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Semester in Thailand

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Semester in Thailand

Semester in Thailand with CISabroad was an amazing experience for me. I love to travel, and often do so on my own, but this program allowed me to be a student in another country which was a unique experience. The university was larger than my home university, meaning that I was almost overwhelmed by the level of opportunities available. The apartment we stayed in was run by locals which provided for a great cultural immersion. Everything about Thailand was both new and exciting, from the people, the food, the religion, and the culture. It was also a great starting point from which to visit other surrounding countries during the weekends. I recommend this program to anyone ready for a new experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Semester in Thailand

Studying abroad is something that I suggest for everyone, no matter his or her field of interest or past experience with travel (or lack thereof). I studied abroad last year with CISabroad Semester in Thailand. I had traveled quite a bit before that, but it truly provided me with a unique experience and taught me many lessons. Prior to that program, I had mainly traveled with family. Studying abroad with CISabroad provided the perfect mix of self-sufficiency and intensive support system. My experience abroad taught me to rely on myself in new ways, and I discovered how much I love to travel solo. This summer, I intend to do exactly that. While I learned this about myself, I also really appreciated the structure of the Semester Abroad program. There were multiple people from the program that were based in Thailand and they were always very friendly and helpful. They always offered advice and guidance when needed. The other participants in the program were also a major highlight. Not only did we enjoy having classes together, we also traveled together on the weekends. There were multiple excursions planned by CISabroad during the semester. These provided a great way to see more of Thailand, without having to worry about logistics because everything was taken care of. All in all, I suggest the program to anyone interested in visiting South East Asia. I am already wishing I could return!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    9

Thailand <3

I loved everything about my semester in Thailand. After contemplating for 2 years about going abroad, I'm glad I went because it has helped me grow as an individual, see the other side of the world in a different view, be more open-minded, and meet amazing people! Being abroad has allowed me get out of my comfort zone and experience things that I would have never gotten to experience because I got to use the excuse "I'm only in Thailand, once. So, just do it!" instead of debating if I should've done it or not (whatever the excursion was). Being abroad, I had made amazing friends, created great memories, and enjoyed seeing a lot of what Thailand had to offer- my favorite thing about Thailand that I would never forget is the ELEPHANTS. But aside from all of the fun things that I have done, I've gotta say, the program staff was very helpful! The staff was great (still is!) and I've had no problems with anything from the time I applied to the time I got back from my trip.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    7

Thailand Spring 2015

The best decision of my life was to study abroad in Thailand this past spring. I stayed in Baan Suan apartments with just about everyone else and we grew into a tight, family-like community. Between the friends made at school, the ones made traveling, the food, the local people, and the sights, studying abroad in Thailand was an absolutely magical and unforgettable experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

CIS? More like.. it's the best!

I had an eye-opening and life-altering experience while studying through CISabroad in Thailand. I now recommend everyone I know to study abroad through CIS if they have the opportunity to do so. I am so grateful and indebted to CIS for an experience of a lifetime.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Same Same, but Different

When originally planning on studying abroad the Asian continent never came to mind as some place I'd be interested in. It wasn't until the program I initially wanted to do got cancelled that I started to look at other options. I saw some pictures of Thailand and the price of a semester and that they taught biology courses and I was sold! The application wasn't too difficult, although the deadlines were hard to reach because I decided so last minute to go. Going to Thailand was one of the best decisions I have made and I am so thankful that I chose Mahidol. Two of my courses were rather difficult but the four day weekends and country hopping made it worth it. It was so easy to travel anywhere, by bus, minivan, and plane. Bangkok is a major international hub so we got flights to various countries for $100. I was able to go to Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar during my short 4 month stay. While the travels were absolutely amazing it was also amazing to meet and become so close to so many people in such a short time. Thai way of life is definitely different than America and they hardly get into any arguments; its really amazing to live and be a part of a different culture for an extended period of time.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

