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Spend your winter in Northern Thailand undertaking an exciting mix of intensive language study and cultural activities at Chiang Mai University. Spend the mornings doing intensive language study in a small classroom setting, followed by cultural activities such as a Thai cooking class, Muay Thai exhibitions and visits to local historical landmarks in the afternoon to give you an opportunity to apply your language learning from the classroom in a real-life setting. Chiang Mai is located in the mountainous Northern region of Thailand, with a deep history and a new culinary or cultural adventure around every corner; this program is the perfect introduction to the language, people, and culture of Thailand.
This exciting course aims to develop basic proficiency in spoken Thai necessary to be able to communicate and understand simple personal information, follow simple directions and take part in simple transactions in areas of practical need. The course also aims to develop an awareness of cultural norms and values in Thai society, as well as an understanding of cultural behaviour expressed in both the spoken language and non-verbal communication.
The course will also introduce the Thai writing system. The course assumes that students will have had little or no exposure to the writing system prior to enrolment. This course will therefore introduce the language's alphabet, vowels, tone rules and major spelling rules.
This course will run from 26 June 2017 - 21 July 2017.
Students will spend the morning at the Language Institute, Chiang Mai University learning basic Thai language. In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom through a range of activities relating to Thai culture. Thai ‘buddies’ will be arranged to ease students’ adaptation to the new environment and boost development of Thai language skills. Students are required to attend both sessions each day and actively participate in all activities as scheduled.
Cultural activities will include Thai cooking, traditional dance and Muay Thai classes and excursions to significant sites in and around Chiang Mai including temples, palaces, national park and an elephant sanctuary!
Students will enrol in THAI2525 or THAI6525 while undertaking this study option. Students will receive a grade result of ‘EE’ (enrolled elsewhere) for this course with 6 units of external credit allocated upon successful completion.
Students who undertake this course will have the foundation to continue their language studies on campus in THAI1003/THAI6103: Thai 1B.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
This is a beginner’s language program and is not suitable for students who have had previous Thai language instruction. It is available to any ANU undergraduate or graduate student (with permission of their program convener) who does not have previous Thai language experience.
Applicants will be assessed on their responses to the application questions. Where places are limited academic performance (GPA) may also be taken into account.
Note this program requires a minimum number of participants in order to run.
As part of the online application you will need to submit a 300 word statement on how you think this opportunity would benefit you personally and academically.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application by Friday 5th May 2017 and will need to accept your place in the program by Thursday 11th May 2017. Once you have confirmed your place in the program you will need to submit additional documentation, including an application to Chiang Mai University.
Engage Asia Travel Guarantee
Students who are successfully selected to participate in this course will be eligible for the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s EngageAsia Travel Guarantee ($500).
It's possible to hold more than one scholarship, bursary or grant at a time, so checking out all of the funding opportunities available to you is a good idea.
You may also be able to source some funding through our partner universities – they provide scholarships and grants to encourage you to choose them as your destination.
OS-HELP is a Government loan scheme to assist eligible Australian students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, who wish to undertake an overseas experience as part of their degree.
Travel and Other Costs
Students will pay their tuition fee directly to ANU for enrolment in THAI2525/THAI6525. Students are not required to pay tuition fees to Chiang Mai University, but are required to pay an accommodation fee of approximately 50 000 Thai Baht. This fee includes housing, meals, field trips and homestay.
These fees do not include travel to and from Thailand and Chiang Mai University.
Please note the costs of studying overseas vary greatly depending on your lifestyle and where you go. Major costs are your return airfare, accommodation and living expenses, which vary from country to country.
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