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  • Locations: Various Cities, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Hotel
Maximum Credits Available: 03 Prior Language Study: N/A
Eligibility Requirements: Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher Duration: Short-term, Summer
Program Description:
Photo 11Program potential dates: May 15-29, 2018
Program Overview
Traditional Healing in Thailand is a 3-credit study abroad course with an emphasis in Thai history, language, geography, culture and customs specifically related to traditional healing practices of Thailand. In this experiential course, students will spend 12 days immersed in the traditional Thai healing practices, and will learn traditional Thai massage, herbal medicine, spiritual healing practices and mindfulness practices integral to the Thai culture. Students will complete Thai Massage Levels 1 (20 CEUs) with Kaori Kurihara,WI-LMT a master Thai massage practitioner with over 20 years of experience of teaching and practicing Thai Massage. The 20 continuing education credits can be applied to the Wisconsin State Licensure requirements for continuing education. This course is also approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion.
Course Information
Traditional Healing in Cross Cultural Context (10-140-101) is a study abroad course that will prepare general education and occupational students to experience how indigenous people embody the idea of health and healing in everyday life. In this interdisciplinary course, students will explore the concepts of traditional healing and indigenous cosmology as it relates to the health of the individual, the community, and the earth. Students will also engage in independent research and collaborative projects to support the formulation of a personal wellness philosophy. All students will participate in a service learning component as part of the course.

The independent, collaborative and service work will foster global skills and broaden cultural insights. To this end, communication, social interaction, critical thinking, problem solving, and self-management skills will be an expected outcome. Upon completion of this course, students will provide evidence of skills and knowledge learned and strategies to integrate the global experience into their everyday life.
Accommodation and Meals

Participants will be staying in double occupancy hotel rooms and breakfast is included on all days in Thailand. 8 lunches and 1 dinner is included. Students will need to plan to budget for approximately $5-10 USD/per meal for additional additional lunches and dinners.
In addition to the Thai massage classes, students will have the opportunity to visit Thai massage temples in Bangkok, visit an organic medicinal herb farm, experience traditional Thai spas, go on excursions to local markets as well as experience traditional Thai dance and culinary arts.  Students will also have several opportunities to explore the natural areas by hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and more.
Additional Information

A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling abroad. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.

All students are required to attend the pre-departure orientation. This orientation provides information on health and safety, packing and trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.


The approximate cost for this course is $3800.00. Final fees are still being determined but will include:
  • All lodging for 11 nights
  • Level 1 Thai Massage Instruction (NCBTMB Approved CEUS/20 hrs/5 days of classes
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Round-trip Airfare and all transportation to and from Thailand as well as all class-related in-country transportation
  • Activities & Excursions: to Ayutthaya, the Grand Palace and 2 Thai Massage Temples, An organic herb farm and a traditional Thai dinner and dance performance
  • Travel Insurance 

Additional Costs:
  • Madison College Tuition $450.00
  • 9 Dinners (please budget between 5-10 USD per meal)
  • Meals on travel days to Thailand on 5/15-17 and from Thailand on 5/28-29
  • Additional activities on Free Days and in the afternoons when in Phi Phi (snorkeling, biking, kayaking, thai cooking classes, spa treatments, massages etc)
  • Students should plan to budget additional $ for drinking water ($1/day)
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips and gratuities for drivers, servers, hotel staff etc. 

Photo 13To Apply

All materials, including the initial deposit of $500, must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education by the deadline date. (NOTE: Unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.)

Although this study abroad program is open to students, professionals, and community members, if applications exceed the spots available, priority will be given in this order: Massage Therapy program students and graduates, Madison College students in other programs, licensed massage therapists, health professionals, and community members. 

For More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.

This program is currently not accepting applications.