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Chulalongkorn University

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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Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Program Dates: view website

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: view website


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee


Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)





Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


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.  Note 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.


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.


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.


Chulalongkorn University offers many courses in English for Business (accounting, international business management) and Economics.

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Course syllabi can be found on CU's website above.

Language of Instruction



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.


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.


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


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)

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