Having a tough time deciding between a semester in Thailand or Cambodia? The Education Abroad Network offers participants the unique opportunity to split their semester in Asia with two months in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and two months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Participants will begin their study at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, and then travel to Phnom Penh where they will be hosted by the University of Cambodia.
Our program includes an intensive three-day orientation in Bangkok, a five-day stay in a traditional rural Thai village, expert guidance of local staff, and cultural activities that will deepen your understanding and appreciation of this amazing country - just for starters! Visit the TEAN website to learn more.
The Magic of Southeast Asia
Overall, the Education Abroad Network provided everything I wanted out of a study abroad experience. The staff were phenomenal before and during my trip and helped with everything from taking me to doctors to pointing out good restaurants to logistical paperwork help. The other students on the program were great, and the Thai roommates assigned to else helped us acclimate, learn basic language skills, and show us around our new city. The program is structured enough to give you all the support and resources you need to have the most enriching experience but its lenient enough to give you wiggle room in making independent travel plans for spring break or long weekends. TEAN provided several excursions as well such as a tropical weekend beach getaway or a hiking trip in Doi Inthanon. The classes were all eye opening and took often included field trips that tied into what we were studying in class. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in studying in Southeast Asia.
Published on 28 Oct 2013
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