ISDSI is unlike any other study abroad program that I’ve heard of. It seems that most study abroad programs, you take classes all semester long at a local university. ISDSI is different in that it’s a stand-alone program and you have block classes. There are 4 courses and each course lasts about a month.
The other thing that makes ISDSI unique is after the first course “Foundations,” you spend a week in the classroom in Chiang Mai, then 2.5 - 3 weeks traveling in another part of the country. Each of these “Field” courses have you working on a farm, backpacking through villages, snorkeling on reefs and kayaking through mangroves. Instead of simply learning about people and environmental issues they face you live and experience it.