Semester in Thailand
Mahidol University

Spring 2021
Virtual Options

Study at a top university in the "Land of Smiles."

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, dive deep into 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’s rich history, delicious cuisine, fun nightlife, tranquil Buddhist culture, and peaceful temples.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3-5 classes (9-15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • 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 community by replanting mangroves lost to deforestation

Program Details

Mahidol 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.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • World Languages
  • Thai

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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.

Looking for a list of courses? Click here! For the course catalog click here. If you need a full syllabus, please reach out to your Program Enrollment Coordinator for assistance. You may see that the course schedule only has the term prior to the term that you are applying for. The final course schedule is available 4-6 weeks before the term begins. Your Program Enrollment Coordinator will share with you as soon as it has been released and we’ll walk you through the pre-registration process 4-6 weeks prior to departure. You can register for up to 6 courses initially to secure yourself a spot and will have the chance to drop/add during your first two weeks of the program.

You can use the courses from previous terms as a good indication of what to expect for your semester, as they don’t typically vary too much.

When reviewing the course list, we recommend you choose at least double the amount of courses for approval than you intend to take abroad in case the courses are not offered or if there is a time conflict. For instance, if you are planning on enrolling in four courses at MUIC, we recommend getting at least eight courses pre-approved.

Note: Mahidol University uses a Trimester system where Trimester 1 begins in September, Trimester 2 in January, and Trimester 3 in April.

**Please note that certain courses are not available to visiting students, such as Nursing Science Program courses, research project classes, or internships. See the full list of courses that are not available here.

Any US university standards surrounding credits should be taken into consideration when selecting your number of courses. Not all courses will be worth 4 Thai credits (3 US credits), so if your university in the US has a credit minimum, you will need to meet that.

 

 

Why Life in 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!

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Standard Housing Option - Bundit

Location

If you’re looking for a lot of creature comforts, and a more active atmosphere, Bundit is for you! 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, and convenience store.

The spacious rooms boast very modern furnishings and flat-screen TVs. Bundit has both self-service laundry as well as a laundry service, where you can drop your laundry and pick it up, finished and folded.

A shuttle service to campus is offered daily. Bundit is about a five-minute taxi or shuttle ride from Mahidol University, or a 20-25 minute walk. Central Salaya Mall is about a 10-minute cab ride from either housing location, so you can buy anything else you need there.

Check out the photo gallery to see what Bundit housing is like.

Meals

The apartments are self-catered so students will need to prepare or purchase their own meals. Although there are no kitchens in the housing, there are many inexpensive eateries with delicious local food.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • CommuteShuttle
  • Double Room
  • Fitness Center
  • LaundryOn-siteService Available
  • Pool
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

Deluxe Housing Option - Crystal Place

Location

Crystal Place is our new, deluxe housing location. Offering up single rooms only, this spot is ideal for introverts and students who prefer a quiet living space. When you walk into the lobby of Crystal Place, you will feel the calm and tranquil ambiance. You will also find a serene infinity pool for your leisure, along with rock gardens and fish ponds for further relaxation and style. Bedrooms are all equipped with a private balcony, as well as a larger closet for optimal storage. We will allow couples to share a room upon request. Crystal Place rooms will have a TV, fridge, Wi-Fi, linens, a desk and chair, dresser, and AC. The building itself has a fitness center, coin-operated washing machines, security with key card access, various shops nearby, a convenience store, and a shuttle that runs to and from campus.

Check out the photo gallery to see what your room could look like at Crystal Place.

Meals

The rooms are self-catered so students will need to prepare or purchase their own meals. Although there are no kitchens in the housing, there are many inexpensive eateries with delicious local food.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • CommuteShuttle
  • Desk
  • Fitness Center
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single Room
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Mahidol University transcript
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • On-campus wi-fi
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in both Mahidol University and CIS Abroad orientation programs. Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Thailand: where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop, and more. In the afternoon,  participate in the Thai Cultural values training, where staff will cover the differences in working and communication styles between Thailand and the West.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

At the end of the program, gather 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.
Ko Chang

Ko Chang

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

Chiang Mai

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

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.

Site Director

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.

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.

About:

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 traveling 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.

Your Support Staff

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
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!

Alexandra Woolner
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.

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Spring 2021 is a unique time to be having this experience. We want to provide useful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

We are making three commitments to you.

Our Financial Commitment

100% Refund 22 Days Before Your Program Starts

CIS Abroad has worked with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. 

  • 100% refund of total program costs 22 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program* 
  • 80% refund of total program costs 21-15 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 50% refund of total program costs 14-8 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 20% refund of total program costs 7-1 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • Academic continuity is guaranteed, see below.

*Update 10.6.20: Excluding quarantine upon arrival costs in Bangkok, Thailand. See our Health & Safety Commitment below for more information.

To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance. 

 

Our Academic Commitment

Course Continuation Guaranteed

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is zero to minimal academic risk. 

  • If a student cannot travel to the country due to host country COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
  • If a student arrives in-country and must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
  • If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

Our Health & Safety Commitment

COVID Care Package Included

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. 

We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee for all Spring 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site: 

  • COVID-19 compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • 14-day Quarantine housing cost, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Welcome packet of masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies
  • Single rooms in student residences or apartments.*
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID-19 test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges. 
  • Access to COVID-19 testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-19-related illness
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time. 

*except for our Asia-Pacific programs where COVID-19 compliant doubles are included. 

Note:

For our program in Bangkok, Thailand, the host government has advised that a 2 week quarantine upon arrival will likely be required and will be confirmed closer to departure. CIS Abroad will have to pay for the quarantine in advance in order for students to begin the visa process. Thus the costs of the quarantine are only refundable if a quarantine is not required. 

  • $1,900 (for 2 weeks at a 3+ star hotel with pool, 3 meals per day included)

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this Spring, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  We are committed to providing our Virtual Global and Virtual Accelerated Internships so that we can bring international learning & career skills to you.

Quarantine

If Thailand requiring students to quarantine upon arrival, CIS Abroad will have you covered. CIS Abroad is closely monitoring changing international regulations and will help you plan accordingly. The CIS Abroad COVID Care Package includes two weeks of housing at your Alternative State Quarantine Hotel for the designated quarantine period during which you will be tested for COVID-19. After your second negative test you will be ale to use all of the amenities that the hotel has to offer, likely including a pool, restaurant, and outdoor space. Three meals per day are included.

Your Site Director, David Jackson, will be regularly communicating with you during this time. All CIS Abroad students will be housed in the same hotel- a great way to start meeting new friends!

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Jul 22
  • Arrival: September 7
  • Departure: December 14
  • Price: $6,990
  • Application Deadline: Oct 15
  • Arrival: December 26 | December 28
  • Departure: April 6
  • Price: $8,990 - $9,390
  • Application Deadline: Oct 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: December 26 | December 28 (Estimated)
  • Departure: April 6 (Estimated)
  • Price: $10,890 - $11,290
  • Application Deadline: Jan 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: April 10 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $8,890 - $10,390 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Jun 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: August 26 | August 27 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 7 (Estimated)
  • Price: $8,790 - $10,390 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Low end of range: Double Room
High end of range: Single Room

For Spring 2021, you will be charged the 14-day quarantine price. This additional $1900 covers 2 weeks of accommodation in Bangkok.

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

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