Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Thailand in this exciting summer program which provides in-class instruction and field-based learning about community studies and public health.
Designed for UC students with interests in pre-med, community and global health issues, this program provides topical coursework along with the unique opportunity for students to observe the provision of health services at rural border sites of Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). It is a chance to see healthcare challenges faced and solutions developed in border community settings.
Working in multidisciplinary student-centered teams, this hands-on program teaches students how to listen to those providing established NGO services, how to interact respectfully with those in need of assistance and helps you gain perspective on what you might choose to do after graduation.
Run by the Thammasat University School of Global Studies and designed specifically for UCEAP, this public health program is based at the Thammasat campus in Rangsit, about 45 minutes outside central Bangkok.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
A very limited introduction to Thai and Burmese language and cultural study is required.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
mid June to early August
"It was a life changing experience. I've learned so much here about things that I never heard about and the emotional connection I made with stories I've heard will not be forgotten. This changed my career goals for the better; I found my passion for helping people here. ... Thanks to this program, I'm much more aware of the global issues going on in the world. ... My advice for students will be to come in with an open mind and be open to new ways of learning." -- UCEAP Thai Public Health Summer 2015
Students live in dorms located on Thammasat University's Rangsit campus. More information on housing
This intensive summer program provides an introduction to Thai and Burmese cultures and languages, with two one-week field excursions to border community health services as a component of each of the health classes.
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; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Students take three courses in this program:
Mobility & Border Health concepts are taught in classrooms which introduce challenges facing migrants and the complex and dynamic reasons for migration and underscore the effects of globalization across geopolitical borders. Special attention is paid to the exploration of the role of social determinates and their interactions translate into health realities for border populations including migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons.
Health Realities in Border Populations will be taught in "classrooms without walls,” a real world context in border communities, allowing students, through an interactive approach, to learn about border health issues and further allowing students the chance to observe, interact and problem solve with migrant community members and stakeholders. Topics include barriers encountered in terms of promotion, protection and care of the population’s health with the aim to generate new ideas for innovative interventions in the field.
Each course includes instruction, field work, and lab-based components. The opportunity to learn first hand as you interact with experts and migrants is truly a unique experience. No prior study of public health or social work is required.
The Southeast Asian language and culture course is taken first and introduces some basics of Thai and Burmese language and culture, as preparation for appropriate interactions with the local communities that follow in the health courses.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"The Thailand Public Health Summer Program was very unique in that we were able to gain firsthand field experience researching a topic in public health. It was an amazing experience being able to work with an NGO, as well as having the chance to interview stakeholders and Burmese migrants living along the Thai-Myanmar border."
--UCEAP Thai Public Health Participant Summer 2015
12 quarter units/8 semester UC units required; 3 courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study for academic credit are not an option in this summer program.
Thammasat University, Bangkok
Thammasat University is one of the top universities in Southeast Asia enrolling approximately 25,000 students. Thammasat students are known for their activism and interest in Thai politics. The host school, Global Studies, is located on the TU Rangsit campus, located just outside central Bangkok.
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.
* 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
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.
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: