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Mahidol University was founded in 1889 by Majesty King Chulalongkorn, the Great Rama V, and is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution in Thailand. Located in Salaya, a suburb of Bangkok, Mahidol University International College allows students to study in a quiet, peaceful environment. Mahidol University International College (MUIC) offers most of the university's international undergraduate programs. Accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education, MUIC provides a high standard of international education and encourages independent and analytical thinking. The classroom encompasses an interactive environment, which encourages discussion and critical explorations of ideas. The campus is only a 10 minute ride away via a free shuttle bus from both the ISA student housing and the ISA office. While at Mahidol, all students are required to wear a uniform. You can either bring uniform clothes from home or purchase them after you get to Thailand, except for the belt buckle, which you will buy during the Mahidol University orientation.
Fall 1 2019
Late Aug, 2019 - Early Dec, 2019
May 15, 2019
16 Host University Units
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Immerse yourself into Thai culture and boost your academic knowledge while studying abroad at Mahidol University, the leading university in Thailand.
This study abroad program, based in Salaya just outside of Bangkok, is focusing on various disciplines including Business, Economics, Social and Natural Science and more. You can take four to five classes abroad and participate in Mahidol University student organization activities to experience the Thai student university life. All courses are instructed in English with the exception of Thai language. Classes are comprised of local students, ISA students, as well as other international students.
Trimester + Trimester Programs Available: You can combine the Fall + Winter, Winter + Spring OR Spring + Fall sessions at a discounted price by selecting your two trimesters of interest when submitting your initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA Bangkok Program Manager.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
At the time of application, you should have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your program.
You should have a full-time enrollment status at your home institution and have completed at least two semesters at the time of application to the program.
Please contact the ISA Thailand Program Manager with any admission questions.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Subscription to The New York Times
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Host University Units
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
Course Availability and Selection
- The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. While this list may be used as a general guide while completing your pre-registration form, the host university did not publish the final course list for this program.
- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers and scheduling. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Thailand Site Specialist.
- Most courses carry 4 MUIC total credits. Per Mahidol University, 4 credits are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits or 4.5 U.S. quarter credits. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.
- The ISA program fee includes taking 4 courses or up to 16 MUIC total credits. This doesn't include an additional fee charged by Mahidol University for courses that have lab components.
- You can take a 5th course by paying an additional fee while total MUIC credits may not exceed 20.
- Please contact your ISA Thailand Site Specialist for more details.
Course Level Recommendations
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that recommendations are based on Mahidol University (MUIC) course codes.
- The MUIC course coding structure is made up of a sequence of seven characters. Each code starts with four letters, representing the faculty/institute and program that offers the course. The remainder of the code is made up of three numbers. The first number in the sequence indicates the year in which the course is delivered: 0 if the level is lower than a diploma degree, 1 for the first year, 2 for the second year, 3 for the third year and 4 for the fourth year. Faculties or institutes that take longer than four years to complete use 5 and 6.
- ISA recommends that courses starting with the numbers 0, 1 or 2 be classified as lower division, while courses starting with the numbers 3, 4, 5 or 6 be classified as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
Thai Language Courses
- Taking Thai language class is not mandatory.
- Students will only be eligible to register for the Elementary Thai course if they are staying at Mahidol for more than one trimester. For students that will just be in Thailand for one trimester and are interested in studying Thai, it is recommended to sign up for the Introduction to Thai Language and Culture course.
Mahidol University Course Reseach reflects the most current list of courses released by the host university. While this list may be used as a general guide while completing your pre-registration form, the host university will publish the final course list 2-3 weeks before the program beginning.
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
- Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
- Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.
- Some courses may require additional fees.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Funding Your Program page.View all Funding Options
ISA Housing provides you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Thai lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Thailand. By participating in this program, you'll have the option of either living with other international and visiting students in our off-campus student residence, or securing your own housing. If you choose to secure housing on your own, you'll receive a discount from ISA.
There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Thailand and the U.S. The key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can have a fantastic stay in Bangkok.
The student residence Bundit Home is located off-campus, but is only a 10-minute free shuttle bus ride to Mahidol University campus. Free shuttles to campus are offered every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You'll be staying in a double room with another ISA or visiting student. Depending on availability, we can also offer the option of securing a single room instead. All rooms are fully furnished and include an air conditioner, desk, wardrobe, fridge and 32-inch TV. Bundit Home also features a rooftop area, internet, cable TV, dining options, a swimming pool, a gym, laundry services, and free weekly cleaning services. Bedding is provided (comforter, sheet, and pillow are all included), and each room has its own bathroom. Although there is no kitchen available at Bundit and students cannot cook in their rooms, there are multiple restaurants and cafeterias within walking distance.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the abundant and lively landscapes of Thailand and Cambodia that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two weekend trips, one day trip, and one optional weekend trip to the following destinations.
The city of Kanchanaburi, the capital of the largest province in western Thailand, is only a 2.5 hour drive outside of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Domestically, Kanchanaburi is well known as both a quiet backpacker stopover and one of the Thailand's most beautiful nature reserves. Internationally, Kanchanaburi is the site of the world-famous Bridge on the River Kwai, a significant World War II historical mark, and its infamous Death Railway built under the oppressive rule of the Japanese military as shown in the film the "Railway Man". As part of this weekend excursion, you will have the chance to trek through Erawan National Park, visit an elephant camp, and experience a floating Thai market as well as explore the Tham Krasae, a cave temple that was used by Japanese engineers during the construction of the death railway.
Wat Muang & Ayutthaya
The Wat Muang & Ayutthaya excursion is a full day excursion in the Central Region of Thailand. The trip begins with a morning visit to Wat Muang, which is well known for the Great Buddha of Thailand statue located on the temples grounds. The Buddha is said to be the largest in Thailand and eighth largest in the world. The second destination is Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ayutthaya is also known as Thailand's Middle Kingdom which preceded Bangkok, but according to history it was abandoned after Burma (Myanmar) invaded and ransacked the city. Once a great hub for trade between India and China with rivers running up from the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand, some called Ayutthaya the "Venice of the East."
Rural Service Experience
Experience the life of Thai people by spending the time in a rural village in the province of Singburi, just a couple of hours north of Bangkok. You will visit the mountain temple complex and get a chance to volunteer with novice monks as well as participate in meditation and cooking classes. You will be staying overnight with a local homestay, allowing you to get a true Thai cultural experience and interact with locals.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia * Optional
Cambodia's Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument on planet earth. Located just outside of the northern province of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat stands proudly as one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Southeast Asia. The massive sprawl of temples covers approximately 400 square kilometers, which illustrates how powerful the now-historic Kingdom of Angkor must have been.