University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: Thailand DIST - micro

Program Dates January 09, 2022 - January 30, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview Note:
If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 22W study abroad program.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

If quarantine is still in effect in the fall, this program will be cancelled.

How is the experience of disability influenced by the culture in which one lives? What factors influence the services and supports available to people with disabilities? Students in this 3-week micro-mester program will examine these questions in the context of Thailand. Students will engage with educational institutions, community services, government organizations, and advocacy groups to learn about the way people with disabilities live, learn, work, and play in Thailand.
All students will take a course (DIST 301) that considers disability from individual, family, and community perspectives with an emphasis on understanding issues of access and inclusion in everyday life. In addition to academic field visits in Bangkok and Chon Buri, students will have the opportunity to appreciate Thai culture through excursions to the Grand Palace, temples, museums, and local markets.
Students will stay in a hotel (two to a room) in the Phaya Thai district of Bangkok, a residential area with access to a variety of city amenities. Transportation for all in-country program activities will be provided via bus, taxi, or BTS Sky Train. All breakfasts and some group meals are included.

The Program Fee includes hotel accommodations, some group meals, all group excursions, and transportation in country.

The Program Fee does not include airfare to or from Thailand, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Bangkok, Thailand. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability SupportServices to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
DIST 301: Disability Studies: Disability & Diversity inThailand (3 credits)
UNIV 370-235: Study Abroad - Thailand DIST (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,623.00$4,356.00
Estimated Program Fee$1,650.00$1,650.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$3,303.00$6,036.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,100.00$1,100.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Laura Eisenman
Faculty Director
213H Willard Hall Education Bldg.

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2021

Interest Meetings:
03/08/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, The Zoom Meeting ID: 974 3918 1337
03/09/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, The Zoom Meeting ID: 974 3918 1337
03/24/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, The Zoom Meeting ID: 974 3918 1337
03/25/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, The Zoom Meeting ID: 974 3918 1337

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.