Program Overview

Study in beautiful Salaya, just outside of Bangkok, this summer to experience traditional Thai culture in the “Land of Smiles.” You’ll study at one of the most well-regarded universities in Asia, Mahidol University. Mahidol offers courses in Thai language and culture, Business, and more. As a student, you’ll 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, you can explore the mountains, learn to cook Thai food, interact with elephants, and so much more!

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: April 15
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Thai
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
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

Choose from one of the following courses for the Summer 2019 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.

ICCU 201 Contemporary Southeast Asia

Introduction to Southeast Asia (SEA) and its extraordinary diversity through the humanities, the arts and social sciences. Emphasis on the intellectual and practical challenges linked to modernization and development. Study of the ways SEA-member states cope with the social, cultural, economic, political and religious issues brought about by globalization.

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.

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.

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.

CISabroad Study abroad semester program Thailand 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.


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

Chutinan “Chu” Klinmalai
Site Director in Bangkok, 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 Chutinan

Student Feedback

The excursions included in the CISabroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.

Ellie Ashbrook, Summer in Thailand, Valparaiso University, Nursing

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.

  • Summer 2019
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    June 28
    Orientation
    July 1
    Classes Start
    July 1
    Classes End
    July 19
    Departure
    July 20
    PRICE
    $3,990

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ON

Make your time in Thailand complete with an optional add-on trip to Chiang Mai for $400. Ask your program coordinator for more information. Spots are limited!

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:

  • 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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program