Khon Kaen, Thailand

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  • Fall Semester - Mid August - Mid December
  • Spring Semester - mid-January - mid-May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - *Please note earlier deadline.* March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Are you hoping to work in some capacity that will benefit society and the environment? Are you thinking about joining the Peace Corps or another community-based volunteer program upon graduation? Then this program is for you.

The CIEE Study Center in Khon Kaen helps you to understand the complexities concerning development and globalization issues, and the role you play as global citizens. You'll learn about development and globalization from both an academic and a grassroots community level and its overall effects on a developing nation.


  • Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.  
  • All courses contain extensive experiential components. The required core course combines classroom-based academics with extensive practical field experience. Students should be aware that the program is an alternative educational model in itself. Faculty from the University prepares students in the classroom, while practitioners from local NGOs provide guidance during the visits to various development projects. The program places the educational process squarely in the hands of the students as a group. Students gain skills facilitating participation and group dynamics, generating proposals, and organizing special projects. Students are required to take The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment, Directed Research Field Study/Practicum, Social Research Methods, and one Thai language course at their level.

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Host University

Khon Kaen University (KKU), the major educational institution in the Northeast, is located four kilometers north of the city on 2,500 acres of partially wooded land. Founded in 1 64, KKU has 17 faculties which offer bachelor's, master's, and professional degrees in fields such as health and medicine, social sciences, humanities, education, agriculture, business, engineering, and the physical sciences. Approximately 20,000 students study at KKU. There are approximately 1,500 full-time faculty members and 4,000 part-time faculty and staff

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed online CIEE application
    • Personal statement
    • Passport photos will be uploaded by students as electronic files in to our online application.
    • Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).
    • Official transcript
    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator to as
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,577.50).  Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


While not on community visits and staying with host families, students live in off-campus rental units with a Thai roommate. Meals are not included and are the responsibility of the student. Students can take meals at the University cafeteria or local restaurants.


Located in the center of the Northeast province of Isaan, Khon Kaen is Thailand's fourth largest city with a population of over 200,000. About 300 miles north of Bangkok, it is the educational and government center of the Northeast as well as the headquarters for most development organizations working in the region. Compared to other parts of Thailand, the Northeast has retained many traditional Thai customs as well as Lao and Khmer influences.