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Program Details

The key objective of this program is for students to use group communication, software engineering, and instructional design skills to analyze, document, and research a real world solution to support the mission of a non-profit charity organization that teaches English to Thai children. Students will be working within interdisciplinary teams alongside Thai faculty and students to thoroughly gather and document client training requirements. For Computer Science students, a software prototype will be developed simultaneously during the spring 2017 semester (before and after) the trip.

The education majors will learn inter-cultural communication skills with the adult students in Thailand. In order to accomplish this goal, WSU education students will participate in synchronous and asynchronous communication activities with Thai college students before arriving in Thailand, which will lead to a cooperative group project.


  • Phuket
  • Chiang Mai

Program Dates:

March 1, 2017 – March 12, 2017


Pay deposit and all payments to the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning in person or pay over the phone with a credit card at (801) 626-6600. Please, do not pay on campus, all payments need to be made at the Hurst Center.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 - SLC to Phuket Thailand
Friday March 3, 2017 - Tuesday March 7, 2017 - Phuket Thailand
2 full days working with client, 2 days of tours and activities - including elephant riding, cultural show, boat/beach tours
Wednesday March 8 - Travel to Chiang Mai Thailand
2 full days working with client, 2 days of tours and activities - including cultural activities and shopping
Sunday March 12, 2017- Chiang Mai to SLC

Academic Courses

  • Computer Science Students - CS 4830: Special Topics in Computer Science
  • Education Students - EDUC 4810: Introduction to Teaching EFL/ESL

Program Directors

David Byrd, PhD
Richard Fry, PhD

Trip Cancellations

If the trip is canceled, all participants will be refunded. Any refunds for withdrawals from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees and according to the Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates & process may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.