Program Information
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Winter 2025: Thailand DIST/ENTR
January 03, 2025 - January 29, 2025 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Grand Palace
Meetings
Interest Meetings:
03/04/2024 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMWIllard Hall 205
03/13/2024 5:30 PM - 6:30 PMWIllard Hall 205
04/05/2024 12:30 PM - 1:30 PMWIllard Hall 205
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

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 and tuition.
Program Description

Thailand Interest Meeting

How is the experience of disability influenced by the culture in which one lives? What factors influence the services and opportunities available to people with disabilities? Students in this 4-week program will examine these questions in the context of Thailand through sociocultural lenses. 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 two 3-credit courses. DIST 301 Disability & Diversity in Thailand considers disability from individual, family, and community perspectives with an emphasis on understanding issues of access and inclusion in everyday life. ENTR 451 International Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Thailand focuses on the core concepts of social entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship ecosystems, with a focal point on enterprises and ecosystem supports that are with and by people with disabilities.

In addition to academic field visits, students will have the opportunity to appreciate Thai culture through excursions to the Grand Palace, local markets, an elephant sanctuary, and other attractions. Students will stay in hotels (two to a room). First, we will stay in a central district of Bangkok with access to a variety of city amenities. Then we will make a short flight to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to experience the mountainous landscape and more rural cultures. Finally, we will visit Chon Buri, a seaside city about 80km southeast of Bangkok. Chon Buri is the location of Burapha University, our partner institution. The roundtrip flight to Chiang Mai is included in the program fee. Ground transportation between Bangkok and Chon Buri and for all program excursions will be provided. All breakfasts and some group meals are included.

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

The Program Fee does not include airfare to/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.
Program 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 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
DIST 301-070: Disability Studies: Disability & Diversity inThailand (3 credits)
We will learn about experiences of disability within Thai culture. Thailand offers students the opportunity to examine the influence of diverse religious, family, social service, and governmental approaches to disability that are largely different from the U.S. context while also sharing some common foci (e.g., improving inclusive education and employment outcomes for people with disabilities). We will consider disability from individual, family, and community perspectives across time with an emphasis on understanding issues of access and inclusion in everyday life.
ENTR 451: International Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Thailand (3 credits)
The course allows students to gain an international context and understanding of the world of social entrepreneurship within a developing country context. While Thailand is a unique and vibrant cultural context for those coming from the States, there are actually many similarities between their social enterprise ecosystem and ours here in the U.S. Therefore, students will not only have the benefit of adding an international context to their knowledge of social entrepreneurship, but they will also receive ample time in the course comparing and contrasting the two country contexts.
Prerequisite: All prerequisites waived.
UNIV 370: Study Abroad - Thailand DIST/ENTR (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their domestic travel study experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Requirements
All applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.

  • Students departing from EWR and JFK will depart on the morning of Jan 2 and arrive in Bangkok the evening of Jan 3, 2025. Students departing from PHL will depart the evening of Jan 1, arriving in Bangkok the morning of Jan 3, 2025.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
Costs
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $2,300.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
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 CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,633.00$7,065.00
Estimated Program Fee$2,165.00$2,165.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$4,828.00$9,260.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,300.00$2,300.00
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 http://www1.udel.edu/finaid/rates.html for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Scholarships
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
Deadlines
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onApril 20, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 03, 2024
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*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.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Contacts
Laura Eisenman
Faculty Director
Education
eisenman@udel.edu
Stephanie Raible
Faculty Director
Entrepreneurship
Lerner Colg of Business & Econ
302-831-6418
sraible@udel.edu

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