Posted by ezehner on January 23, 2010
The Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program at Payap University, located in Chiangmai, northern Thailand, has announced the availability of a new Thailand-Cambodia study abroad program beginning Fall 2010. Officially called the Southeast Asia Comparative Semester (SEACS) program, it gives students the opportunity to examine Southeast Asia, in both its historical and contemporary manifestations, by spending two months in Thailand and two months in Cambodia through a partnership with the University of Cambodia.
Until fairly recently Cambodia had been largely inaccessible to formalized study programs for foreign students. However, due to some special connections that Payap has made with the University of Cambodia, study abroad in this dynamic and historically important country is now both a safe and an exciting prospect. Though still one of the region’s poorest countries, Cambodia has experienced rapid economic development since emerging from prolonged civil wars in the early to mid 1990s. Thailand and Cambodia are now extremely safe to travel, and both have rich cultural histories and rapidly developing economies.
St. Lawrence University’s Center for International and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) is proud to be one of the first participants in this new program, which is being offered in addition to our existing Thailand Semester Abroad program at Payap. Students enrolling in the new Thailand-Cambodia program will receive basic instruction in speaking both the Thai and Cambodia (Khmer) languages. In addition, during the opening two months in Chiangmai they will take the following two courses: (1) Buddhism and Thai Society, and (2) Sustainable Development, Environmental Justice and Ethnic Minorities. Then, during the two months in Cambodia, they will study (1) Contemporary Cambodia: History and Society (taught in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh), and (2) Hinduism and Khmer Civilization (taught in Siem Reap/Angkor Wat, site of the massive and still impressive political-religious centers built from approximately 800 to 1400 CE).
A full description of the new program is being temporarily made available in the “resources” links on the left-hand side of this blog. A link to description on Payap University’s website will be provided as soon as it is available. Deadline for applications is mid-February, 2010. St. Lawrence students apply through the CIIS office at St. Lawrence University. Application documents are then assessed by personnel both at St. Lawrence and at Payap. For more information, contact the Center for International and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) at 315.229.5991 during regular business hours, or by email via the contact form provided on the CIIS website.
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