Mahidol University

Mahidol University

999 Buddhamonthon 4 Rd., Salaya, Nakhonpathom 73170, Thailand

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) was Thailand’s first international bachelor degree program at a public university with its mission to produce well-rounded graduates and to excel in broad international education research and academic services for the benefit of humankind.

MUIC maintains a strong liberal arts focus and promotes a learning culture that prepares its students to meet the challenges of living and working in a diverse and globalized world.

International full-time, visiting and exchange students constitute approximately 15 percent of the student population.

Inbound exchange students engage in studies at MUIC for a fixed period of time, from one trimester up to one academic year. All courses are offered in English. Incoming students have a choice of approximately 400 courses each trimester in the Arts, Sciences and Management. Moreover, exchange students are encouraged to take the Thai Language and Culture course to broaden their understanding of Thailand and its people.
Website URL: http://www.muic.mahidol.ac.th/eng/?page_id=179
Accommodations:

Accommodation options

Cost: Approx 5,000 – 12,500 Baht per month (1 USD = approx 32 Baht)

Cost: Low http://www.muic.mahidol.ac.th/eng/?page_id=1988
External Funding Available: Yes
Availability: 5
Academic Dates:

Trimester 1: September - December
Trimester 2: January - March
Trimester 3: April - July

Academic calendar

Course Timetable:

Course catalogue.

All courses at MUIC are offered in English.

Program Type: Exchange
Language: English
Available Subjects: biology , business and entrepreneurship , chemistry , computer science , environmental studies , economics , hospitality and tourism , international development studies , marine biology , mathematics , physics , engineering - computer
Travel Information: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/thailand
Practical Information:

Students must wear a uniform while attending classes at MUIC. Uniforms can be purchased at the college or students may bring white button-front shirts and black skirts for female or white buttonfront shirts and black trousers for male. Students must also wear plain black shoes or plain sport shoes.

Visa Requirements: All students are required to obtain a student visa before entering Thailand. A supporting letter from MUIC will be forwarded to the university coordinator for the student to use when applying for an education visa at the Royal Thai Embassy in the student’s country.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/muictube

Testimonial

Samantha Cox, Marine Biology, on exchange in Fall 2014

Where did you live when you studied abroad? I lived in the international house in Chaiyapruk Village that was set up by the university.

What were the easiest and most challenging moments when you arrived to your host destination? How did you overcome the challenges? Most challenging definitely had to be the language barrier, not many people spoke English or spoke English well. I could not truly overcome this, I merely found my way through the airport, got my things, and got to the house. I overcame it when I started learning Thai. Easiest had to be getting to our house since the university had a shuttle service set up for us.

Which courses did you take, and which was the most enjoyable? Why? I took an intro to Thai language and culture, biochemistry, climate change, and a scientific research and presentation class. The most enjoyable had to be the intro to Thai language and culture course. It was fun, enjoyable, and rewarding to learn a new language and be able to use this language throughout travels. It was also great learning the culture of the country I was living in.

What is the most important thing you learned about yourself when abroad? I would have to say that the most important thing I learned about myself was when it comes to stressful situations where plans or things got screwed up and everything is up in the air and a mess, I can actually stay calm and help get things figured out.

Food you miss the most and could not get abroad? I missed real maple syrup and regular yogurt, the yogurt in Thailand is different than that you get in Canada (obviously). In all honesty the food was so amazing in Thailand that I didn’t miss Canadian food much.

What did you miss about Canada when you studied abroad? I missed the seasons and the coming of fall. In Thailand, there isn’t a huge change between seasons other than temperature and rainfall for the most part so it was hard to not see the changing of the leaves and all that comes with fall.

What was your favorite experience when you were abroad? I have two experiences that come to mind. I had the chance to celebrate Loy Krathong (The Lantern Festival) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was a beautiful experience in which I got to take part in Thai culture and festivities. The second experience was climbing Mount Batur volcano just outside of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. I climbed an active volcano at about 4 in the morning to watch a sunrise come up over another mountain/volcano. It was one of the most rewarding adventures I did while abroad.

Which experience had the most impact on you personally? When I was away on a trip to Krabi, the hotel I stayed at had its own massage area so I would spend at least an hour every day getting massages. On the last day I tipped the masseuse about the equivalent of $15CAD and I have never seen anyone so happy before. It made me feel so good to see that I could make someone that happy and possibly help them with whatever they would need.

What was the biggest difference in culture that you experienced while abroad? In a lot of the Asian countries, paler skin is sought after as it is a status symbol for those who have more money. They have multiple skin care products that have agents within that whiten the skin just so that people can essentially look whiter. Also Thailand is a kingdom, and the people of Thailand absolutely love their king. It is actually against the law to speak unkindly about him or the royal family.

What surprised you the most about your time abroad? I was really surprised by how helpful and nice Thai people could be. They were mostly understanding with the language barrier and sometimes would even help with learning Thai.

How has this experience changed you? As cliché as it is to say, I have a much broader outlook on life. I appreciate what I have and what is available to me so much more than before. What are your future plans? After graduation I plan on travelling Europe and eventually making my way back to Southeast Asia.