EXCELLENT

I absolutely loved the excursions we went on with CIS and I couldn't have asked for a better group to explore Thailand with (or better coordinators- David Jackson, Ya Ya and Porn). Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Thailand is amazing

This is a great program. The staff is there when you need them. Mahidol's campus is gorgeous. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in the region. The campus is just outside of Bangkok so you have easy access to the city with out the constant hustle and bustle of being downtown. Cheers to David and Phorn.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

A Unique Cultural & Exotic Scenery

Buddhist country and the culture is so different from western culture so you automatically get immersed in it. which was great. Program could have organized more trips or gotten us better meals on trips

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Best experience of my life so far!

My semester in Thailand was my first experience outside of the country. At first I was very nervous, but once I got there all my fears vanished. I felt very safe. I met amazing people. I ate amazing food. And I saw amazing sites. It was the best time of my life and I am so thankful that I had this opportunity. I think everyone should take this opportunity if it comes to you. And going with a program in school is a great first time experience too. It gives you some structure but is still a very independent experience. I feel more comfortable now and can't wait to travel on my own!

Program Administration:
Very helpful. Always checking in.

Health and Safety:
I lived in a gated community with security guards on the clock at all times so I felt really safe. Also, the program staff would contact me every time something was happening in the area to make sure I was safe.

Social Life:
Living in Salaya, there wasn't a ton of things to do in the area. But Bangkok isn't too far to go and do things.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Semester in Thailand

Overall the semester was pretty awesome. The trips that the program provided were mostly awesome. Being able to visit other countries on the weekends, on a whim, was amazing. Thai culture is amazing, Thailand wasn't initially my first choice, but it's not one I regret. It was the experience of a lifetime.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

It's what you make of it

Everyone who went had an awesome time, some people stayed amongst themselves, others socialized more. I chose CIS because it was the cheapest program I could find, I have no complaints. Make sure to go on the elephant trek and chiang Mai, Phorn and David were great, always really helpful and approachable. Join clubs at the school, the Thais are all super friendly, but shy. I miss it so much. In the end CIS was not what made the trip awesome, but it was the icing on the cake so to say. I'd recommend my experiences and this package to anyone.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

CIS Thailand Fall 2014

I absolutely loved Thailand. I would chose to come here over and over again a million times if I had the chance. The program was great and Mahidol University was even better. It was truly the experience of a lifetime that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Small Town Girl in a Big City

A large reason I chose to study in SE Asia - massive city Bangkok - is put myself into a long term situation that will force me to get lost in the hustle and bustle and prove to myself that I can survive. I did survive, I enjoyed myself, I've been uncomfortable, I've grown more confident, I am less afraid to put myself in strange situations. I met amazing people from all around the world. It was a European and Asian experience at once which I don't think can be said much from European study abroad programs. I was hoping to experience more of the religious side of Thailand, it is present but getting involved was more difficult that I was expecting. If I had a do over the only thing I would change is that I became more involved religiously, but Bangkok - Thailand - South East Asia is an amazing place.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health and Safety

    6

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Academics

    7

Semester in Thailand

My semester in Thailand was everything I could have asked for and more. The program was well organized and provided helpful support throughout the course of my semester. David and his helpers were just awesome and the excursions provided for immersion into Thai culture with an amazing group of people. I would definitely recommend going through the CISabroad program rather than setting up a study abroad myself.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Def recommend

Mahidol University is wonderful,Salaya district is a nice area to get to know local Thailand. The Cis advisers are helpful and the coordinators in Thailand were even more helpful. They set you up, they help and guide you, but the rest is up to you. I fell in love with not only the country but the people in my program. Def recommend.

Academics:
I was able to take specific courses for my major back home which worked out perfectly for me.

Living Situation:
I fell in love with the people who worked there, the people who cooked the food there, the people I lived with, but not the apartment itself. It does have a homey feel, the court yard is beautiful with the plants and animals and all, but my room was moldy and there was a terrible stink from my balcony.

