Thailand is known for its beautiful landscapes, rich history, fun nightlife, tranquil Buddhist culture, and peaceful temples. Immerse yourself in this welcoming culture as you study at Mahidol University, Thailand’s top-ranked university. You’ll choose your academically challenging classes from a vast course catalog. Our Semester in Thailand program is centered in your new home, the scenic college town of Salaya. From Salaya, easily venture into the heart of Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. You’ll enjoy the serenity of a small town and the bustle of a booming city. The rest of Thailand also awaits you, with its beaches, jungles, and delicious cuisine.
- GPA Requirement
- 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
Key Program Highlights
- Prestigious university in Southeast Asia
- Wide range of course offerings available
- Classes available in English
- Cooking class and elephant visit included
- One or two weekend excursions included to locations such as Chiang Mai and Koh Chang
- Boat tour around Bangkok during orientation
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.
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.
Semester in Thailand has an incredible housing program. The Baan Suan and Bundit 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. Both locations are about a five-minute taxi or shuttle ride from Mahidol University, or a 20-25 minute walk.
Baan Suan is a small, family run establishment with charm. Baan Suan is the ideal option for students looking for a close-knit and convivial environment. Though not a traditional homestay, staff at Baan Suan make sure that each resident is happy and cared for. Not every floor plan is the same, and you may find some classic, quirky Thai decor to welcome you. Students can get to campus via taxis that are available right outside the main gate of the Baan Suan residence.
The newly constructed Bundit residence is a large, modern facility. As opposed to Baan Suan’s smaller facility, Bundit is 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—there’s even a pool on the roof! 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.
- 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!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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 ride 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.
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.
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 and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
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.
Click here for past Semester in Thailand course schedules
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.
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.
Ellie Ashbrook - Valparaiso University
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
PROgrams Team Manager - Thailand, China, Japan, France, Summer Multi-Country
Site Director in Thailand
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalSeptember 1 - 2OrientationSeptember 3; MUIC Orientation: September 6 - 7Classes StartSeptember 11Classes EndDecember 10DepartureDecember 11PRICE$8,790 - $9,390
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 2 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 3; MUIC Orientation: January 5 -6 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 8 (Estimated)Classes EndApril 8 (Estimated)DepartureApril 10 (Estimated)PRICE$8,790 - $9,390 (Estimated)
Application DeadlineJanuary 15ArrivalApril 17-18 (Estimated)OrientationApril 19; MUIC Orientation: April 20 - 21 (Estimated)Classes StartApril 24 (Estimated)Classes EndJuly 23 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 25 (Estimated)PRICE$8,790 - $9,390 (Estimated)
CISabroad 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
- 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