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Thailand: Development & Globalization

Khon Kaen, Thailand

Khon Kaen, Thailand

Program sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Farmer and pagoda in Khon Kaen, Thailand.
Farmer and pagoda in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

The CIEE Study Center based at Khon Kaen University helps students understand the complexities concerning development and globalization issues, and the role students play as global citizens. Students learn about development and globalization from both an academic and a grassroots community level by combining a set curriculum of classroom-based academics, including intensive Thai language, with extensive practical field experience.

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Program Requirements


2.5 minimum overall GPA.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Self-catered off-campus rental units with a Thai roommate (when not on community visits or in home stays).

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $23,509

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $14,681
  • Housing & services: $2,450
  • Visa & insurance: $319
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $20,250

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $750
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Local transportation: $30
  • Books & supplies: $75
  • Personal expenses: $700
  • GeoBlue: $204

Total: $3,259

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the CIEE website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated CIEE programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to a CIEE program, you will be required to pay a participation confirmation directly to CIEE to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay this deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your CIEE program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • CIEE Participation Confirmation: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after CIEE has confirmed the payment.
  • CIEE Scholarships: Most CIEE scholarships will disburse to your CAESAR account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern, while others will be sent directly to you. It depends on the type of scholarship; contact CIEE directly to confirm how your scholarship will apply.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other CIEE Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from CIEE for your program's tuition, housing, or CIEE insurance. You may be responsible for obtaining your own student visa; refer to your program materials and contact CIEE directly if you have any questions.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, meal plans, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to CIEE.

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