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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Bangkok

Lots of international students travel to Southeast Asia to study abroad in Bangkok. And why wouldn’t they?! Bangkok’s mystical origins permeate the city — its golden temples and lively marketplaces, its glittering skyline and colorful Chao-Phraya River — the exotic is everywhere. Take a boat ride, savor the flavors of pàt tai, celebrate one of its many annual festivals, visit Chinatown, and marvel at the Grand Palace. Bangkok’s otherworldly appeal has attracted international visitors for centuries and boasts being one of the world’s top destination cities.

How to Study Abroad in Bangkok

The universities in Bangkok are the best in the country and even the region. Many more of the familiar accommodations to Western students are readily available here. The universities also tend to have much to do in and around them. 

Popular Subjects to Study. You’ll find a large range of study abroad Bangkok programs, from liberal arts to culinary arts and more. Some of the most popular subjects to study include international business, Chinese, and Asian studies. Many of the programs focus on experiential learning, where you’ll immerse in the culture by living with a host family, and your classroom is the real world, where you’ll go on “field trips” to landmarks and other cities in Thailand. 

Short Term & Summer Programs vs. Long Term Programs. How long you decide to stay in Bangkok depends on you and your educational needs, but you’ll find Bangkok study abroad programs that are as short as a spring break, a May term, a summer or as long as a trimester, a fall or spring term, or a full year. If you’re studying a foreign language, it might help to stay for a longer period of time. 

Attending University vs.Other Program Types. Some students might choose to directly enroll in Bangkok universities, such as Chulalongkorn, Thammasat, Kasetsart, Mahidol or Silpakorn, or one of its many other higher education institutions. Consult a study abroad advisor at your university to help you decide on whether you should study through your own university, a program provider, or a Bangkok university that will fit your needs.

Student Life in Bangkok

When you study in Bangkok, there is never a dull moment. The exhilaration, chaos, nightlife, and culture of Bangkok is a big pull for many students who want a constant stream of excitement while they study abroad. Bangkok is centrally located in Thailand and short trips to other parts of the country or of Southeast Asia can easily be made in any direction out. It is the center of the action for those who wish to be right in it.

Bangkok has everything you’d expect from a world city. The central business district consists of grand high-rises, fashionable shopping malls, hot nightclubs, and elegant hotels, just minutes away from the Grand Palace and world-famous opulent Buddhist temples. The Chao-Phraya River slices through the city, an important vein for commerce and transport. Canals can still be found within Bangkok, reminders of a time when these watery roads were major routes in and around the capital. Outside the bustling, often chaotic central areas of Krung Thep, there are many residential neighborhoods, where people live tranquility, despite being so close to the action.

GoAbroad's Insider Tips

Bangkok welcomes its foreign visitors graciously and values English proficiency. The level of English fluency is substantially higher in Bangkok than in surrounding areas. Of course, those who wish to learn Thai as they study abroad in Bangkok will still find many ways to learn and practice here. It often takes quite a bit of initiative to start up conversation in Thai. Create friendships with locals who want to learn English: you speak in Thai, they respond in English.

The best ways to maneuver around Bangkok are the Skytrain and the Metro. Either one of these modes of transit cost slightly more than a bus; however, bypassing the congestion on the roads are worth the extra baht. The best part of taking the Skytrain is gazing out of the windows while gliding above the sprawling metropolis — the icing on the study abroad in Bangkok cake. 

Between relaxing with a Thai massage or tasting stinky durian, your time studying in Bangkok will be one for the scrapbook. Spending only “One night in Bangkok” as a visitor just won’t cut it — you need to study abroad here! When you’re in the “Capital of Smiles,” you’ll instantly find value in this universal language. 

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