There are more than 150 public and private higher education institutions in Thailand. In addition, there are teacher colleges where teachers are trained. The Thai study system is based on the American education system. Thus, there is also a division into bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate in Thailand.
The bachelor's degree usually lasts four years, while some study subjects like architecture, education and pharmacy last five years. This is followed by a two-year master's degree. A doctorate, as the highest educational qualification, takes another three to six years. Medical studies are completed after six years with the academic degree ‘Doctor of Medicine’.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of South African universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Thai universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.
It becomes apparent that in general Thailand's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s teaching & learning and regional engagement dimensions.
In Thailand, tuition fees are generally charged. These are usually more expensive for foreigners than for local students. For bachelor's degree programmes, fees vary between 140,000 and 362,500 THB per semester (3860€ - 9995€). English-language degree programmes can be even more expensive. It should be noted, however, that tuition fees vary greatly and depend on the fields of study, so individual research is advisable at this point and so is contacting the university directly for further information.
Questions regarding admission must be discussed individually with the universities, as these depend on the respective university. For international students, there are programmes offered by many universities, for which you must apply directly. Proof of sufficient language skills is required for this - often the focus is on the English language. However, if you do not want to study one of the many international programmes, you will be taught in Thai. This means that you must have sufficient language skills in Thai for these study subjects.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Thailand. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
The student visa must be applied for at the Thai consulate in your country. This can be done in person at some embassies (processing time a few days) or by post (processing time a few weeks). Students can apply for their visa no earlier than three months before their planned entry and must enter Thailand within three months of the visa being issued. To apply for the visa, a confirmation of admission from a Thai university and a flight confirmation are required.