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Study Abroad in Thailand

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa

Chulalongkorn University, located in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok, was established in 1917 by King Vajiravudh, Rama VI. The university is named after his father King Chulalongkorn, Rama V. The university extends over 456 acres on land granted by the royal family. Chulalongkorn University is composed of 41 faculties, departments, colleges, and research offices. The student body consists of nearly 21,000 undergraduate students, 9,740 master degree students, and 1,737 doctoral students. In 2009, Chulalongkorn University was ranked 138th in the World University Ratings by Times Higher Education. The university celebrates its cultural richness by requesting students wear uniforms that symbolizes the quality of personal and academic achievement.
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Dates


Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Program Dates: August 11 - December 12, 2014

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: January 7- May 11, 2014

Costs


Students will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in Thailand. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Click here for the most current exchange rate.

All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees

$3,397

International Health Insurance

$265

Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee

$300

TOTAL Program Fee

$3,962


Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing

$1,700

Airfare

$1,800

Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations

$330

In-country Health Insurance

n/a

Texts/Course Materials

$180

Essential Daily Living Expenses

$1,700

TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)

$5,710

Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$800 - $2,000

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Not that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


Location


The kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. The Thais are known internationally for their warm hospitality and friendliness. Bangkok, Krung Thep in Thai, means “city of angels.” Bangkok is a cultural phenomenon with rich historical temples wrapped within a modern Thai lifestyle. You will experience amazing cultural heritage while at the same time enjoy modern amenities, world-class shopping, unparalleled nightlife, and the best food on earth. Bangkok is a place of historical relics and modernity.

Activities


Chulalongkorn offers many academic resources, a health center, large library, and several sporting facilities including multiple pools, indoor gyms, outdoor playing fields, weight rooms, and physical fitness facilities.

Courses


Chulalongkorn University offers many courses in English including: architecture, languages and culture (Thai & Asian), business (accounting, international business management), communications, economics, psychology, applied chemistry.  The Monfort College of Business has approved business courses for transfer credit.
Click here for listing of programs taught in English

Language of Instruction


Thai and English

Eligibility


This program is open to all majors with no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year. To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC.

Housing and Meals


Students have the opportunity to live on-campus or off campus.

  • On-Campus Housing: On-campus housing is extremely limited due to the area the university is located. If you wish to live on-campus, apply far in advance to secure a spot. On-campus housing is available at the Suksit Nives International House which has air conditioning, 24 hour security and a fire prevention system. On-campus housing is also available at the U-Center dormitory. Prices range from 3,650-7,500 Baht/person/month depending on room type.
  • Off-Campus Housing: Chulalongkorn University has agreements with several nearby apartment buildings. These apartments have modern amenities and standard apartment appliances. The prices range steeply depending on location and apartment type.

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Students will cook for themselves or purchase meals at restaurants. Most students who have traveled to Thailand have purchased most of their meals at restaurants. Students should budget about 10,000 Baht per month for meals.

Application


Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad application. Once selected and nominated they will need to fill out additional information online sent by Chulalongkorn University.


Visa


Once you are accepted, you will be issued a letter of acceptance. This letter, along with the items listed below, must be sent with your passport to receive your visa. You will apply for a “non-immigrant” visa category “ED.” Visa processing time is approximately 10 days. However, it is recommended you begin the application process at least 30 days in advance to account for shipping time and holiday delays.

  • Category type: Non-Immigrant “ED” for education

At the time of application

  • Must have passport with at least six months validity
  • Must present at the time of application a bank statement of with a balance of at least $500 USD for an individual or $1000 USD for a family
  • Letter of acceptance from Thai university
  • Must have Yellow Fever vaccination
  • Processing time: Approximately 10 days (not including shipping time)---it is recommended to initiate this process at least 30 days in advance   

 

Photos


PalaceThe Grand Palace in Bangkok (Photo courtesy of John Pham)

Payayya CityPatayya City (Photo courtesy of John Pham)

TrainOn the train headed to Chiang Mai (Photo courtesy of John Pham)

Uni GroundsOn the grounds of the University (Photo courtesy of John Pham)

TempleThe Watsuthat Temple in Bangkok (Photo courtesy of John Pham)

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