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UNC Institute for the Environment Thailand Field Site (Energy and Environment)
UNC Institute for the Environment's Thailand Field Site is hosted by the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment at King Mongkut's University of Technology - Thonburi (JGSEE-KMUTT) in Bangkok, Thailand. This field site is directed by Dr. Rich Kamens, UNC Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and the academics focus on energy, environmental infrastructure, and sustainability. Students are fully immersed in Thai culture and environmental issues while completing coursework at JGSEE-KMUTT during the spring semester, then completing research during the summer. Through participation in this program, Carolina students have gained publication of their research focusing on biofuels, wind energy, and PV systems, and more.
KMUTT is located on the southern edge of Bangkok, the spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational, and diplomatic center of Thailand. Major tourist attractions include Buddhist temples, palaces, and cultural dance exhibitions. A wealth of opportunities are available for students to sample local cuisine, bargain for traditional handicrafts, ceramics, silks and batiks, and travel during school breaks throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and other nearby destinations.
UNC students will take the following courses, all in English, for a total of 12 hours of UNC graded credit:
- ENEC 403: Environmental Chemistry Processes (3 cr),
- ENEC 698: Capstone: Analysis and Solution of Environmental Problems (3 cr),
- ENVR 404: Life Cycle Analysis (3 cr),
- ENEC 395: Research in Energy (3 cr) This capstone research project will take place in June-July after the regular classes conclude.
In addition, students will select two from the following 3-credit hour KMUTT-JGSEE courses taught from January-May for an additional 6 credits:
- Energy Management in Buildings; Environmental and Health Risk Assessment;
- Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy
- Energy Technology
Students should also register for the 1-credit ENEC 241 Thai Field Site Seminar taught by Professor Kamens in the Fall semester before the UNCIE program. Please reach out to Professor Kamens with any course-related questions.
Students are strongly encouraged to have completed Chemistry 101 and Math 231 (or equivalent) prior to participation on this program.
Students will have the opportunity to begin learning Thai language in a series of pre-departure meetings, and will have countless opportunities to improve their language skills throughout the program
Students will stay in shared, semi-furnished private apartments next to the KMUTT campus, coordinated by the Resident Director and host institution. While students can immerse themselves in local university life on the KMUTT campus, it is also convenient to travel by public transportation to downtown Bangkok, local tropical beaches, and nearby ancient ruins.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are based on current UNC tuition rates, the student’s NC residency status, and operating costs of the program. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
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