SUMMER COURSES – CREDITS AND CERTIFICATES
Summer students choose one course, either:
- Intercultural Communication (3 credits); or
- Eco-Tourism (3 credits)
Students earn two Certificates (15 hours each):
- Thai Culture and Cuisine (Certificate).
- Thai Language (Certificate).
SUMMER 2017 DATES
- June 7 – July 10
- Flexible program dates for small groups.
- Please email us for more details.
- Based on the tropical resort island of Phuket, Thailand.
- University-issued student visa letter and application support.
- Interdisciplinary curriculum with the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism (FHT) at the Prince of Songkla University (PSU).
- Applicable to general education, business, and specific disciplines in hospitality and tourism.
- 3 transferable credits and 2 university-issued certificates.
- Class sizes range from 5 to 10 students.
- Accommodation (2 students per room).
- 5 week study program.
- University tuition.
- Program fees and books.
- Airport pick-up.
- Field trips and entrance fees to national parks.
- Orientation and farewell parties.
- Overnight cultural home-stay.
- Thai buddy program.
- Use of venue and facilities.
- Ingredients and materials for Thai cooking classes.
- Combines academic material with field studies and cultural experiences.
- Student groups are kept small enough for programs to be tailored to specific interests.
- PSU Campus life affords opportunities to make friends with students, faculty, and the community.
- Field trips to national parks and ecologically sensitive areas introduce students to community development and environmental management.
- First-hand experience with Phuket's international hospitality and tourism industry, including 700 hotels.
- University staff serve as a dynamic resource for academic research, including eco-tourism, surf tourism, and community-based tourism.
- Personal field experience provides opportunity and basis for primary research and publication.
- Field trips to local sites, including beaches, historical sites, hotels, aquariums, coral reef and mangrove areas.
- Study tours to meet with local social and environmental organizations.
- Opportunities for cultural homestay and community-based tourism projects.
- Excursions to Thai National and Marine Parks, such as Sirinat and Khao Sok.
- Outdoor adventures, such as surfing, snorkeling, and sea kayaking.
- Field studies augment course content as extra-curricular activities.
- June to September is Phuket’s surf season, offering the best and most consistent waves of the year.
- Practical experience in Thai cultural arts, including language and cuisine.
- Exposure to sustainable and community-based tourism in Thailand.
- Knowledge of rural communities and urbanization in Thailand.
- An understanding of environmental accountability and management in Thailand.