GPA, grading scale, and examination policies for international programs at Thai universities and colleges
... as provided by the Commission on Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand
In Thailand, higher education institutions usually apply the U.S. American grading system.
American universities employ a system of continual assessment and assign grades for each course taken. Almost everything you do for a class will influence your final grade. Examinations and tests, essays or written assignments, laboratory reports, laboratory or studio work, class attendance, and class participation may all be used to determine your final grade. This means it is essential to keep up with the reading and course work and to attend classes on a regular basis.
The following grading scales, as an example, are used at the Institute of International Studies (IIS-RU), Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok. Grading scales are very similar across all international programs at Thai universities. If slight differences really make a difference to you, please ask the particular program you are interested to study.
|88 - 100||A||4.0||Excellent|
|84 - 87||B+||3.5||Very good|
|76 - 83||B||3.0||Good|
|71 - 74||C+||2.5||Above average|
|62 - 70||C||2.0||Average|
|58 - 61||D+||1.5||Below average|
|50 - 57||D||1.0||Poor|
|0 - 49||F||0.0||Fail|
|95 - 100||A||4.0||Excellent|
|88 - 94||A-||3.67||Almost excellent|
|84 - 87||B+||3.33||Very good|
|80 - 83||B||3.0||Good|
|75 - 79||B-||2.67||Fairly good|
|71 - 74||C+||2.33||Almost good|
|62 - 70||C||2.0||Fair|
|58 - 61||C-||1.67||Almost fair|
|50 - 57||D||1.0||Poor|
|0 - 49||F||0.0||Fail|
GPA - How to calculate the Grade Point Average
Each student completes his or her degree with a grade point average (GPA). A cumulative grade point average is the GPA for all courses taken throughout the degree programme. To work out your GPA, take the numerical value assigned to the letter grade you achieve for each course (typically 4 points for an "A," 3 points for a "B," and so on), then multiply this number by the number of credits each course is worth. Finally, add these numbers together and divide by the total number of credits for all courses. For example:
|Letter Grade||Numerical Value||Number of Credits||Total Value|
|27 divided by 9 = GPA 3.0|
And what about cheating?
Well, we know that the world thinks in Thailand you only need to cheat a little bit, and you will get the best grades. To be fair, there were times where even we thought that might be true, but every coin comes with two sides. Thai universities are very interested to grant degrees that are globally accepted and offer a career to the degree holder.
The author of this Web site teaches at Ramkhamhaeng University in the international program for 14 years now, and that allows for some experiences. Our Bachelor graduates moved on to good universities (a Thai female graduate completed her Master degree at King's College, London, in 2015; a male graduate from Germany reported in September 2016 that he returned to Germany and got a job at the well-known consultancy firm Accenture).
Such success would not be possible without clear means used against cheating. Below, you find the Regulations on Examinations at Ramkhamhaeng University, which are a printed part of each course syllabus - so, students are aware what happens when they are caught for cheating.
Similar policies are in place at most international programs at Thai universities. If that makes a difference to you, ask before you apply at the university of your choice. We think, it really makes a difference.
6. Regulations on Examinations
Ramkhamhaeng University Regulations on the Practices of Examination, B.E. 2546 (2003), B.E. 2540 (1997), and B.E. 2537 (1994)
Students may be allowed an examination deferral on the grounds of justified hardship (i.e. accident or sickness) with an official document stating the reasons.
Students must sign in for examination and MUST present the registration receipt and passport / ID card/ student ID card to the invigilator on duty; otherwise they will not be admitted into the examination room.
Students are expected to arrive at the scheduled time to the examination room. Latecomers will only be admitted into the examination room if they show up during the first fifteen minutes.
Students are required to bring their own calculators (where permitted), pens, pencils, and erasers. Sharing is not permitted.
Students are required to turn off their mobile phones and keep in their bags.
Students are expected to remain in the room during the exam and not leave except for absolute emergencies (i.e. bathroom or illness).
By the Ramkhamhaeng University regulation B.E. 2537(1994), if the student is caught for cheating, the student will receive “F” grade for all the courses in the current semester and will not be permitted to register in any other courses for the following two semesters.
Students are not allowed to communicate with each other during the examination and must be careful not to give other students the opportunity to copy answers. When any questions arise, student must raise the hand to ask for assistance only from the lecturer or the invigilator on duty. If the student allow other students to copy the answers, the student will receive “F” grade for all the courses in the current semester and will not be permitted to register in any other courses for the following two semesters.
Students must obey the rules, regulations, and the invigilator on duty. Students with student discipline violators will be punished.
Students should dress appropriately, no shorts and sandals.
And how often can I try an exam?
At the Institute of International Studies (IIS-RU), Ramkhamhaeng University, a grade 'F' is final. There is no re-grading or re-examination offered; the student who received the failing grade has to take the respective course again.
We don't have information about the regulations at other universities, so please ask them directly.
Information on this page is provided by:
Commission on Higher Education, Bureau of International Cooperation Strategy, Web site: http://www.mua.go.th
Fulbright Sri Lanka, Web site: http://www.fulbrightsrilanka.com
Ramkhamhaeng University, Bankgok, Web site: http://www.ru.ac.th