Study Abroad Programs
Prince of Songkla University - Phuket, Thailand
Asia Exchange and Prince of Songkla University want to welcome you to the paradise island of Phuket. Apply now - you will get a confirmation within a week!
Asia Exchange student in Phuket
Prince of Songkla University (PSU) is a public university founded in 1967. It was the first university in Southern Thailand and has now five campuses around the region. In total, around 35 000 students study at PSU. The campus in Phuket is the campus AE students study at. The Phuket campus has about 3 500 students and it is the most international campus at PSU.
PSU is constantly ranked within the top 5 of almost 200 Thai universities. E.g. in the Webometrics ranking in 2011, PSU was ranked 1st in Thailand and 2nd in South East Asia.
The original aim of the university was to raise general education standards and to support regional industry and development. Today, PSU serves as a center for research and technology and provides academic services to the local communities. It also provides valuable support for the preservation and study of southern Thai culture.
The university buildings are situated on a lush campus in the Kathu district in the middle of the island of Phuket. Students are able to enjoy the authenticity of the area since tourists most often travel to other locations in Phuket. However, there are good travel connections from the campus to busier areas, such as Patong Beach and Phuket Town. Traveling by a taxi, tuk-tuk or a local bus, called a songthaew, is the easiest way to get around. Many students also rent scooters.
Many of the lecturers have an international academic background, and the teaching methods can be refreshingly exotic when compared to the standard European lecture style. All the classrooms are of modern standards with air-condition, computers, video projectors etc. There are also tennis, basketball and badminton courts, as well as a soccer field, on-campus.
University's contact information:
Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus
Contact person at Prince of Songkla University: Dr. Pornpisanu Promsivapallop
PSU web site: www.international.psu.ac.th
More information on Prince of Songkla University here.
Prince of Songkla University
The international study semesters at PSU have been very popular and received much praise. The semesters last approximately 4 months and they are arranged three times a year. Study semesters are held in English. Prince of Songkla University is responsible for the teaching and the transcripts of records. Exchange students participate in the same lectures with the local degree students. The courses and lecturers are of high quality. You can take courses in e.g. business, economics, administration, culture, tourism and languages.
Available semesters and deadlines for academic year 2013-2014
Semester 3 (spring 2014)
Period: Jan 27 - May 18, 2014
Application deadline: Oct 31, 2013
Prince of Songkla University reserves the rights to change the semester dates. It might be possible to apply also after the deadline via Asia Exchange. Semester dates for autumn 2013: Sep 23, 2013 - Jan 19, 2014.
Available semesters and deadlines for academic year 2014-2015
Aug 11 - Dec 20, 2014
Orientation: August 4-10, 2014
Application deadline: May 4, 2014
Jan 12, 2015 - May 17, 2015
Orientation: Jan 5-11, 2015
Application deadline: Oct 5, 2014
August - December, 2015
Application deadline: April 30, 2015
Prince of Songkla University reserves the rights to change the semester dates. It might be possible to apply also after the deadline via Asia Exchange.
Check the examination dates here. Exam season is included in the semester dates.
You can find the course listings and syllabi from the documents listed below. You will be asked to inform the staff of the PSU International Office of your final course decisions after arriving at the university. You can use the course listing and syllabi when making a study plan to present to your home institution.
Curricula (detailed course syllabi as zip files) can be found here.
Examples of courses, which have been popular among international students: International Business, International Economics, Strategic Management, Principles of Marketing, Human Resources Management, Social Psychology and History and Thai Society. We encourage study abroad students to choose courses from the 3rd or 4th year.
Students can choose up to 6 courses per semester. Most exchange students choose 4-5 courses. One completed course at PSU is worth of 4 credits, which most often translates into 5,5-6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits or 3-4 US credits. It's possible to accomplish up to 35 ECTS per semester depending on the course selections. Find out more under study credits.
The aim of the program is to acquaint students with international trade, international cooperation and tourism, with a strong focus on Asia. Students also learn Thai language.
The majority of students who go on exchange via AE are from Nordic and German speaking countries, but students from other countries are also eligible and have applied. In addition, local students take part in the same courses as the exchange students.
Study hard, learn as much as you can both culturally and academically! Always remember to make time for putting that cultural knowledge to use. Travel, grow and live in the moment. Nothing could be more important than all of these.
