Education in Thailand:
Thailand has well over 170 higher education institutions including public and private that offers over 4,100 programs. Universities can accommodate over 175,000 domestic and international students. The National Economic and Social Development Board in Thailand has projected that there will be a sharp decrease in the number of domestic Thai students by 2040 due to a drop in the population by almost 20%. This leaves room for several thousands of international students from around the globe to be able to choose Thailand as their study abroad destination.
The government financially supports several public universities in Thailand for the purpose of research. More than half of the provinces in Thailand have these government aided Rajhabhat Universities and Rajamangala University of Technology which are your traditional teacher training colleges.
Top three Thai universities that have featured consistently in the top 600 institutions globally as per QS rankings over the last few years are Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, and Thammasat. The full-time, undergraduate programs in Thailand are 4 years in duration. However, courses like education and architecture are 5-year programs and dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine requires 6 years of full-time study. On the other hand, full-time, post-graduate degrees can be either one or two years in duration. The degree is dependent on the course credits that can be completed either with a dissertation or a final examination. Doctoral programs can run between 2 – 5 years in duration. Through the given period, the student has to undertake extensive research, complete course and successfully submit a thesis based on which the doctorate degree is conferred.
Thailand as a Study Destination:
During the period of 1985-1995, Thailand went through an economic boom and foundations were laid to establish more international universities and colleges throughout the country. Thailand was building on it international programs specially to cater to the requirements of it steady inflow of students from Laos. Cambodia and Vietnam. Many of these plans did not see the light of day when Thailand went into an economic crisis in 1997. Many institutions became dependent on funds from the private sector. However, with the economic crisis now in the backburner, Thailand is looking to revitalise and expand its international curriculum once again.
Being centrally located in the ASEAN region, Thailand has been luring international students for well over two decades. A number of private universities and colleges have also opened campuses in various provinces in Thailand. A well-recognised private institution in Thailand is the Asian Institute of Technology or more popularly known as AIT offers quality education through an international faculty to students from the Asia-Pacific region. Another private player known as Assumption University has exclusive curriculums in English Language that has been attracting international students from several neighbouring countries. Many other private universities like Stamford International University and Webster University are also well known for imparting quality education to international students too.
Some of the top Thai universities have also set up collaborations with well-known global institutions and offer specialised programs. The Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration is based out of the famous Chulalongkorn University and conducts an internationally oriented MBA program in the English language in collaboration with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mahidol University too has followed the example of Chulalongkorn University and has established a dedicated International College that only conducts programs in English serving both domestic Thai and international students.
There are several reasons why so many international students have chosen Thailand as their study abroad destination. The primary reason is the affordability factor that includes both tuition fees and living expenses which are half of what an international student would end up spending on studying abroad at any of the traditional overseas education hotspots like UK and USA. However, the quality of education and the standard of living is at par with any progressive and developed western country.
Other reasons that also influence international students towards choosing Thailand as their study abroad destination is the opportunity to explore the country’s incredible rich and natural ecosystem that makes Thailand a nature lover’s top choice. Along with that comes, Thailand’s unique cuisine that has taken the global culinary scene by storm. If you have an interest in wildlife, then elephants are an integral part of the Thai wildlife, history and their culture. International students in Thailand will also get the chance to experience the Buddhist culture which can be fascinating.
Thailand has a well-developed transport system that makes it easy for international students to travel locally. Many low-cost carriers have set up Bangkok as their hub in Southeast Asia. International students can avail of really attractive airfares in order to travel to Thailand’s neighbouring countries.
Thailand is known as the land of smiles and its people are genuinely hospitable to foreigners. With an enriching history and culture, an international student will be able to participate in several Thai festivals like Loi Krathong that happens in November every year and celebrates light and fire, very similar to Diwali in India. Another interesting festival that international students love to get involved with is Songkran which is the Thai New Year in April. Other events like Full Moon parties also takes place in several islands all over Thailand every month. It is one of best times for international students to let their hair down and enjoy themselves.
To top it all, Thailand offers fabulous retail experience and one can find things even on a tight budget. Many places in Thailand have night markets where students can bargain at their heart’s content.
Admission Process and Visa Counseling:
Mayfair Global Education is your dedicated study abroad consultants for Thailand in New Delhi.
We have been counselling and guiding students from India to several universities in Thailand for over 22 years. We have team of experienced in-house counsellors who can partner and give your study abroad dream to Thailand the professional direction it requires.
Once you register with us, we will assist you in shortlisting your programs of interest and the universities that offer them in Thailand. Most public and private institutions in Thailand have general entry requirements that all international students need to fulfil.
Entry Requirements at the Undergraduate level:
- A first class is required in both your Year 10 and 12.
- IELTS or TOEFL scores also are mandatory entry requirements to demonstrate your proficiency in the English Language. Many of the universities in Thailand also conduct their own English tests which can be given in place of IELTS or TOEFL. For coaching assistance, you can make an appointment with Mayfair Global Education.
Entry Requirements at the Post-graduate level:
- Have a first class in your undergraduate degree.
- Provide IELTS or TOEFL scores as proof of your English Language proficiency. Several universities in Thailand also conduct their individual English test that is conducted at the Mayfair Global Education office in New Delhi. The university English test can also be taken in place of IELTS or TOEFL.
Once we have your educational documents, recommendations, reference and resume in place, we will create your profile. During your session with our guidance counsellor, we will note down your areas of interest and then help you in shortlisting the courses that will academically suit you and also the universities in Thailand that offer those programs.
We will communicate with the shortlisted universities on your behalf and express your interest in enrolling as an international student. We will fill in your application form and request you to submit a Statement of Purpose along with it. On an average, institutions in Thailand take about 15 – 20 working days to accept your decline your application. If accepted, most of the times a provisional letter of admission will be sent via email. Once you deposit the fee for the first semester, you will receive your unconditional offer of admission from your education provider in Thailand.
The next step is to prepare your student visa application file for Thailand. We will direct you on how the visa application should be lodged. Post receiving the visa, you will need to attend a pre-departure briefing at our office in New Delhi where you will get insights into what your life will be like as an international student in Thailand.
Life as a Student in Thailand:
As an international student in Thailand, the academic and student life at your chosen institution will present its own set of challenges and opportunities that one expects to encounter during their time at university. However, as a country, Thailand has its distinctive factors that presents the international students with an environment filled with diversity.
Thailand is a modern centre of commerce and business with a fantastic location in the middle of Southeast Asia. Therefore, the universities in Thailand have this extraordinary learning experience for their international students that helps them instil principles and values that and assisting them in establishing a successful professional life in the future. Encouraging critical thinking, ethical actions and leadership skills are the foundation of universities in Thailand.
With students coming from over 120 nationalities from around the globe, you will come face to face with multiple cultures and will be able respect and appreciate its varied perspectives, all within the secured boundaries of your campus.
Thailand is also about combining education with fun. Famous for is vibrant nightlife, most locals tend to go out partying on Friday and Saturday nights. As an international student you can enjoy the fun aspects of Thailand, but always keep me mind the real objective why you are in Thailand.