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School For Life boys dormitory nearly finished

Studying at a university in Thailand

Learning Thai in Chiang Mai

School For Life boys dormitory nearly finished

Proceeds from Rooftop Charity Party

The boy’s dormitory is almost ready

The Hillside 4 Charity Rooftop Party proceeds are building a dormitory for 50 boys at The School For life - located approximately 10 kilometers north of Doi Saket.
Steve Yarnold informs us that if anyone is interested in attending the April 4th naming ceremony to please contact him at steve_yar [email protected]
The cost will be 300bht per person including lunch and refreshments. The food will be cooked by the children at The School for Life and the cost for this event will not be taken from the proceeds raised during the Rooftop event.
The dormitory cost 700,000 baht to build and another 100,000 baht for mattresses, bedding and furnishings. The remaining 255,000 baht will fund the Youth Camp.


Studying at a university in Thailand

Jon Hartmann, Career Counsellor,
Prem Tinsulanonda International School

A previous article I wrote pointed out the increasing need for highly educated people to work in the knowledge based economies of developed countries. It is axiomatic that English is the most preferred language of instruction although some students can quite legitimately pursue studies in Mandarin, Japanese or Spanish. These languages give you maximum job opportunities in the world of the future with English being by far the most desired. The most important point to emphasize is that if you have a degree in Thai you can work in Thailand whereas if you have a degree in English you can work anywhere in the world. Where can you get an English based University education in Thailand?
Thailand has many places where you can get a University degree in the English language in a variety of academic disciplines. Full English speaking Universities like Assumption College Bangkok and Payap University Chiang Mai are run by the CCT and offer a huge range of subjects. Entry is generally easier than at other English speaking Universities. To get the latest entry criteria for any University mentioned in this article, a student should contact the University directly.
The two most famous Universities in Thailand are Thammasat and Chulalongkorn Universities in Bangkok. Both of these Universities have developed an International College attached to their Universities where they give lectures in English and where students can get a degree through the English language. Naturally admission to these International programs is highly competitive as both Universities have high instructional standards. Students will be required to have good grades and verified English skills and will be interviewed in English as well. On graduating from these programs students have the opportunity to do post graduate work overseas
Many other Thai Universities have similar International Colleges. Chiang Mai University offers courses in English and has the wonderful IC-ACE service run by Mike Hock to help students with all their needs in studying overseas.
Similarly Mahidol, Asian, King Mongkut , Silpakorn, Sripatum, Kasetsart, Rangsit
Rajiravudth and Shinawatra all offer English degrees and often partnerships with overseas Universities. For example Rajiravudth has the option of finishing the final 2 years of their courses in Graphic and Communication Design in the USA at greatly reduced cost. Most of these Universities have a particular specialty for example King Mongkut has Interior Design while Mahidol has Entertainment/Media studies.
It is also quite a good option for some students to go to private Colleges like Raffles La Salle School of art and design or Bangkok School of Business or private Hospitality schools. These schools give good training and can link up with degree courses later if the student wishes. There is a huge range of these schools to choose from and much research would need to be done first before enrolling.
Thailand also has an American University functioning under the Thai Ministry of Education called Webster’s University. It is located in Hua Hin and offers a nice range of subjects. Its new Rector is tightening up the curriculum and offering more minor options to give students the chance to do their hardest work in their final year. Webster gives students an American Degree while studying in Thailand at about 1/3rd of the cost of doing it in the USA. This is certainly an option worth considering particularly as Webster’s is continually improving its offerings and quality. At Webster you can seamlessly move to any of their other campuses in Europe, UK and the USA.
The conclusion is that a student can study in English medium and gain a University Degree without leaving Thailand. That degree can be internationally recognized and lead on to study overseas. The key advantage of this pathway is the greatly reduced cost of studying in Thailand. I intend to cover studying overseas in future articles.


Learning Thai in Chiang Mai

CMT Chiang Mai
Thai Language Center

Private tutoring and Small group classes 131 Ratchadamnern Road, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200 Tel. 053-277-810 Email: [email protected]
http://www.chiangmai-adventure-tour.com
The AUA Thai Language Course
AUA Language Center, Chiang Mai Phone: 053-278407, 053-277951, 053-211377 Fax: 66 53-211973 E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.auathailand.org/chiangmai/ThaiLanguage.html
Australian Centre
Soi 5, Thanon Suthep, Chiang Mai. tel: (053) 810-552. Located 2 km west of the old city, in a traditional Thai house adjacent to Chiang Mai University, this organization offers a 30 hour course in “survival Thai.”
Baan Pasa (NES)
Institute of Languages
Chayaphum Road, opposite Sompet Market, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053 233-050 There are four branches of this school in Chiang Mai, two of which are located here, just across the moat near the northwest corner of the old city.
TFL Center
Opposite the Royals College at 86/2 Kaew Nawarat offers Thai lessons for foreigners. Tel: 053-266-295-6
Online Help for speaking Thai
http://www.speakingthai.com/principles/prin%20index.htm