Study in Thailand
Kasetsart University - Bangkok
Studying abroad in Bangkok enables you to enjoy both from an engaging academic program and a life in one of the world's most thrilling cities. Apply to our popular study abroad program now - your placement will be guaranteed within a week!
Study in Bangkok
Kasetsart University [back to top]
The state-owned Kasetsart University is one of Thailand’s most prestigious universities. Kasetsart University (KU) is an active participant in student and researcher exchange around the world. KU also has bilateral agreements with several European institutions of higher education.
KU is regularly ranked in the top five among Thailand's 150 universities. Webometrics, that lists universities globally, ranked Kasetsart University as the third best university in Thailand and the fourth in the whole of South East Asia in 2011. KU was founded in 1943 and has become internationally known for its academic excellence.
KU has a total of 55,000 students in its different faculties. The university has modern facilities and the large campus in Bangkok is very welcoming; it features stores, restaurants, banks, a post office and even its own bus line!
Kasetsart University, Bangkhen Campus
International Studies Center
50 Ngam Wong Wan Rd.
Chatuchak, Bangkok, 10900
KU contact person: Ms. Benchaporn Kittipadakul (General Administration Officer)
Study in Thailand at Kasetsart University
Studies, semesters and deadlines [back to top]
Asia Exchange students attend the university's KUSEP-program (Kasetsart University Student Exchange Program). Students can take courses in English from several different faculties' and can study at KU for either one or two semesters. The total length of the study abroad period is 4-12 months, depending on how many semesters the student takes. If you wish to participate in more than one semester, please indicate so in your application or contact us.
Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Engineering have entire degree programs in English. Hence, the most courses taught in English are from these two faculties. However, students can also take both departments’ elective courses which feature a wide array of courses from different faculties that include, for example, courses on Social Sciences and Languages. Students can also take courses on Tourism, from the Faculty of Humanities, as well as courses from KU’s internationally famous department of Tropical Agriculture. Additionally there has been tennis, golf and weight lifting courses available on some semesters. Each students is, thus, able to build a multidisciplinary schedule that best suits his individual interests and career objectives, from Economics to Engineering, Social Sciences and Biology.
Autumn 2014 (semester 1)
Semester dates: Aug 13 - Dec 18, 2014
Spring 2015 (semester 2)
Semester dates: Jan 8, 2015 - May 25, 2015
KU reserves the rights to change the semester dates. It might be possible to apply also after the deadline.
Spring 2014: Jan 9 - May 26, 2014
KUSEP - Economics
The study abroad program educates students in several different topics in Economics, as well as introducing an Asian perpespective to the popular theories.
Please see the listings of available courses in Economics:
Course syllabi available here (zip file). The syllabi presented on our web page are exemplary and available for most courses. The remaining syllabi are handed at the latest in the beginning of lectures. Take a look at the KUSEP presentation video and learn why Asia Exchange students decided to study abroad in Bangkok and Kasetsart University (starting from 8:30 min).
Examples of popular courses:
KUSEP - Engineering
The International Undergraduate Program (IUP) for Engineering at Kasetsart University divides into three different sub-fields. Course syllabi and descriptions are available below. The programs aim at giving students’ comprehensive and engaging knowledge of engineering, combined with related topics from Asian economy and culture. Students also learn Thai and interact with local students and other international students.
|Mechanical Engineering||Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering||Software and Knowledge Engineering|
General information on the study abroad program
All the KUSEP courses are part of KU’s official degree curricula. This means that Asia Exchange students attend courses together with local and international students pursuing a full degree at KU. There are also a few courses that are designed particularly for exchange students (e.g. Thai language). For some Economics and Engineering courses, you have to prove your knowledge of the topic in order to take part in the course. This is typically done in the beginning of the semester, on-site in Bangkok. KU expects students to take at least three courses during a semester. It is highly recommended to take a Thai language course. Some of the courses also include business and cultural visits (especially KUSEP - Economics). The courses are taught by lecturers who have international experience and doctoral degrees from abroad.
The semesters last around 4 months. Depending on the courses you choose, it's possible to gain up to 35 ECTS during a semester. The semesters start with an orientation after which you will attend classes on 3-4 days a week. This leaves plenty of time for activities and traveling, as well.
We always update the most recent course listing and descriptions to our website. Use the syllabi and course descriptions when presenting your study plan to your home institution. This will help them to decide how to transfer credits and grant scholarships. You should only select courses that are listed in the course catalogue. Detailed syllabi will be circulated on the lectures. You will select your final courses when in Bangkok and present them to the university. This means you don't have to make your final decision when applying. Please note that courses from different faculties may be organized at the same time. Changes in course offering are possible in universities without tailored programs, and KU reserves rights for changes in dates and courses.
