Semester in Thailand

Program Information

Spend a semester in one of the friendliest countries in the world, at one of Asia’s most well-regarded universities! The Semester in Thailand program is ideal for students looking to broaden their horizons, experience Southeast Asia, and choose from a wide range of academic courses.

On Semester in Thailand, you’ll live in Salaya, with great access to Bangkok, the heart of Southeast Asia and the capital of Thailand. Study at Mahidol University, Thailand’s top-ranked university. You will have limitless opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture; make international friends; and explore beaches, jungles, and iconic sites throughout the country.

The legendary friendliness of the Thai people – Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles” for a reason: the Thai people are warm, welcoming, and incredibly open-minded.

Tons of courses taught in English – Mahidol University offers classes in everything from animation to travel industry management to the humanities. You will find coursework applicable to your major and satisfying to your intellect.

A robust social scene – Dances, concerts, plays, and movies take place frequently throughout the semester. Art, cultural, political, religious, and athletic clubs are a great way to make friends from all over the world.


  • Study at Mahidol University, one of the most well regarded universities in Asia
  • Take classes with Thai and international students
  • Live in the Land of Smiles
  • Songkran, a nationwide week-long water fight in April
  • Enjoy an abundance of white-sand beaches and clear, warm tropical water
  • Take advantage of opportunities to ride elephants, explore ancient ruins, and venture into the jungles


  • Single room in student housing near campus: shared kitchen and living areas and 24 hour security.


Courses include art and art history, business, cultural studies, communications, engineering, economics, humanities, psychology, sciences, sociology, tourism management, and world languages, among others.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

4-5 courses (16-20 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Spring 2014:
December 30 - March 29

Summer 2014:
April 21 - July 20

Fall 2014:
September 9 - December 9

Program Fee


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.

Compare a semester at JU versus a semester in Thailand.

Calculate your personal expenses using the Financial Budget Worksheet.


  • 1-2 weekend excursions per semester to locations such as Chiang Mai
  • Cooking class and cultural immersion activities
  • JU Credit
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure/On-site orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Alumni Ambassador program: find out more

How to Apply

  • Fill out the IEP Application and review information on the Apply page.
  • Pay a $200 deposit to International Education Programs.
  • Submit a copy of your official transcript.

Send the above materials to the JU Study Abroad Office - Gooding 105.

What the Students Say

“Overall, I was very satisfied with my decision to study abroad. I met friends I'll never forget, experienced the time of my life and will go home a changed person.”

Natasha M.