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  • Locations: Hua Hin, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Linguistics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Nonprofit Studies, Physics, Psychology, Social Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Arts and Social Change, Statistics, Systems Engineering, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theater, Tourism, Women and Gender Studies, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Communication, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Creative Writing, Earth Science, Education Studies, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Foreign Languages, Global Affairs, History, Information Technology, Integrative Studies, International/Comparative Studies, Leadership Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses Career Fields: Chemistry/Biology, Education Administration/Business, Engineering, Healthcare/Medicine/Wellness, IT/Computing, Teaching
Program Description:

Paid Teaching Internships and TEFL/TESOL Certification

Thailand, Summer

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Want to know if internships are available in your career field at this location?
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Paid Teaching Internships and TEFL/TESOL Certification in Thailand:

Mason Study Abroad partners with TravelBud to place students in a paid 3-month summer internship program in Hua Hin, Thailand. Students spend one month completing a TEFL/TESOL certification course alongside non-Mason students and are placed in local schools for the following two months. During the course, students will study and work five days per week while living in shared housing. Once at their teaching placements, students will live in their own private room. Students will gain valuable global work experience and professional skills while learning teaching strategies and having the opportunity to teach English or the STEM subject they are studying. There are also invaluable opportunities for intercultural learning and self-discovery which students will gain throughout this experience. They do all of this while also earning resident Mason credit, and enjoying the culturally rich, historic sites of Thailand. During the three-month program, TravelBud and its partner staff offer student support services in-country, such as an  in-depth culture and language orientation, many group activities, 24/7 staff support, cultural excursions, and more. 

This unique Thailand program includes students completing a month-long internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification course and receiving a  monthly salary of $600-650 while teaching English or other subjects in Thai schools for two months. See a program video here.

This program partners with a Mason alumnus in Thailand and students receive strong support, feedback, and guidance from staff throughout the three months. Prior teaching experience is not required and students from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply: Education, English, Global Affairs, any Social Sciences, Communications, Business, Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, and Math (any STEM degrees). Based on individual degrees and strengths, students would teach either English or subjects related to a STEM major.

Note: If you are an experienced teacher, it may be possible for you to skip the TEFL/TESOL certification portion of the program and solely teach during the Summer. Check out this program for experienced teachers here.

Why Hua Hin:
The month-long TESOL course take place in Hua Hin, a beautiful coastal area known for its beaches and Buddhist temples. Thailand earned its reputation as one of the premier tourist destinations in the world through its gorgeous landscape, rich culture, relaxed lifestyle, and the truly warm-hearted nature of its people. Students who choose this teaching internship have the opportunity to develop specific skills to compete in the global market, including gaining an internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate, teaching an area of study related to their career interests, and learning to creatively problem solve in the classroom, and in any future career field.

Learn more about our Global Partner, Travelbud.


6 credits

You will take a class online during your internship, in order to receive credits. The number of credits you can earn for your internship depends on the number of hours you intern over the course of the Summer. For this program, you would receive 6 credits for a minimum of 270 hours worked. Your grade for the class is based on the work you complete for the Mason internship class online, which will include a final report from your internship supervisor.

Course Options

Default Credit: You are automatically approved to receive one of the two course credit options below for your internship. 
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (6 credits) - The INTS 390 course fulfills the Global Understanding Mason Core requirement.
  • Or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (6 credits)  
Students wanting different credits can petition their department, however, these approvals are not guaranteed, and there may be additional eligibility requirements. For example, students have preliminary approval COMM 450 if they meet all requirements from the department. You can look up potential alternative credits and their requirements in the Mason Course Catalog.  There will be a questionnaire in the application process where students indicate the credit they would like to receive and we will provide you with the form required for approval. This process is handled entirely by the student, not by GEO.
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program but it must be approved by each student's academic department. Contact for more information.   
Note for School of Business Applicants: 
The School of Business has a specific credit policy for internships for their majors which excludes internships that are not offered in the School of Business from a student’s degree. Students with a major in the School of Business have the following options: 
  1. Enroll in a School of Business internship course (this requires you to meet their qualifications). You will be responsible for the tuition for that course and the GEO Internship program fee.  
  1. Earn INTS 390 or CONF 370 credit but the credits will not apply to your Business degree. You will be responsible only for the GEO Internship program fee.  
  1. Earn internship course credits towards your minor. The GEO internship credits will apply to electives in the minor. Consult with your minor department to discuss if they will count prior to participation.  
Either way, you are encouraged to talk to your academic advisor about this now to make the most informed decision for you. 


Internship Placements

Want to know if internships are available in your career field at this location?
  • Search for opportunities and examples in the Browse by Career field section here.
  • View our overall Career Field Matrix PDF here.
The TEFL/TESOL course consists of 120 hours of instruction through an internationally accredited certification program. When students arrive in Thailand, they take part in a week-long orientation during which they are immersed in Thai culture and receive a program introduction. Students learn both the theory and practice of effective teaching strategies, which they can apply to their own classroom. While taking these classes, students meet with staff for feedback and discuss their future school placements, which are guaranteed as part of the program. Students may teach English as a foreign language or a specific STEM subject that they are studying, which are also needed in local schools in English. Students can express a preference for the age group they are teaching and during that first month, TravelBud staff will secure a placement based on student strengths and the school’s needs.

It is common in the culture of Thai schools for women to be placed in elementary schools and men to be placed in high schools, but there may be flexibility for people of all genders to be placed in varying types of teaching roles. 

Typically, there are multiple students at one school and these have longstanding partnerships with TravelBud and have been vetted thoroughly to ensure a quality teaching placement. During the two months of teaching, students will be checked in on by staff and receive support throughout. There are also additional travel opportunities that TravelBud can assist with on weekends and ways to connect online as a group.

Program Cost

Summer 2022: $4150 (You will make about $1200-$1600 of this back when you are paid your stipend during the program).

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Shared housing during orientation and teaching: Interns stay in shared housing in Hua Hin with other teachers during the TEFL/TESOL course. This is also helpful for sharing teaching ideas and growing a support network as students develop lesson plans. Once placed in a school, TravelBud staff will assist students in securing housing near their respective placement and help them settle in to their new home. Housing details vary by location.
  • 120 hours of TEFL/TESOL instruction and a certification
  • In-depth Thai culture and language orientation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Internship placement teaching at a school
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Transfer to Hua Hin for TESOL course and to internship placement thereafter
  • Fluent English on-site support
  • Pre-Departure Orientation including cultural activities
  • Visa and pre-departure guidance and support
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • International Emergency Medical Insurance
Not Included:
  • Meals
  • Visas: US Nationals will enter Thailand under a Non-Immigrant O visa. This visa allows students to work as volunteer teachers and earn a stipend. TravelBud will provide students with the necessary documentation and a thorough visa guide on how to apply for this visa. All non-US nationals should visit the Thailand Embassy website for information about visa regulations. TravelBud’s status as a teaching NGO in Thailand allows volunteers to earn stipends equal to the salary they earn.
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals during teaching
  • Return shuttle to Bangkok airport (but TravelBud staff can provide suggestions)
  • Passport fees
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Vaccinations: teachers in Thailand are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine before travel.
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.  When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).
Application Deposit: A $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill + Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule.  The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 Application Deposit you will have already paid.
• You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill + Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your Student Account.
• George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester, your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
Financial Aid:
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial Aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad, you must:
• Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in
After acceptance:
•Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
Schedule an appointment with your financial aid officer.
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students.
VA Benefits: This program is ineligible for VA Benefits.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:

Directions for Budget Sheet 
Scroll to the top of this page and look for the Budget Sheets: Summer link under Locations and Program Terms. Click on this to see the estimated costs.     


GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline: February 10, 2022
Note: There are limited spots for this program. Please apply early.


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who:
  • Are 20 years old or older by the start date of the program
  • Meet the GPA requirement
  • Are able to complete an intensive teaching program which includes standing in front of a classroom for the duration of an hour-long period and facilitating physical classroom activities
  • Are able to adapt to new and challenging circumstances
  • Can pass a background check
Graduate students should contact the to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Mandatory Meeting: With Experiential Programs Administrator

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Personal Statement:Your personal statement is a letter given to a potential internship host along with your resume. A personal statement is your chance to describe and give examples of the skills you possess and to give a potential internship host a better idea your goals and interests. As you are writing your statement, think of your audience - your potential employer abroad. 

Resume/CV: Your resume (Curriculum Vitae or CV) is given to a potential internship host along with your personal statement. 

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Mason Links

Questions? Contact:


GEO Experiential Programs Administrator

Name Kelly McNulty
(she, her)
Phone 703-993-4798
Student Office Hours Schedule a meeting here.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.