Are you interested in learning in a new way?
We are looking for students interested in
- ecology and sustainability
- challenging experiential coursework
- engaging in diverse cultural experiences
- building leadership and expedition skills
This is not a passive classroom-based program. Students will be required to be active learners, engaged with the material, and motivated to learn.
If you are considering applying, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help you sort out what needs to be done at your school to apply to the program, and help answer any questions you might have about the application process.
There are several options for your study at ISDSI, including semester, semester plus internship, and full academic year.
ISDSI runs two semesters a year, Fall and Spring. Each semester is 16 weeks long, plus one week of orientation, for a total of 17 weeks.
Semester + Internship
Students have the option to stay on after the ISDSI semester to do a supervised internship either at an NGO or in another related project/activity related to the student’s interests.
In the Fall semester this is a 4 week January (J-Term) internship.
In the Spring semester this is an 8 week summer internship.
ISDSI staff will work with the student to develop an appropriate placement and supervision. See our Internship Course page for more information. Former students have found this internship to be very valuable when applying to graduate school and/or post-graduate jobs.
Full Academic Year
The full academic year at ISDSI combines independent study with a deep immersion into local cultures and ecosystems. Students doing a full academic year would be able to study and learn in all of the major ethno-ecological areas of Thailand, from remote mountain villages to coastal and island communities, including an internship and an in-depth independent research project in a tribal community.
During the fall semester, a student on the full academic year would take Foundations, Agroecology, Forests and Oceans. Then in January they would do a 4 week Internship during the first block of the spring semester. They would then have the option for an extended internship placement, or supervised independent study in each of the course areas (Agroecology, Forests and Oceans).
A full academic year at ISDSI prepares you for further graduate study or a career in international work, giving you language skills as well as deep knowledge of a specific region. Even if you work in another region, having the ability to communicate effectively in Thai and understanding the diverse cultures of Thailand is excellent preparation for working and living abroad.
Some schools have formal partnerships with ISDSI. If so, you may be able to pay through your home institution, depending on their study abroad/tuition policy. Please check with your study abroad office to find out if this is the case at your school.
ISDSI charges a “comprehensive fee” so that students may apply existing financial aid to tuition as well as cost-of-living in Thailand.
Comprehensive fees includes:
- program related meals
- in-country books/readers
- program related travel
- monthly cash stipend for food / local transportation on your own
The fee does not cover the following:
- roundtrip airfare to Chiang Mai, Thailand
- pre-departure assigned books (usually two, less than $50)
- personal gear / expedition clothing ($100 – $400 depending on what you already have)
Direct enroll comprehensive fee for 2013-2014:
|Term||Total Fee||Tuition||Room & Board|
|Semester + Internship||$24,144||$16,901||$7,243|
|Full Academic Year||$41,097||$28,768||$12,329|
Please note: These fees may be subject to change. Most schools will accept an ISDSI transcript, but if they require a US College issued transcript, you can have a transcript issued by our partner Kalamazoo College by enrolling as a special student at Kalamazoo for an additional fee of $2,000.
Many schools will allow you to apply part or all of your financial aid towards study at ISDSI. Please check with your study abroad office for more details about how to do that.
ISDSI also offers financial aid in the form of a fee reduction, usually from $500 to $3,500 per semester for qualified students.
Another source of information on scholarships is at http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman/resources.html.