Choosing a Bangkok University

Which Bangkok university to choose, surprisingly over 350 international programs are available throughout Thailand, the majority of them in Bangkok's Universities and private colleges

Of Bangkok's universities, Chulalongkorn is one of the most respected in Thailand, ranking 161 in the 2006 Times Higher Education (THES) top 200 world university listings. Chulalongkorn, Kaesetsart, Assumption, Thammasat, Mahidol and the Asian Institute of Technology are also listed in the Webometrics top 100 Asia university rankings for July 2007.

On many programs, international student exchanges can be arranged with various western and Asian universities. Credits earned in international programs can be transferred to universities outside of Thailand.

Which Bangkok University?

Most universities offer international business based undergraduate and graduate degrees. Travel and tourism is also another popular option.

Chulalongkorn offers a wide range of international programs, whilst Mahidol concentrates on health. Assumption University offers a wide choice of courses and Thammasat specializes in Engineering, Economics and Business. Rangsit University and Siam University offer courses in Tourism and Hotel Management Studies.

Some Bangkok university also have an additional campus in the provinces. Webster University also has a campus in Hua Hin/Cha-am, so has Stamford International University. Ramkhamhaeng University has study centers in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai and Surat Thani and is commencing programs in Phuket from June 2008.

For those wanting to specialize in Travel and Tourism, the International Hotel and Tourism Industry Management School in Bang Kapi offers an extensive range of courses. The Dusit Thani College also offers a Diploma in Hotel Management. Another option for business programs is the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

The cost of study varies a great deal, depending on the university although generally speaking the cost of studying on an international program in Thailand is cheaper than back home.

Teaching in Bangkok Universities

The top universities require related teaching experience and a minimum of a master’s degree, as teachers will also be required to teach graduate students. Some universities will accept a bachelor’s degree in Education or related field and a teaching certificate. In some cases a teaching certificate is not required but with only a bachelor’s degree teachers may not get a full-time contract, only ‘part-time’ work.

Realistically, as with all teaching institutions in Thailand, the law of supply and demand very much determines the criteria, especially for the lower grade universities. In the Bangkok Post’s classified section Mahidol University, for example, is advertising for English instructors with only a bachelor’s degree in a related field and teaching certificate, not a master’s.

Pay is better at the private universities as the government ones are based on a standard pay scale of 17,500 baht plus 8,000 accommodation allowance. However, the number of contracted teaching hours per week is minimal at around 9 and so there may be an opportunity to increase earning potential through extra teaching hours which is paid at overtime, at a better rate.

A list of Thailand Universities can be found here. For details of Bangkok University international programs see their respective websites.

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