Join a Gap Year Program in Phuket, Thailand

Spend a gap year by studying tourism and business at one of Thailand’s top 5 universities! Live on a paradise island for one or two semesters and learn more about Asian people, cultures, habits and traditions. Apply easily to the gap year program in Phuket and get accepted as quickly as in a day!

gap year program in phuket - exchange students at Prince of Songkla University in Phuket, Thailand

icons_lightgrey-08 Gap Year Program Overview


Semester 2 (Dec – Apr),
Semester 1 (Jul – Nov)


Business, tourism, management, personal development, physical education





ca. 30 ECTS or ca.
18 US credits



company visits,
extracurricular activities


1990 EUR tuition fee / semester
+ 75 EUR application fee


Gap Year Program in Phuket – Highlights

  • Get to know Thailand and Asia while living on the famous paradise island of Phuket
  • Combine an engaging academic program with exotic free time activities and unforgettable experiences
  • Improve your English and pick up the basics of Thai language
  • Meet people from all around the world, improve your intercultural communication skills and build an international network
  • Enjoy the amazing hospitality of one of the best universities in Thailand
  • Volunteer at a children’s home supported by Asia Exchange

Find out about courses and studying 

icons_lightgrey-02  Semester dates and application deadlines


Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)*
Semester dates December 23, 2019 – April 30, 2020 July 13th – November 16th, 2020
Orientation December 18-19 tbc
Application deadline September 30, 2019 appr. April 30, 2020

*) tentative dates


Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)*
Semester dates January 7 – May 9  August 13 – December 15
Orientation January 3 – 4  August 6 – 8
Application deadline September 30, 2018 April 30, 2019

Apply now

icons_lightgrey-58 Studying in the Phuket Gap Year Program

Prince of Songkla University’s international study abroad program covers topics ranging from business, economics and administration to culture, tourism and languages. The program receives excellent student feedback year by year, both for the quality of courses and the many kinds of free-time activities offered by the university. The program is ideal for especially for anyone living abroad for the first time.

Who is this program for?

  • You’re a high school graduate or between degrees
  • You want to combine engaging academic studies with living on a paradise island
  • You want to improve your English and intercultural communication skills
  • You want to get to know people from all over the world
  • You want to explore Thailand and South-East Asia
  • Courses & Studies

    Choosing the courses

    The university contacts students approximately one month before the semester begins to ask the students’ preliminary course selections. It is possible to make adjustments to the course selections at the beginning of the semester.

    Available courses – January intake:

    • Principles of Management 801-201 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • International Business 818-410 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • Sustainable Environmental Management for Hospitality and Tourism 802-201 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • Airline Management 819-210 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • Intercultural Communication 802-307 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • Marketing for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Digital Age 818-302 (5 ECTS) Syllabus coming soon
    • Creative Tourism 819-211 (5 ECTS) Syllabus coming soon
    • Travel Service Business and Innovation 819-311 (5 ECTS) Syllabus coming soon
    • Physical Education, choose 3 of the following to reach 5 ECTS (Badminton 980-081, Brazilian Jiujitsu 980-082, Muay Thai Boxing 980-083, Volleyball 980-084, Basketball 908-085, Tennis 980-086, Swimming 980-091, Aerobic 980-092, Yoga 980-093, Mixed Martial Arts 980-094, Tai Chi 980-095, Scuba Diving 980-096, Social Dance 980-097)

    Available courses – August intake:

    • Principles of Management 801-201 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • International Business 818-410 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • Human Resource Management 801-204 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • Service Operations Management 818-303 (5 ECTS) Syllabus coming soon
    • Sustainable Environmental Management for Hospitality and Tourism 802-201 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • Airport Management 819-310 (5 ECTS) Syllabus coming soon
    • Intercultural Communication 802-307 (5 ECTS) Syllabus
    • Incentive Travel and Special Event Management 818-312 (5 ECTS) Syllabus coming soon
    • Physical Education, choose 3 of the following to reach 5 ECTS (Badminton 980-081, Brazilian Jiujitsu 980-082, Muay Thai Boxing 980-083, Volleyball 980-084, Basketball 908-085, Tennis 980-086, Swimming 980-091, Aerobic 980-092, Yoga 980-093, Mixed Martial Arts 980-094, Tai Chi 980-095, Scuba Diving 980-096, Social Dance 980-097)

    Please note that the above course lists may change and not all Physical Education courses will be available each semester.

    Norwegian students: Download a supporting document for your Lånekassen application.

