Program Introduction

The Southeast Asian Studies Center (SEASC) is part of the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace at Payap University. SEASC offers study programs focusing on three main areas: human rights and politics, economic development and business, and the cultures and societies of Southeast Asia. As ASEAN develops, it is vital to understand each culture as this will grant insight into how ASEAN functions as a whole. We offer a particular focus on the mainland Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

SEASC traces its history to Payap’s original Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program (est. 1987). Presently, SEASC offers courses year round and has hosted students from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. This semester length academic program is anchored Thai language and introduction to Thai and ASEAN society courses. The program provides additional electives in the social sciences and the arts, as well as advanced language study. Through village home stays, field trips, and cultural and service activities, students learn about Thailand and its people through direct contact, integrating in classroom and outside the class room learning.

SEASC also collaborates with other university offices, such as the Office of International Campus Life which coordinates campus activities and student development programs, the Payap Study Abroad Program which facilitates outbound exchange study opportunities for Payap students, and the Global Honors Program which presents academic seminars on global issues for Payap honor students.

SEASC faculty members and staff are committed to furthering both global and regional awareness of issues affecting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) among students at Payap University and the larger community. Our programs aim to equip students and emerging scholars with the necessary academic and experiential tools to understand the past, the present, and the future of Southeast Asia. We are located on Payap’s main Mae Khao campus in the Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace.


Learn about semester programs with SEASC in Academics – Semester Programs.

Learn about short programs with SEASC in Academics – Special Programs.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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