" I had no idea before I went the extent to which you would become part of the Thai community. The opportunity I had to live with Thai families and Karen hilltribe families blew my mind while I was there and still today when I'm back at home. If you ever want to experience Thai culture, much less Asian culture at all, there is honestly no better way than through this semester. "

-Tricia Vannatter, SST Alum 2004

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Chiang Mai


From January 6 - 19 we will stay at the beautiful Suan Doi House (Mountain Garden Guest House) which is at the base of the Mountain Doi Suthep and Chiang Mai University and close to all the most important sights of Chiang Mai.


Student Participants have come from the following institutions:

Westmont College
Messiah College
California Lutheran University
Houghton College
Bethel College
University of Sioux Falls
Eastern University
Gordon College
Northwestern College (IA)
Carthage College
Knox College
Northeast Missouri State University
Trinity Christian College


From January 20 - March 31 students will live with Thai families (with their own private bedroom) and commute to Chiang Mai University at the Faculty of Humanities where they will take all courses.

"Living with a Thai family was the most beneficial aspect of my experience. The stress and joy it brought, challenged my being, my worldview, my patience, and even my faith. It also gave me eyes in which to see Thai culture through."

-Jenny Heck, Houghton College, SST 2005