:: Scholarships

Though scholarships are awarded to outstanding and needy students, they are also available to other disadvantaged Thai students.

Therefore, requests by foreign students for direct financial assistance are rarely considered.

Scholarship schemes are now being implemented for approved courses in accordance with the manpower requirements of the country. The aim of these schemes is to ensure the relevance (cost/investment) of university education to the economy, with the hope of minimising the rate of unemployment among university graduates.

:: Other Services

In nearly every university, a student health service with resident medical officers is provided. Similarly, sports facilities and coaching by trained instructors are also available. Provisions are made for military training through the Territorial Defence Scheme. While studying, students are exempted from military service.

::Stages of Higher Education: Degrees and Qualifications

Within the higher education system, the first professional qualification is that of bachelor degree, which is obtained after four years of tertiary study. Five years of tertiary study are required for a bachelor's degree in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, graphic arts and pharmacy, whereas six years of study is required for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. In some fields, an associate degree is available after the first three years of a bachelor course. In professions such as medical doctors and dentists, additional post-degree study is required before professional qualifications allowing the candidate to practise in his or her field are awarded.

Advanced studies of at least one but generally two years, combined with a thesis, leads to the award of a master's degree. A doctorate is awarded in some fields and requires an additional three years of study following a master's degree.

An advanced diploma or certificate may be obtained after two years of coursework. It is intended for students who already possess a degree or professional qualification.

Expenses in general
Fees vary between universities but most are based on the credit system. Each subject or course is worth a certain number of credits. A course consisting of mainly lectures is generally worth three credits. Laboratory courses may be worth more. Tuition fees in this publication are generally quoted "per credit". Thus, to determine the cost per course, it is necessary to multiply that fee by the number of credits the course is worth. An approximate guide to fees is given below, although students are advised to contact relevant institutions directly for more detailed information.

Undergraduate Expenses

Estimates of undergraduate expenses at public universities include:
Tuition per credit:

Regular Lecture:

Course approx. 40-200 baht

Regular Non-lecture:

Course approx. 60-100 baht

Regular Laboratory:

Course approx. 100-400 baht

For summer course, the rate may double.

Some exceptions remain at the two open universities.
For Ramkhamhaeng University, the rate is for regular and summer coursework, at 25 baht per credit for lectures.
For Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, the tuition fee is 500 baht per course block (six credits).
Annual Fees: 1,000 - 3,500 baht

In addition to tuition fees, each student is required to pay between one and three thousand baht per annum for the education support fee, student activities, health services levy and breakage deposit.


Other Expenses: 500 - 1,500 baht per annum
These expenses are for student registration, the issuing of a student identity card, the student status maintenance fee and other miscellaneous fees.

Postgraduate Expenses
Expenses for a master's candidate is approximately 7,000 - 8,000 baht per annum, while those for a doctorate candidate fall within 14,000 bath per annum. These rates may, again, vary between institutions and may be higher for foreign students.

This Information is provided by Ministry of University Affair, Royal Thai Government