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  • Locations: Vientiane, Laos
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Culture, Language Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Hostel, Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Minimum GPA: 2.7
Program Description:

Summer Study Abroad in Laos




Faculty Director(s):
Study Abroad in Laos, Center for Lao Studies

Program Overview


Click here Laos - SAIL 2018.pdf
for the complete program description and comprehensive information.

SAIL students will be participating in a Lao language program tailored specifically to the group’s needs at one of the country’s most acclaimed, and popular, language institutions – the Lao-American College. SAIL participants spend three to four hours a day in classroom training and can pair up with Lao students to further improve their speaking and listening comprehension. Classroom time is split between language lessons and a newly updated, comprehensive Lao History and Culture course taught by foreign and local experts. Weekend tours and excursions to many of Laos’ most important sites and destinations re included as part of your cultural immersion experience and are a highlight of the program.

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 10 semester hours of undergraduate credit in the following NIU courses.

Language Course 5 semester hours
Based on the language placement test, SAIL students are enrolled in beginning, intermediate, or advanced/heritage class.  The title of the INTL courses is Study Abroad Programs.
    INTL 101 – Beginning
    INTL 201 – Intermediate
    INTL 301 – Advanced/Heritage
History and Culture Course 5 semester hours
IDSP 301 – Study Abroad Programs

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Student Life

Located in the city’s capital, Vientiane, Lao-American College offers a unique instructional and service program and is the cornerstone of the program.  Intensive courses, combined with individual language tutorials, diversified field trips, access to local University students, modern facilities, and an experienced on-site staff, make Lao-American an incredible place to study Lao and learn cross-cultural skills.

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Application Information

APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:   Click the apply now button to begin the online application process for this program.  The webpage provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  April 2, 2018  Extended to April 16, 2018, however early application is strongly encouraged.

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The program is open to students who meet the NIU general admission requirements

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.
NIU students participating in the program cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Office of Student Conduct, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.
Non-NIU Students: Undergraduate students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office. (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.) Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.

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Program Fees


The NIU charge covers:  NIU undergraduate credit (10 hours)

Students will be required to submit the $200 deposit to NIU upon application.  The balance will be billed by NIU in May.  
Non-NIU students:  The program balance ($835) should be paid to NIU via the MyNIU account that will be assigned to you upon your acceptance as a visiting student to NIU.  See your MyNIU account for additional payment options.

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Tim Condon, the International Affairs Business Manager, at (815) 753-9530 or for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing after application will be held responsible for a $100 application fee.  Students withdrawing after April 2, 2018 will be held responsible for an additional $100 deposit.
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Laos, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Laos, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

PASSPORT: --IMPORTANT-- U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.  Information on acquiring a U.S. passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s website: Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.

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Contact Information

For more information from the Center for Lao Studies on the SAIL program please click the following link:

Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.