women's Studies students and/or others with open minds that wish to explore this topic. Although previous coursework in gender studies will prove helpful, it is not a prerequisite for this class. Fieldtrips and interaction with Thai LGBTQ students and the activist NGO community will enhance classroom learning.

Program Locations

The program is based at Payap University in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is a 700-year-old city caught between two worlds. Thai tradition and customs are still very much alive in this city and they happily co-exist with modern Thailand. The city is most famous for having more than 300 Buddhist temples, and one of the most holy, Wat Doi Suthep, sits atop the mountain that overlooks the city. Chiang Mai is rife with festivals and is definitely the handicraft capital of Thailand with beautiful woodwork, jewelry and ceramics. The city also has a vibrant nightlife with many excellent restaurants and a lively music scene. Students will attend lectures on campus most mornings and participate in field excursions and cultural activities most afternoons.  All courses follow their own programs and incorporate different field locations based on the academic content of the course.


All students will live on campus at Payap University in a new student dormitory in a twin-share room. The air-conditioned rooms are large and contain two king single beds, two desks, two wardrobes and a private western-style bathroom. The dorm has wireless internet and contains many nice indoor/outdoor areas built in modern Thai style. Small comfortable hotels or village-style accommodations will be used throughout the remainder of the program dependent on program locations. All accommodations are in located in areas that allow students to safely enjoy the program destinations.

Program Dates:

Students taking the 6-week program:
Saturday, June 18, 2011 to Saturday, July 30, 2011

Students taking the 3-week program chose either:
Saturday, June 18, 2011 - Saturday, July 9, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011 - Saturday, July 30, 2011

Program Fees

The program fee includes all accommodation, airport transfers, arrival orientation, all program required ground transportation, academic credit, various excursions and tours, entrance fees to National Parks, cultural centers, etc. and some meals (breakfast and dinners, Monday - Friday) in the on-campus dorm. Students will incur additional costs for personal spending, additional meals and extra travel. A full itinerary is provided upon acceptance to the program. Students should also budget for an estimated $1,500 to $1,800 for international and domestic airfare.

PROGRAM BONUS:  Students receive a $300 discount from the total program fee if they take both the Module 1 course and a course from Module 2.

Module 2

Course: Gender and Sexuality in Thailand
2011 Dates: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - Saturday, July 30, 2011
2011 Program Fee: $2,250

Please visit individual course pages for additional pricing information.


The Education Abroad Network will offer suggested flights from the United States to/from Southeast Asia. We will also arrange all internal flights/transfers within the region. Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be provided complete airfare details.


Participants in the program are able to obtain credits through universities and colleges in the United States. Grades will be posted on a Payap University transcript. Credit transfer (generally 3 - 4 U.S. credits per course/module, 6 – 8 credits total) is subject to home institution regulations so please consult your academic advisor for guidance.


In order to participate on the program students must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting institution, have completed one year of coursework on a college or university campus by the program start date, and achieved a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0.  However applications will be reviewed by examining the student’s overall application materials including: Course of Study, Letters of Recommendation, and Personal Statement. If you fall below the GPA requirement, please contact The Education Abroad Network to discuss your eligibility to participate in the program. There are no pre-requisites required.

Submitting an Application

Interested students can apply on-line or download the Education Abroad Network application.

There is a $30 application fee. In addition, after acceptance there is a $500 deposit. The deposit is fully refundable, less a $75 administrative fee, should students withdraw by March 15, 2011. After March 15, 2011, the deposit is not refundable.

Module 2 courses are limited in class size. Numbers are restricted to provide a better learning environment.  Apply early to avoid disappointment.

Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling basis. We suggest interested students apply by April 15, 2011, to avoid disappointment.

A pre-departure package for the program will be sent to the applicant once accepted into the program.