The world has an interesting way of giving great experiences to the ones who are passionate about their dreams and want to live up to them. Thanks to the International Office at my home university! Thanks to Asia Exchange for making this possible! Asia keeps calling me back!
- Miia (Finland), studied abroad in Phuket
The study abroad program in Phuket is ideal for students who want to get to know Thailand and Asia on a world-famous paradise island. The students who participate in the program wish to combine academics, exotic free time activities and unforgettable experiences in their study abroad semester.
The aim of the program is to broaden students’ knowledge on Asia in an international and inspiring environment, both within the class room as well as outside of it. In addition to studying, students have time for hobbies and traveling. Students who have taken part in the program have praised the extremely beautiful marine environment, the friendly international atmosphere, the inexpensive prices at the destination, and numerous free time activities.
The program is suitable for anyone interested in Asia, or for those not wanting to settle for a traditional exchange option. Asia Exchange has received overwhelmingly positive feedback on all the courses taken at the Phuket campus. A visit to a village which was damaged by a tsunami has also been often mentioned as one of the most memorable moments of the entire semesters. Most students who take part in the program are students of business, technology, art, social sciences, political science and tourism. There are also students from other fields of study who can compliment their degree with minor studies from other faculties.
You can ask your home institution about the possibilities for transferring credits. A study abroad semester is a great asset when competing for jobs after graduation.
The minimum requirements are 18 years of age, completed upper secondary school (e.g. high school) and sufficient language proficiency to understand lectures given in English.
There are plenty of accommodation options near the campus in Phuket. Options range from basic dorm rooms to luxurious villas. The monthly rents are around 100 – 350 EUR per person.
Read more about accommodation in Phuket here.
Student accommodation in Phuket
A semester at Prince of Songkla University costs 1590 EUR (autumn semester 2014). Application fee is 50 EUR.
Starting from spring semester 2015 the semester at PSU will cost 1790 EUR.
Non-European students: check the fees here.
In addition to the study place you will receive AE's services, an AE Guide, an AE Student Card (student discounts), an Orientation Day and an Ice-Breaking event of the first weekend of the semester*.
*If AE staff is on-site at the destination
Most often the tuition fees at Asian universities are more expensive for free movers finding a study place on their own. Unlike other free movers, non-native English speakers going abroad via AE are not required to take a TOEFL English language proficiency test, which costs approximately 185 $. Please also take into account that the cost of living is very low in Asia.
Exchange students doing two semesters
If students take part in two semesters, they will be given a discount of 100 EUR from the second semester's tuition fee. The tuition fees for both semesters are paid before the study abroad year begins. Asia Exchange reserves all rights for changes in tuition fees in the future.
It's very easy to apply and you will get a confirmation from Asia Exchange within a week of sending in your application and its attachments. After that you can start preparing for the upcoming study abroad semester in Thailand.
- An official transcript of records in English (stamped by your home institution), or if you are not currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, a copy of your high school diploma (or similar document) in English
- A copy of the identification page of your passport. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after arriving in Thailand.
Please try to send all the attachments together with your application. All attachment must be sent to us by the application deadline. Please upload the required documents in pdf format.
Sending the application
1) Scan the required documents to your computer.
2) Fill in the application form electronically and attach the required documents here.
We will send you the official acceptance letter before the study abrod program, and the transcript of records from the host university when you have finished your studies in Asia. Please write down a permanent address so you will definitely receive all the documents.
You should present a study plan to your home institution, at the latest after receiving your initial acceptance letter by email, and apply for scholarships from different sources. With the letter of acceptance, we will also send you the invoice for the application fee (50 EUR). The final bill for the tuition fee will be sent to you 1,5 months before the start of the study abroad program. We cannot ensure that applications sent close to the deadline will be automatically accepted.
You can apply and get a confirmation even though you wouldn't be completely sure of your participation. You can cancel your participation in the study abroad program a month before the start of the semester abroad. Please read through our terms and conditions.
On our website you can find beneficial extra information for arrangements before, during and after your study abroad program.
- While organizing your study abroad semester, read through information on traveling, scholarships, credits, visa and hints and tips from former Asia Exchange students. Also discuss the studies and possible scholarships with your home institution.
When the application period has ended we will send the new exchange students an orientation guide that includes information on studying, accommodation, traveling, healthcare, leisure time, and dealing with money and local phone subscription.
You can contact us by email or by telephone.
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