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Semester in Thailand
Experience the thrill of studying and living in Bangkok, Thailand’s sprawling capital city and a global hub of culture, commerce and cuisine. Though Bangkok is a major metropolis, this semester program is the least expensive of all TEAN offerings and offers students a surprisingly affordable cost of living. Study at Mahidol University International College (MUIC), the English-speaking arm of the esteemed Mahidol University, taking a variety of classes in English along with your Thai peers. Often considered the gateway to Asia, Bangkok is a great jumping off point to explore further afield in neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and more. Of course, the incredible Thai street food, unique culture and varied landscape may have you wanting to just stick around the Land of Smiles!
Study in Thailand’s buzzing capital of Bangkok at one of the country’s top three ranked schools, Mahidol University
Explore more of what Thailand has to offer during included weekend trips to the charming northern town of Chiang Mai and stunning tropical southern Krabi coastline
Benefit from access to local TEAN support staff for continued guidance throughout the semester
Get to know your host home and university with a fun 4-day orientation that covers cultural differences, a secret field trip, a Bangkok city tour and more
Live in modern, off-campus apartments for a taste of independent living in a big city
Dive deep into a culture that in many ways has remained unchanged for centuries while still evolving to meet contemporary lifestyles
Home to more than eight million people and often the most-visited city in the world, Bangkok offers a kaleidoscope of culture, color, cuisine and traffic congestion. Arriving in the city can sometimes be overwhelming for first-timers but, don’t worry, you’ll soon fall in love with the electric pull of the Big Mango. Ease into the transition with TEAN’s 4-day included orientation that will introduce you to your new campus, go over cultural backgrounds and differences, show you how to use public transport and take you to a range of the city’s most interesting sites, such as the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center, Lumphini Park (the equivalent of New York’s Central Park) and the riverside arts, dining and entertainment hub of Asiatique.
Modern, off-campus, twin-share apartments approximately 10 minutes from campus via free shuttle bus. The comfortable apartments include WiFi, cable television, pool and gym access, laundry facilities, a free weekly cleaning service and communal rooftop area with plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be met by our on-site staff who will provide assistance throughout your time in Thailand. Through regular on-campus advising hours, informal meals held together and excursions, our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.
About the Academic Program
- TEAN students enroll at Mahidol University International College (MUIC)
- Mahidol University was established in 1888 and is ranked in the top 3 universities in Thailand
- The university established the International College in 1986 offering the first international undergraduate programs at a Thai public university with all courses in English
- MUIC has a student enrollment of 3,400: 90% Thai students and 10% international students representing more than 45 nationalities
- MUIC is located on the Mahidol University campus allowing students access to university facilities, however operates like a campus within a campus – providing student services in English (a library, health services, printing services, etc.)
- MUIC’s Business department is AASCB accredited
Mahidol University is a traditional campus located in Salaya, an outer suburb of Bangkok, approximately 16 miles from the city centre. Visit the google map link below to see the location.View Map
MUIC offers more than 400 courses in English each semester. Courses are available in the below disciplines. Students enroll in 4–5 subjects per semester (3 credits), which usually transfers as 12-15 U.S. semester credits. You can visit the MUIC online course catalog for a listing of all courses offered.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.5 GPA
- Minimum sophomore standing at a 4-year institution at the time of enrollment at MUIC.
- Students attending 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities throughout the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These events are included in your semester program. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.
Thai Cooking Class (Full day class)
Learn to whip up your favorite Thai dishes such as phad thai, green curry, papaya salad and mango with sticky rice. During this full day class, you’ll tour a local market becoming more familiar with typical Thai ingredients then head to your cooking station to make a tasty Thai meal. Make sure to go hungry – you’ll be eating everything you make!
Ayutthaya Day Tour
An hour and a half away from Bangkok, Ayutthaya’s ancient ruins offers a glimpse into Thailand’s rich past. As the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom, Ayutthaya was one of the world’s wealthiest cities during the height of its power, celebrated for lavish palaces and gilded temples. Today, you can still climb its crumbling temple ruins to look out over the land while learning more about a time that still holds a special place in contemporary Thai culture.
Three-day weekend trip – Known for delicious cuisine, a laid back atmosphere, outdoor excursions and myriad Buddhist temples, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern cultural hub and a popular getaway from Bangkok. Spend the weekend getting to know the country’s majestic Asian elephants during an ethical elephant experience, visiting some of the region’s most significant, gold covered temples, dining on northern Thai dishes, wandering the sprawling Saturday Walking Street market and simply relaxing with a Thai massage. Warm and welcoming, activity-filled and affordable, you’re going to love Chiang Mai.
