Study in Thailand for a degree or just for a semester abroad!
This privately owned and independent Web site introduces you to international accredited university degree programs conducted in English. You can choose a university in a city like metropolis Bangkok, but also in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, and many other locations in Thailand. This Web site is made by students and lecturers of international programs at Thai universities and their international colleges and graduate schools. Please find all the details in the Study Guide Thailand.
In this friendly and warm Asian country and culture, you will have a great time. All university programs are accredited and globally recognized, from regional universities with a more Thai character to globally competitive programs. You are very welcome to study for a full degree, for just one exchange semester abroad, or even a Summer University in Thailand!
Cost of Living is very affordable on an international scale, and so is cost of study (tuition fee) at most Thai universities. Thailand is not really a 'cheap' country, however. As it is anywhere else, you get what you pay for. Prices vary widely, and so does quality, from 'Asian style' (rote textbook learning) to 'western style' (developing understanding and skills).
This Web site aims to be your guide to making a qualified decision independent of whether you want to study a degree program, just spend one semester abroad as an exchange student, or take continuing education in the friendliest country in Asia. By the way, any foreign student is called an 'exchange student'. It does not need a formal exchange agreement with your university back home to study one semester abroad in Thailand: Study abroad in Asia!
Going to study abroad needs some serious thoughts and a good preparation. The articles on this page offer you important background Living in Thailand is something special, as you will learn. To provide you with the tools and background information you will need, including Culture and Customs, and 'Dos and Don'ts'. formation. If you miss something, please contact us. We will fill the gap as soon as possible.
Degree programs in English cover a wide range of academic fields, such as accounting, architecture, arts, biotechnology, business administration (marketing, finance & banking, general management, hotel & tourism, international business, and more majors at business schools and colleges), applied chemistry, economics, education, engineering (as well as nano, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing engineering), information technology, law, mass communications and journalism, medicine, music, nursing science, risk management, science and technology, and many more.
The degrees follow the US system with Bachelor (B.A., B.B.A., B.Ed., B.Eng., B.Sc. etc.) in undergraduate studies, Master (M.A., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.Eng., M.Sc., LL.M. etc.), and doctoral degrees (D.B.A., D.Eng., E.D., LL.D., Ph.D. etc.) on undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level at graduate schools. The terms 'international college' and 'international graduate school' are not clearly defined in Thailand. Some international colleges only offer graduate studies. 'International program' and 'English program' are often used synonymously. That is misleading, since some universities offer international studies in a 'Chinese program', conducted in Chinese (Mandarin), or even in Arabic language or German language. 'Graduate school' and 'business school' are also term that are not clearly defined.
The most popular fields of study among foreign students are business administration, marketing, business English, Thai language, general management and international business management on undergraduate and graduate level.
Please note that you will often find Thai MBA students who graduated from a BBA program. Western HR departments would smile about such an education and, most likely, reject the job application. Such students may influence your experience in class since they are not much interested in learning anything new; they just want to obtain a graduate degree.
This is likely caused by one of two reasons. On the one hand, MBA programs are highly profitable for universities, and getting BBA graduates into them increases the quote of those who pass (and the MBA students don't need to fear failing very much - they basically study a very similar content again). On the other hand, you find plenty of civil servants in such programs. For a civil servant, any graduate degree leeds to a rise in salary. The content, field, capability, or skills are not considered in such an automatic process.
The MBA program (weekend programs are often called Executive MBA or EMBA) may serve you as an example for a general advice. Don't choose your degree program or your university for a student exchange only after brochures or university Web sites. If any possible, pay them a visit yourself and meet the students who study the program that you would like to join. That way, you will quickly experience whether a particular program is the right one for you, or you better should take a look at another program.
Every country knows the phenomenon of the 'best university'. In many countries that are universities within the top-200 global rankings. In Thailand, it is Chulalongkorn University. As a foreigner, you will pay at Chula, as it is called in short, generally about double that much as Thai students do. Whether Chula is academically the best one or not is a question we cannot answer. Chula is, however, the preferred way to become a civil servant, a status that comes with plenty of benefits for a Thai and thus highly desirable.
One of the most important factors in degree studies in Thailand is the immersion into everyday life in a different culture. That is what will affect you and your skills the most, and that is also what international employers value the most. Whether you study marketing or accounting, media or management, obtaining a degree in Thailand is a strong asset in your CV. Less so, but still very interesting, is an exchange semester (everybody does one these days) or, on a different level, a Summer School that runs usually only a few weeks while the semester runs 5 months in Thailand.
Although we try to provide you with a comprehensive overview, here are many details we cannot offer you on this Webiste. How to apply, how academic assignments, review tests, mid-term examinations and final examinations are constructed, what the particular curriculum says, a university's policies on student uniforms, regulations, and administration, that all varies very much between universities and even programs of study. Let's take the application as an example: Very few universities allow you to apply online. Some more allow to apply by email with scanned copies of your transcripts attached (in that case you need to show the original transcripts on registration day, of course), while the majority still required their own application form filled out and signed by hand-writing, with certified copies of all your transcripts attached. We are sorry, but we cannot cover all these details here - you need to contact the university or their respective faculty or institute directly and ask them.
From our experience, you should not forget to ask who your lecturers are - then, google their background. A great researcher is probably a top lecturer for a PhD program, but usually not very much interested in teaching undergraduate students, while the best lecturer for undergrads may be a gifted teacher but not a researcher at all. You will know what you expect to get - go where you can get it.
Don't worry that your English language skills might not be sufficient for studying in an international study abroad program in Thailand! Our experience shows that every student has a quite impressive passive knowledge and just lacks speaking English language. The more English becomes your everyday language, the faster you will master it. It's a matter of weeks, rather than months!
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Thailand, be it just for a semester abroad or for a full degree program!