Study abroad in Phuket at Prince of Songkla University

Study abroad at one of Thailand’s top 5 universities and experience a well-rounded study abroad semester on the famous paradise island Phuket! Study for one or two semesters in a program receiving excellent student feedback year after year. It’s easy to apply and your study placement can be confirmed even in one day.

On this page you’ll find out more about studies, semester dates, application deadlines, fees as well as instructions on how to apply.

Semester dates and application deadlines

2018

Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)
Semester dates January 8 – May 13  August 14 – December 15
Orientation January 3 – 4  August 6 – 9
Application deadline October 15, 2017 April 30, 2018

 2019

Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)*
Semester dates January 7 – May 9  August 13 – December 15
Orientation January 3 – 4  August 5 – 8
Application deadline September 30, 2018 April 30, 2019

*) tentative dates

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Key facts 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.

Address

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

University’s website

www.international.psu.ac.th

Contact person at Prince of Songkla University

Dr. Pornpisanu Promsivapallop

Studying abroad at Prince of Songkla University

The international study semesters at Prince of Songkla University (PSU) have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, both in terms of the quality of the classes and the suitability of Phuket as a study abroad destination.

The courses in the study abroad program cover topics from the fields of business, economics, administration, culture, tourism and languages. You can study abroad at Prince of Songkla University for one or two semesters. The semesters take place from January to May and from August to December.

Prince of Songkla University is responsible for the curriculum, teaching and the transcripts of records. As a visiting student, you participate in the same lectures with local degree students. Some of the courses also include cultural and business excursions. All the courses are in English and many of the lecturers have international backgrounds.

Who is the program for?

The study abroad program in Phuket is ideal for students who want to get to know Thailand and Asia while living on the famous paradise island of Phuket.

As a participant in the program you’re able to combine a challenging academic program, exotic free time activities and unforgettable experiences during your study abroad semester. The aim of the program is to broaden your knowledge of Asia in an international and inspiring environment.

Phuket is an excellent destination for anyone living abroad for the first time. Prince of Songkla University is known for taking great care of its international students. The university organizes many extracurricular activities, which allow you to discover the island and all that it has to offer. You can also do voluntary work in Phuket, for example at the Asia Center Foundation children’s home.

Find out about studies, credits, free time activities, fees and more below.

  • Studies

    Choosing the courses

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

    Course documents

    Find more information about the available courses by clicking on the links below.

    Course catalog and course descriptions
    Detailed course syllabi

    In the course documents, you can find a six-digit course code (e.g. 817-404). The third last digit of the subject code refers to the level of the course: 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year.

    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

    Students can choose up to 6 courses per semester. Most exchange students choose 4 – 5 courses. 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 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.

  • Student visa

    In order to study abroad in Thailand you need to apply for a student visa before the start of the semester. Please check the latest news and information about visas before applying for a visa at the Royal Thai Embassy website, where you can also get the required application forms and other information about the application procedure.

    Read more about student visa for Thailand.

  • Prince of Songkla 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.
  • Accommodation

    There are plenty of accommodation options  near the campus and near popular beaches in Phuket. Options range from basic dorm rooms to luxurious villas. The monthly rent is around 100 – 350 EUR per person.

    Find out more about accommodation in Phuket.

Find out how to apply


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Student experiences

Ask former students

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

 

Angelina in Phuket Profile pictureStudying 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 (aangelina@web.de)


“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 (joshmay222@gmail.com)


“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 (b.opletalova@gmail.com) 


Student testimonials

Miia

"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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"Asia keeps calling me back"

The world has an interesting way of dishing out 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 Tuomas and Harri at Asia Exchange for making this possible! Asia keeps calling me back!

Miia, Finland

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"Asia is the best choice for my future career"

The world changes fast. It’s estimated that up to 60 % of the world economy comes from developing countries. Even the leaders at the World Bank have encouraged students to educate themselves about Asia and the diverse cultures of the continent. Asia is the best choice for my future career and life.

Jukka, Finland

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"The studies have surprised me in a very positive way"

The studies have surprised me in a very positive way. You often hear that people treat exchange semesters as holidays, and subsequently not much effort is put into studying. The quality of the teaching in Phuket is, albeit, very good and you have to attend 80 % of the classes – in accordance with the mandatory attendance policy. The students are regularly tested on what they have learnt, through various assignments and exams.

Meri-Tuulia, Finland

Barbora-ambassador

"Worth every cent"

The experience of studying in Thailand was worth every single cent. I recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a truly unique semester abroad packed with adventures.

Barbora, Czech Republic https://www.asiaexchange.org/blogs/barbora-in-phuket/

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Blogs from Phuket

Sincerely Judit

Judit is a 26-year old student writing about her exchange experience from Phuket in the fall semester of 2015. Her blog features beautiful photos and interesting stories about life in Thailand.

Check the blog

Become a blogger

Do you want to write a blog during your study abroad semester? We’re always on the lookout for good bloggers. If you’d like to write a blog and have us link to it from this page, let us know! Check out our hints and tips for bloggers.

Videos from Phuket

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<< Courses and studying

Applying to study abroad at Prince of Songkla University

  • Applying to study abroad at Prince of Songkla University is easy and quick. You only have to fill out and submit the online application form below with a few attachments.
  • If you wish, you can also apply for two semesters right away. You can study for two semesters at either Prince of Songkla University or combine any two destinations, as long as the semesters don’t overlap. When you apply for two semesters, you get a 100 EUR / 120 USD discount on the tuition fee of the second semester.
  • You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement already in 1-7 days. After this you can already start planning your study abroad semester.
  • You’ll also get to download a comprehensive Asia Exchange Guide for your destination. This Guide contains lots of useful information and helpful tips for your study abroad semester.

Find the application instructions and the application form below. Please read the instructions carefully before you apply. If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • 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
    • 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. 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.

    Fees

    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.

    Cancellation

    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]asiaexchange.org. 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.

Note! After submitting the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email. Check your inbox for the mail and if you don’t find it there, check your spam folder. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please contact us immediately.


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Quick facts

 Fields of study
Business, economics, administration, culture, tourism and languages

 Next application deadline
September 30, 2018

 Duration
4 months

Max. credits
ca. 36 ECTS
ca. 24 US credits

 Fees
Tuition fee: 1990 EUR
Application fee: 75 EUR

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Reasons to choose Prince of Songkla University

Both Phuket and Prince of Songkla University receive excellent feedback from our students semester after semester.

Interesting course offering in English and a wide range of extra-curricular activities organized by the host university.

Prince of Songkla University takes great care of its international students.

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