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Study in Khon Kaen, Thailand (USAC)

Khon Kaen, Thailand

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
Jan 13, 2021
May 08, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
No
No
No
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Sophomore
2.5
Credits

12-18

Program Advisor

The Program

Study health, wellness, and culture in the commercial and political center of northeastern Thailand.

Khon Kaen University, located in the heart of Northeastern Thailand, is the first institution of higher education in Northeastern Thailand and a leading educational center and acclaimed research university. The main campus of Khon Kaen University is well located, situated 1.5 miles from the city center. Khon Kaen University offers much cultural immersion, and encourages students to get involved in the local community and campus. There are a number of extracurricular activities available at Khon Kaen University, from volunteering and internship opportunities, to practicing Thai, Hiking (or “trekking”) through local reserves and national parks, Muay Thai, and pottery/silk weaving workshops.

 

Picture of road leading to Arch in Khon Kaen City

Program Location

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Picture of people sitting in umbrella cart

Thailand

Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen, considered the “land of smiles” is an extremely friendly, predominantly Buddhist city in the heart of Thailand’s Northeast region. It is also the largest center for education, healthcare, and technology in the region. Compared to other cities in Asia, Khon Kaen is relatively new, established just over 200 years ago. However, the ancient cultures and traditions from eras long past have contributed to shaping the local people and culture today, offering year-round fairs and festivals celebrating these ancient cultures. Khon Kaen offers a plethora of things to do, including the Khon Kaen National Museum, Day and Night Markets, and Phu Pha Man National Park. The cost of living in Khon Kaen is low, as the area does not have high volumes of tourism. However, the local transportation system makes travel to neighboring countries such as Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam very easy, with larger cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai only an hour flight away. 

 

Academics

Courses at Khon Kaen will either be 3 credits, or 1 credit if they are a "recreation course" (i.e. Muay Thai, Music, and Dance). Courses range from Health, to Human Development, Thai Culture, Dance, Global Issues, and more. Thai language courses are not required by the university, however they are strongly encouraged in order to help the process of assimilating to your new city and culture.  In order to have an idea of what classes are available, please click here

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to USAC Thailand and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take approximately 12 to 18 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between USAC Thailand and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at Khon Kaen will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

 

Academic Calendar

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the USAC web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Fall Semester:

Late August

Late December

Spring Semester:

Mid January

Early May

Housing and Meals

There are USAC-arranged options that are available for this program. Students will make a selection based on the option that is the best fit for their academic interests/overall preferences. Students can either select a Khon Kaen University Dormitory, or a private apartment off campus. 

For more information about housing, please refer to the USAC Housing website.

 

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
ATW Program cost $7,990
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Housing deposit
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Meals $1,100
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $260
Personal Expenses $1,300
School Uniform $65
USAC Application Fee $100
Utilities for private apartment $500
Total $5,025.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program cost per Semester (Nursing Dorm Shared) $7,290
Program cost per Semester (APT Shared) $7,075
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Housing deposit
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Meals $2,200
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $320
Personal Expenses $2,600
School Uniform $130
USAC Application Fee $100
Utilities for private apartment $1,000
Total $8,150.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
ATW Program cost $7,990
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Housing deposit
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Meals $1,100
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $260
Personal Expenses $1,300
School Uniform $65
USAC Application Fee $100
Utilities for private apartment $500
Total $5,025.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Student Spotlight

Kulsom is in front of a temple.

"Before coming to this trip, I had no idea what to expect. I was excited to learn about the different cultures in Thailand and the way of life there. On the trip, I noticed Thai people have a lot of pride in their culture. They maintain their lifestyle through their history, food, dance, clothing, and more. I witnessed this when the volunteers of the Mahasawat hospital prepared us with different types of Thai food by utilizing the vegetables and fruits they had grown. Not only that, but one of the volunteers taught us one of the Thai dances, and performed it for our class on the last day of the trip. She was very particular in the movement of our body, from our hips to our fingertips."