The third last digit of the longer course codes in the course catalogues refers to the level of the course, i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th year. For example, the course 01205305 'Digital Circuits and Microcontrollers' is a third year course.
One course is worth 3 Thai credits which most of the time translates into 5 ECTS (including lectures, assignments, preparting for exams and completing them, field work and company visits). There are 3 lecture hours and 6 self study hours per week. You can take up to seven courses during a semester. In total, you have the chance to gain up to 35 ECTS credits. Read more under study credits.
Students of all nationalities can apply and benefit from the discounted group tuition fees and simplified application procedure. Most of the students come from Scandinavia and German-speaking countries. Students have to be currently enrolled at a home university during the KU study abroad semester. Students can get to know each other on Asia Exchange's Facebook groups.
”It’s awesome here! I wonder how four and a half months can be long enough to experience all the interesting things that Thailand has to offer! Bangkok alone offers so much to see and do that it makes my head spin. All the exchange students seem very pleased with the destination. The versatility of a big city is hard to beat."
Tiia Ruutinen, Finland
"Being a student at Kasetsart University, which is a world-class university, allowed me to get to know and enjoy every single aspect of Thai life & culture. Even though I studied hard, I had also time to visit other South-East Asian countries. A student gets to know locals and the culture much better than a tourist. I heard each and every student saying 'I will come back here as soon as possible'."
Angela Carella, Italy
Hear why Lina chose Bangkok and Kasetsart University!
To whom is the program intended for? [back to top]
The study programs are intended for students who want to get to know Thailand and Asia, while living in a vibrant metropolis, and who are eager to gain new life experiences and points of view. The students want to combine studying and unforgettable experiences that benefit their future.
Most students who take part in the study programs are studying business, technology, arts, social sciences, engineering, political science and tourism. Students have to be currently enrolled at a home university during the KU study abroad semester.
Asia Exchange students at Kasetsart University not only appreciate Bangkok’s immense variety in culture, entertainment, shopping and dining choices but also the city’s international atmosphere and convenient traveling options.
Betina participated in the study program at KU. Read about her once-in-a-lifetime experience in her blog entries here.
Accommodation [back to top]
Students are responsible for organizing their accommodation on their own. Asia Exchange provides information on the most popular accommodation options in Bangkok that have been recommended by our previous students.
The university area is centrally located and features everything from street food to high rise buildings. There are plenty of accommodation options near the campus that suit every budget. Most of the exchange students live in shared flats with one to three other people. Many of the flats are in high rises that have a roof top terrace, swimming pool, gym, cleaning staff and security. There are also options for those who prefer to live alone or with local students. The rent for a shared flat is approximately 150-300 EUR a month.
You can find roommates in advance at our Facebook page.
Read more about accommodation in Bangkok here.
Relaxing at a pool after a school day in Bangkok
Fees [back to top]
A study abroad semester at Kasetsart University costs 1390 EUR. Application fee is 50 EUR.
Non-European students: check the fees here.
In addition to the study place, you'll get AE's services, AE Guide, AE Student Card (student discounts) and the Orientation Days at the destination. The study materials are either provided free-of-charge or can be acquired very affordably.
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.
Unlike other free movers, non-native English speakers studying 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 costs of living in Asia is very low.
Online application [back to top]
It's easy to apply and you'll get a confirmation from Asia Exchange within a week from sending in your application and its attachments. After that you can start preparing for the upcoming study abroad semester.
- An official transcript of records in English (stamped by your home institution)
- A copy of the identification page of your passport (please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after arriving in Thailand)
- A letter of recommendation from a member of staff at your home institutution (e.g. a teacher, a professor or an assistant). Here's an example of a letter of recommendation. The letter is informal and can be different from the example.
Please try to send all the attachments together with your application. All attachment must be sent to us by the application deadline. Please scan the required documents clearly and upload them in pdf format.
Sending the application
1) Scan the required documents to your computer.
2) Fill in the application form electronically and attach all the documents here.
We will send you the official acceptance letter before the study abroad program begins. We'll also send 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 the initial acceptance letter by email. With the letter of acceptance, we will also send you the invoice for the application fee (50 EUR). We will send the final bill for the tuition fee 1,5 months before the start of your study abroad program.
You can apply and get a confirmation even if you weren't 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.
Extra information [back to top]
You can find beneficial information on our website 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, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions. 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, dealing with money and local phone subscription.
You can contact us by email or by telephone.
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