Immerse yourself in the striking long-standing traditions of Thailand by studying abroad with CIEE in the city of Khon Kaen. Not known for being a typical tourist destination, Khon Kaen offers students the perfect environment to further their academic requirements while getting to know the real Thailand: its people, customs, and traditions. Whether you choose to study on the Community Public Health or  Development and Globalization track, you’ll make a difference in the local community, becoming a true member of the city’s more than 300,000 residents.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2018
  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Online CIEE Application
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2])
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (CIEE: Northeastern)
  • Students typically take four 4 credit courses, for a total of 16 CIEE credits
  • A student will earn 16 Northeastern credits, if the student takes 16 CIEE credits
  • Course evaluations will not be impacted by the credit conversion change
  • You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

You must choose either the Community Public Health track or Development + Globalization track.  Both tracks contain extensive experiential components.

Community Public Health track
  • PUBH 3001 THPH - Public Health Management of Thailand
  • PUBH 3002 THPH - Community Public Health
  • PUBH 3003 THPH - Public Health Field Practicum
  • THAI 1001 THPH or THAI 1002 THPH or THAI 2001 THPH or THAI 2002 THPH or THAI 3001 THPH - required Thai language class
Development + Globalization track
  • ECOL 3001 TKKU - The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment
  • ECOL 3003 TKKU - Directed Research/Field Study Practicum
  • SOCI 3001 TKKU - Social Research Methods
  • THAI 1001 TKKU or THAI 1002 TKKU or THAI 2001 TKKU or THAI 2002 TKKU or THAI 3001 TKKU - required Thai language class
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2017
  • Deadline: November 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2])
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (CIEE: Northeastern)
  • Students typically take four 4 credit courses, for a total of 16 CIEE credits
  • A student will earn 16 Northeastern credits, if the student takes 16 CIEE credits
  • Course evaluations will not be impacted by the credit conversion change
  • You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

You must choose either the Community Public Health track or Development + Globalization track.  Both tracks contain extensive experiential components.

Community Public Health track
  • PUBH 3001 THPH - Public Health Management of Thailand
  • PUBH 3002 THPH - Community Public Health
  • PUBH 3003 THPH - Public Health Field Practicum
  • THAI 1001 THPH or THAI 1002 THPH or THAI 2001 THPH or THAI 2002 THPH or THAI 3001 THPH - required Thai language class
Development + Globalization track
  • ECOL 3001 TKKU - The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment
  • ECOL 3003 TKKU - Directed Research/Field Study Practicum
  • SOCI 3001 TKKU - Social Research Methods
  • THAI 1001 TKKU or THAI 1002 TKKU or THAI 2001 TKKU or THAI 2002 TKKU or THAI 3001 TKKU - required Thai language class
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

Located in the center of the Northeast province of Isaan, Khon Kaen is Thailand’s fourth largest city with a population of over 200,000. About 300 miles north of Bangkok, it is the educational and government center of the Northeast as well as the headquarters for most development organizations working in the region. Compared to other parts of Thailand, the Northeast has retained many traditional Thai customs as well as Lao and Khmer influences.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Off-Campus through Program: While not on community visits and staying with host families, students live with a Thai roommate in off-campus rental units near KKU. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can eat meals at the university cafeteria or local restaurants.

Host University or Organization

Khon Kaen University (KKU), the major educational institution in the Northeast, is located four kilometers north of the city on 2,500 acres of partially wooded land. Founded in 1964, KKU has 17 faculties which offer bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degrees in fields such as health and medicine, social sciences, humanities, education, agriculture, business, engineering, and the physical sciences. Approximately 20,000 students study at KKU. There are approximately 1,500 full-time faculty members and 4,000 part-time faculty and staff.

Coordinators