    Attendance policy

    All of the courses have 80 % attendance policy. This includes any e.g. excursions that are part of the course. Failing to adhere to the attendance requirements could lead to the cancellation of your student visa.

  • Credits

    Courses and credits

    You can choose up to 6 courses per semester. The minimum number of courses that should be taken is 4.

    One completed course at PSU is worth 4 credits which most often translates into 5 – 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits or 3 – 4 US credits. It’s possible to gain up to 30-35 ECTS points per semester depending on the course selections you make. Find out more under study credits.

  • Activities outside class

    Phuket is a good destination for anyone living abroad for the first time. The host university takes great care of its international students and organizes many extracurricular activities, such as home stays, Thai cooking classes, clean the beach boot camps, a night at the surf house, and so on. Taking part in the extracurricular activities is a great way to discover the island while getting to know other students.

    View the following PDF for descriptions of activities that have been organized during the previous semester. Please note that there are no guarantees that every type of activity will be organized each semester. Extracurricular activities in Phuket

    PSU’s campus has excellent sports facilities. The recently renovated sports complex has an Olympic-size swimming pool and a football stadium. You can practice yoga, tai-chi, muay thai, table tennis, tennis, badminton, basketball, volleyball and futsal. Numerous classes, tournaments and cups are organized every year. Sports facilities are open from early morning to late evening and rates are very affordable. For example, reserving a tennis court for one hour costs 60 THB (1,50 EUR) and an entrance to the swimming pool costs you only 20 THB (0,50 EUR).

    Your fees support our charity work

    As a part of our charity efforts, we donate a part of each student’s tuition fee to Asia Center Foundation, a local organization supporting children’s education and living standards. Students have the chance to familiarize themselves with the organization’s activities during the semester and do volunteer work themselves. Read more about Asia Exchange’s charity work.

  • About Prince of Songkla University

    Prince of Songkla University (PSU) in Phuket is a public, research-driven university that was founded in 1967. It was the first university in Southern Thailand, harnessed to raise the general education standards in the region and to support regional industry and development. Today, PSU is a modern and highly international university that takes pride in its origins as a patron of the local culture, education and environment.


    Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus
    Faculty of Service Industries
    80 Moo 1, Vichit Songkram Rd., Kathu
    Phuket 83120

    University’s website

    Contact person at Prince of Songkla University

    Dr. Pornpisanu Promsivapallop

    University Accreditation

    • Ministry of Education in Thailand
    • International Association of Universities (IAU)
    • One of the top 5 universities in Thailand
    • Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
    • ASEAN University Network (AUN)
    • ASEAN-European University Network (ASEA UNINET)
    • Member of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Fees

    Tuition fee: 1990 EUR / semester

    Application fee: 75 EUR.

    See what’s included in the fees.

    Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about fees.

    Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange

    • Confirmation even in one day
    • Asia Exchange Guide with lots of information about studies, visas, accommodation and other tips
    • Orientation days
    • No English proficiency test required
    • 100 EUR discount when you apply for two semesters.
  • Campus pictures

icons_lightgrey-13 Apply to study abroad at Prince of Songkla University


 Get the required documents
(see list below)


Fill out and submit the online application form
together with the required documents


You’ll get a confirmation of your
study placement within 1-7 days

  • Flexible application: You can apply even if you’re not yet certain of your plans. Cancellation up to 1 month before the semester starts.
  • When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR discount on the second semester
  • Get access to comprehensive information materials such as an Asia Exchange Guide after you apply.

  • Who can apply?

    Minimum requirements for participation

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • A high school diploma or similar certificate. You are not required to be enrolled at an institution of higher education
    • Sufficient English skills (B2 level). No language test is required, however.

    See the additional requirements.

  • Required attachments
    • A copy of your high school diploma (or similar document) in English.
    • A copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months after arriving in Thailand.  A passport with validity of 18 months has sometimes been required when applying for a one-year Multiple Entry Visa. Please note this also when sending Asia Exchange your application for the study abroad program.
  • Application instructions
    • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format
    • Fill out the online application form below and submit it with the required attachments.

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
    • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later. However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
    • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.

    Confirmation, official acceptance letter and visa

    You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1-7 days, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.

    You’ll receive the official acceptance letter 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. We’ll send it to the street address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point.

    You need the official acceptance letter to apply for a student visa.


    The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee about 2.5 months before the semester starts.


    If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at] Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation.

    We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

Apply now to Prince of Songkla University

icons_lightgrey-14 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Studies & Schedules

    Q: Should I choose my courses before the semester starts?
    A: Yes. The university will contact you and ask you to make your initial course selections before the semester starts.

    Q: Are there mandatory courses?
    A: No.

    Q: What is the required minimum attendance?
    A: You must attend a minimum of 80 % of lectures and all mandatory workshops/excursions.

    Q: Do I need to participate in the orientation days?
    A: Yes, the orientation days are mandatory and you get plenty of useful information.

  • Everyday Conduct

    Q: Will I wear a school uniform?
    A: Yes. The upper part is a white-collar shirt. Women wear a black skirt and men wear black trousers. Students have told us that they got used to wearing it after two days (at the latest), and that it’s very practical – you’re spared the trouble of choosing suitable clothes in the morning!

  • Visa & Travel

    Q: What is the correct type of visa for studying in Thailand?
    A: It’s called “Non-immigrant visa ED”.

    Q: When can I apply for my visa?
    A: After you have received your official acceptance letter. That happens at the latest one month before the semester starts, but it can be even earlier. The visa process often takes only 4-5 working days.

    Read our general visa instructions here.

  • Accommodation

    Q: How can I find suitable accommodation options?
    A: Read our accommodation tips for Phuket here. We will also send you our Asia Exchange Guide with additional tips.

    Q: Should I book accommodation in advance or after arriving in Phuket?
    A: It is completely up to you. Most students prefer checking the accommodation options in person after arrival.

  • Transport

    Q: Do I need an International Driver’s License for driving a scooter in Phuket?
    A: Yes, or alternatively you can get a local driver’s license. However, acquiring an International Driver’s License in advance is recommended.

  • Health & Safety

    Q: Which vaccinations do I need to take?
    A: In addition to the basic vaccinations (MMR and diphtheria-tetanus), travelers are most often advised to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Vaccinations always depend partly on the individual, so remember to consult your physician.

    Q: Do I need an insurance?
    A: All students are required to have valid travel insurance for the duration of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers here.

  • Costs

    Q: What kind of costs should I be prepared for?
    A: In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to pay for the student visa, flights, accommodation and other living costs. The cost of living is relatively low in Phuket. The real costs depend on your individual lifestyle.
    Find a list of general living costs here.

    Read more about budgeting your study abroad semester.

  • Documents

    Q: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do?
    A: Please fill the document and send it to

    Q: When will I receive my Official Acceptance Letter?
    The official letter of acceptance will be delivered to you 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. We’ll send it to the street address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point.

    Q: When will I receive my Transcript of Records?
    A: The university prepares and sends the Transcripts of Records usually within 2-3 months after the end of the semester

See other frequently asked questions

icons_lightgrey-04 Student Experiences of Studying at Prince of Songkla University

What students have said

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The study program developed my skills for interacting in a multicultural environment. It increased my self-knowledge as well as my knowledge on Asian business life and culture. The quality of the courses was excellent. Many of my courses were better than at my home university.

Mirella, Sweden

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"I didn't just have the time of my life but the most life-changing time of my life"

I studied in Guangzhou in 2012 and in Phuket in 2013. In both places, I didn't just have the time of my life but the most life-changing time of my life. Asia Exchange made the leaving feel much less daunting because of the support, instructions and help they offered throughout the process. They made it possible for me to leave again as a freemover in 2015 because of the contacts I had made. Everyone should live few months in Asia - that teaches you things about yourself you can't learn by staying home!

Miia, Finland

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"Travel, grow and live in the moment"

Study hard, and 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.

Lacey, USA

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icons_lightgrey-59  Ask Former Students

Ask our former students for practical hints and tips about living abroad, travel arrangements and the everyday life at the destination.

Studying at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand was so far the best experience of my life. I am more than grateful that I got this opportunity. If you have any questions or you are not sure if Thailand is the right destination for your semester abroad, just let me know, I am more than happy to help you out.

Angelina, Germany (

“Hey guys! Germany was my first choice. While I was thinking it over, a friend came up to me and invited me to go with him to Phuket. I’m so glad I went with him because the experience was priceless. If you are having a similar problem figuring out where to go, I’d love to talk with you and convince you to go to Phuket”

Josh, United States (

“Studying in a real paradise? I never thought these two things would go together but those 6 months felt like a dream life. Don’t miss this experience which will change your life forever. I’m happy to provide more details and answer any questions. Just drop me an email!”

Barbora, Czech Republic ( 

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