Earning credits while studying abroad in Thailand

At Thai universities, completed studies and grades are measured in credits. The courses held at our Thai partner universities are worth 3 or 4 Thai credits per course.

At Rangsit University, Kasetsart University and Siam University the courses are worth 3 credits with one credit equaling 15 hours of lectures. One completed course in most often converts to 5 ECTS credits or 3 US credits. Read more about credits at Siam University here (applies to both Bachelor and Master level studies).

Host University Number of courses ECTS
Rangsit University 3–6 15–30
Kasetsart University 3–7 15–35
Siam University 3–6 15–30
Prince of Songkla University 3–6 18–36

When considering the overall workload, students at Rangsit University, Kasetsart University and Siam University should also remember to take into account independent studies, exercises, group works, business visits, preparing for quizzes and exams and the quizzes and exams themselves into account. Local students generally complete 5 – 6 courses per semester.

At Prince of Songkla University the courses are worth 3 or 4 local credits. There is currently a transitional period going on, and PSU is adjusting its credit system in order to be comparable with most other Thai universities. Previously, courses were worth 4 credits, but in the future all courses will be worth 3 credits. At the moment, the workload is the same for both 3 and 4 credit courses.

One completed course at PSU most often converts to 5 – 6 ECTS credits (depending on the requirements of the student’s home institution). Each semester contains 15 weeks of lectures, 1 week of mid-term examinations and 2 weeks of final examinations. Each course generally includes 45 lecture hours or equivalent, 90 hours self-study, 6 hours examinations and an expected additional 12 hours of exam preparation. In total this equals to 153 study hours per course. More information about the credit system in PSU here.

Conversion of credits

The conversion of Thai credits into ECTS is determined by the relationship between the scope of a local degree program measured in credits and the time it takes to complete it, set against the European standard attainment of 60 credits per academic year. According to this conversion method, the credits of the different universities are determined as follows:

Rangsit University

136 (the average scope of a Bachelor’s degree in credits) / 4 (the duration of a degree in years) = 34,1 credits = local yearly standard attainment

Thereby, 60 ECTS (yearly standard attainment in Europe) / 34,1 credits (local yearly standard attainment) gives the coefficient 1,75. The number of local credits gained from an individual course (3) multiplied by 1,75 results in 5,2 ECTS.

Kasetsart University

130 (the scope of a degree in credits) / 4 (the duration of a degree in years) = 32,5 credits = local yearly standard attainment

Thereby, 60 ECTS (yearly standard attainment in Europe) / 32,5 credits (local yearly standard attainment) gives the coefficient 1,85. The number of local credits gained from an individual course (3) multiplied by 1,85 results in 5,5 ECTS.

Siam University

135 (the scope of a Bachelor’s degree in credits) / 4 (the duration of a degree in years) = 33,75 credits = local yearly standard attainment

Thereby, 60 ECTS (yearly standard attainment in Europe) / 33,75 credits (local yearly standard attainment) gives the coefficient 1,77. The number of local credits gained from an individual course (3) multiplied by 1,77 results in 5,3 ECTS.

Prince of Songkla University

140 (the scope of a degree in credits) / 4 (the duration of a degree in years) = 35 credits = local yearly standard attainment

Thereby, 60 ECTS (yearly standard attainment in Europe) / 35 credits (local yearly standard attainment) gives the coefficient 1,71. The number of local credits gained from an individual course (3) multiplied by 1,71 results in 5,1 ECTS.

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