Cultural Immersion:
Loved the fact that the program took us on group trips as I was not expecting that at all. They really try to help you understand the people and their culture not just by telling you but also by showing you.

Program Administration:
Sweet and helpful people

Health and Safety:
Thailand in general is pretty safe for women to travel. With that said you still have to be cautious. I felt pretty safe walking back and forth from school to my apartment in the evenings. Traveling is pretty easy. Better safe than sorry, always tell a friend where you're going or just buddy system yo.

Social Life:
Germans and Thais

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    10

IF YOU DON'T DO IT YOU'RE CRAZY

This was definitely one of the most unforgettable and amazing experiences of my life. I left the program in tears because I fell in love with the country, culture, people, and did not want to leave the lifelong friends I made. I did a study abroad program this past summer with ISA in Paris and it did not even come close to this program. ISA was completely rude, unhelpful, put us in unsanitary housing, and was not capable of planning the wonderful excursions that CIS scheduled for us. I want everyone to do this program so they can have the same wonderful experience I had this fall. People in my program enjoyed it so much that some are staying longer or even talking about moving to Thailand permanently.

Academics:
Classes were fairly easy and allowed time to travel and enjoy yourself. However, I did not realize how much I was actually learning until I traveled after with my family and my guides and family were both impressed at my knowledge of Southeast Asian history. THe school also worked with me when classes for my major were not being offered that semester. I was allowed to take an independent study course so that I would still get major credits.

Living Situation:
While it wasn't the nicest of MUIC housing, our group was definitely the closest of the international student because of our arrangement. Also, everyone who worked in or around the apartment began to feel like family and treat us like family.

Cultural Immersion:
Living right outside of Bangkok gave us the best of both worlds. I was worried about being outside the city at first but was soon thankful and happy with where we were. Getting in and out was both cheap and easy.

Program Administration:
Everyone was very nice and helpful without being overbearing.

Health and Safety:
It's Thailand. Life is so relaxed and there are no rules. Everything works out.

Social Life:
Met so many amazing people and travelers.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Even with Flooding, CIS is a great program and Thailand is an amazing country

I studied abroad in Bangkok in 2011 for the fall semester and about 2 months in floods canceled my classes. However up until that point, I had had a great time, the CIS local coordinator was amazing personally took me to temples and palaces all around the city. Then when the flooding hit, the support was amazing, the insurance paid for hotels for two weeks, and I got to travel around Thailand. Overall, even in the face of a natural disaster, Thailand and CISabroad are amazing.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    1

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    3

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Exploring Southeast Asia

I absolutely loved exploring Bangkok and Southeast Asia, but I frequently asked how far the campus was from the city and no one was able to give me a clear cut answer. The university is a 30-45 minute cab ride and hour to hour and a half bus trip to the city. Although it did not directly affect my experience, I wish I was informed ahead of time to properly prepare for added expenses of travelling to and from Bangkok.

Academics:
Good courses, some professors better than others but overall good learning experience.

Living Situation:
We had a huge issue with internet that CIS really did very little to assist with. It was extremely important that we had internet access in order to intverview for jobs back in the states. I STILL do not have a job as I had to push major interviews back. I was very disappointed in how the local director, Wyn, chose to handle the situation by flat out lying and blaming others instead of assisting in coming up with a proper solution.

Cultural Immersion:
N/A

Program Administration:
Really was not easily accessible. When I had a major problem, he was in London and although called me long distance, I ended up spending weeks working on the issue with not real assistance.

Health and Safety:
No Comment

Social Life:
I wish we could have been integrated better with other study abroad students. It was only the small group of Americans living at the apartment building where all the other students lived in large groups in much better accommodation.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health and Safety

    5

  • Social Life

    9

A semester back at my start

I am Thai/American so this semester in Thailand was more of trip back to my original place of birth. Being raised in America I dont really know much about my own birth country.
Being here I have met so many people from different cultures and races from all around the world. Swiss, Sweden, Britain, Australia, America, Canada and more. My international awareness of the world has drastically increased and my mind more opened than ever. I highly recommend any student interested in a multicultural perspective to travel to Thailand. The CIS people have been extremely helpful and they still remain the most efficient and effective study abroad program I have known. The hardest part of this experience was taking that first step to starting the process, but once you begin it's an easy step by step procedure. I am hoping to travel again at some point and CIS definitely helped me.

