Thursday, March 24, 2016

Elephants, Culture, and Ecology of Thailand - apply by 4/15

The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) is offering a 5 week course this coming summer in Thailand focused on understanding elephants at the intersection of culture and ecology. Historically revered in Asia, elephants have a long history intertwined with human communities and local ecosystems.  

Students will start in Chiang Mai at ISDSI, studying conversational Thai and the history and biology of elephants in Thailand and Southeast Asia.  This will be followed by an extended expedition into several communities looking at elephant conservation efforts, the dilemmas posed by elephant tourism, and getting to know elephants first hand. The program will feature seminars, field studies, and on-going experiential learning.  Space is limited so students are encouraged to apply early. 

DATES: June 6 to July 8 (5 weeks)

DEADLINE: Rolling admission until April 15. Check with UMD's Education Abroad before applying to be sure the credits will transfer back.


See a ISDSI student’s experience with elephants here: