Semester in Development

Program Details


Winter/Spring: Jan 23 – April 17

Summer: May 28 – August 21

Fall: Sep 17 – Dec 11

Cost: $6750 USD
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Our Thailand program hosts cohorts of up to 14 from around the world who are looking to challenge norms, push boundaries, and do things a little differently, all while developing essential skills and building global relationships. This program is well-suited for students looking to immerse themselves in a uniquely tropical and laid-back culture while learning what it takes to collaborate in a globalized world. As a participant in our Thailand program, you will meet, interact with, and learn from local changemakers, all while living in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s cultural epicentre.

How it works

Though it might sound complex, our programming is straightforward. We host students in our safe and centrally located guest house while they

  1. Intern with a locally-led organization
  2. Earn credits taking courses at Chiang Mai University
  3. Experience Thailand’s stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures, within our cultural experiences, as well as on your own.

The program runs for 12 weeks, is available during winter/spring, summer and fall terms, and is open to current students, recent graduates, or those with a bit of experience but may be looking for a career change.



Partake in a 12-week long internship and gain international work experience with an organization based within your field of interest. Students will be spending 5 days a week working at their respective internships, with weekends off to explore Thailand.

We currently work with partner organizations that span a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Education and Child Protection
  • Health
  • Human Rights and Refugee Issues
  • Gender and Economic Empowerment
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Driven Business

We’re constantly adding new partners, so if you seek a specific kind of internship, please feel free to let us know when you apply.

Not sure where you want to intern? Not to worry; after you’ve been accepted into the program, our team of program coordinators will work with you one-on-one to determine a good fit.

what students are saying

Spending a Semester Abroad with Insight benefited my career immensely.
After graduating I was able to secure an internship with the UN in Indonesia,
I learned that the UN looks for international experience above all else.

I realized on this trip how much I enjoyed travelling and exploring new cultures,
as well as what my core values are. I learned so many things that translate to
travelling and working in new environments.

Evan Beck

Queens University

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A Commitment To Safety & Quality

At Insight, our priority is to create a unique travel program for students that balances risk with positive life-changing experiences. All of our programs undergo a thorough and comprehensive risk assessment before every departure.

Additionally, our onsite staff are experienced travelers, well versed in the intricacies of living and working in developing nations and fully equipped to handle any obstacles that may arise.

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