Summer Abroad Thailand

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Microbiology Lab in the Kingdom of Smiles

Bangkok, Thailand

First Offering – Session I

Arrive Date:  June 26, 2020    End Date:  July 25, 2020

Second Offering – Session II

Arrive Date:  August 7, 2020    End Date:  September 5, 2020

Program Overview

This laboratory program will introduce microbiology to students wishing to explore the enchanting and exotic Kingdom of Thailand. Hands-on activities complement lecture and lab exercises as we explore the microbiology of Thai food, international health issues, and the changing environment. Students will examine the microbial diversity of samples they obtain from a variety of places, ranging from open-air markets and urban canals to pristine jungles and beaches. Excursions allow discovery of urban and rural locations to examine microbiology at the crossroads of public health, food safety, and the environment. As a group, we will travel within Bangkok, to the United Nations’ World Heritage Historic City of Ayutthaya and to islands in the Andaman Sea. The program will be hosted by Assumption University, one of Southeast Asia’s top comprehensive international universities.

A Glimpse into the Program (VIDEO)

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program CoordinatorKaren Larke


Microbiology (MIC) 102Introductory Microbiology (3 units) 

Microbiology (MIC) 103LIntroductory Microbiology Laboratory (2 units)

Microbiology (MIC) 198. Directed Group Study of Microbiology (3 units, P/NP)


Food Science and Technology (FST) 104L. Food Microbiology Laboratory (4 units) 

Food Science and Technology (FST) 198. Directed Group Study of Food Science (4 units, P/NP)

Prerequisite Note: Summer Abroad will be enforcing prerequisites for this program.

Program Highlights

  • Get class credits for a Life Science laboratory that involves exploring tropical jungles, pristine beaches, exotic markets, and the mega-city of Bangkok.
  • Participate in experiences focused on understanding how humans impact the microbiology of food, human health, and the environment.
  •  Meet like-minded students, sample fantastic food, experience exotic cultural activities, visit mystical temples and grand palaces, enjoy walking on tropical beaches, and swimming among world-famous underwater reefs.
  • Be creative to participate in activities to experience Thai culture, Asian Pop culture or contribute to public health, food production or community development.

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