Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Chiang Mai, Thailand global learning center exists to equip students to communicate, live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts to make disciples of all peoples and impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

The global learning center allows Biola to bring quality cross-cultural education, training and mentoring to Christian workers on the field, enabling students from different organizations to learn from the professor and each other as they reflect on their ministries. The partnership also allows Christians in the Pacific Rim, who meet Biola’s admissions standards for international students, to enter graduate studies.

Up to 21 credits of the Ph.D. can be taken in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The remaining coursework for the Ph.D. programs must be completed at Biola during January intensives or during hybrid sessions or with online courses; but only a maximum of 21 credits can be taken through online courses.

Up to 18 credits of the M.A. in Intercultural Studies and up to 19 credits of the Doctor of Intercultural Studies can be taken in Chaing Mai, Thailand. The balance of the coursework can be completed with online courses or hybrid courses in La Mirada, California. However, no more than 18 credits of the M.A. in Intercultural Studies or 19 credits of the Doctor of Intercultural Studies can be taken through online courses.

If you have questions regarding the Chiang Mai global learning center, please contact John Marriott at

Contact Us

Cook School of Intercultural Studies

John Marriott, Director of Global Learning

Tel: (562) 944-0351, ext: 5695

Admission Requirements & Registration

U.S. passport holders interested in studying at the global learning centers must meet Cook's admission requirements for the M.A. in Intercultural Studies or the Doctor of Intercultural Studies programs.

Non-U.S. passport holders must also meet the following requirements:

  • Non-native speakers must submit TOEFL scores of at least 100 iBT or its equivalent.
  • Students who are not residents or citizens of the U.S. but wish to study on Biola’s La Mirada campus must submit an affidavit of support and other appropriate documents in order to obtain an F-1 student visa.

Registration procedures will be handled by the On-site coordinator and Cook. Most of the registration procedures can be completed online. For details, please contact

Program Requirements

The Chiang Mai global learning center offers graduate courses that can be applied to various degree programs. Please refer to the program details of M.A. Intercultural Studies, Doctor of Intercultural Studies, Ph.D. Intercultural Studies and Ph.D. Intercultural Education. All courses offered are designed to help missionaries, both expatriates and nationals become more competent in cross-cultural settings. Specialized courses can be developed for the specific needs of the individual students.

Course Scheduling

The Chiang Mai global learning center offers semester-long courses taught by Cook faculty in intensive, one-week classroom sessions with continuing online communication with professors throughout the remainder of the semester.

Sessions are taught once a year in January.

Biola On-Campus Opportunities

The courses being taught in Chiang Mai are also currently offered on the Biola campus towards the Ph.D. in Intercultural Education program. This allows interested students to complete 49 percent of the coursework in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the remainder of the coursework on Biola's campus in La Mirada, Calif. Please contact John Marriott at for more information.

One Third Tuition Reduction

For M.A. and Ph.D. students on site in Chiang Mai, there is a tuition discount available that reduces the cost by one third. The tuition discount is given automatically to all M.A. and Ph.D. students attending class in Chiang Mai. No application is necessary. No discount is available for the Doctor of Intercultural Studies program because the reduction is already built into the standard Doctor of Intercultural Studies tuition rate.

Food, Housing and Transportation Costs

It is the student's responsibility to provide for food, housing and transportation costs in regard to the stay in Chiang Mai. Food and housing options in Chiang Mai for individuals who come from outside the area are very reasonable. Contact John Marriott at for food, housing and transportation options.


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