Summer in Thailand

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Be happy in the "Land of Smiles."

Study in beautiful Salaya (just outside of huge Bangkok) to experience traditional Thai culture. Mahidol University, one of the most well-regarded universities in Asia, offers courses in Thai language and culture, business, and more. Live in student residences near campus, roll out of bed and throw on your school uniform (no more worrying about what outfit to wear!), and grab some coffee and delicious Thai treats from the convenience store on your way to class. On the weekends, explore the mountains, learn to cook Thai food, interact with elephants, and so much more!


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Thai
  • Average Courseload: 1-2 courses (3-6 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Comprehensive and affordable program that won't break the bank
  • Study at Mahidol University, one of the most well-regarded universities in Asia
  • Electives in English with Thai language and culture courses
  • Beautiful sculpture garden on campus
  • Easy travel to neighboring Southeast Asian countries

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 with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Thai
  • Culinary Arts

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

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Business

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

Students can choose up to two of the following courses for the Summer 2021 program:

ICML 160: Intro to Thai Language and Culture

This course will provide vocabulary and structures for everyday use and introduce basic aspects of Thai culture. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to handle basic communicative situations such as asking for and giving directions, ordering food and drinks, asking for prices and bargaining, and buying tickets. Students will also understand the importance of rice farming and ceremonies involving
growing rice and Buddhism in daily life.

International Trade and Marketing 

This course will teach an introduction of marketing as it related to global trade. Topics include international trade theory and policy, export and import, global logistics management, digital marketing, global marketing strategies, and global strategic management.

International Logistics Management

An examination of International Logistics Management, upstream and downstream business activities namely, procurement, demand forecasting, operations & production, warehouse & distribution centre, logistics network design, supply chain technologies, transportation mode, and inventory management.

Sustainable Development in Hospitality and Tourism

This course comprehensively introduces the concept and principles associated with sustainable tourism development, emphasizing on tourism impacts, practices of community-based tourism, and strategies to manage natural and cultural resources in a sustainable approach.

Culinary Management

Planning and operating food and beverage production in quantity food settings; various methods of food preparation ingredients and culinary terminology; reading and evaluating menus; developing recipes conversion and costing skills; examining different production schemes and product flow; the use and care of equipment, service techniques, procurement management, and cost control.

Please kindly note: having a back up course approved by your home university is recommended, in case of course changes later on. Also, you can use course syllabi from previous terms as a good indication of what to expect for your summer term, as they don’t typically vary too much from year to year. Once the new syllabi have been finalized they will be uploaded here.

 

SUMMER 2021 MAYMESTER – Looking for a list of courses? 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.

 

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 including a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a desk, and a refrigerator. 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

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Cultural and recreational excursions and activities in Salaya
  • One guided weekend excursion
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (guest room)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • Official transcript from Mahidol University
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & 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 & 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.

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.
Thai Cooking Class

Thai Cooking Class

During this excursion you will learn all about Thai fruits, vegetable, and herbs, visit the market and learn about the different ingredients and then make 5 dishes of your own from scratch.

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

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

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 Summer 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.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working 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. See the refund policy page 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

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk*.

  • If a student 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.

*If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US is important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.  

Our Health & Safety Commitment

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 Summer and Fall 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing. 
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges* 
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • COVID-safe classrooms, campus facilities, and housing as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards 
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs.  If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost. 

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  Should students apply for 2021 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date.  We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Quarantine

CIS Abroad is closely monitoring changing international regulations and will help you plan accordingly. We anticipate that as we get further in 2021 quarantine may not be required due to the use of vaccinations. If quarantine upon arrival is required when entering the country, it may incur an additional charge for housing and meals.

Housing

All 2021 students will have COVID-19 compliant housing.

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.

Visa

A visa is required for this program. We got you covered; your Program Coordinator has the details!

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: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 29 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,890 - $7,090 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Summer Program – Double Room, 3 credits: 4,890, Single Room, 3 credits: 5,090
Summer Program – Double Room, 6 credits: 6,890, Single Room, 6 credits: 7,090

Summer 2021 Maymester – 9,190 – 9,790

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

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.