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International and Development Economics in ASEAN

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study Economics in Thailand—a country that has made remarkable progress in social and economic development over the past four decades. According to the World Bank, “Thailand is one of the great development success stories” due to its move from a low-income country to an upper-income country in such a short span of time. 

On this program specifically designed for Economics majors, students focus on development and international economics in Southeast Asia. Further enhancing the academic experience, the program includes a weeklong fieldtrip to another ASEAN member countryCambodia, the Lao PDR, Burma (Myanmar), or Vietnam. The field trip location will vary each year.  
Summer 2019 participants will travel to Laos and Vietnam. Click here for more information.  
Students attend classes with UC and host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.

Summer :  
​mid-June to late July​









Students live in local apartments in Bangkok and share space with international students, other UC students, and possibly Thai students. More information on housing...

Extracurricular Activities

The program includes a weeklong course-related field trip to either Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Burma (Myanmar), or Vietnam. The field trip location will vary each year.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local faculty and staff abroad help students integrate into Thai culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.

​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.

Course Opportunities

​Students take two courses in this program:
  • Topics in International Economics (5 quarter units/3.3 semester UC units; letter grade only)
  • Topics in Development Economics (5 quarter units/3.3 semester UC units; letter grade only)

The courses are project-based, taught by Thammasat University professors, and cover economic integration and contemporary issues of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), especially those of Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Myanmar/Burma, and Vietnam. Each of these two courses includes lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and field trips in Thailand. 

The program also includes a weeklong fieldtrip to another ASEAN member country (location varies each year).​ 

Use the following resources to learn more:


10 quarter/6.6 semester UC units required; 2 courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Opportunities for internships or independent research for academic credit are not available on this short term summer program.

Thammasat University, Bangkok 

Thammasat University is one of the top universities in Southeast Asia and is comprised of various faculties and research institutes enrolling 25,000 students. The university’s international programs taught in English are based on the main campus of Tha Prachan in the Chao Phraya riverfront area of central Bangkok.

The summer program is offered by the Bachelor of Economics International Program, a division of the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University. 

Visit the Thammasat University website

Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Programs excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be an Economics major.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Thammasat University.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: