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Thailand was an amazing, eye-opening experience that has changed my life permanently. I learned so much about myself and cultures around the world. I loved the experience. A big thanks to KEI for my study abroad. The international relations office is exemplary, they are so friendly and helpful. I will recommend to all my friends to study through KEI.

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Field Trips

KEI organizes cultural activities and field trips during the program. Transportation, lodging and admission for planned activities are included in the program fee. Below are the most commonly organized field trips. KEI reserves the right to change planned activities for destinations of equal value and interest. Field trips may change based on availability, local festivals and interest. Academic year and multiple term students participate on planned field trips during their first term of study.


Trimester & Summer

Bangkok has much to offer. Students will visit temples, the Royal Palace and other culturally significant sights. Some activities take places during the orientation, using public transportation so that students learn how to navigate the city.


Trimester & Summer

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Ayutthaya's ideal location between China, India and the Malay Archipelago made it a trading capital of Asia. By 1700 Ayutthaya had become the largest city in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, remind us of its past splendour. Ayutthaya was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Don Wai Floating Market

Trimester & Summer

The floating market at Wat Don Wai is a popular destination. It is located on the Nakhon Chai Si River, about 30 km from Bangkok, and retains the appearance of a market dating back to King Rama. The food stalls are actually on solid ground, overlooking the river. It's a great place to pick up local food. You can also eat in one of the many restaurants that border the river.

Ko-Samet Island

Trimester only

This lovely island has one of the most pristine beaches in Thailand. Not far from Bangkok, it is popular with Thais seeking a peaceful escape from the city.

Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai)

Trimester only

The 4 to 5 day excursion through Northern Thailand will stop at several places, notably the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Weather permitting, students will also visit tribal areas in the Northern jungle.

Formerly, Chiang Mai stood on an ancient trade route. It is well known for the number of sumptuous Buddhist temples dating back to the 14th century. Students also visit the Umbrella and Silk Factory (or similar), a long-standing handcraft in Chiang Mai. In Chiang Rai, students can stand on the hill of the Gate of Siam and see over the Mekong River to Laos. The city is the gateway to the "Golden Triangle," the area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.

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