University of Washington

Advanced Study of Thai


Applications Due: March 5, 2014

Oversight and quality control are provided by the national Consortium for Advanced Study of Thai (CAST), based in the US. The AST program is managed by the University of Washington. The executive director of CAST is Dr. Thomas W. Gething. The AST program is overseen at Chiang Mai University by senior administrators in the CMU Languages Institute.


(N.B . Details will vary for 2014)

Eight to ten experienced instructors from the Faculty of Humanities of CMU make up the program teaching staff. All have extensive experience in foreign language teaching and many have been engaged in second language instruction throughout their careers. In addition most AST instructors have also taught Thai as a second language to students in the University of Wisconsin College Year in Thailand Program, the Trent University Program, St. Olaf's Asian Studies Program, or University of California System Education Abroad Program.


Chiang Mai University, a leading regional university in Thailand, is located in Thailand's second largest city and serves as the northern region's academic center. CMU is seen as a important resource for governmental an non-governmental agencies and has extensive links with foreign institutions of higher education. Many significant development projects that have been launched in northern Thailand have been conducted by personnel from CMU. The University provides consulting services for official and NGO entities and assists in the conduct of feasibility studies and policy formulation.


AST is endorsed by the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Thai. The Consortium member institutions are:

Arizona State University
University of California-Berkeley
Cornell University
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Michigan
Northern Illinois University
Ohio University
University of California-Los Angeles
University of Washington
University Wisconsin-Madison
Yale University

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