University of Washington

Advanced Study of Thai

NOTE: The Advanced Study of Thai program no longer receives assistance as a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program. Students may, however, use funding from their home institutions, including summer FLAS awards. The 2014 program is offered contingent on sufficient enrollment. AST cooperates with the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute; applicants are advised to apply to both AST and SEASSI to ensure that they are considered by both admission committees.

If you have specific questions don't hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas Gething. He can be reached at either of his e-mail addresses: or

Applications Due: March 5, 2014
Program Orientation: June 21 & June 22, 2014
Program Dates: June 23 - August 15, 2014

Program Description

The Advanced Study of Thai Program (AST) is an intensive eight-week course of instruction in advanced Thai language to be conducted in Thailand with instruction provided by members of the faculty of Chiang Mai University (CMU), Chiang Mai, Thailand. Equivalent to a full year's academic work and providing benefits far beyond increased foreign-language proficiency, this overseas program will be offered to approximately 12 exceptional individuals selected nationally on the basis of their need for and ability to absorb additional, advanced training in Thai, their readiness to benefit from in-country experiences, and their commitment and potential to become the next generation of Thai language and area-studies scholars in the US. The intensive, competency-based classroom study is accompanied by guided exercises outside the classroom setting that closely approximate real field work. AST is sponsored by the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Thai.

NOTE:  This year's special AST program is contingent upon having a group of at least six students.  Students will be responsible for tuition, estimated at $1600, plus travel and living expenses.  Students may apply to their own institutions for summer FLAS funding. There is also a $20 application processing fee.

Click on the links above for additional details about the AST program.

Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-9606 tel
(206) 685-0668 fax

Laurie Sears, Director

Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant

Linda Cuadra, Graduate Student Assistant