Program Overview

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.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Fall: May 15
Spring: October 1
Summer: January 15
Avg Course Load
4-5 classes (12-15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • 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

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

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.

The course schedule for the Fall 2018 semester will be available approximately one month prior to the program. When selecting courses for the Fall 2018 term, please review the Fall 2017 (Trimester 1) course schedule. 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.

Please click here for the Spring 2019 Course Schedule

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

**Please note visiting students cannot enroll in Nursing Science Program courses, research project classes, or internships. For a list of courses not available at MUIC, please view this document: MUIC courses that are not available

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

Semester in Thailand has an incredible housing program. 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 TVs. 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. 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. Bundit is about a five-minute taxi or shuttle ride from Mahidol University, or a 20-25 minute walk.

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.

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 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.

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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

Studying abroad in Thailand has challenged my most basic assumptions about tourism, society, and identity. It has been the best four months of my life.

Ben Beaty, Semester in Thailand - Spring 2018, Ohio University

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 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
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

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.

  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    Arrival
    December 26 - 28
    Orientation
    January 3 - 4
    Classes Start
    January 7
    Departure
    April 8
    PRICE
    $8,890 - $9,690
  • Summer 2019
    Application Deadline
    January 15
    Arrival
    April 17 or 18
    Orientation
    April 19
    Departure
    July 21
    PRICE
    $8,890 - $9,690
  • Fall 2019
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    Arrival
    August 31 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 9 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $8,890 - $9,690

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

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:

  • 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 transcript
  • CISabroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • On-campus wi-fi
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program