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Terms, Dates, Fees
For Graduate Students: 
  • Same program dates.  
  • No application deadline 
  • Program fee listed is for undergraduates and non-IPSL graduate students. 
  • Graduate students normally take fewer credits.
  • SPRING 2018
    • Dates:  01/10/2018 to 05/20/2018
    • PROGRAM FEE:  $15,250.00

    • APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Nov 15, 2017
    • Dates:  08/09/18 to 12/15/18
    • PROGRAM FEE:  $15,250.00 $14,250 w/scholarship

    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 25, 2018
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“IPSL was a challenging program in that it required a lot of independence and critical thinking. My exposure to the social ills of the country - through my service placement and through classroom learning and personal experience - has solidified my desire to work with underprivileged communities. I have a strong urge to reconnect with my own community now that I am back in the United States, and also educate others on approaching issues with a global perspective.”

Anonymous, IPSL Chiang Mai Thailand Program

Sawasdee! Yin dee dton rhab! ...Welcome to Thailand!

IPSL students have an exclusive opportunity to volunteer with and learn about rural Thai life by exploring the language, culture, and social issues of the people of Baan Ton Chok villiage to help create sustainable change. On the IPSL Service-Learning PLUS program, students travel to rural northern Thailand and spend a week living with a Thai village family and  engaging in a language and cultural exchange while volunteering alongside local villages, helping in the work of their daily lives. The IPSL Service-Learning PLUS program exposes students to a location different than urban Chiang Mai and provides a venue to begin to learn Thai,  gain cultural understanding and serve others.

IPSL students return each semester to Baan Tok Chok to volunteer with locals to help further the goals of the community and engage in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice and sustainable change for local communities.

In the heart of Southeast Asia, 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 Buddhist society, Thailand’s population is varied with many tribal groups and immigrants. Through service-learning, you will learn about Thai culture, religion, 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.

You will spend a semester in Chiang Mai, studying Thai culture, language, and society at Chiang Mai University; living near the campus; and engaging in substantive volunteer service for 10-15 hours per week. Your volunteer service immerses you in the culture and deepens your understanding of Thai society in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs. It also contributes to your knowledge and use of the Thai language.

IPSL Chiang Mai...a very unique opportunity to experience Thailand like a local

Nestled in the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is an amazing city with roots dating back to the 13th century. It is the second largest city in the country, but in many ways it remains a small town, attracting visitors for its historical charm, dramatic mountain backdrop, hundreds of temples, and friendly people of diverse cultural identities. In Chiang Mai, you will enjoy exploring rich cultural sites, sampling (and learning to prepare!) Thai cuisine, browsing exquisite handicrafts at the many late-night shopping bazaars, observing festivals and traditional performances, and experiencing the warmth and graciousness of the Thai people.



Language of Instruction: English and Thai

Affiliated Institution: Chiang Mai University

Transcript Issued from IPSL School of Record

Courses & Credits:

Students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Courses are 3 credits each.


  • Thai Language 

  • Institutions of Thai Society

  • IPSL Reflections  and Practicum


Electives from the following possible choices - these may vary depending on term:

  •  Buddhist Meditative Traditions in Southeast Asia 

  •  Socially Engaged Buddhism in Asia 

  •  Buddhism in Thai Society

  •  The Government and Politics of Thailand

  •  Empire, Imperialism and Colonialism in SE Asia

  •  Human Security in Asia 

  •  Government and Politics of Thailand

  •  Self Exploration through Visual Art and Culture of Thailand

  • Introduction to Thai Dance

  •  International Relations of Mainland SE Asia

Service Opportunities
  • services to disadvantaged children

  • English language consulting and/or tutoring

  • 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

  • additional opportunities may be available


Students live in modern apartments very close to the campus of Chiang Mai University with a Thai student room mate. The apartments accommodate both international and Thai students, and are situated near plentiful, delicious and  inexpensive cafes. 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 for Breakfast and dinners during the weekdays provided 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) nor some meals.


  • 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; administrative fees; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; service placement and supervision; academic excursions; health insurance; meal stipend for dinner and breakfast for the weekdays will be provided and accommodation in international student dorms. 

What's NOT included  

Passport fees; visa fees; vaccine fees; international airfare; books; all lunches and meals on weekends; local transportation; inexpensive school uniforms (required uniform items can be purchased on campus or 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; local cell phone. A small monthly fee for air conditioning and water utilities are 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 online in advance from Thailand program director.