East Quad on the Coe Campus

Off-Campus Study


Semester in Asia

Thailand -May Term

This course offers an intensive look at Asian cultures in Thailand and Vietnam, with the possibility of brief looks at other Asian nations. A faculty member will accompany you to each site, and in each country, you will study language, read works in English about the culture and work with students at two host universities to gain a functional understanding of how each culture works.

  • Thailand: The host university, Payap University in Chiang Mai, provides language instruction and facilitates interaction between students in the program and the Payap English majors. In addition, the university provides lectures on religion and culture. Payap has an international dormitory in which Coe students are housed, and it already has an established international program. The Thai portion of the program is in two parts. It begins in mid-January and runs into the beginning of March. There will be a side trip of about three days to Luang Prabang, Laos, at the end of January.
  • During March, we visit Cambodia — Angkor Wat — for five days and spend a few days in Bangkok. After about three weeks, we return to Chiang Mai and Payap University for the month of April. Then we'll enjoy the Thai New Year celebration (three days of parades and water pouring) and continue with independent projects.
  • Vietnam: At the host university, the National University of Vietnam in Hanoi, fast-track English students serve as conversation partners and hosts for Coe students. The language portion of the three weeks spent in Hanoi will involve these students and focus on everyday structures and vocabulary. Their students also will take you to various sights in and around Hanoi.
  • Side Trip — Luang Prabang, Laos: We'll visit Luang Prabang, the royal capital of Laos, which preserves traditional Lao culture as it was years ago.

Exchange Programs in Asia

Coe's foreign exchange programs offer the opportunity to study abroad at cooperating foreign universities at comparable costs to a year at Coe (save for transportation) and without sacrificing Coe financial aid. You must have completed at least one year of continuous study at Coe before applying for one of these programs. Academic credit is transferred back to Coe in accordance with Coe’s rules. You may not study on an exchange program for longer than one academic year, and when the study-abroad term is completed, unless you are a graduating senior, you must return to the home institution.

Registration and payment of tuition and fees is done at Coe. At the end of the school year, the host institution submits a report to Coe on your achievements and official transcripts of grades and credits earned. You are responsible for the following expenses: meals; transportation to and from the host institution; medical insurance or medical expenses; textbooks, clothing and personal expenses; passport and visa costs; and all other debts incurred during the course of the year.

Program Program Advisor
Chiang Mai University, Thailand John Chaimov (German)
Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan David Nordmann (History)
Jinan University, Guangzhou, China David Nordmann (History)
Sookmyung Women's University, Korea David Nordmann (History)
Kongju National University, Korea David Nordmann (History)