Semester in Thailand

Live in Salaya, with an easy access to Bangkok, a warm and friendly city in the heart of Indochina. You’ll take classes with Thai and international students, study in English, and have plenty of time to ride elephants, explore ancient ruins, and venture into amazing jungles.

We offer world-renowned academics at one of Asia’s preeminent universities. When you study abroad in Thailand you'll find a diverse curriculum at Thailand’s most prestigious university. It’s the perfect program because the University is dedicated to internationalization, and all courses are taught in English!

We’ve got the experience and the answers you’re looking for. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, and we can help you make the most of your experience.  Thailand is the jewel of Southeast Asia, and whether you want advice on the local cuisine, where to vacation, or acclimating to the culture, we are here to help you every step of the way when you explore and study in Bangkok.

We’ve got one of the most affordable programs in Thailand. Semester in Thailand is one of the most affordable study abroad programs in Bangkok. Saving money on your semester means some left over to ride elephants in the jungle, explore the beauty of neighboring countries, and buy a new silk wardrobe.

On Semester in Thailand, you’ll live and study abroad in Salaya, with easy access to Bangkok, the heart of Indochina and the capital of Thailand, and study at Thailand’s top-ranked university. You will have limitless opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture, make international friends, and explore beaches, jungles, and iconic sites throughout the country. You should start getting excited about:

World-famous beaches – Thailand is renowned for white-sand beaches so fine, the sand squeaks under your feet. Once you’ve visited Thailand’s coast, you’ll understand why the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach was shot there. 

The legendary friendliness of the Thai people – Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles” for a reason: the Thai people are warm, welcoming, and incredibly open-minded. In Thailand, a smile is the most appropriate reaction to almost every situation. 

A wide range of courses taught in English – If you’re looking for a study abroad program with strong academics, you’ve come to the right place. CISabroad Semester in Thailand offers classes in everything from animation production to international business to travel industry management to the humanities. You will find coursework applicable to your major and satisfying to your intellect.

Life just outside of a contemporary, cosmopolitan city – Geographically, Bangkok is one of the largest cities in the world. The city is famous for its delicious cuisine, inexpensive shopping, and colorful nightlife.  During Semester in Thailand, you will live in Salaya, an easy 40 minute commute from the heart of central Bangkok.  A semester at Mahidol will leave you yearning for more time in Thailand.

A jumping-off point for destinations in Southeast Asia and beyond – Bangkok is situated in the heart of Indochina and shares borders with many wonderful, culturally rich countries. The international airport is a hub for all flights within Southeast Asia, and inexpensive tickets are readily available. When you find yourself with free time, be sure to explore other parts of Asia.

A robust social scene with cultural activities galore – The many student interest groups on campus offer numerous social and cultural activities. Dances, concerts, plays, and movies take place frequently throughout the semester. When you study abroad in Thailand you're sure to find art, cultural, political, religious, and athletics clubs are a great way to make friends from all over the world.

Trimester and quarter options available! - While this program awards a full semester of credit, it's also friendly for trimester and quarter academic calendars. 

An amazing tropical climate – Bangkok and Salaya have a tropical climate with average temperatures in the mid-80s year-round.  Need we say more?

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Thailand, then check out our Semester in Thailand program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Study abroad in Salaya, just outside of Bangkok, at one of the most well regarded universities in Asia
  • Take classes with Thai and international students
  • Life in the Land of Smiles
  • Songkran, a nationwide weeklong water fight celebrated in April!
  • An abundance of white-sand beaches and clear, warm tropical water
  • Opportunities to ride elephants, explore ancient ruins, and venture into the jungles
  • Life in a cosmopolitan city with incredible cuisine, shopping, and nightlife
  • A jumping-off point for travel destinations in Southeast Asia
  • Incredible housing options

One of the hottest tourist destinations in the world, with enough antiquities, palaces, and monuments to keep you busy for a lifetime.

As part of the Semester in Thailand at Mahidol University, you can participate in some fantastic excurions around Bangkok and further afield. The following are excursions enjoyed by CISabroad students in the past, and may be on offer during your term:

  • A boat tour around Bangkok during orientation
  • A weekend visit to Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand including a Thai cooking course and Elephant excursion
  • A tour of Ampuwa and checking out the assortment of goods offered by the floating vendors at the market there
  • A weekend on the dazzling beaches of Ko Chang where students will stay with a host family and learn squid fishing
  • A volunteer opportunity helping to replant mangroves where they have suffered deforestation
  • A visit the ancient city of Ayutthaya - a UNESCO World Heritage site

Semester in Thailand takes place at Mahidol University, recently ranked as the number-one university in Thailand. Because all of your classes will have Thai students, it’s an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in Thai culture. Courses are available in Business Administration, Fine and Applied Arts, Humanities and Language, Science, Social Science, and Travel Industry Management.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses. 

