Study in Thailand for a degree or just a semester abroad
All courses in English, and experiences for a lifetime!
This privately owned and independent Web site introduces you to international accredited university degree programs at Thai universities conducted in English. International degree programs are offered in Metropolis Bangkok, but also in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Hatyai and several other locations in Thailand. This Web site is based on contributions from students and lecturers of international programs at Thai universities and their international colleges and graduate schools. Our graduates move on to well-known international university (one of my students did her Masters at King's College, London), or get interesting job offers in their home country after graduating in Thailand. A German graduate applied for a job in 2016 in Germany. He got the choice between Vodafone, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and Accenture. He chose Accenture and works there now (he just visited me in July 2017). So, what are you waiting for?
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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, to come for just one exchange semester abroad, or even a short Summer University in Thailand! Besides your academic progress, the benefits of studying in Thailand are much bigger: You will live and adjust to the cultures of all Asia in a single country.
Thailand is a very kind and hospitable country. Not only western students are welcome in the international programs. To make the study experience really international. it also needs Indian students, Pakistani students, Bangladeshi students, as well as Sri Lankan and Mongolian students to join in with the African, South- and North-American, and European students who already attend, and they will all be equally welcome!
For international students, going to study at a Thai university needs some serious thoughts and some good preparation. The articles on this page offer you important background information. If you miss something, please contact us. We will fill the gap as soon as possible.
Cost of Living is very affordable on an international scale, and so is cost of study (tuition fee) at most Thai universities. Thai universities are among the cheapest universities for international students worldwide, while maintaining an international accepted quality in their degree programs. 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!
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-engineering; aerospace, automotive, manufacturing engineering), information technology, law, mass communications and journalism, medicine, music, nursing science, risk management, science and technology, and many more. Just use our Google Special, our search engine customized to show only pages relevant to international programs at Thai universities and colleges!
The degrees follow the US system with Bachelor (B.A., B.B.A., B. Ed., B. Eng., B. Sc. etc.) in undergraduate studies, and Graduate Diploma, 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. M.B.A. programs are a very common choice of Thai students, by the way.
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 leads to a rise in salary. The content, field, capability, or skills are not considered in such an automatic process.
If you are a mature student, by the way, you may be interested in the experiences of other mature students who studied an international program in Thailand.
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.
University rankings is another topic you may want to consider. On this Web site, you find a ranking compiled by a very serious research body in Spain. It doesn't consider too much the academic research quality (that would affect you only in your doctoral studies anyway). It focuses much more on the appearance of a particular university on the Internet: Information offered (including rich files which might be a hint about the modernity of the education at that institution), how well the best institutions globally link towards that university, and so on. University rankings are a complex thing, but well worth thinking about them before you make your decision after them. The same is certainly valid for MBA rankings, nationally or globally.
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.
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!