The weekend includes your flight to Chiang Mai and overnight train return to Bangkok, accommodation, excursions and most meals.
Three-day trip – A stay in Thailand wouldn’t be complete without visiting the country’s stunning tropical islands, so they’re the perfect place to celebrate the end of an incredible semester! After a speedboat journey exploring the islands of Andaman Sea, famous for its unbelievable turquoise waters and striking karst cliffs, fill the rest of your days relaxing on Railay Beach, kayaking to Phra Nang Beach, lounging by the pool and simply soaking up the island vibes.
The weekend includes your flight to Krabi, accommodation, island excursions, special group meals and more. Get ready for your island getaway!
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from May for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Oct 1|
|Fall Deadline||May 15|
|Arrival Date||Late Dec|
|University Orientation||Jan 2||Jan 3|
|Classes Begin||Jan 6|
|Midterm Exam Period||Feb 3||Feb 23|
|Classes End||March 28|
|Exam Period||March 30||April 5|
|Program Ends||April 6|
*These dates are tentative and final program dates will be posted later this year.
Fees & Inclusions
Tuition, program fees and off-campus housing = $8,795
- Full tuition (4 courses)*
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus TEAN housing
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Multi-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions and transportation
- Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
- Weekend excursion to Chiang Mai
- Weekend excursion to Thailand’s southern islands
- WiFi access in all housing
- Access to pre-arranged SIM card
- Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
- Extensive pre-departure guidance and information packets
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pick-up and reception in Bangkok
- Arrival welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
- Farewell Dinner at end of program
- Host university orientation
*additional cost for extra courses and labs
What’s Not included
- International airfare ($1,000 – 1,800)
- Student visa ($200)
- Books ($100)
- Meals/food ($700)
- Uniform ($30)
- Local Transportation
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
We Love Bangkok
Resident Director - Bangkok
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Megan studied music and anthropology at Grand Valley State University for her undergrad. She spent five months studying abroad at Mahidol University and worked for two years as a study abroad peer advisor at the Padnos International Center. Megan then completed her master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaiˈi at Mānoa where her thesis research involved studying the Thai language and six months of fieldwork in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani. She enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures, especially through music and dance.
Brynne’s first experience overseas was when she studied abroad with TEAN in Thailand. Captivated by experiencing a different way of life, she decided to go back and spend the year after graduation teaching English in a rural Northern Thai town. After the experience of a lifetime, she became hooked on the love of travel and international education and landed her dream job working for TEAN HQ in Chicago.
Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with TEAN. I wanted to go as far away as I could and experience something totally different than what I had grown up with. I had always been drawn to Asia, and after some research I decided that Thailand was the perfect place for me. I also lived in Lampang, Thailand upon graduating and I’ve traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.
What inspired you to teach abroad?
I came back from my semester abroad feeling like my time in Thailand wasn’t finished. I knew I wanted to go back to Thailand after I graduated and the more I spoke to people who had taught English abroad the more I knew it was a good fit for me. I wanted to challenge myself and have an even more culturally immersive experience the second go around, and I also wanted to give something back to a country I fell in love with while studying abroad since it had given so much to me.
What makes Thailand a great place to study abroad?
Thailand is great because it forces students to step out of their comfort zone and learn more about the world and themselves as individuals. Not only are you experiencing a new culture, but you’re learning a new language, alphabet, cuisine, social norms, interactions, ways of life, etc. It seriously puts things into perspective. Thai people are some of the kindest and welcoming people you will ever meet – hands down. They make the experience so special and you can learn so much from them. Living in Thailand teaches you to slow down and enjoy what’s happening in the now and be thankful for what you have and who’s around you.
What should be on every student’s bucket list for a study abroad semester in Thailand?
A hike up to Wat Palad. This temple is on the way to the more famous Wat Doi Suthep, which sits on top of a mountain, but Wat Palad is tucked away in the forest surrounded by trees and a rushing waterfall during the rainy season. Students can hike up to the temple from their housing or hire a songteow to take them up the mountain. It is one of my favorite places in the world because of how quiet and serene it is. To me, it captures the essence of what Buddhism is all about. You can sit on the rocks and dip your toes in the waterfall while looking out at the spectacular view of the city that peeks out between the trees.
What is your favorite travel quote?
It’s not necessarily a travel quote, but one of my favorite Thai expressions I learned was “mai long, mai rue” which means “If you never try, you never know”. It inspired me to just say yes to everything and go for things even if I didn’t know what the outcome would be.