Course load:  4-5 classes (12-15 US credits)

Course approval:  Before you go abroad, it is best to get 7-8 classes pre-approved for your semester program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements. 

Course descriptions and catalog: Semester in Thailand students are able to choose from any course at our partner school, Mahidol University International College (MUIC), as long as they meet the prerequisites. Clicking the link below will take you to MUIC's course schedule, where you can choose from a range of courses under various bachelor degree programs. For more information regarding course descriptions and some syllabi, please visit MUIC's website here.

Click here for a list of Semester in Thailand courses
Note: Spring Semester students use the Fall course list as a guide, as many of the same courses will be offered in the Spring.

**Please note, visiting students cannot enroll in Nursing Science Program courses, research project classes or internships.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Semester in Thailand is based just outside of Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, which has a population of about 10 million. Bangkok has gained international renown as an independent, dynamic city synonymous with the exotic. It is a dominating force in Asian finance and business, and its far-reaching influence on politics, culture, fashion, and entertainment has earned it global-city status.

The city’s wealth of cultural landmarks, attractions, and notorious entertainment venues has created a shroud of mystery around the entire country. Nearly 11 million foreign visitors flock to Bangkok each year to explore the Grand Palace, the Vimanmek Palaca Complex, and the thousands of temples strewn about the city, and to experience the amazing international cuisine, pulsing nightlife, and extraordinary energy. For transportation, Bangkok offers buses, trains, a skytrain, vans, taxis, tuk-tuks (a form of 3-wheeled cart with a motorcycle front end), motorcycle taxis, river ferries, and a subway system which allows you to travel easily throughout the city and surrounding areas.  You'll live in Salaya, with easy access to Bangkok by bus, private van ('rot dtoo'), train or taxi!

The weather in Thailand is warm all the time which means you can always visit the many jungles, beaches, artisan villages, and cultural and historical sites in Thailand.  Take a bike or a motorcycle taxi to class, indulge yourself with a Thai massage, ride an elephant, meet a friend downtown at Siam Square, or learn the martial art of Thai boxing. The country as a whole nearly overwhelms the senses. Whether you are exploring the cuisine, the tropical beaches on the coast, or the bustling markets, Thailand will be an unforgettable study abroad experience!

Our Semester in Thailand program is located at Mahidol University. Founded in 1888, Mahidol is accredited by the Ministry of Education in Thailand. Mahidol is the #1 University in Thailand according to 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Report. It's also ranked as one of the top 50 universities in Asia.

The University has regal origins: the king opened it in 1888 as the country’s first medical school. Since then, it has evolved into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, recognized for the caliber of its students’ research, the quality of its faculty, and its outstanding achievements in teaching and international academic collaboration.  In addition to local students, Mahidol University hosts international students from 50 countries around the world. 

A wide range of academic programs are available in 3 core areas: Health Science, Science and Technology, and Social Science and Humanity. With enough course offerings to satisfy an undergraduate population of approximately 16,500 students, you will find classes that match your major, focus, or cultural interest. 

Semester in Thailand will enhance your global perspective through a blend of academic coursework, field studies, and excursions to cultural sites. Program courses taught in English, offer authentic and insightful perspectives while deepening your understanding of Thailand, Southeast Asia, and the international realm. You will also experience a uniquely Thai combination of frenetic city energy and tranquil Buddhist spirituality. The academics at the University, plus the rich landscape of Thailand, plus the cultural beauty of the Thai people: it’s the perfect equation for an unforgettable experience!

As a CISabroad student, you’ll get outstanding support. We’re with you every step of the way with academic advising, personal help, and cultural counseling.  We’ll make sure that when you arrive in Thailand, you hit the ground running.  You will receive airport pickup from a Mahidol University staff member, and your CISabroad Site Director will meet you at your apartment when you arrive.  Your semester in Thailand will officially begin with an intensive orientation program that introduces you to life in Thailand and Bangkok, as well as to your new university.

You’ll have extensive opportunities to participate in activities with Thai and international students. There are a variety of entertainment events and activities arranged for students, by students. Dances, concerts, plays, and movies are held in various venues around campus, including the recreation center in the Student Union complex.  As a student, you will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip during orientation, and there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the semester to set up your own excursions.  While studying at Mahidol University, students will be able to access beautiful parklands as well as modern facilities that include a health center, bank, and a library and technology center.

