During Semester in Thailand, you’ll live in Salaya, with great access to Bangkok, the heart of Southeast Asia and capital of Thailand. Study at Mahidol University, where you’ll choose from a vast array of academically challenging courses. Then, immerse yourself in the local culture: make international friends, explore beaches, and visit local Thai villages and iconic sites throughout the country. This program is ideal for students looking to experience Southeast Asia, as well as Thailand’s beautiful landscapes, rich history, delicious cuisine, fun nightlife, tranquil Buddhist culture, and peaceful temples.
Spring: October 1
Summer: January 15
- Study at Mahidol University, one of the most well-regarded universities in Asia
- Wide range of course offerings available
- Classes available in English
- Opportunities to interact with elephants and explore ancient ruins
- Take classes with Thai and international students
- Volunteer in the local community: replant mangroves that were deforested due to overfishing
- Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
- Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
- Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
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; in fact, you’ll be studying at Mahidol University International College (MUIC), which hosts international students from 50 countries around the world and enjoys AACSB accreditation. 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 at MUIC. 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.
Mahidol University International College (MUIC) is AACSB accredited.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSESNow 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 APPROVALMake 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 REQUIREMENTIf 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.
8+ CLASSES IN
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.
Visit the beautiful island of Ko Chang and stay with a local Thai family in a traditional house built over the water. You’ll snorkel in a national park and learn to fish for squid in the evening. A second day gives you time to sunbathe, swim, or kayak.
Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s must-visit locations in the picturesque north. You can swim with elephants at an animal sanctuary, take a Thai cooking class and shop for ingredients at the market, and walk around this 700-year-old city.
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.
Your Support Staff
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.
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!
Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalAugust 26 or 27OrientationCIS Abroad: August 28 - 29; Mahidol: September 2 - 3Classes StartSeptember 7Classes EndNovember 28; Exams: November 30 - December 6DepartureDecember 7PRICE$8,790 - $10,390Standard Housing Double Room: $8,790 Single Room: $9,790 -- Deluxe Housing Single Room: $10,390
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalDecember 26 (Estimated)DepartureApril 5 (Estimated)PRICE$8,890 - $10,390 (Estimated)Standard Housing Double Room: $8,890 Single Room: $9,690 -- Deluxe Housing Single Room: $10,390
Application DeadlineJanuary 15ArrivalApril 10OrientationApril 11Classes StartApril 27Classes EndJuly 18; Exams: July 20 - 26DepartureJuly 27PRICE$8,890 - $10,390Standard Housing Double Room: $8,890 Single Room: $9,690 -- Deluxe Housing Single Room: $10,390
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalDecember 26OrientationCIS Abroad: December 29; Mahidol: January 2Classes StartJanuary 6Classes EndMarch 28; Exams: March 30 - April 5DepartureApril 6PRICE$8,890 - $10,390Standard Housing Double Room: $8,890 Single Room: $9,690 -- Deluxe Housing Single Room: $10,390
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Medical and accident insurance
- CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- Mahidol University transcript
- CIS Abroad orientation
- On-site support
- On-campus wi-fi
- La Vida Local cultural program