Study Abroad in Thailand: what to expect - Part I

When you ask yourself what is the best place to study abroad, a paradise, Thailand pops up in your mind, right? Because this country is much more than a dream holiday destination. Find out the advantages of studying in Thailand that will make you start packing now!

Discover a fascinating culture, distinct from any other conventional study destination. The Institute of International Studies at Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU), located in the country’s capital Bangkok, tells you some of the reasons why Thailand is considered one of the world’s best places for a cultural exchange.


How to enjoy your time while studying in Thailand

Thailand is a splendid kingdom, located in Southeast Asia, known as the 'land of smiles' for the friendliness of its people. Certainly you’ve already heard about the numerous cultural and natural attractions that bring so many tourists to Thailand every year.  In case you’re travelling to study in Thailand, you must know in advance that you’re not only going to have an amazing experience in a heavenly place but also get to learn about the rich Asian culture. You will discover it even in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, where traces of this cultural diversity can be found everywhere in the streets, in the food, music, dance, art, at the Buddhist temples and even in the language – you won’t resist learning some Thai just to kindly ask for a drink in the market!

Floating Market in Thailand

In addition, you may visit the calm and wonderful Thailand’s rural area. There, you’ll see how the locals actually live and get in touch with their traditions, visit cultural attractions and historical sites or take homestay with the friendly local people. Moreover, you can spend time enjoying the environment, surrounded by the green lush forest, mountains, streams, beautiful waterfalls or pristine beaches, with their white sand and crystal clear sea.


Travelling in Southeast Asia

Did you know that Southeast Asia has long been the junction of civilization, communication, and trade due to its strategic location? The area is rich in biodiversity and cultural resources, which attracts tourists from all over the globe. Due to the economic growth of Southeast Asia, it has been capturing international attention where the opportunity for investment in the business is wide open. For most of the countries in the region, the economy is based on agriculture, electronics, rubber, textiles and tourism.

Therefore, Southeast Asia has been benefiting from wide recognition and from positive reactions towards globalization. ASEAN – Association of Southeast Asia Nations - has 10 members including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Lao, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Have you ever pictured yourself traveling around all these places during your school break? This is your chance!


How does the Thai education system work?

The education at government and private schools as well as universities is regulated by the Ministry of Education. If you’re interested in studying a Bachelor’s degree in Thailand, the standard duration of study is approximately four years whereas a Master’s degree typically requires two years of study. The grading system in Thailand uses a letter grading method in both undergraduate and graduate programs. However, the points or percentage grading methods can be employed depending on individual instructors throughout the courses.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok

Just like in any other country with a modern education, you will find many courses taught in English, besides the native Thai language and also Chinese. For example, at the Institute of International Studies at Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU), most of the programs are taught in English by over 100 distinguished active professors from well-known universities in the U.S.A, Canada and Europe.  There are Undergraduate and Post-Graduate courses in several areas, but if you prefer something different, in which you can practice your English language skills and learn about a specific matter, whether you already have a degree or not, the Non-Degree Programs are a good option and also quite diverse. And you know what? Tuition fees are the same for Thai and international students. Flawless!


Source: Institute of International Studies at Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU)