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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 04/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Service Learning:
Program Description:
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The Program
2016 Student Photo Blogs
Follow along with one of this summer's participants as he explores Thai culture and global health in Bangkok!

    Farang Photography   
     by Jake Wasserman    
     Rising Junior, Public Health  
  • Learn about public healthcare systems in Thailand through volunteer opportunities focusing on health, well-being, and social inclusion.
  • Volunteer for three weeks in a improving the quality of life for economically disadvantaged families, the elderly, and disabled youth.
  • Discover the beauty and excitement of Thailand through immersive guided excursions in both urban and rural settings.
Your Host City: Bangkok
Bangkok, a sprawling metropolis with a population of over 6 million people, is a city you experience with all senses. A rich cultural center, the city exhibits deep cultural influences of neighboring India, China, and Cambodia. While awash with opulent palaces, temples, and shrines, Bangkok is also a modern city with a vibrant spirit. 

Faculty Director Profile:
Mark Robson

Dr. Mark Robson is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

His research interests include exposure science and pesticide use, primarily in developing countries, as well as the policies that impact pesticide use on a global scale. These interests have brought him to Thailand, and several other Southeast Asian countries, for many years of research.  He teaches courses in global health, human ecology, agriculture, and environmental health.

To view the program's 2016 syllabus, please click here. A preliminary syllabus for 2017 will be available before the start of the spring semester.

This three-credit global learning experience will introduce students to the challenges and implications of public health practices in Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia's largest growing metropolises, and to Thai cultural practices and how they affect public health and wellness.  The course will consist of three main components:
  1. Class meetings with a Rutgers faculty member.
  2. Service placements in community health, NGOs, and working with vulnerable populations.
  3. Cultural activities and excursions to acquaint students with many aspects of Thai culture and society.
Course hours will be divided evenly between the first two components, with additional cultural activities and excursions taking place on Friday afternoons and weekends.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

A major objective of this program is to introduce students in an authentic and meaningful way to Thai culture – its beauty as well as its realities. To this end, the program will feature several mandatory excursions. Past excursions have included:
  • Temple of Dawn and the Siam Museum
  • Walking Tour of Old Bangkok
  • A visit and guest lecture at Chulalongkorn University, the oldest and most prestigious university in Thailand
  • A visit to a rural community north of Bangkok to observe how pesticide use affects public health in rural Thai settings

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed at the Cross-Cultural Solutions Home-Base, a safe, convenient location in a residential district of Bangkok. The Home-Base is owned by CCS and used exclusively to house its volunteers as well as for meeting spaces and recreational activities. Students will live in double or triple rooms with other CCS volunteers. Each room has remote air conditioning and its own connected bathroom, and shared kitchen and laundry facilities are available.

Meals are included in the cost of the program. Students will take most meals (2-3 per day) at the CCS Home-Base as a group. Most meals will reflect local cuisine, though dietary restrictions can be readily accommodated.

Program Dates 

May 23-June 6, 2020

Financial Information
Program costs will be updated by early Spring Semester.

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.