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Located in the heart of Bangkok, Thammasat University is the ideal study abroad destination for students who are eager for an adventure. Students have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of different fields, including the very popular Thai Studies Program which offers courses in Thai Language, Islam in Thailand and Thai Cuisine. Experience first-hand the warmth and hospitality of the Thai people as you enjoy a lively street festival, zip through Bangkok on a tuk-tuk, ride an elephant in Chiang Mai or spend your vacation on the beautiful beaches in Phuket.

Thammasat University has two campuses. Tha main campus, Tha Prachan, is a compact campus located on the land that was once the viceroy's palace grounds on the Chao Phrya River, near the center of the original Bangkok. The campus is close to some of Thailand's most sacred temples and many government ministries, as well as the Grand Palace of the reigning Chakri dynasty, the National Theater and National Museum. Most existing international programs are located at the Tha Prachan campus. The Rangsit campus, approximately one hour from the Tha Prachan campus, offers a more traditional campus lifestyle. Rangsit houses the science- and engineering-related faculties, as well as the Bachelor of Economics program, and is adjacent to the Asian Institute of Technology.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year, semester, or summer.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement
Excellent chance of placement on ISEP Direct.
Good chance of placement on ISEP Exchange.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for US Applications / Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Semester 1: August to December
Semester 2: January to May

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance (Summer)

Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance (Full Year or Semester)

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Tuition, Housing (Summer)
Summer 2016: $3,950

Tuition, Housing, and Meals (Full Year or Semester)
Full Year 16-17: $19,900
Semester 1 16-17: $10,950
Semester 2 16-17: $10,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 15, 2016
SM2: October 1, 2016

Summer Program
Immerse yourself in the richness of Thai culture by spending four weeks on a campus that was once the viceroy’s palace grounds. During this six-credit Thai Studies Program at Thammasat University, learn about Buddhism and Thai society while spending weekends on organized field trips exploring temples, monasteries, museums, archaeological remains, palaces, and ethnic minority communities throughout the country. There are also several opportunities to attend Thai theatre, dance, and music performances.

See summer program information and a Thai Studies Program video featuring ISEP students!

Fast Facts
Bangkok, Thailand (pop. 6.35 million)
Student Enrollment: 33,500
Language of instruction: Thai and English
University Home Page
Office of International Affairs (OIA)
International Programs
Thai Studies Program (PBIC)
Student Handbook

Thammasat University offers a total of 240 courses of study in the disciplines of social sciences, huamnities, science and technology, and health sciences. For Thai speakers, there are plenty of undergraduate and graduate program options.

The International Programs are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and are carried out entirely in English. The following International Programs are open to ISEP students. Take note of the campus associated with each program!

Please clearly indicate on your Host Site Request List which program you prefer:

Thai Studies Program (TS), offered through Pridi Banomyong International College (PBIC), provides an integrated and interdisciplinary program for Thai and foreign students. A wide range of courses on historical and present-day Thailand and its culture are available. Trips to artistic, ethnological, historical, political, and religious sites are included.

Bachelor of British and American Studies (BAS) examines British and American society and culture, both past and present day. The program includes courses from the Faculty of Liberal Arts as well as other disciplines such as economics, politics, media studies, and business.

Bachelor of Business Administration* (BBA) concentrates on accounting, finance, banking and marketing.

Bachelor of Economics* (BE) is the oldest in Thailand and pioneered the teaching of Economics using English as the medium of instruction in 1969. Coursework includes Thai/Asian and developing economies, economic theory, human resources, international/comparative, financial and quantitative economics as well as general Thai studies.

Bachelor and Master of Political Sciences Program in Politics and International Relations* (BMIR) integrates theoretical approaches with case studies, current issues as well as practical skills. It also gives a priority to a diverse range of academic questions essential to the field of politics and international relations.

Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJM) offers courses in newspaper and print media, radio and television, film, advertising, public relations, and mass communication management.

Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology* (SIIT) aims to produce engineering and technological graduates who are not only well prepared in their field but are also proficient in English. Qualified students may take courses in civil, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering or environmental and information technology. SIIT runs on the Thai academic year, June to March. SIIT also offers a Master’s degree program.

Bachelor of Business English Communication (BEC) emphasizes the English communication skills essential for business transactions. Courses are designed to develop the skills which include listening, speaking, reading, and writing English within a business context.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Programs listed above with an asterisk (*) are also offered at the graduate level. The follow programs are offered at the graduate level only:
MA-PhD in English Language Studies
Master in Finance
Master in Marketing (MIM)
Graduate Studies in Biomedical Science
International Master of Business Administration (IMBA)

Academic Notes
Students are likely to note a marked difference in lecture style and assessment between their home universities and Thammasat. Students should try to be flexible and open-minded as they adapt to the University. The typical course load is 3-6 courses per semester with 9-18 hours spent in class per week. Students are not advised to take courses on both campuses given the distance between the two. Read more about academics at TU in the Student Handbook.