Do you have any advice to future students, who may wish to study abroad? If you’re considering student abroad, do it during your third year. It gives you the chance to experience different classes while giving you another year to finish all the courses required for your degree. If you do student abroad during your final year, have your degree requirements figured out so that you are not scrounging for courses while you’re abroad.

Testimonial

Alison Polasz, BA POLS 2008, on exchange Fall 2006 and Winter 2007

“This time abroad taught me to relax, enjoy my surroundings and never take anyone or anything for granted. I would absolutely recommend everyone to travel to this magnificent country, whether as part of an exchange or as a traveler. I am planning to head back to Thailand in the coming year to continue my love affair with a beautiful country and its people.”

Testimonial

Justin White, BA.(Hon)ENGL 2009, on exchange in Fall 2007

“When things got complicated, awkward, or confused, I learned to do as the Thais do and laugh it off.”

Testimonial

Jennie LeBlanc, BBA MK-CO
2011, BN 2014, on exchange in Winter 2011

"[Being overseas] certainly has benefited me in countless ways and enhanced my UNB degree largely. I’ve gained the ability to learn to communicate with people of different languages with very few words, I’ve learned to talk slower, and have patience in doing so. I guess to some extent, it has made me more comfortable around people of a different nationality, which is a wonderful thing, considering we live in Canada and a vast amount of cultures live freely here.

It has also enabled me to think “outside the box” about people in general. I know what it feels like to be the minority now and I take this into consideration when I meet minority people in Canada. It made me realize that we often think we are so different from other nationalities, which we are in some ways, but we are also very alike. At the end of the day, we are all just human.

…It has certainly changed me in many ways… it has taught me to have patience when communicating with people who know very little English, but really, it has taught me to have patience in general. We really do take the simplest things for granted in Canada, for example, public washrooms and our nicely organized lines with short waiting times. Another thing we take for granted, high speed Internet. … I have a much better sense of who I am and what it means to be Canadian! I love Thailand and have every intention on going back there some day for a vacation but I am very thankful I live in Canada. I will admit, many things made me very sad there also, especially in relation to animals. Thailand is amazing, but it is not all glorified, just as you would expect to see visiting any other country.

…I had an amazing time, and have learned so much. It’s quite organized once you get there, and people were generally very friendly and helpful. A word of advice though if you are going to Thailand, and I don’t mean for this to sound negative, but don’t always take everyone’s word for the sake of it, especially higher authority’s at the university for example. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask other opinions from teachers, students (Thai and International), and locals before you make decisions. From my experience, I found people would often tell you incorrect information just to provide an answer rather than saying they aren’t sure of something. Again, this may be a culture thing, and it’s certainly nothing to get angry or upset over.

I would suggest if you’re actually going to study abroad, then go some place where the culture is entirely different from your own. Also, I think it is very wise to consider the costs of places. Thailand was fantastic for that, it was so inexpensive for everything, and everything was so accessible. Also, the climate is another factor, so keep that in mind. If you like warm beautiful weather, go to Thailand!"

Testimonial

Erin MacDonald, BSENR 2012, on exchange in Winter 2009.

"Being an exchange student has changed me as a person as well as my outlook on life. In order for us, as students, to learn I believe we have to see what’s really out there by doing it ourselves. Being in Thailand opened my eyes to a different world, a different culture and a different way of life, not only in regards to school but through life experience too. I learned as much about myself as I did about Thailand and its people. I had the opportunity to travel all across the country, teaching English to Thai children, scuba diving on shipwrecks and with sharks, riding elephants, travelling to neighbouring Cambodia to volunteer at orphanages and taking in the many more beautiful experiences. Along with my Thai friends, I also made friends from many countries including Germany, Holland, France, the US, China and even Canada, most of which I remain in close contact. I believe travelling during school is never a mistake and the rewards are endless…I cannot wait to begin my next journey."

Testimonial

Tim Kukula, BBA.(Hon)FIN.(Hon)MKT 2013, on exchange in Winter 2011

"The unique culture in Thailand, people were so different yet very much the same. It surprised me how people gave instructions without knowing the answer for. It was also surprising that everyone followed these instructions without any question. I learned much about a collectivist society, where people are more concerned about the group then themselves. This is why people would follow instructions without question.

Being interested in a career in international business, it is essential that I understand how other cultures make decisions and function socially. Taking the consumer behavior course at Mahidol really put this into perspective for me. The Thai language course helped me understand the traditional aspect of the Thai culture and helped me develop the linguistic capabilities to navigate Thailand. Going to Thailand had some changing effects on me personally. It made me appreciate some things, which we take for granted for in Canada. I think the biggest thing was noticing the differences between individualistic and collectivist cultures. In some sense as Canadians we can be to individualistic.

I would highly recommend the study abroad program. The skills, which you learn from completing study abroad term, cannot be taught in the classroom. It is my option that anyone who is studying business should complete a term in a foreign country. Today, Canada is one of the most multicultural places in the world, it is extremely important that business students and other students understand other cultures.

Just do it, don’t be scared."