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Universities for Expats in Thailand

Submitted: August 2014

There are over 140  higher education facilities in Thailand, ranging from universities and colleges to polytechnics. This site shows how Thai universities rank globally, and you can find another page here showing ranking within Thailand. There is a mixture of public and private institutions, but it is the public ones that have the highest reputations and fiercest competition for available places. Over half of the universities and polytechnics are public, and these are supported by the State.

Public universities do charge tuition fees, however they are relatively cheap by UK standards, at around £1,200 to £5,000 per year depending on the course. Tuition fees are calculated on a credit/hour basis, so fees may vary from term to term depending on workload and contact hours. 

In addition to tuition fees it is likely that you will have to pay various other expenses, including health services and textbooks. It is best to check with individual universities as to what is included in the basic tuition fees and what you will have to pay extra for.

In order to gain a place at a university, students must generally sit three admission exams:

Admission to university depends on the weighted results of the student’s GPA at secondary school (20%), GAT and PAT (25% each) and the O-NET (30%). Students are allowed to choose five different universities via the Central University Admission System, similar to the UCAS system in the UK.

For an expat, admission can generally be gained using relevant qualifications gained in your home country. Thai universities will usually have a stated admission policy regarding foreign students on their website; there is an example here. A list of universities in Thailand offering international degrees can be found here, with those that provide these courses highlighted in bold.

Undergraduate degrees  at Thai universities and polytechnics take from two to six years to complete, depending on the subject chosen. There are four types:

Postgraduate courses  at Thai universities take from one to four years to complete, depending on the type of degree and the subject chosen. There are three types:



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