Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Bangkok offers a chance to examine the shifting relationships of Thailand's economic sectors, political factions, and shared socio-cultural principles, while gaining perspective of key issues influencing the development of Southeast Asia today.
The experience of living in a traditional society within a vital, progressive economy offers an excellent complement to your academic studies. Within easy walking distance of the university 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. Internships offer students the opportunity to get to know and work closely with locals on a topic of common interest.
Whether students take courses, add an internship or do independent research, all
opportunities help students understand themselves and our respective cultures more clearly.
With UCEAP Thailand, you can:
- Volunteer in the community
- Intern with an international organization
- Prepare for your future career
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Language study is recommended, but not required.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
early August to mid-December
early January to late May
early August to late May
You may live in a local apartment and share space with international students, UC students, and possibly Thai students. More information on housing
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by Thammasat University and UCEAP. Internships, independent research, service-learning and volunteer opportunities can be arranged with the Thailand Study Center or independently.
With UCEAP, you have the support of UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A local faculty member, who serves as the UCEAP Liaison Officer, administers the programs at Thammasat University. The Liaison Officer advises on academic matters, coordinates cultural activities, assists with program logistics, and provides support for personal matters. Thammasat student affairs units also provide a wide range of services such as orientation and student activities.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Courses available to UC students are taught in English and offered through the Thai Studies program of Pridi Banomyong International College, the Departments of Economics, British and American Studies, Business Administration, and Political Science in business administration, economics, development studies, politics, international relations, literature, history, Thai language, religion, and cultural studies. Many of the classes feature case studies, examples and perspectives relating to Asia, Southeast Asia and Thailand specifically.
Students may take one or two courses in Journalism (Mass Media Studies) taught in English. This department is at the Rangsit campus, which is on the outskirts of Bangkok, approximately one hour from the Tha Prachan campus that houses the programs noted above.
Courses from other departments at Thammasat University are not open to UCEAP students.
Internships or independent research opportunities for credit are also available.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"I took advantage of intensively learning about Thailand. I do not think that at my UC campus I would have gained the same knowledge, especially learning about Thai politics and social media." --UCEAP Participant Spring 2016
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 25 quarter/16.7 semester UC units required; 5 courses. You may take a maximum of six courses.
Research and Independent Study
Research, internships, or independent study for academic credit are possible in this program and may count as one of your five required courses. Pre-departure preparation is required and information is provided in the pre-departure checklist. Final arrangements are made after arrival.
Thammasat University, Bangkok
Thammasat University is one of the top universities in Southeast Asia and is comprised of various faculties and research institutes enrolling 25,000 students.
The university’s international programs taught in English are based on the main campus of Tha Prachan in the Chao Phraya riverfront area of central Bangkok.
Thammasat students are known for their activism and interest in Thai politics.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Environment studies and sustainable development
- Finance and marketing
- Public health
- Teaching English
- Communications and public relations
- More opportunities
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You will submit an internship proposal prior to arrival.
- All internships are secured once you are on-site.
For one UCEAP student, teaching English in Thailand through EMPOWER
resulted in an appearance on Thai TV. Watch the video!
Non-academic internships and volunteer activities are also available. UCEAP students have taught at schools supported by Thairath Foundation, one in a suburb of Bangkok, and two in Ayutthaya. Other students have done volunteer teaching at Mater Dei, easily accessible in downtown Bangkok.
There may also be opportunities to teach in a rural province of Thailand. In the past students have helped out at border patrol schools in Ratchaburi Province about two hours from 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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
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: