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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.00
Field of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Communication Studies, Leadership Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Intercultural Communication in Thailand

Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA
NOTE: Information listed below is subject to change for 2019. Updates coming soon!


This program is designed to guide students in learning about communication, creativity, and culture, as examined through the cultural lens of Thailand and the United States. Students will be provided opportunities for first-hand interactions with Thai college students and professors, Thai art and museums, and Thai lifestyle. Additionally, students will be taught how to understand the influence of their self-perceptions and the influence these have on understanding internal and external processes. Students will also be introduced to mindfulness-based practices intended to deepen their ability to think introspectively and engage with a higher degree of cultural competence.   
  • Read a student's blog post about this program from summer 2018 in SDSU Be International


The program takes place in the cities and surrounding areas of Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Krabi in Thailand. 


All participants are required to register for TWO of the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” courses, for a total of six (6) units.  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.

TENTATIVE for summer 2019 (Subject to change); Students choose two of the following:
  • COMM 371: INTERCULTURAL COMMUN (3 units of SDSU resident credit)
  • PSFA 320: CREAT AND COMMUN IN ARTS (3 units of SDSU resident credit)
  • COMM 499: SPECIAL STUDY (3 units 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 requirements. Otherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information. 


TBA: More information coming soon! 


TENTATIVE for summer 2019:
  • Walking tours in each city
  • Tours of various temples, cultural sites, and universities
  • In Chiang Mai:
    • Bua Tong Waterfalls 
    • Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
    • Night Market Excursion
    • Thai cooking class
    • Outdoor Adventure
  • In Bangkok:
    • City tour of Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Wat Arun
    • Chinatown and Siam Excursions
    • Lumpini Park
    • Khaoson Road Excursion
  • Michael McHan, Lecturer/Chief Undergraduate Advisor, School of Communication, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University 
Michael McHan is currently working toward his Doctorate in Education Leadership. He has traveled to nearly 30 countries around the world, including two study abroad programs with the School of Communication at SDSU. Michael practices meditation yoga, plays competitive basketball, and works out at the gym or outdoors on a daily basis. His passion in life is to inspire as many people as possible through effective communication.
  • Joseph Alter, Associate Professor, School of Music and Dance, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University 


Payment Schedule: 
  $TBA   Deposit due with application to College of Extended Studies (CES) to reserve your spot
  $TBA   Program payment due 
  $TBA  Total Program Fee 

Included in the Program Fee:
  • Tuition
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • More information coming soon! 
NOT Included in the Program Fee:
  • International flight to/from Thailand
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • More information coming soon!

Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • More information coming soon!
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. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students (undergraduate or graduate), students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • 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
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) 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.


Summer 2019: 

If you are interested in attending this program in Summer 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll receive email updates when available. Applications for summer 2019 are expected to open in mid-January 2019.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about this program and its offerings, contact the faculty leader, Michael McHan, in the SDSU Communication Dept., at
  • 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.