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Estudiantes de universidades latinoamericanas - como la Universidad Andina del Cusco y otras - tienen a través de un convenio entre PeruStudyAbroad y sus socios en los Estados Unidos, Europa, África, Asia y otros países latinoamericanos la oportunidad de estudiar y hacer una pasantía en el extranjero. 


Two Programs in One...two countries, two languages, two cultures...the IPSL SEACS (South East Asian Comparative Studies) Program!


The countries of S.E. Asia are as different as they are similar and IPSL students have a unique opportunity to live, study and serve in TWO important SE Asian countries, Thailand and Cambodia, in ONE study abroad and service-learning program! Interesting courses and hands-on service-learning experiences in IPSL's S.E. Asian Comparative Studies (SEACS) program will enrich your understanding of these two complex and historically rich SE Asian countries.

Thailand is a land of contrasts:  gorgeous countryside of rice fields, mountains, hills, and ancient temples; bustling city life in the capital, Bangkok; and beaches world-famous for diving and snorkeling. A largely Theravada Buddhist society, Thailand’s population is varied with many tribal and ethnic groups, as well as immigrants.


Through service-learning, you will learn about Thai culture, the role of Buddhism, and contemporary social issues while addressing social and economic problems caused by globalization and rapid development. Set amidst the cool and beautiful mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has the advantages of a city but with the feel of a small town where the traditions of Thai living are preserved.

The country of Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula and is bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The capital and largest city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is the political, economic, and cultural center of the country. The country has a wealth of diversity and minority groups including:  Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams and 30 independent hill tribes.

After a decade of Vietnamese occupation following the fall of the Khmer Rouge and a transitional period when the United Nations directly administered the country in the early 1990's, this war-ravaged nation was reunited under the monarchy in 1993 and has seen rapid progress rebuilding from decades of civil war. Part of this development includes an amazing array of NGOs, which operate in and around Phnom Penh. 

You will spend the first 7 weeks of the program in Chiang Mai, studying Thai culture, language, and society on the campus of Chiang Mai University; living near the campus in beautiful new international student housing; and engaging in substantive volunteer service for 10-15 hours per week. The last 7 weeks are spent in Phnom Penh, Cambodia either living with a Cambodian family in a homestay or in a student apartment and learning and serving alongside Cambodian youth in an NGO focusing on leadership training and other assistance and education for less advantaged Cambodian children, youth and families. 

Your volunteer service immerses you in the culture and deepens your understanding of both Thai and Cambodian societies in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs. It also contributes to your knowledge and use of the Thai and Cambodian (Khmer) languages.


Program Highlights
Language of Instruction: English

Affiliated Institutions: Chiang Mai University and Pannasastra University

Courses and Credits
Students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Courses are 3 credits each.
Required for Thailand Section:
  •  Thai Language Beginning | 3 credits

  •  Institutions in Thai Society | 1.5 credits

  •  IPSL Reflections and Practicum | 1.5 credits

Required for Cambodian Section:

  •  Khmer Language Beginning | 3 credits

  •  Institutions in Thai Society | 1.5 credits

  •  IPSL Reflections and Practicum 1.5 credits

Electives from the following possible choices - these may vary depending on term and also location.

  •  Buddhist Meditative Traditions in SE Asia

  •  Government and Politics of Thailand

  •  Self Exploration through Visual Art and Culture of Thailand

  •  International Relations of Mainland SE Asia

  •  Buddhism in Thai Society

Service Opportunities

Opportunities for substantive service (approximately 15 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas:

  • human services to the poor

  • assisting with education and life skills training for disadvantaged children

  • English language consulting and/or tutoring

  • assisting in leadership training workshops for Cambodians of all ages

  • schools for the deaf and blind

  • a residential school for children living with HIV/AIDS

  • organizations serving the needs of gay and transgender people

  • environmental/conservation programs

  • hospitals and rehabilitation centers

  • organizations serving the elderly and the handicapped, Burmese refugees/immigrants, street children, hill tribe girls, sex workers, or farmers who are seeking another means of livelihood   



Thailand- Students live in modern apartments very close to the campus of Chiang Mai University with a Thai student roommate. The apartments accommodate both international and Thai students, and are situated near plentiful, delicious and  inexpensive cafes and open-air eateries. There are also many services on campus and in the dorms including a post office, banks, cafes, fitness rooms, a pool, hair salons, stores, laundry service and much more. There will be a meal stipend provided for breakfasts and dinners during the weekdays upon arrival. Program fees do not include utilities (electricity and water) that would be paid directly to the building management (averages about $20 per month) or for some meals.

Cambodia -  You will either live in a homestay with a local host family in a private room (some meals provided) or in a self-catering apartment (meals paid for and prepared by the student - no meal stipend included in program fee). Please note: homestay may or may not be available every term and is suitable only for those students who understand and are willing to adhere to stricter family rules and cultural norms. The homestay is an integral part of both the program, giving you the opportunity to make lifelong friends, reinforce the language skills acquired during daily lessons, and experience modern Cambodian culture from "the inside." Host families are carefully selected, experienced with hosting students, and view the experience as a form of cultural exchange. 


  • We're really nice and support you in your journey!

  • We're the most experienced group in the field of International Service-Learning

  • You can make a real difference to people in need

  • You can FINALLY learn that language

  • You can dive deep into another culture!

  • To support our service organizations in a SUSTAINABLE way

  • GROW - expand your horizons and challenge your assumptions!


Program Director: Mr. Adam Dedman



The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550.

What's Included 

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; service placement and supervision; academic excursions; health insurance. airfare from Bangkok to Phnom Penh (students must pay for transportation from Chiang Mai to Bangkok). In Chiang Mai, a meal stipend for dinner and breakfast for the weekdays will be provided and full accommodation in international student dorms. In Phnom Penh, students stay in a homestay or group apartment with partial board included.

What's NOT included  

Passport fees; visa fees (both for Thailand and Cambodia); vaccine fees; international airfare; books; all lunches and meals on weekends in Chiang Mai; some meals in Phnom Penh; local transportation; inexpensive school uniforms in Chiang Mai (required uniform accessories can be purchased on campus and the black skirt and white blouse (females) and black slacks and white shirt (males) as well as black shoes can be brought from home; and personal spending money. A small monthly fee for air conditioning and water utilities in Chiang Mai is also not included and payable directly to the building management. Students are responsible for their own bedding which can be purchased in Thailand for a nominal price or ordered on-line in advance form the Thailand program director.



Online Application
Terms, Dates, Fees

  • FALL 2017  
    • Dates:  08/09/2017 to 12/16/2017
    • PROGRAM FEE:  $15,650.00

    • APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Jul 15, 2017
    • Dates:  01/10/2018 to 05/20/2018
    • PROGRAM FEE:  $15,650.00

    • APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Nov. 15, 2017
  • FALL 2018
    • Dates: TBD
    • PROGRAM FEE:  $15,650.00


Click here to download student budget.



Volunteer Service

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La mayoría de los cursos en el extranjero se ofrecen en inglés - aún si se encuentran en Italia, Vietnám, Colombia o cualquier de las otras sedes. Así puedes aprender un nuevo idioma y al mismo tiempo mejorar tu level de inglés. 


Para mayor información sobre cada uno de los programas, haz clic aquí. 

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