Please note that it takes 8-10 weeks from the end of the examination period before transcripts from Thammasat arrive at ISEP Central. Students that require transcripts for graduation at their home university are strongly advised to confirm with their registar's office that this period of time will not have an effect on their ability to graduate on time. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: For courses taught in Thai, fluency is required.
Language Courses: Thai language courses are offered in addition to regular courses in the Thai Studies program.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.5
Other tests accepted: None
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes, included in ISEP benefits.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Students must take the majority of courses from within one program. It may be possible to take 1-2 electives from within a different program.

It is not possible to take courses on both the Tha Prachan and Rangsit campus. Students must choose one or the other.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students must state in their Host Site Request list which one program they prefer. When selecting courses for the Course Request List, make sure to list at least 3 courses from within the same program.

Hints for Researching Courses
You can search for courses from the Office of the Registrar page. First select ENG to translate the page into English. Then select Course Search from the Main Menu on the lefthand side. From the Main Menu you can also search for Curriculum by program.

Housing and Meals
Get ready to truly live like a local and eat some of the best food in the world! ISEP students receive a monthly housing and meal stipend to cover the cost of rent and food. Thai people eat almost every meal outside of the house. Food is very inexpensive and easy to find! The meal stipend can be used to eat at one of the many campus vendors, off campus at a food stall, or in restaurants. More information about life at TU and in Bangkok can be found in the Student Handbook.
    Tha Prachan Campus
    Tha Prachan campus is a very urban campus. It is rather small and therefore, there is no housing on campus. ISEP students have a wide range of hotel/guest house/apartment options to choose from. Many are within walking distance of campus and others are a short bus ride away. Some of the most popular housing options among international students are 3J Court and Amarin Mansion. Read more about apartment options at Thammasat Housing Information Part I and Thammasat Housing Information Part II.

    Rangsit Campus
    The Rangsit campus is much more similar to a typical university campus. It is very large and has its own bus system! Private apartments/guest houses are located around the campus from which students can rent rooms. OIA will assist you in securing a contract with one of the various housing providers. There are several cafeterias, cafes, and a grocery store on campus, as well as a book store, gymnasium, pool, gym, and lounges.
You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 11,000 Thai Baht.

The Office of International Affairs provides a wonderful orientation program that spans the course of several days. Very important information is covered during the orientation as well as fun cultural activities. Topics include campus facilities, campus life information, Thai Culture Q&A session, safety in Thailand, Royal Family information, visa matters, and a student activities fair. For students who choose not to secure housing until arrival in Bangkok, housing tours are offered during orientation. Final course registration will also take place during this time.

Students who sign up for housing before arrival in Bangkok can usually request pickup from the Suvarnabhumi Airport by the housing provider.

Student Activities
There are many activities for students to take advantage of, both on and off campus. Examples include: cultural tours of Bangkok, Thai uisine cooking classes, Grand Palace excursions, Loy Krathong Festival,International Night, Tea Ceremony, Rice Harvest Festival, and a Mangrove excursion.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Since Bangkok is such a large and cosmopolitan city, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities for students to explore, both independently and through the University. Past volunteer events organized by OIA have included planting rice with local rice farmers and spending time at a local orphanage. Students also have the opportunity to participate in TU2U where they teach English to local children in classrooms around the Tha Prachan Campus.

Founded in 1934, Thammasat University has educated many prominent members of the Thai civil administration. Over the years, Thammasat students have been known for their activism and have played a major role in Thai politics. Most classrooms are air-conditioned. A large performing arts hall hosts plays, concerts, lectures and guest performers. A newly-built second campus (Rangsit) houses science-related faculties and modern facilities such as a hospital, dormitories, swimming pools, a soccer field, tennis and basketball court. The Asian Games have equipped the campus with state-of-the-art sport facilities.

Dr. Supreedee Rittironk oversees the International Students' Services department in the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Having served in this position since 2010, Dr.Supreedee is the academic adviser for the logistics and welfare of incoming international students. His responsibilities include the arrangement of all the cultural and social activities, orientation, counseling, emergency contact, and all important authorities of Thammasat University in international affairs. Thammasat University and Dr. Supreedee pay serious attention to academic excellence, safety, welfare, and overall wellbeing of all our international students.

What Past Students have to Say
"Do ISEP! Studying abroad in Bangkok gave me the opportunity to explore Asia, something I've dreamed about doing since I was little. Before going, I have never been outside the United States--now, my passport has more stamps than I can count." --Alicia Hinz, University of Wisconsin, Stout

"Thammasat University is awesome!! The people in Thailand are great!!! I really recommend to live in a country like Thailand any time in their life, any time!" --Daniela Sigales, ITESM

"Living in an Eastern country was a huge difference, so was the Buddhist lifestyle. But I found that people were much more willing to help than in many Western cultures...I feel that I developed a lot more as a person and am much more confident and have a greater understanding of both America and the world abroad..." --Nichole Williamson, Central Washington University