living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – University celebrates new study-abroad program in Thailand

Via: Nevada Today

When Carmelo Urza founded the University Studies Abroad Consortium at the University of Nevada, Reno, his goal was to allow university students to study in more nontraditional places abroad, cities not necessarily packed with other American tourists, so that students would truly become immersed in another culture. Through the University and its Basque Studies Program, the Consortium first offered a study-abroad experience in San Sebastian, Spain, in the heart of Basque country.

Kelly Corrigan, the Consortium’s marketing director, said, “The new program in Chiang Mai really goes back to the roots of Carmelo’s philosophy when founding of the program. Chiang Mai is much less-travelled than Bangkok and is soaked in local Thai culture and tradition.”

In juxtaposition to Bangkok, the coastal Thai capital with a population of over 9 million, Chiang Mai ‘s population is only about 1 million, and it sits on the Ping River in the far north, surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Lonely Planet listed the city as one of the top-10 places to visit in 2011, stating that “If Chiang Mai were a person, it would be Bob Dylan…despite its great age, there’s still a bohemian chic that makes it as relevant and hip as ever.” Corrigan said the program in Chiang Mai will offer some very unique experiences for students.

“In addition to the classes they will take,” she said, “students will have opportunities to do internships and field studies in a rehabilitation facility for elephants, at an AIDS organization, or with the indigenous hill tribe people, for example.”

A wide variety of coursework will be offered, including courses in international finance, business management and relations; money and banking; Buddhist philosophy; comparative politics; Thai society and culture, language, civilization and cuisine; and more.


personal thoughts:

1. Chiang Mai is truly a WONDERFUL CITY, and would be a great place to go to school!


2. However, at the moment, a young Bob Dylan; would probably be busted,  and then deported.

reference: “The Music is Over”


3. Just be a little careful, and you’ll be fine.



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