Thailand

Live in Thailand, the Land of Smiles, and see for yourself why the friendly people make the country one of the happiest places in the world! Thailand is known for its beautiful landscapes, rich history, fun nightlife, tranquil Buddhist culture, and amazing temples and cultural landmarks. Come experience the best of Thailand with CISabroad!

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Semester in Thailand
Semester in Thailand 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.

Summer in Thailand
Summer in Thailand Thailand

Study in beautiful and historic Chiang Mai, Thailand for a month this summer to experience traditional Thai culture in the "Land of Smiles." Study Thai language, Buddhism, international finance, and gender studies while living in historic Old Town.

Overall, Thailand is a safe country to travel to. However, as in the US, there are always safety precautions we encourage you to take. Common sense teamed with taking time and effort for precautions will leave you plenty of time to enjoy your stay. In Thailand there are not many general health risks beyond those found in the US. Health insurance is not required by the Thai government, but CIS includes a comprehensive medical and accident insurance plan with all of our programs.

While studying at Mahidol University in Thailand, you will find that the educational system is similar to that of the US. You will attend courses taught in English by local and international faculty. A true international education experience is guaranteed as Thai students will be your fellow classmates.

Official name of country: Kingdom of Thailand

Population: 66.4 million

Capital City: Bangkok

Time Difference: Thailand is +7 GMT, so it is 11 hours ahead of the east coast and 14 hours ahead of the west coast.

National Animal: Thai Elephant

National Currency: Baht

National Flower: Ratchaphruek

National Sport: Boxing

Geography: Thailand is located in Southeast Asia and shares borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. There is varied topography from vast mountain ranges in the north to the flat lands of the Chao Phraya river valley in the heart of the country. Thailand’s climate is characterized by its monsoons, which create hot, rainy weather from May to September and cool, dry weather from November to March. Overall you will enjoy a warm and humid atmosphere in Bangkok with temperatures averaging in the 80’s.

Festivals: One thing can be said about the Thais, and that is that they love their festivals. There is an Umbrella Festival, Flower Festival, and even a Candle Festival. The most popular festival, Songkran, takes place during the Thai New Year in April and during this time there is a country wide water fight! Other fun festivities to look forward to include National Thai Elephant Day, Dragon and Lion parades, The Queen’s Birthday, and the Nakhon Phanom Boat Procession.

Famous People: Tony Jaa (actor), Tata Young (singer), Paradorn(tennis player),Thongchai Jaidee (golfer), and Thaksin Shinawatra (politician).

Great Movies: Suriyothai; King Naresuan; The Moon Hunter; The Overture; Behind the Painting; Tears of the Black Tiger.