For those students that love sports, you will have free access to various sport facilities that include an indoor stadium, four outdoor tennis courts, three soccer fields, a volleyball court, and a running track.  In addition, with a membership, students will be able to use one of the University’s five swimming pools, the fitness center, weight equipment, sauna, and aerobics facilities.  Other options offered on the Mahidol University campus include several stores, weekly markets, affordable eateries and restaurants, a beauty salon, comic book store, and copying services.

Semester in Thailand has an incredible housing program.  You will live in international housing at either Bundit or Baan Suan Apartments with other international students.  At both residences CISabroad students have their choice of either single or shared room options included in their program fee and there are coin-operated washers and dryers available.

Baan Suan:

Baan Suan is about 5 minute ride from Mahidol University. A small, family run establishment, Baan Suan is the ideal option for students looking for a close-knit and convivial environment. Though not a traditional home-stay, staff at Baan Suan make sure that each resident is happy and cared for.The Baan Suan and Bundit apartments are self-catered so students will need to prepare or purchase their own meals.  Although there are no kitchens at Baan Suan, there are a many inexpensive eateries with delicious local food. We also encourage you to try delicious Thai street food!   At Baan Suan, you are sure to meet new friends and learn more about the culture of Thailand, and that can only enhance your study abroad experience!


The newly constructed Bundit residence is a large, modern facility. Bundit apartments come with many amenities including an outdoor pool with large spirit house, exercise gym, restaurant, convenience store, and rooftop terrace.  The spacious rooms boast very modern furnishings and flat screen TV's. A shuttle service to campus is offered daily.  

CISabroad’s Site Director in Thailand: Rattapong Wongkanya

Rattapong (nickname Yahya) was born Thailand, and holds a BA in International Relations from Thammasat School of Political Science. He was also an exchange student at National University of Singapore. He has traveled overseas to explore different parts of the world such as Copenhagen, Cairo, Hawaii, Colorado, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Yahya has worked with many foreigners from various backgrounds and experiences on different projects in including NGOs, the Thai embassy and Google. He is strongly passionate about Social Enterprise and Sustainable Development. He is optimistic, friendly, outgoing and loves to share Thailand with others and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. Yahya speaks Thai, English and is currently learning French.


CISabroad’s Site Director in Thailand: David Jackson

David was born in the UK and moved to the US when he was 16 and completed high school and University in Colorado. As an avid traveler, his first thought on graduation was to travel to Asia. He volunteered and lived with a family in Kathmandu for 2 months before travelling to Thailand. He quickly fell in love with the country and for the last 12 years has worked as a teacher, as a development officer in NGOs, and has worked with volunteers and study abroad programs for the last seven years. He has an MA in Asia Pacific Studies and is fluent in Thai. He loves his work because it allows him to share his love of Thailand and its people with participants and at the same time support the great things that people all over Thailand are doing every day.

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Semester in Thailand can be found on the Price and dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for Semester in Thailand are generally due the first day of the calendar month the proceedes the date of arrival on the program. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline with the specific due date. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

1. The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

2. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms. 

3. The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

4. Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program-specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Semester in Thailand can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For Semester in Thailand, you WILL need a passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Semester in Thailand, you WILL need a visa. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Semester in Thailand, the GPA requirement is 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

6. What are my housing options?

For Semester in Thailand, you will live in international housing at Baan Suan Apartments. All CISabroad students will have a single room included in their program fee.  The Baan Suan apartments are self-catered, so students will need to prepare their own meals or eat out.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Semester in Thailand, students will take 4-5 classes (16-20 U.S. credits). To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival September 3-6
CISabroad Orientation September 7
MUIC Orientation
September 8-9
Classes Start September 12
Classes End December 12
Departure December 14
Application Deadline May 15
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 3
CISabroad Orientation January 4
MUIC Orientation
January 6-7
Classes Start January 9
Classes End April 9
Departure April 11
Application Deadline October 1
Term: Summer 2017
Arrival April 17-18
CISabroad Orientation April 19
MUIC Orientation
April 20-21
Classes Start April 24
Classes End July 23
Departure July 25
Application Deadline January 15
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $8,790 - $9,390 more info
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $8,790 - $9,390 more info
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $8,790 - $9,390 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. NEW! Spring 2016 and Summer Semester can be combined for a 7 month study abroad experience! To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following: 


  • Full-time tuition and fees 
  • Housing   
  • Medical and accident insurance 
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
  • Academic advising  
  • Financial aid counseling  
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Predeparture orientation  
  • Airport pickup  
  • Mahidol University orientation 
  • CISabroad orientation 
  • On-site support 
  • On-campus wi-fi 
  • University official transcript 
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide



CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.