With only one third of the population living in urban areas, Laos is at the cross roads of modernization. The setting is ideal for studying anything from international economics for business minded students to Lao language, anthropology, to environmental studies or Asian religion. The variety of courses to study in Laos is unlimited.
The Laos study abroad programs allow students to examine Buddhism, the dominant philosophy of the region, travel along the Thai/Lao border exploring the remote jungle caves and minority villages. The programs further allow students to take part in service based projects allowing villagers to deal with environmental and developmental issues they face. Students can explore environmental politics, peace studies and ecotourism development. Many of the programs include home-stays where students can practice their Lao language skills and teach in local schools, work with medical professionals as they travel though the various areas. These summer study in Laos programs usually last from five to eight week.
Short study courses in Laos include leaning how silk is made and about silk worms. There are natural dying and weaving courses conducted by local artisans. Students can learn how to weave their own scarves with English speaking guides acting as go-betweens with the local artists and students. Workshops can be half or full day events.
All foreign visitors to Laos require a visa for entry into the country. a fifteen day visa can be acquired at Vientiane International Airport, and Luang Prabang International airport but these are not extendable and they are good for a single entry. These visas have to be used within two months.