Location: Bangkok (population 12 million)
Language: Thai & some English
Subjects: Thai Studies, American Studies, Engineering, Business
Length: Academic Year or Semester
Cost: MSU Tuition
Deadline: March 1 for the following fall October 1 for the following spring
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. Total student enrollment is around 25,000.
The Office of International Affairs offers a Thai Studies Program (TS) providing 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. Full-year students obtain a certificate on completion of the program.
Many Bachelor's degrees in English are offered in the following: British and American Studies (BAS), Business Administration (BBA), Economics (BE), Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJM), Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT). The programs described above are taught in English. Fluency in Thai is required in order to take other courses. Thai for non-native speakers is included in the Thai Studies Program.
Information on housing can be found in the Pre-Arrival Handbook, found here: Pre-Arrival Handbook
Academic CalendarDates and most other useful information for international students can be found in the course handbook: Student Handbook.
Please note that Engineering classes run on the Thai academic calendar of June – March.
Language of Instruction
Several c lasses in a variety of disciplines are taught in English
Open to students who have completed two full academic years of university level work at MSU with a 3.0 GPA by the time they begin studies at Thammasat.
Credit will be awarded at MSU for all courses taken and passed at Thammasat. The student's academic advisor at MSU, in consultation with the Office of International Programs and the registrar's office, will determine how these credits will apply to degree course requirements. Successful study at Thammasat satisfies MSU's Multicultural/Global core curriculum requirement. Students are urged to work closely with their advisor and the office prior to departure to plan a course of studies which will maintain steady progress toward their degree.
The university is centered on a compact campus, Tha Prachan, formerly the viceroy's palace grounds on the Chao Phrya River, near the center of the original Bangkok which has a population of 12 million. 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. All existing international programs, except Engineering and Science, are located at the Tha Prachan campus. The Rangsit campus, approximately one hour from the Tha Prachan campus, houses science-related faculties and is adjacent to the Asian Institute of Technology.
Cost & Included Benefits
Students who receive an exchange placement at Thammasat will pay tuition at MSU in the same amount as if studying in Bozeman. Each student will be responsible for his/her own room and board in Bangkok as well as transatlantic travel expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses such as internal travel and personal spending money as well as for unexpected changes in the exchange rate.
Financial Aid may be used for study abroad at Thammasat. Additional costs for study at Thammasat (e.g. travel to and from the study site) may be used in calculating student's financial aid package. Students are responsible to apply to the Office of Financial Aid.
Applications are available in the Office of International Programs at 400 Culbertson Hall. Non-MSU students may contact Anna Greenberg(firstname.lastname@example.org), to request application information.
Applications are due in the Office of International Programs on October 1 to study at Thammasat the following spring semester, and March 1 to study in Thammasat the following fall semester or academic year.
For additional information about studying in Thailand, contact:
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall