Study In Thailand - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Thailand as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Thailand as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Thailand

Why study in Thailand

Cost of studying in Thailand

Universities in Thailand for international students

Cost of living in Thailand for international students

How to get a visa to study in Thailand

How to apply and study in Thailand

Tuition fees to study in Thailand

Applying to study in Thailand


To study in Thailand as an international student, you must get a student visa. Although many nationalities are able to enter the country without prearrangement on a 30-day tourist visa, if you are planning to study in Thailand for a semester or longer, you will need to apply for a 90-day non-immigrant education visa from your home country, which can be renewed and extended for up to a year at official immigration offices in Thailand.

To apply for the visa before leaving, you need to have gained acceptance onto a chosen program at an accredited Thai university. You will need to show your acceptance letter, along with the application form, a valid passport, passport photos, and evidence of sufficient finances (20,000 baht – US$360 – per person) to the Thai consulate or embassy in your home country on appointment. For further information on fees and how to apply, contact your local Thai embassy or consulate.

Applying to universities in Thailand


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees for studying in Thailand as an international student.



The cost of studying in Thailand actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Thailand have different tuition fees.



Tuition fees for international students to study in Thailand is about US$3000 per year depending on the university and the course of choice. In Thailand public universities are cheaper than private universities.

Also the tuition fees in each university also depends on the course of study,with courses such as medicine,dentistry and pharmacy being the most expensive.

Living in Thailand as an international student is cheap and any modest standard of living and you can even live with as low as US$20 a day, covering food, transport and accommodation.

One month’s rent for accommodation in the city can cost about US$430, but if you live outside the city it will be far cheaper. You can make everything cheaper by deciding to share your accommodation with other students.

Other expenditures such as feeding,transport etc are also very cheap.

There are scholarship options for international students who wish to study in Thailand,to find out the available scholarships and financial aids contact the university you want to enroll in directly.


Cost of living in Thailand according to expatistan



Housing           [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

33,722 ฿

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

16,000 ฿

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

3,500 ฿

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

21,000 ฿

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

9,714 ฿

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

1,733 ฿

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

598 ฿

            40” flat screen TV

14,250 ฿

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

2,025 ฿

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

178 ฿

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

97 ฿

Clothes            [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

2,075 ฿

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

1,719 ฿

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

2,645 ฿

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

2,136 ฿

Transportation [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

815,644 ฿

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

26 ฿

            Monthly ticket public transport

489 ฿

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

161 ฿

Personal Care  [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

78 ฿

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

119 ฿

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

695 ฿

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

70 ฿

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

110 ฿

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

127 ฿

            4 rolls of toilet paper

38 ฿

            Tube of toothpaste

53 ฿

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

170 ฿

Entertainment  [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

642 ฿

            2 tickets to the movies

270 ฿

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

597 ฿

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

867 ฿

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

117 ฿

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

69 ฿

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

83 ฿

            iPad Air 2, 64GB


            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

1.34 ฿

            1 month of gym membership in business district

1,094 ฿


Visa to study in Thailand


To study in Thailand as an international student, you will require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Thailand visa.


What documents will be required?


- Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months

- Visa application form completely filled out

- Recent( 4 x 6 cm.) photograph of the applicant

- Evidence of travel from Thailand (air ticket paid in full)

- Evidence of adequate finance (10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family)

- Consular officers reserve the rights to request additional documents as deemed necessary

Non Immigrant Visa:

- Visa application form completely filled out

- Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months. The validity of 18 months is required for one year visa application.

- (4 x 6 cm) protograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months

- Evidence of adequate finance ( 20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family )

- Birth Certificate ("O")

- Certifcate of Marriage or its equivalents ("O")

- Transcript / Letter of acceptance from the concerned schools/universities or institutes ("ED")

- Letter from Thailand's Board of Investment. ("IB")

- Official Note certifying the purpose of travel from the Government Agencies /Embassies and Consulates / International Organizations / State Enterprises inThailand. ("F" / "B" / "ED" / "M" / "R") - Letter of approval from the Ministry of Labour (To obtain this letter, the prospective employer in Thailand is required to submit Form WP3 at the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour.

- Letter from a company stating the objective of the visit to Thailand ("B")

- Document showing correspondence with trading partners in Thailand. ("B") - Letter of invitation from companies qualified to employ foreigners. ("B")

- Employment contract indicating rationale for employing the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications (document must be signed by authorized managing director and affixed the seal of the company) ("B")

- Copy of Work Permit issued by the Ministry of Labour (only in case the applicant has previously worked in the Kingdom) ("B")

- Copy of corporate documents; namely 1) list of shareholders 2) business registration and business license 3) company profile 4) details of business operation 5) list of foreign workers stating names, nationalities and positions 6) map indicating the location of the company 7) Balance sheet, statement of Income Tax and Business Tax (Por Ngor Dor 50 and Por Ngor Dor 30) of the latest year 8) Alien income tax return (Por Ngor Dor 91) and 9) Value-added tax registration (Por Ngor Dor 20) , etc.("B")

- Copy of educational records of the applicant and letters of recommendation from the prior employers, identifying job description and length of service time. ("B")

- Document indicating the number of foreign tourists (for tourism business only) ,or document indicating export transactions issued by banks (for export business only)("B")

Time required to issue a visa:

2 days if submitted in person, approximately 1 week plus mailing time if applying by post.

Note: (a) The Royal Thai Embassy in London does not accept visa applications by post. (b) Visa application procedures vary depending on nationality.

How do I apply?

Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy); see Contact Addresses section.

What is the cost of a visa?

Transit Visa 800 Baht per entry

Tourist Visa 1,000 Baht per entry

Non-immigrint Visa 2,000 Baht for single entry and 5,000 Baht for multiple entries.

Prices are subject to change.


List and ranking of all the universities in Thailand


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Thailand. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Thailand and their ranking




Rank   University       Location

1          Kasetsart University


2          Chulalongkorn University


3          Mahidol University

Nakhon Pathom

4          Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai

5          Khon Kaen University

Khon Kaen ...

6          Prince of Songkla University

Hat Yai ...

7          Thammasat University


8          King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

Bangkok ...

9          Suranaree University of Technology

Nakhon Ratchasima

10        Naresuan University

Phitsanulok ...

11        Burapha University


12        King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang


13        Srinakharinwirot University


14        Asian Institute of Technology

Klong Luang

15        Ramkhamhaeng University

Bangkok ...

16        Silpakorn University


17        Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi


18        Assumption University

Bangkok ...

19        Mahasarakham University

Maha Sarakham

20        Bangkok University


21        Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University


22        Ubon Ratchathani University

Warin Chamrap

23        Maejo University

Chiang Mai ...

24        University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce


25        Huachiew Chalermprakiet University

Samut Prakarn

26        King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok

Bangkok ...

27        Buriram Rajabhat University


28        National Institute of Development Administration


29        Rangsit University

Pathum Thani

30        Payap University

Chiang Mai

31        Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University


32        Walailak University

Nakhon Si Thammarat

33        Sripatum University


34        Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna

Chiang Mai ...

35        Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University


36        Rajamangala University of Technology Isarn

Nakhon Ratchasima ...

37        Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University

Nakhon Pathom

38        Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon


39        Suratthani Rajabhat University

Surat Thani

40        Siam University


41        Thaksin University


42        Mae Fah Luang University

Chiang Rai

43        Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya

Songkhla ...

44        Suan Dusit Rajabhat University


45        Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University

Nakhon Ratchasima

46        Chandrakasem Rajabhat University


47        Mahanakorn University of Technology


48        Dhurakij Pundit University


49        Yala Rajabhat University


50        Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep


51        Phetchabun Rajabhat University


52        Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University

Ubon Ratchathani

53        Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok

Chonburi ...

54        Chiang Rai Rajabhat University

Chiang Rai

55        Loei Rajabhat University


56        Chiang Mai Rajabhat University

Chiang Mai

57        Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University


58        Udon Thani Rajabhat University

Udon Thani

59        Krirk University


60        Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University


61        Kasem Bundit University


62        Phuket Rajabhat University

Phuket City ...

63        Lampang Rajabhat University


64        Rajamangala University of Technology Ratanakosin

Nakhon Pathom ...

65        Mahamakut Buddhist University


66        Rajamangala University of Technology Suvarnabhumi

Ayothaya ...

67        Roi-et Rajabhat University

Roi Et

68        Vongchavalitkul University

Nakhon Ratchasima

69        University of Phayao

Muang Phayao

70        Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University

Maha Sarakham ...

71        Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University


72        Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University


73        Stamford International University

Bangkok ...

74        Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University

Nakhon Si Thammarat

75        Sisaket Rajabhat University


76        Phetchaburi Rajabhat University


77        Nakhon Phanom University

Nakhon Phanom

78        Songkhla Rajabhat University


79        Kamphaeng Phet Rajabhat University

Kamphaeng Phet

80        Phranakhon Rajabhat University


81        Dhonburi Rajabhat University


82        Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University

Sakon Nakhon

83        Uttaradit Rajabhat University


84        Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University

Nakhon Sawan

85        Surindra Rajabhat University


86        Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University

Pathum Thani

87        Hatyai University

Hat Yai

88        Fatoni University


89        Shinawatra University

Pathum Thani ...

90        Ratchathani University

Ubon Ratchathani

91        Christian University of Thailand

Nakhon Pathom ...

92        Rajanagarindra Rajabhat University


93        Thepsatri Rajabhat University


94        Kanchanaburi Rajabhat University


95        Eastern Asia University


96        Webster University Thailand

Bangkok ...

97        South-East Asia University


98        Rattana Bundit University


99        North Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai

100     Muban Chombueng Rajabhat University


101     Kalasin Rajabhat University


102     Princess of Naradhiwas University


103     Asia-Pacific International University

Muak Lek

104     Thonburi University


105     North Eastern University

Khon Kaen

106     Asian University

Bang Lamung

107     Chaiyaphum Rajabhat University


108     The Far Eastern University

Chiang Mai

109     Bangkok Thonburi University


110     Pathumwan Institute of Technology


111     Nation University


112     Western University


113     Pathumthani University

Pathum Thani

114     Chaopraya University

Nakhon Sawan

115     The University of Central Thailand

Nakhon Sawan

116     The Eastern University of Management and Technology

Ubon Ratchathani

117     Phitsanulok University


Un       Saint John's University



Courses you can study at universities in Thailand


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Thailand


In your carry-on bag

          Cell phone and charger

          Boarding pass(es)

          Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

          Copy of birth certificate

          Copy of Social Security card

          Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

          Debit card


          E-reader or book

          Emergency contact list

          Face wipes


          Hand sanitizer


          Health insurance card


          Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

          School ID

          Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

          State ID

          Student visa

          Travel itinerary

          Travel pillow

          Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



          Acne medication/cream

          Face lotion/moisturizer


          Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

          Mouthwash (small)

          Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





          Bobby pins


          Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

          Glasses and glasses case

          Hair ties



          Nail clipper




          Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

          Downy Wrinkle Release spray

          Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

          Portable stain remover pen

          Travel sheet (for hostels)


          Athletic sneakers (1)

          Bathing suits (1-2)

          Boots (1-2)

          Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

          Casual dresses (2)

          Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

          Flats (1)

          Flip-flops (1)

          Formal outfit (1-2)

          Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

          Going-out outfit (3-5)

          Hat (1)

          Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

          Heels (1-2)

          Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

          Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

          Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

          Leggings (1-3)

          Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

          Pajamas (2-3)

          Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

          Purse (1-2)

          Raincoat (1)

          Scarf (1)

          Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

          Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

          Skirts (1-2)

          Socks (14)

          Sweaters (3-5)

          Sweatshirt (2)

          T-shirts (3-5)

          Tank tops (3-5)

          Underwear (14)

          Watch (1)

          Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

          Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

          Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

          Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

          Flash drive



          Laptop case

          Outlet adapters (2-3)

          USB cable


          Adhesive bandages

          Allergy medicine

          Birth control

          Cold and flu medicine

          Eye drops

          Motion sickness medicine

          Over-the-counter pain medicine



          Backpack (small)

          Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


          Language dictionary


          Playing cards

          Travel guide

          Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Thailand or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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