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Home to more than eight million people and often the most-visited city in the world, Bangkok offers a kaleidoscope of culture, color, cuisine and traffic congestion. Arriving in the city can sometimes be overwhelming for first-timers but, don’t worry, you’ll soon fall in love with the electric pull of the Big Mango. Ease into the transition with TEAN’s 4-day included orientation that will introduce you to your new campus, go over cultural backgrounds and differences, show you how to use public transport and take you to a range of the city’s most interesting sites, such as the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center, Lumphini Park (the equivalent of New York’s Central Park) and the riverside arts, dining and entertainment hub of Asiatique.
Modern, off-campus, twin-share apartments approximately 10 minutes from campus via free shuttle bus. The comfortable apartments include WiFi, cable television, pool and gym access, laundry facilities, a free weekly cleaning service and communal rooftop area with plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be met by our on-site staff who will provide assistance throughout your time in Thailand. Through regular on-campus advising hours, informal meals held together and excursions, our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.
About the Academic Program
- TEAN students enroll at Mahidol University International College (MUIC)
- Mahidol University was established in 1888 and is ranked in the top 3 universities in Thailand
- The university established the International College in 1986 offering the first international undergraduate programs at a Thai public university with all courses in English
- MUIC has a student enrollment of 3,400: 90% Thai students and 10% international students representing more than 45 nationalities
- MUIC is located on the Mahidol University campus allowing students access to university facilities, however operates like a campus within a campus – providing student services in English (a library, health services, printing services, etc.)
- MUIC’s Business department is AASCB accredited
Mahidol University is a traditional campus located in Salaya, an outer suburb of Bangkok, approximately 16 miles from the city centre. Visit the google map link below to see the location.View Map
MUIC offers more than 400 courses in English each semester. Students enroll in 4–5 courses per semester (3 credits), which usually transfers as 12-15 U.S. semester credits or 18-22.5 quarter credits. The participant’s home university will determine ultimate credit approval and transfer. Please note that tuition covers 4 courses, so students wishing to take 15 credits will need to pay an additional fee. Some courses also contain a lab component or extra contact hours that will have additional fees. This is explained in our course selection instructions.
Students will enroll in courses approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure and will have the opportunity to make changes during the add/drop period once onsite.
Courses are available in English in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find courses and syllabi, please see our course selection instructions.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.5 GPA.
- Students with a GPA below 2.5 are encouraged to contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a 4-year institution at the time of enrollment at MUIC.
- Students attending 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities throughout the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These events are included in your semester program. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.
Thai Cooking Class (Full day class)
Learn to whip up your favorite Thai dishes such as phad thai, green curry, papaya salad and mango with sticky rice. During this full day class, you’ll tour a local market becoming more familiar with typical Thai ingredients then head to your cooking station to make a tasty Thai meal. Make sure to go hungry – you’ll be eating everything you make!
Ayutthaya Day Tour
An hour and a half away from Bangkok, Ayutthaya’s ancient ruins offers a glimpse into Thailand’s rich past. As the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom, Ayutthaya was one of the world’s wealthiest cities during the height of its power, celebrated for lavish palaces and gilded temples. Today, you can still climb its crumbling temple ruins to look out over the land while learning more about a time that still holds a special place in contemporary Thai culture.
Three-day trip – Known for delicious cuisine, a laid back atmosphere, outdoor excursions and myriad Buddhist temples, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern cultural hub and a popular getaway from Bangkok. Spend time getting to know the country’s majestic Asian elephants during an ethical elephant experience, visiting some of the region’s most significant, gold covered temples, dining on northern Thai dishes, wandering the sprawling Saturday Walking Street market and simply relaxing with a Thai massage. Warm and welcoming, activity-filled and affordable, you’re going to love Chiang Mai.
The excursion includes your transportation to Chiang Mai, accommodation, excursions and most meals.
Weekend trip – A stay in Thailand wouldn’t be complete without visiting the country’s stunning tropical islands. After a speedboat journey exploring the islands of the Andaman Sea, famous for its unbelievable turquoise waters and striking karst cliffs, fill the rest of your days relaxing on Railay Beach, kayaking to Phra Nang Beach, lounging by the pool and simply soaking up the island vibes.
The weekend includes your flight to Krabi, accommodation, island excursions, special group meals and more. Get ready for your island getaway!
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from May for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Winter Deadline||Sept 15|
|Spring Deadline||Dec 1|
|Fall Deadline||May 1|
Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here
|Winter Payment Deadline||Oct 1|
|Spring Payment Deadline||Dec 15|
|Fall Payment Deadline||May 15|
|Arrival Date||Sept 2|
|TEAN Orientation||Sept 3||Sept 6|
|MUIC Orientation||Sept 8||Sept 9|
|Classes Begin||Sept 12|
|Add/Drop Period||Sept 12||Sept 19|
|Mid-term Exams||Oct 10||Oct 30|
|Final Exams||Dec 6||Dec 12|
|Program Ends||Dec 14|
|Arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Airport pick-up and transfer to Bundit House||Jan 2||Jan 2|
|TEAN Orientation||Jan 3||Jan 5|
|MUIC Orientation||Jan 6||Jan 7|
|Classes Begin||Jan 9|
|Add/Drop Period||Jan 9||Jan 16|
|Chiang Mai Excursion||Feb 3||Feb 5|
|Mid-term Exams||Feb 6||Feb 26|
|Krabi Excursion||March 24||March 26|
|Final Exams||April 3||April 9|
|Check out of housing and return to U.S.||April 11|
|Arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Airport pick-up and transfer to Bundit House||April 14|
|TEAN Orientation||April 15||April 19|
|MUIC Orientation||April 20||April 21|
|Classes Begin||April 24|
|Add/Drop Period||April 24||May 1|
|Chiang Mai Excursion||May 20||May 22|
|Mid-term Exams||May 22||June 11|
|Krabi Excursion||July 7||July 9|
|Final Exams||July 17||July 23|
|Check out of housing and return to the U.S.||July 25|
Fees & Inclusions
Tuition, program fees and off-campus housing: $9,750
Tuition, program fees and off-campus housing: $9,950
- Full tuition (4 courses)*
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus TEAN housing
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Multi-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions and transportation
- Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
- Excursion to Chiang Mai
- Weekend excursion to Thailand’s southern islands
- WiFi access in all housing
- Assistance with setting up local SIM Card
- Extensive pre-departure guidance and information packets
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pick-up and reception in Bangkok
- Arrival welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
- Farewell Dinner at end of program
- Host university orientation
*additional cost for extra courses and labs
What’s Not included
- International airfare ($1,000 – 1,800)
- Student visa ($200)
- Books ($100)
- Meals/food ($700)
- Uniform ($30)
- Local Transportation
- Travel insurance ($350)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
We Love Bangkok
Resident Director - Thailand
Talat Rot Fai
Meaning “Train Market,” Talat Rot Fai is a sprawling outdoor night market that’s particularly popular with the Thai student crowd. Selling everything from cheap clothes and tons of food to unique antiques and secondhand goods, the impressive market has two locations: Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin and Talat Rot Fai Ratchada. Go to eat, shop, listen to live music, check out the vintage displays, browse little bars and more…you can easily spend several hours at Talat Rot Fai!
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Night-Time Tuk Tuk Tour
Though they seem cool when you first arrive, getting around by tuk tuks is not very efficient or cost-effective. That said, you can’t visit Bangkok without riding in one of its iconic three-wheeled rickshaws! Several local operators run nighttime tuk tuk tours that are just as fun and invigorating as they are insightful. You’re sure to experience parts of the city you’ve never seen before or popular spots in a whole new way..,after dar
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