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Exchange students in the Thai Studies program will take courses in Thai culture alongside other international students.The Thai Studies program offers students the opportunity to take courses in Thai language, Thai society and culture, and Thai civilization.
The majority of courses at Thammasat are at the Tha Prachan campus. The Tha Prachan campus of Thammasat University is located on a riverside island in the Chao Phraya River and provides a unique mix of bustling city life and calm riverside getaways. It is also within walking distance of historical sites such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the National Museum.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and by far its largest city with an estimated population of over 11 million. As one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities, Bangkok can be described as a blend between Saffron-robed monks, garish neon signs, graceful Thai architecture, spicy dishes, colorful markets, traffic jams, and a tropical climate of orchids and fruit. Because over 95% of the population in Thailand practices Theravada Buddhism, Bangkok is an interesting place to compare religions, cultures, and daily life.
The city of Bangkok is the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand. In the span of over two hundred years, Bangkok has grown to become the political, social and economic center of not only Thailand but for Indochina and South East Asia. Its influence in the arts, politics, fashion, education and entertainment as well as being a business, financial and cultural center of Asia has given Bangkok the status of a global city.
Bangkok has a variety of cultural performances and activities for the enjoyment of both tourists and locals alike. In your free time, attend a Thai puppet show or dance performance to learn traditional stories and see traditional dress, take a ride down the Chao Phraya River and connecting canals to view local river life, or visit one of the hundreds of Buddhist temples to learn more about Buddhism and observe religious traditions.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Thammasat, but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A visa may be required depending on location. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
You will also receive an orientation when you arrive in Bangkok. This orientation will cover health and safety, academics, administrative procedures and culture.
HousingThe International Office will arrange accommodations for students for the first few days in Thailand. After arrival, the International Office will help students find permanent housing in local furnished apartments. Some apartments may have pools, fitness centers, or views of the river.
Excursions and Activities
Tha Prachan campus has a few soccer fields inside an old track. There is also a gym for basketball and a Thai boxing ring. Thai boxing is a very popular sport in Thailand to watch. Bangkok has a variety of cultural performances, and exchange students have the opportunity to attend a Thai puppet show or dance performance, to learn traditional stories and see traditional dress, to take a ride down the Chao Phraya river and connecting canals to view local river life, or visit one of the hundreds of Buddhist temples to learn more about Buddhism and observe religious traditions.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
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This program is held in Thammasat University and offered through the Thai Studies program. The Thai Studies program offers students the opportunity to take courses in Thai language, Thai society and culture, and Thai civilization. At least 50% of courses must be through Thai Studies. The remaining courses may be taken in any of the four international programs: Faculty of Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Liberal Arts, and British and American Studies.
Thammasat University is the second oldest university in Thailand and is one of the country's leading institutions of higher education, with over 18,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students.
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