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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


Summer 2018: Application CLOSED
Dates Abroad: May 27-June 17, 2018
Course Dates: May 27-June 17, 2018
Price: $3,812
NOTE: Information listed below is for 2018. Subject to change for 2019.

This program explores the nature of intercultural communication including an exploration of the basic principles of mindful communication and introspection and how to apply them.  Woven throughout is an in-depth look at the culture of Thailand.  Through class lectures, guest presentations, and visits to sites in Thailand, students will explore the nature of intercultural communication, including all related terminology and theory; will actively practice and participate in intercultural competence; will become more aware of the surrounding culture through observations, interviews, and intercultural contact; will understand the intersection between mindfulness and communication competence; and will learn and practice introspection and self-reflexivity. 


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


All participants are required to register for ONE of the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” courses.  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.
  • COMM 371: Intercultural Communication (3 units of SDSU resident credit)
    - OR - 
  • TBA: more information coming soon (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. 


Students will be housed in hotel accommodations with double occupancy rooms in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand. The program will include daily breakfast, four (4) dinners, and two (2) lunches, per the official itinerary.  

  • 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, 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.


Payment Schedule: 
  $1,300   Deposit due with application to College of Extended Studies (CES) to reserve your spot
  $1,417   Program payment due by April 1, paid to CES
  $1,095   Tuition due with course registration to CES between April 15-25
  $3,812   Total Program Fee 2018 

Included in the Program Fee:
  • Tuition
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • Hotel accommodations (double room occupancy)
  • Daily breakfast, four (4) dinners, and two (2) lunches
  • Flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • Airport transfers (arrival in Chiang Mai airport to hotel; departure in Bangkok from hotel to airport)
  • Private coach for cultural visits
  • Activities as listed in official itinerary 
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
  • Food not listed in the itinerary

Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.
  • For this program, withdrawals before the application deadline of March 15, 2018 will receive a full refund minus processing fees. 
  • Refunds of all recoverable expenses will be issued for withdrawals between March 16, 2018 and April 1, 2018. 
  • No refund will be issued for withdrawals after April 1, 2018.
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 2018: Application CLOSED

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.

  • 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.