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Interdisciplinary Thai Studies, Thammasat Univ.

Study Abroad Program Overview

Summer study abroad in Bangkok offers a unique opportunity to explore traditional beliefs and religious practices of Buddhism, as you also learn about the multi-faceted society and culture of  modern Thailand. This UCEAP program is offered through the Pridi Banomyong International College (PBIC) Thai Studies Program at Thammasat University. 
The daily experience of living in this classical and graceful society with its vital, progressive economy will deepen your study and understanding of Southeast Asia. Course-related weekend excursions take you to explore provinces outside of Bangkok. Journey back in time in a visit to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Travel to Ampawa to visit a monastery and other sites which may include a floating market or a firefly watch. During a long weekend stay in the northern city of Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, explore some of Thailand’s most famous Buddhist temples, visit hilltribe villages, and enjoy traditional Lanna performances.
The exciting colors, sounds and flavors of Bangkok wait outside your door every day and night.  Within easy walking distance of campus are some of Thailand’s most sacred temples, the Grand Palace (the Emerald Buddha Temple), the National Theater, the National Museum, and many government ministries. 
Summer 2019 participants will travel to Ayutthaya, Ampawa, and Lopburi. Click here for more information.  

Check out this video created by the summer 2016 program.​​​

​This program can fulfill multiple requirements for the UCEAP Peace Corps Prep program​.




Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

The program begins with a one-week introduction to Thai language.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.

Summer :  
​mid-June to early August










Students live in local apartments in Bangkok and share space with international students, other UC students, and possibly Thai students. More information on housing...

Extracurricular Activities

Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by Thammasat University. Past students have visited the northern city of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, a floating market in Ampawa, and historic temples hundreds of years old in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local faculty and staff abroad help students integrate into Thai culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.

Course Opportunities

​Students take three courses in this program:
  • Thai Language and Culture (2 quarter/1.3 semester UC units; pass/no pass only)
  • Thai Buddhism (5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units; letter grade only)
  • Society and Culture of Thailand (5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units; letter grade only)
The courses have an interdisciplinary focus and are offered under a variety of subject areas, including religious studies, sociology, anthropology, and South and Southeast Asian studies, as appropriate. 
Field excursions​ are an exciting and integral component of the courses. All excursions are required as part of the coursework and arranged by Thammasat University.
Use the following resources to learn more:


12 quarter/8 semester UC units required; 3 courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Opportunities for internships or independent research for academic credit are not available on this short term summer program.

Thammasat University, Bangkok

Thammasat University, Bangkok 
Thammasat University is one of the top universities in Southeast Asia enrolling approximately 25,000 students. Thammasat students are known for their activism and interest in Thai politics.
UCEAP is based on the main Thammasat University campus of Tha Prachan in the Chao Phraya riverfront area of central Bangkok.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Two-day excursion to Ampawa including room, board, tours, and lectures
  • Weekend trip to Chiang Mai including room, board, and entertainment
  • Day excursion to Ayuttaya
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Thammasat University.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: