Distance Thai

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Step into the world of Siam/Thailand with these online Thai language courses and immerse yourself in the national language and cultures of the Thai people. Instruction will be conducted by NIU Thai language professor Kanjana Thepboriruk. 

Taught in Thai and English, these 16-week courses are designed for students, professionals and others interested in learning Thai in a flexible online format using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous methods. Beginning classes will be taught mostly in Thai and students will be able to communicate about everyday topics in Thai upon completion of the course. Upper-level courses will be taught entirely in Thai and students will continue to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through authentic texts such as short stories, advertisements, popular music, and videos. Students will earn three to five credits transferrable to other universities.

Classes will run from August 24 to December 11, 2020. The class size is limited to 25.

How to Enroll

Apply as a guest student on NIU’s undergraduate application and enroll. No need for transcripts! 

If you are a graduate student at another institution, simply sign up as a graduate student at large. Deadline to apply: August 17, 2020.

Course Requirements

  • Access to Internet
  • Access to a printer (if you do not have access to a printer, please contact the instructor)

Course Fees

  • Beginning: FLTH103 tuition is $1,744.20 for 5 credit hours
  • Intermediate: FLTH 203 tuition is $1,046.52 for 3 credit hours
  • Upper: FLTH 300 tuition is $1,046.52 for 3 credit hours

Community College Students

After completing Beginning Thai, students intending to transfer to NIU are eligible to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships through the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, which cover tuition, fees and include a $5,000 stipend.

Additional Information

For further questions, please contact Prof. Thepboriruk (kanjana@niu.edu).

Contact Us

Center for Southeast Asian Studies
520 College View Court
815-753-1771
cseas@niu.edu