Thailand 2017

Program Date

Sept 29-Oct 9, 2017


Computer Science and Web and User Experience students (others with permission of instructor)

Interested students can earn 4 Upper Division CS or WEB elective credits and working experience contributing to an International Software Engineering and Web Tourism Project in Thailand, in conjunction with North Chiang Mai University.  This will be EAST’s 4th trip to Thailand, and this time, we will be building an e-commerce website for a Thai Woodcarving village. 

During the next trip to Thailand, you will:

  • Spend 3 full days working in Chiang Mai, Thailand at North Chiang Mai University and the Wood Carving Village directly with the client on the project.
  • On “off” days, you’ll enjoy cultural activities around Chiang Mai – including Elephant riding through the jungle, visits to Buddhist temples and remote Hill Tribe villages, as well as experience traditional Thai massage and cultural dance.
  • On our way home, we will fly to and stop for a few days in Phuket, Thailand to experience some of the world’s best beaches and sightseeing activities in the area. 
  • We’ll take a speed boat to Phi-Phi Island and Maya Bay where you’ll feed wild monkeys on the beach and snorkel with tropical fish amongst beautiful coral.
  • We will also spend time with a local non-profit charity organization, participating with “orphaned” Thai students in a social setting to improve their English skills with Android software applications.
  • During the entire trip, you’ll enjoy fresh Thai cuisine and modest accommodation as we balance work and play during this memorable Study Abroad experience. 

* This special Study Abroad will be a Full Semester (Fall 2017) commitment for 4 credits.  The first 4 weeks of the semester will be set aside for introductions, team formations and individual work assignments, information gathering, technical requirements, and interface design.  There will not be a formal classroom meeting time / location for this course.  However, students are expected to set aside time in their fall schedule and be available to meet at least twice in person and twice online in September before the trip (actual dates / times TBD).  Beyond the initial meetings, most of the work will be accomplished independently or in small groups outside of a formal class setting (but with supervision of the instructor).  During our trip to Thailand, we will be collecting multimedia materials (photos and raw video footage) for the website while working with the clients and language interpreters to capture the village’s vision and better understand the “essence” of their artistic craft.  Thai students from North Chiang Mai University will help us with the English/Thai translations for the website.  The goal is for the villages to promote tourism and sell their work on-line.


Richard Fry, PhD
Weber State University School of Computing EH 383