Program Overview

Study in beautiful Salaya, just outside of Bangkok, this summer to experience traditional Thai culture in the “Land of Smiles.” You’ll study at one of the most well-regarded universities in Asia, Mahidol University. Mahidol offers courses in Thai language and culture, Social Science, Business, Engineering, the Natural Sciences. and more. As a student, you’ll live in student residences near campus, roll out of bed and throw on your school uniform (no more worrying about what outfit to wear!), and grab some coffee and delicious Thai treats from the convenience store on your way to class. On the weekends, you can explore the mountains, learn to cook Thai food, interact with elephants, and so much more!

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: April 1
Avg Course Load
2 courses (6 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Thai

Key Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive and affordable program that won't break the bank
  • Study at Mahidol University, one of the most well-regarded universities in Asia
  • Electives in English with Thai language and culture courses
  • Beautiful sculpture garden on campus
  • Easy travel to neighboring Southeast Asian countries

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

Founded in 1888, Mahidol University has regal origins: former king Chulalongkorn founded Mahidol University in 1888 as the country’s first medical school. Since then, it has evolved into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand. Mahidol ranks as the #1 university in all of Thailand, and as one of the top 50 universities in Asia. You'll get a top quality education in Bangkok, one of the world's most fascinating cities!

Mahidol is recognized for the caliber of its students’ research, the quality of its faculty, and its outstanding achievements in both teaching and international academic collaboration. You won't be the only study abroad student at Mahidol; the University hosts international students from 50 countries around the world. There are 16,500 students in total at Mahidol.

You can study a wide range of courses in three core areas: health science, science and technology, and social science and humanity. Your courses will be taught in English. Studying in Bangkok will give you an authentic and insightful perspective into the culture, history, and politics of Thailand and Southeast Asia. You'll also experience a uniquely Thai combination of frenetic city energy and tranquil Buddhist spirituality. Come fall in love with the rich landscape of Thailand and the cultural beauty of the Thai people. This environment, coupled with the stellar academics at Mahidol, is the perfect equation for an unforgettable experience!

Accreditation: Ministry of Education in Thailand.


How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Classes in Thai Language, Art History, Culinary Arts, Dance, Digital Media & Design, Photography, Studio Art, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Human Resources, International Business, Management, Marketing, Communications & Media Studies, Film Studies, TV & Radio Broadcasting & Production, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Probability Statistics & Risk Analysis, Biomedical/Medical Sciences, Nutrition & Dietetics, Speech Pathology & Communication Disorders, Gender & Women’s Studies, History, Law & Legal Studies, Philosophy & Ethics, Religious Studies & Theology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

Life in Bangkok

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Thailand. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shops are how to get around. In the afternoon you will participate in the Thai Cultural values training, where staff will cover the differences in working and communication style between, Thailand and the West.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends back home.

Housing Options

Student housing at Bundit apartments. the complex has a pool, fitness center, shuttle to campus, a restaurant, and 24-hour security. Students will have the option of a double or single room.

Bundit:

The newly constructed Bundit residence is a large, modern facility comprised of several high-rise buildings. Bundit apartments come with many amenities including an outdoor pool with a 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. If you’re looking for a lot of creature comforts, and a more active atmosphere, Bundit is your choice.

Local Life

  • Chinatown: Yaowarat, one of the biggest Chinatowns in the world, experience amazing street food, narrow alleys packed with shops of all kinds, great snack and a unique cultural experience. Don’t forget to check on the 12 ton golden buddha at Wat Traimit, it was lost for almost 200 years.
  • Siam BTS: Some of the biggest malls in Asia, see penguins, lamborghinis, watch an IMAX or go ice skating all in one of the busiest and most up-market parts of Bangkok.
  • Asiatique: Take a boat down the river and enjoy Thai and other seafood along the waterfront in a beautiful setting.
  • Chatujak Weekend Market: One of the biggest markets in Bangkok, more than you can see in a single day, a great place to find unique and beautiful Thai goods, presents, clothes and other souvenirs
  • Kanchanaburi: Take a day trip to this small town to see the famous death railway from world war 2, and camp at the beautiful Erawan park,close to a seven level water fall.
  • Street Food: Don’t forget to try some of the many kinds of amazing street food, this is one of the must do experiences for you stay in Thailand, sample the noodles, pat thai, curries, fresh fruit, homemade ice cream and so much more.

More About Bangkok

How to sum up the thrilling city of Bangkok? Home to serene spiritual temples and pulsing nightlife, Bangkok is in a class of its own! Nearly 10 million people live in Thailand’s capital, which is a dynamic city synonymous with the exotic. Bangkok is also a dominating force in Asian finance and business. Moreover, it has global influences on politics, culture, fashion, and entertainment.

There's a shroud of mystery over Bangkok that lures nearly 11 million visitors each year. Hop in a tuk-tuk (a three-wheeled motorized cart) and zip in and out of traffic as you visit the Grand Palace, the Vimanmek Palace Complex, and the thousands of temples around the city. Discover and embrace the amazing international cuisine, bustling street markets, and extraordinary energy around you. Your study abroad program is located in the city of Salaya, with easy access by bus, private van, skytrain, or taxi into the heart of Bangkok.

Thanks to Bangkok's proximity to the equator, you'll enjoy warm weather year round. Take a break from the city to visit the many jungles, beaches, artisan villages, and cultural/historical sites in Thailand. Indulge yourself with a Thai massage, ride an elephant, take a cooking class, or learn the martial art of Thai boxing. Whether you're exploring the cuisine, the tropical beaches on the coast, or the animated markets, Thailand will be an unforgettable study abroad experience!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Thai Cooking Class

During this excursion you will learn all about Thai fruits, vegetable, and herbs, visit the market and learn about the different ingredients and then make 5 dishes of your own from scratch.

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Bangkok City Tour

Visit the beautiful Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most holy temple where you will be dazzled by gold and jade. Ride a riverboat down Thailand's “River of Life,” the Chao Praya, and glimpse the lifestyles of people who live in this so-called “Venice of the East.” Finally, visit Wat Pho, “Temple of The Reclining Buddha,” a 50-meter long, 200-year-old buddha.


Student Feedback

The excursions included in the CISabroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.

Ellie Ashbrook, Summer in Thailand, Valparaiso University, Nursing

Your Support Staff

Julia Sementilli
Program Coordinator for Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

Travel Tip: Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Learn more about Julia

David Jackson
Site Director in Thailand

Travel Tip: Looking for a cool and exciting way to explore Bangkok? The whole city used to be based around canals, so jumping on a boat gives you a way to get out of the traffic and experience the real Bangkok.

Learn more about David

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2019
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 30
    Orientation
    July 1
    Classes Start
    July 1
    Classes End
    July 19
    Departure
    July 20
    PRICE
    $3,990

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ON

Make your time in Thailand complete with an optional add-on trip to Cambodia. Ask your program coordinator for more information. Spots are limited!

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Cultural and recreational excursions and activities in Salaya
  • One guided weekend excursion
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (guest room)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • Official transcript from Mahidol University
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program