Cost of Study for international Students
Your tuition fee overview across all international programs.
To calculate your own reliable budget you should know some things. First, not all universities spread the tuition fees equally over the semesters. Some universities charge you with more during the first semesters, while tuition fee is lower in the last semesters. Some programs are more expensive since heavy technology is needed, such as laboratories in applied chemistry or nano-technology. If you compare standard programs that do not need any laboratories or expensive equipment, such as business administration, you may be surprised about the range of tuition fees. And please note: It is not that the most expensive programs have the most western lecturers. Explore yourself.
Generally, higher tuition fees don’t necessarily mean better education. Demand for international programs in Thailand is high due to the inflation of academic degrees over time. There’s almost no white-collar job to get anymore without a bachelor degree - today, you need a Master. With about half a million graduates leaving Thai universities per year, international programs became an alternative for getting a better starting position.
Since everybody in Thailand knows that international programs are more expensive than standard programs in Thai, many say that some universities just cash in on that.
Just as a background information: In 2016, the Laureate Group of Universities published the results of a survey in Thailand. It said that about 60 percent of all school leavers would like to study in an international program, but only 3 percent are admitted. See the opportunity behind this information, and the demand that needs supply. (We couldn't verify how the study was made, but from our experience here in Thailand, we have no doubts that it's about these numbers.)
Even for a high tuition fee, the only international element in such a program might be a US college textbook. The most important single factor of good university education are the number of foreign students attending your classes, and the quality of the professors (not their formal qualification - a qualified lecturer doesn't need to be a good lecturer, as wel all know). Anybody teaching at a Thai university will be formally qualified, but talk to current students of the program how good they are when conducting their classes. That is the safest source of information you can get - the experience of current students. Don't believe in brochures, don't believe in Web site slogans.
When looking a bit deeper into the different tuition fees, you will quickly find out that some of the cheapest programs offer you 90% coverage of all courses by western university professors, while some of the most expensive programs are not worth their money at all.
Be aware of hidden costs! An important cost factor might be the additional payments, such as for textbooks. You will want to make sure that you calculate such expenditure as well. Again, in some of the cheapest programs, all textbooks, handouts, academic and administrative fees are included, while in some of the most expensive programs, you need additional budget to cover these hidden costs. Not all universities are eager to publish the real cost of study in order to look a bit better against competition.
Finally, there are rankings on the Internet of ‘name universities’ against ‘no-name universities’ in Thailand. Brand name universities exist in every country; they are more attractive and promise better job opportunities after graduation. Please be aware that this believe often applies only within the particular society, rather than all over the world. There is no reason to believe that a name university offers a better international program than a no-name university does.
Check the credentials of the professors, and don’t get lured by a stylish campus or pictures of handsome boys or beautiful girls (actually, they are all beautiful, on every campus).
For the following table please note that the information provided covers only those universities that publish their cost on the Internet. Those who keep it a secret (what ever the reason might be) are certainly not included. Still we think, it provides you with a nice first overview.
Again - when you contact the university of your choice, don't forget to ask for additional costs that may apply (textbooks, seminars, travel abroad, etc.) in order to make a correct budget.
Finally, according to the universities' Web sites, prices are subject to change without further notice. So please counter-check.
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Allow us to say it again: This is only an overview. The universities that don't publish their tuition fees online may be way more expensive. Be advised that higher cost of study does always means higher quality of learning.