Academics:
Pretty decent classes with moderate amount of difficulty. If students are worried classes will be too hard here in Asia then rejoice.

Living Situation:
Baan Suan was very impressive. The rooms were way bigger and cost less than the one at my home university. Come and go as you please and no rules on guests. Plus a nice little restaurant right in front of the building.

Cultural Immersion:
Oh yeah, short from actually living here you don't get as immersed as this. To go to school you have to take a taxi or a bus, you feel like you actually have a life in Thailand.

Program Administration:
CIS was very helpful. There were some issues with consistency with the advisers but I understand this couldn't be helped with the limited employees on board.

Health and Safety:
I realize that this is Thailand and safety is an issue. But it is a matter of common sense. Just don't walk anywhere alone where it's obviously dangerous.

Social Life:
Oh my god. If you are not studying then you are traveling all over Asia or all over Thailand. There is a lot to do and there are a lot of people to do it with.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Thailand: The Land of Smiles

My experiences in Thailand will be unforgettable for the rest of my life. Studying abroad in Thailand has, so far, been one the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am beyond happy that I chose to live and study in this amazing country. The cities, food, culture and especially the people are all wonderful and only added to this unique experience. The memories I have made in Thailand from playing with tigers to traveling the islands via a longtail boat to making life-long friends will always remain with me. Thank you CIS abroad for making one of my dreams possible!

Social Life:
Endless opportunities in Thailand to have fun!!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Living in a Cultural Dream

I am extremely happy with my choice in CIS Abroad Thailand. I got to experience 4 months of traveling a diverse culture as well as meet amazing people and learn in a vast environment of international and Thai students. I have memories to last me a lifetime.

Academics:
My course load was laid back and simple. My teachers cancelled class numerous times.

Living Situation:
Loved the people in Baan Suan and loved the atmosphere. Only complaints are the hard bed and sometimes unreliable internet service.

Cultural Immersion:
CIS helped greatly with the immersion into the Thailand culture. The first day we were here we were taken on a trip to the Grand Palace and temples in downtown Bangkok as well as taught a brief language lesson and introduced to society values.

Health and Safety:
I always felt safe in Salaya. Bangkok is a bustling city, so its always wise to keep valuables away and safe from picpocketers, but I never had to endure the consequences of any stolen items.

Social Life:
We all stayed connected through the mahidol international facebook group and managed to do a lot of socializing with international and local students!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    7

How Time Flies

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Thailand, and it has just flown by, as good things always do. Going to school at Mahidol University was a pleasant experience, and I didn't mind the uniforms at all. I wasn't used to such a light workload in all of my classes though. It almost felt like I was back in high school. Living in Salaya was nice, as it was away from the hectic atmosphere of Bangkok, and we could easily get into Bangkok if we needed to. I went on many great trips around Thailand during my time here, and feel like I had time to see everything I wanted to.

Academics:
The class load was a lot lighter than what I am used to in the States. It almost felt like going back to high school.

Living Situation:
The apartment was just fine. I would've liked to have internet that was a little more reliable though.

Cultural Immersion:
I had no problems adjusting to the culture here.

Program Administration:
Everyone has been so helpful.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

Spring 2015

I had a great time, the only thing I would have changed is living in a place more like green park. I was always over there and it was just much easier to meet people there, although Bundit had the best food options around which i was very pleased with.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Thailand

Thailand was a really great experience. CIS was a great program to go through because it have you easy opportunities for socialization and making friends. The directors were helpful and fun, the excursions we went on were awesome!