Located in the heart of Bangkok, Thammasat University is the ideal study abroad destination for students who are eager for an adventure. Students have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of different fields, including the very popular Thai Studies Program
which offers courses in Thai Language, Islam in Thailand and Thai Cuisine. Experience first-hand the warmth and hospitality of the Thai people as you enjoy a lively street festival, zip through Bangkok on a tuk-tuk, ride an elephant in Chiang Mai or spend your vacation on the beautiful beaches in Phuket.
Bangkok, Thailand (pop. 12 million)
Language of instruction: Thai, some English
Student Enrollment: 33,400
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The university is centered on a compact campus, Tha Prachan, formerly the viceroy's palace grounds on the Chao Phrya River, near the center of the original Bangkok. The campus is close to some of Thailand's most sacred temples and many government ministries, as well as the Grand Palace of the reigning Chakri dynasty, the National Theater and National Museum. All existing international programs, except Engineering and Science, are located at the Tha Prachan campus. The Rangsit campus, approximately one hour from the Tha Prachan campus, houses science-related faculties and is adjacent to the Asian Institute of Technology.
Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP-Direct academic year, semester, or summer programs
ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.
Semester 1: August to December
Semester 2: January to May
Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.
The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance (Summer)
Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance (Full Year or Semester)
ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Tuition, Housing (Summer)
Summer 2015: $3,950
Tuition, Housing, and Meals (Full Year or Semester)
Full Year 15-16: $19,900
Semester 1 15-16: $10,950
Semester 2 15-16: $10,950
For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 20, 2015
SM2: October 1, 2015
Allied Health Science, Architecture & Urban Planning, Commerce and Accountancy, Dentistry, Economics, Engineering, Fine and Applied Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Nursing, Political Science, Public Health, Science and Technology, Social Administration, Sociology and Anthropology, TEFL
, and the Graduate School. Research Institutes:
Thai Khadi Research, Human Resources, Information Processing for Education and Development, East Asia Studies, Woman and Children Studies, Thammasat Graduate Volunteers, Legal Research, Indian Studies, Democracy Development, International Studies.
Courses taught in English
The Office of International Affairs offers a Thai Studies Program
(TS) providing an integrated and interdisciplinary program for Thai and foreign students. A wide range of courses on historical and present-day Thailand and its culture are available. Trips to artistic, ethnological, historical, political, and religious sites are included. Full-year students obtain a certificate on completion of the program.
The Bachelor's degree in British and American Studies
(BAS) examines British and American society and culture, both past and present day. The program includes courses from the Faculty of Liberal Arts as well as other disciplines such as economics, politics, media studies, and business.
The Bachelor"s degree in Business Administration
(BBA) concentrates on accounting, finance, banking and marketing.
Thammasat's Faculty of Economics
(BE) is the oldest in Thailand and pioneered the teaching of Economics using English as the medium of instruction in 1969. The Bachelor of Economics International Program combines a broad educational foundation with extensive preparation in the various aspects of economic theory and practice. Course work includes Thai/Asian and developing economies, economic theory, human resources, international/comparative, financial and quantitative economics as well as general Thai studies.
The Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication
(BJM) at Thammasat University is the first higher educational institution in Thailand to offer a bachelor degree in journalism. This program offers courses in newspaper and print media, radio and television, film, advertising, public relations, and mass communication management.
The Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology
(SIIT) aims to produce engineering and technological graduates who are not only well prepared in their field but are also proficient in English. Qualified students may take courses in civil, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering or environmental and information technology. SIIT runs on the Thai academic year, June to March. SIIT also offers a Master's degree program.
The Political Science Program in Politics and International Relations
(BMIR) integrates theoretical approaches with case studies, current issues as well as practical skills. It also gives a priority to a diverse range of academic questions essential to the field of politics and international relations.
Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
The International Master Degree Programs taught in English are as follows: Biomedical Science, Business, Economics, Engineering, English Language, Finance, International Relations, Marketing, Science & Technology.
Housing and Meals
Get ready to truly live like a local and eat some of the best food in the world! ISEP students receive a monthly housing and meal stipend to cover the cost of rent and food. Thai people eat almost every meal outside of the house. Food is very inexpensive and easy to find! The meal stipend can be used to eat at one of the many campus vendors, off campus at a food stall, or in restaurants. More information about life at TU and in Bangkok can be found in the Student Handbook.
Tha Prachan Campus
Tha Prachan campus is a very urban campus. It is rather small and therefore, there is no housing on campus. ISEP students have a wide range of hotel/guest house/apartment options to choose from. Many are within walking distance of campus and others are a short bus ride away. Some of the most popular housing options among international students are3J Court and Amarin Mansion. Read more about apartment options at Thammasat Housing Information Part I
and Thammasat Housing Information Part II
The Rangsit campus is much more similar to a typical university campus. It is very large and has its own bus system! Private apartments/guest houses are located around the campus from which students can rent rooms. OIA will assist you in securing a contract with one of the various housing providers. There are several cafeterias, cafes, and a grocery store on campus, as well as a book store, gymnasium, pool, gym, and lounges.ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES
You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 5,000 Thai Baht.
All important information will be provided in detail during the orientation session. The ISEP coordinator will also carefully advise each ISEP student concerning their planned course of study before the student registers. Specific examples of what will be covered during orientation include:
- Campus Facilities Orientation
- Campus Life Information Session
- Thai Culture Q&A Session
- Safety in Thailand Session
- Royal Family Information Session
- Visa Information Session
- Thammasat Regulations Session
- Student Activities Information Session
There are many activities for students to take advantage of, both on and off campus. Examples include:
- Cultural Tour of Bangkok
- Thai Cuisine Cooking Class
- Grand Palace Excursion
- Loy Krathong Festival
- International Night
- Tea Ceremony
- Rice Harvest Festival
- Mangrove Excursion
Founded in 1934, Thammasat University has educated many prominent members of the Thai civil administration. Over the years, Thammasat students have been known for their activism and have played a major role in Thai politics. Most classrooms are air-conditioned. A large performing arts hall hosts plays, concerts, lectures and guest performers. A newly-built second campus (Rangsit) houses science-related faculties and modern facilities such as a hospital, dormitories, swimming pools, a soccer field, tennis and basketball court. The Asian Games have equipped the campus with state-of-the-art sport facilities. Total enrollment: 25,000.
programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.
programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.
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