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CSUF: CAS International Internship Option in Thailand 2019
Chiang Mai, Thailand (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter Session
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Financial Aid:
Private Student Loans
Housing Options: Host Family
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Areas of Study:
Child and Adolescent Studies
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College of Health & Human Development
Prerequisite: CAS 101 and 201
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CSUF Faculty:
Pineda, C.
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Program Description:
Program Description:
CSUF: CAS International Internship Option in Thailand, Winter Session 2019 

CAS Thailand
The Department of Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS) initiated opportunities for undergraduate-level students to complete CHAD major practicum requirements through international fieldwork experiences in 2005. Several cohorts have since travelled to China, Mexico, Thailand, Germany, and Costa Rica to learn about local cultures and to facilitate enrichment activities for children and/or families in school and community-based programs. 

Highlights from previous programs in Thailand include facilitation of activities designed to promote oral communication skills in multiple schools and community-based settings, a village home stay, hike to local coffee village, cooking class, visits to local temples, onsite lectures about Thai culture and survival language session, day visit at the Elephant Nature Park, and free time to explore the city.  

"I am glad I was able to become part of this opportunity. If I were to talk to a student about this experience, I would tell them to go for it. Personally prior to applying I was a bit worried because none of my friends were going to go with me. I told myself to go for it, this is something that I've always wanted to do and if my friends weren't coming along, I knew I couldn't miss out on this opportunity. While doing the Short Term Study Abroad Program, I got the opportunity to teach in Thailand. I taught 1st, 2nd, 5th and 8th grade. All in different schools, ranging from private to village to an ethnic minority school. Even though language was a barrier in some of the schools, we were able to communicate through visuals, hand motions, gestures, and google translator. Prior to this trip, I was super excited to start off the year teaching in Thailand, and now that I am back from this trip, I feel that this is one of the best decisions I have ever done. Due to this trip, I gained an interest in perhaps going back to Thailand to teach English for a year after I earn my Bachelor's Degree. Now that I have a potential interest in going back to teach, I feel motivated to learn a bit more about the language. Overall, I will never forget this experience. I had an amazing time in Thailand, it was so much fun and I enjoyed every moment.​" (2018)

Program Dates
  • Depart January 1, 2019 - Return January 16, 2019

Program Eligibility
Participation is open to Child and Adolescent Development majors and minors who have successfully completed CAS 101 and CAS 201, which are the prerequisites for any of CAS practicum courses.  
Program Highlights
  • Interact with children and/or families in community-based settings and engage in a variety of professional development experiences.
  • Participate in cultural activities designed to get them a deeper knowledge of the international setting.  In some cases, students stay with host families to enhance their cultural experience.
  • Gain internship/practicum experience.
  • Acquire and demonstrate enhanced understanding of how learning and development are influenced by language, culture, family and community values as well as interpersonal and professional skills that show sensitivity to cultural norms and differences in the international internship setting.
  • Develop extensive personal and professional networks through the international internship experience.

Information Sessions
Friday, April 6th, 2018, 2:00-3:00PM, at EC 527
Friday, April 13th, 2018, 2:00-3:00PM, at EC 527

Courses and Faculty
394/L (Introductory Practicum)

474/L (Advanced Practicum in Elementary School Settings)

or 494/L (Advanced Practicum in Community Based Settings)

Thailand participants must be enrolled in one of these CAS practicum courses in Fall 2018. Seminar participation includes attendance at class sessions on Fridays from 12:00 PM-1:50 PM, submission of course assignments, and participation in preparation activities aligned with the international experience. The course will be hybrid, meaning that half the sessions will be in person and the other half will be online.  If the international practicum is not completed then the student must complete the 60 practicum hours in a CICE approved site. Check with your CAS academic advisor to make sure the international short-study abroad program fits within your study plan. 

Note: Participating, qualified students may complete CAS 474/474L or CAS 494/494L in lieu of the advanced practicum course identified within the ECD (CAS 464/464L) Major Option.

Learning Goals associated with this experience include the following: 
  • Consider age appropriate, individually appropriate, and culturally appropriate practice in school and community settings;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how learning and development are influenced by language, culture, family and community values;
  • Demonstrate understanding of Thai history and culture with particular attention to developmental and familial contexts;
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and professional skills that show sensitivity to cultural norms and differences;
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and legal issues relevant to participation in field-based experiences; and
  • Engage in reflective practice.
Dr. Claudia G. Pineda, Child and Adolescent Studies


Costs & Financial Aid
Program Fee 
Program fees are estimated at $2,000 and will include lodging, most meals, selected tours, and community-based experiences. 

The program fee is based on a minimum student enrollment. If the student enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students. 

Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee
  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Teaching materials
  • CSUF Tuition and Fees (3 Units)
  • Books
  • Passport and Visa Fees
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Immunizations
  • Health insurance
  • Additional fieldtrips not included in the program 
  • Personal expenses (e.g., entertainment, shopping)
Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.
Passport and Visa Info

You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders do not require a tourist visa to enter the country of Thailand for this program. Find visa and entry information here.

Non-US passport holders should inquire with the Thai Embassy about visa requirements for their country of origin.  Please click here for embassy contact information for specific information about visa requirements for non-US passport holders.


Deadlines and Important Dates

April 20, 2018 
Early Decision Online Application Due
May 4, 2018 Early Decision - Application Status Notification

Student Commitment Deadline, $500 non-refundable deposit due within a week after acceptance 
September 2018 Remaining Balance Due
TBD Online Program Forms Due
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation
For programming-related questions (e.g. payments, enrollment, etc.), please contact Abigail Segura, Study Abroad Program Coordinator at

For course-related questions, please contact Dr. Claudia G. Pineda at

For application-related questions and online forms, please contact the Study Abroad Office at


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