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Buddhism in Southeast Asia

2011 Program Dates: To be announced

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. We have also built in a week for travel/rest between the two modules to give students the opportunity to experience more of this exciting region.

Each course involves a number of off campus excursions or experiences. Students live on-campus at Chiang Mai University and take classes on the campus. All instruction is provided by Chiang Mai professors and grades appear on a Concordia 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

Buddhism has been a significant force in the culture and life ways of Southeast Asian peoples. This course will examine Theravada Buddhism both as a doctrine and practice originating in India and as a socio-cultural reality that shapes the lives of Southeast Asian people and has in turn been molded by their culture and history. The basic doctrines, key institutions and core value orientations of Theravada Buddhism as they function in Thai and Southeast Asian societies will be analyzed. The approach will draw on a variety of social science concepts and theoretical perspectives. While focused on the Thai experience the role of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism in Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam will also be examined.

Program Locations

The program is based at Chiang Mai 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.


The Education Abroad Network is pleased to offer students a unique living experience to aid in cultural immersion on a daily basis. As a student at Chiang Mai University, you will live off-campus at UniLoft with a Thai roommate. Uniloft is less than a five minute walk to campus, and is a modern student housing complex. Roommates are all Chiang Mai University students and are on-hand to assist program participants assimilate into a new culture. Each participant has their own room and shares a small common living area with their roommate. Each apartment has built-in furniture, walk-in closet, refrigerator, air conditioner, TV, and bathroom. 

Within the complex, you will find a lobby, meeting room, play room, fitness center and male/female pools. Washers and dryers are also located in the complex.  Each offers opportunities to chat with local students.

In the UniLoft Hub, students can take advantage of convenience stores, restaurants, bakeries, laundry and ATM machines. The housing is located in a vibrant university area, with cool student cafes, awesome street food and restaurants all a short walk from your front door.

Study Break

Students completing the full six-week program will have one week to travel within the region from Saturday, June 23, 2013 - Friday, June 28, 2013. 

Program Dates:

Students taking the 6-week program:
2013 Dates: Saturday, June 1, 2013 - Saturday, July 20, 2013
Travel Break: Saturday, June 23 - Friday, June 28.

Students taking the 3-week program chose either:
2013 Dates: Saturday, June 1, 2013 - Saturday, June 22, 2013
2013 Dates: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Saturday, July 20, 2013

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 Title: Buddhism in Southeast Asia
2013 Course Dates: Saturday, June 29 - Saturday, July 20, 2013
2013 Program Fees: $3,190

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 Concordia 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 2.5/4.0.  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 should apply on-line.

After acceptance a $500 deposit is required. The deposit is fully refundable, less a $75 administrative fee, should students withdraw by March 15, 2013. After March 15, 2013, the deposit is not refundable.

Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling basis. We suggest interested students apply by April 15, 2013, to avoid disappointment.

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