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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; sangkhlaburi, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.00
Field of Study: Health Science, Nursing, Public Health Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program
SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Nursing in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand

Winter Break 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List, below* 
*Open to nursing majors or current nursing students at SDSU only and you must be a confirmed traveling member through SDSU Students HEAL.
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA


Winter Break 2018: Application Closed
*Open to nursing majors or current nursing students at SDSU only and you must be a confirmed traveling member through SDSU Students HEAL.

Dates Abroad: January 3-14, 2018
Course Dates: January 3-14, 2018
Price: $1,766
NOTE: Information below is for 2018. Subject to change for 2019.  Updates coming soon.


This course provides nursing students with an opportunity to participate in providing health care to the underserved in Thailand. The 10-day course will focus on the development of cultural competence and opening a medical clinic in a region of little access to health care. The students work with the organization STARFISH Foundation to accomplish this. STARFISH is the resource in Thailand for housing, transportation, and community involvement.

Click HERE for a tentative itinerary for Winter Break 2018

Click HERE for a Blog posting about this program!


All participants are required to register in the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies.
  • NURS 499: Special Study (1 unit of SDSU resident credit)
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Students share twin rooms in hotels in Kanchanaburi (1 night), Sangkhlaburi (7 nights), and Bangkok (2 nights).  Throughout the trip, a simple breakfast and lunch will be provided, usually consisting of rice and vegetables, meat, fish.  A couple of group dinners will also be provided.  In the evenings, students are free to explore and purchase food from local establishments. Bottled water and soda is available at most locations.  Bottled water will be provided for you during your time working and on the adventure day.  STARFISH will provide more details.   

  • Kelly Prescher, Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy program, College of Health and Human Services, SDSU
  • Marlene Ruiz, Program Coordinator, RN, BSN, MA Education / Adjunct Clinical Professor SDSU School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services
  • Inge Taylor RN, MSNM Clinical Professor SDSU School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services

  • Group Welcome dinners
  • Visit to Hellfire Pass
  • Orientation to the town of Sangkhlaburi
  • Visit to local hospital in Sangkhlaburi
  • Run small health care clinics in various locations in and near Sangkhlaburi
  • Boat, elephant, and rafting jungle experience in Sangkhlaburi
  • Visit and explore Bangkok, Thailand, including bike and long-tail boat tour


Payment Schedule:
$1,401   Deposit due with application, to the College of Extended Studies (CES), to reserve your space in the program
   $365   tuition due with course registration between Dec. 5-15, paid to CES
$1,766   Total Program Fee 2018

Included in the Program Fee:
  • One unit of SDSU credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • Transport to and from the airport in Bangkok
  • Accommodations in local hotels (shared twin rooms)
  • All transport, meals, drinks, and activities as listed in the itinerary (provided by the faculty leader)
  • The services of the STARFISH Foundation in-country staff 
  • Medical translators for all health clinic days
  • Management of the purchase (where necessary) of all medical equipment and drugs to carry out the program
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • Travel to and from Thailand
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Any food (such as most evening meals), drinks, or activities not listed in the itinerary (provided by the faculty leader)

Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • No refund for program costs after October 16, 2017.
Course Tuition Refund: 

Funding & Scholarship Information: 

Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources.

  • Must be a nursing major or current nursing student at SDSU and you must be a confirmed traveling member through SDSU Students HEAL
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • All participants must complete BOTH a mandatory CES-sponsored pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


Winter Break 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List
Add your name to the Inquiry List below if you would like to receive updates about the Winter Break 2019 program.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact faculty leader Marlene Ruiz at or Kelly Prescher at in the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.