Semester in Thailand

Program Information

On Semester in Thailand, you’ll live and study abroad in Salaya, with easy access to Bangkok, the heart of Indochina and the capital of Thailand, and study at Thailand’s top-ranked university. You will have limitless opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture, make international friends, and explore beaches, jungles, and iconic sites throughout the country. You should start getting excited about:

World-famous beaches – Thailand is renowned for white-sand beaches so fine, the sand squeaks under your feet. Once you’ve visited Thailand’s coast, you’ll understand why the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach was shot there.

The legendary friendliness of the Thai people – Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles” for a reason: the Thai people are warm, welcoming, and incredibly open-minded. In Thailand, a smile is the most appropriate reaction to almost every situation.

A wide range of courses taught in English – If you’re looking for a study abroad program with strong academics, you’ve come to the right place. Our Semester in Thailand offers classes in everything from animation production to international business to travel industry management to the humanities. You will find coursework applicable to your major and satisfying to your intellect.

Life just outside of a contemporary, cosmopolitan city – Geographically, Bangkok is one of the largest cities in the world. The city is famous for its delicious cuisine, inexpensive shopping, and colorful nightlife. During Semester in Thailand, you will live in Salaya, an easy 40 minute commute from the heart of central Bangkok. A semester at Mahidol will leave you yearning for more time in Thailand.

A jumping-off point for destinations in Southeast Asia and beyond– Bangkok is situated in the heart of Indochina and shares borders with many wonderful, culturally rich countries. The international airport is a hub for all flights within Southeast Asia, and inexpensive tickets are readily available. When you find yourself with free time, be sure to explore other parts of Asia.

A robust social scene with cultural activities galore – The many student interest groups on campus offer numerous social and cultural activities. Dances, concerts, plays, and movies take place frequently throughout the semester. When you study abroad in Thailand you're sure to find art, cultural, political, religious, and athletics clubs are a great way to make friends from all over the world.

Trimester and quarter options available! - While this program awards a full semester of credit, it's also friendly for trimester and quarter academic calendars.

An amazing tropical climate – Bangkok and Salaya have a tropical climate with average temperatures in the mid-80s year-round. Need we say more?

Highlights and Excursions

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Thailand, then check out our Semester in Thailand program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Study abroad in Salaya, just outside of Bangkok, at one of the most well regarded universities in Asia 
  • Take classes with Thai and international students 
  • Life in the Land of Smiles 
  • Songkran, a nationwide weeklong water fight celebrated in April! 
  • An abundance of white-sand beaches and clear, warm tropical water 
  • Opportunities to ride elephants, explore ancient ruins, and venture into the jungles 
  • Life in a cosmopolitan city with incredible cuisine, shopping, and nightlife 
  • A jumping-off point for travel destinations in Southeast Asia 
  • Incredible housing options 
  • One of the hottest tourist destinations in the world, with enough antiquities, palaces, and monuments to keep you busy for a lifetime.

As part of the Semester in Thailand at Mahidol University, you can participate in some fantastic excurions around Bangkok and further afield. The following are excursions enjoyed by our students in the past, and may be on offer during your term:

  • A boat tour around Bangkok during orientation 
  • A visit the ancient city of Ayutthaya - a UNESCO World Heritage site 
  • A tour of Ampuwa and checking out the assortment of goods offered by the floating vendors 
  • A trip to discover beautiful Chiang Mai to also enjoy the dazzling beaches of Ko Chang


Semester in Thailand has an incredible housing program. You will live in international housing at Baan Suan Apartments with other international students. All of our students get a single room included in their program fee and there are coin-operated washers and dryers available to students. Shared double rooms are available only upon request. The Baan Suan apartments are self-catered so students will need to prepare or purchase their own meals.

Although there are no kitchens at Baan Suan, there are a many inexpensive eateries with delicious local food. We also encourage you to try delicious Thai street food! Baan Suan is about 10 minutes by bike from Mahidol University.

At Baan Suan, you are sure to meet new friends and learn more about the culture of Thailand, and that can only enhance your study abroad experience!


Courses include art and art history, business, cultural studies, communications, engineering, economics, humanities, psychology, sciences, sociology, tourism management, and world languages, among others.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

4-5 courses (16-20 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: December 30
End Date: March 29

Summer 2014*:

Start Date: April 21
End Date: July 20

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: September 9
End Date: December 9

Program Fee


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Orientation
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Mahidol University official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“Overall, I was very satisfied with my decision to study abroad. I met friends I'll never forget, experienced the time of my life and will go home a changed person.”

Natasha M.