We took overall 4 courses at Chiang Mai University but in order to get the right amount of points we also had to complement with a course called “Leadership in Crisis Management” on distance from Jönköping University. We did not have clinical practice during our semester, which was unfortunate, but the courses we took were very interesting and we learned a lot anyway.
The courses we took at Chiang Mai University was:
Pediatric and Adolescent Nursing – this course covered the most common medical conditions of newborns, young children and adolescents and how the nurse may apply the best possible care.
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing – this course covered the most common psychological and mental health disorders and illnesses in people. Also, a lot of pharmaceutical education related to the disorders and how the nurse can apply appropriate care.
Community Nursing – this course was very wide. Some parts covered the community nurse´s role in identifying problems in a community and then making maps and genograms, and some parts covered subjects such as epidemiology history, scientific methods, designs and calculations.
Selected Topics in nursing 2 – big essay assignment and presentation where we were allowed to write about any disease/illness/disorder that we were interested in and how to apply appropriate nursing care.
All courses were taken parallel at the same time and the tempo was very high so it was quite hard for us to figure out how to handle everything at first. The lectures are mandatory and are a part of your grade, which mean we had lectures all day, Monday to Friday. By the end of the days we also had either different assignments, presentations and/or quizzes to prepare for so this was quite a lot to take in but we soon got the hang of it. The courses then also had midterms and finals. The positive note about the classes was that we did not have to buy any literature. The PowerPoints that were presented during class was the only material we needed for our examinations, even though it still was quite a lot to read. The examinations were for most part only multiple-choice questions which was sometimes beneficial and sometimes not. It usually depended on the teacher´s formulation of the questions and the quality of their English.
One big difference we noticed about studying at Chiang Mai University, and that was quite hard to understand in the beginning, was how information etc. was given to us very unexpectedly and with very short notice. Assignments could be handed out during the afternoon with a deadline just the next day. This is however not uncommon in Thailand and is something that the Thai students are used to and prepared for. Eventually we got used to it to and we learned how to be quick and efficient with our assignments.