Thailand Country Brief

three statues standing near Thai temples

A wide range of UMN schools and colleges have connections in Thailand, including an interdisciplinary health sciences hub at Chiang Mai University. Many UMN alumni and collaborators are on staff at local universities and governmental organizations.

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Research and Faculty Connections

Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility

  • Thailand Partnership: The University of Minnesota launched the Thailand Partnership in April 2016 anchored by strong collaborations between the University of Minnesota and universities in Thailand, as well as with non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, placing a high priority on mutual benefit and exchange. It builds on joint education initiatives and collaborative research studies that have been ongoing over the last 25 years. 
  • UN Migration Agency Project: A partnership with the United Nations Migration Agency to train health providers abroad and help ensure that US-bound refugees receive proper health screening, arrive safely and have a more successful community integration. 

School of Nursing

  • Erica Schorr: Use of a Wearable Device to Examine the Relationships among Physical Activity, Sedentary Time, and Glycemic Control in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Thailand

College of Education and Human Development

College of Liberal Arts

  • Aren Aizura: Studies of gender reassignment surgery tourism in Thailand

Institutional Partners

Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai University is a public research university with a strong emphasis on engineering, science, agriculture, and medicine.

Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University, the oldest university in Thailand, is a public and autonomous research university.

Mahidol University

Mahidol University is an autonomous research institution that is ranked as one of the country's top universities.

Thammasat University

Thammasat University is a public research university and the second oldest university in Thailand.

UMN Partners and Related Units

UMN Units with Partnerships and Projects in Thailand:

  • Carlson School of Management
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Medical School
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • Learning Abroad Center


Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals recipients:

Student Mobility

Thai Students at UMN

33 students (2019-20)*

UMN Students in Thailand

110 students (2018-19)+

UMN students can choose from several learning abroad programs in Thailand, including the University's signature Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) program and the Carlson School of Management's student exchange with Thammasat University.

*Source: ISSS Annual Report (Twin Cities only)
+Systemwide, source: Learning Abroad Center