Intensive Thai in Thailand

Intensive Thai in Thailand — About

About Intensive Thai in Thailand

With its fascinating cultural sites and wide array of environmental diversity, Thailand has long been a popular destination for travelers the world over. While Thailand can lay claim to being the only southeast Asian country not be colonized by European today, it serves as a major hub of industry, agriculture, and tourism.

The Intensive Thai in Thailand program can be combined with the MSID Thailand semester or academic-year program for an extended experience abroad.

Housing & Meals

Homestays are an integral component of the learning experience. You will live and share most meals with a family in order to gain deeper cultural insight into life in Thailand.


Excursions to locations of cultural interest in and around Chang Mai are included in the program fee.

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff

Mark A. Ritchie, Ph.D., Executive Director

Mark has lived in Thailand for over 20 years, working with local communities, international development work, as well as international education. Originally from the United States, Mark studied the transition of agrarian rural communities in Northern Thailand, and has been involved in project evaluation and assessment, participatory development research, and training of local communities in Asia. He founded ISDSI with his wife, Dana E.C. Ritchie, 15 years ago, and is currently working on empowering local communities through international education.

Kanokporn (Aoy) Deeburee, Program Coordinator

Aoy has an academic background in social development and community development. She received her Masters in Social Development from Chiang Mai University and has worked in numerous research and development projects throughout Thailand and the Mekong region.  She coordinates the MSID Thailand program including placements in non-profit/NGO internships. 

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