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Thailand (Thai: ประเทศไทย), formerly known as Siam and officially as the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country located in Southeast Asia. Located in the center of the Indochina Peninsula, it spans 513,120 square kilometers (198,120 sq mi), and has a population of nearly 70 million.
Thailand is bordered on the north by Myanmar and Laos, on the east by Laos and Cambodia, on the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and on the west by the Andaman Sea and Myanmar.
It also shares maritime borders with Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. Bangkok is the nation’s capital and largest city. Nominally, Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. However, in recent history, its government has experienced several coups and periods of military dictatorships.
Thailand sees an influx of 16 million visitors annually. Many of these visitors are tourists and backpackers hoping to explore a culture and natural setting completely different from their own.
Thailand ranked 40 out of 141. The ranking of other ASEAN countries came: Singapore, 1; Malaysia 27; Indonesia 50; Brunei, 56; Philippines 64; Vietnam 67; Cambodia, 106; Laos, 113.
IMD World Competitive Ranking 2019: Thailand is ranked 25th out of 63 countries. Other ASEAN countries ranked: Singapore, first; Malaysia 22; Indonesia 32; Philippines, 46.
Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) 2014-2015: Thailand ranked 32nd out of 140 economies in the World Economic Forum. It ranked sixth in (China, Japan, South Korea). ASEAN partners Singapore ranked second, and Malaysia ranked eighteenth.
Tuition fees depend on the programs and universities. However, universities in Thailand are very affordable. Undergraduate applicants may need to pay $1,000 to $4,000 annually. On the other hand, graduate students may have to pay $1,000 to $2,000 annually.
Chulalongkorn University is the highest-ranked among all universities in Thailand, ranking 208 in the QS World University Rankings® 2021 and 43 in the QS Asia University Rankings 2021. Founded by King Vajiravodh in 1917, the school is located in downtown Bangkok and promotes the number of events Throughout the year, including Loy Krathong (Celebrating the Full Moon Day in November) and Chulalongkorn Academic Fair, considered one of the most important academic fairs in the country. The school awarded honorary degrees to Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. Of its 38,900 students, 25,700 are undergraduates.
Chulalongkorn University is ranked in the top 20 globally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, including several disciplines: Engineering, Modern Languages, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Pharmacy and Medicine.
Located in Bangkok, Mahidol University is ranked 44th in the Asian rankings and joint 252nd in the World University Rankings. Founded in 1888 as Thailand’s first medical college, Mahidol University is now a public research university with a special focus on health sciences. The school receives the largest research budget in the country, at approximately US$147 million annually.
Mahidol University has a current student body of approximately 30,500 students, including 20,600 undergraduates. Apart from the main campus in Bangkok, it has remote campuses in the provinces of Nakhon Sawan, Kanchanaburi and Amanat Charoen. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, Mahidol University was ranked among the top 150 universities in the world for medicine, the subject for which it is best known. It is also among the best universities in the world for five other subjects.
Chiang Mai University:
Chiang Mai University, the highest university in Thailand outside the capital, is ranked 102 in Asia and 601-650 in the world. Founded in 1965 as a public research university, the school was the first higher education institution in northern Thailand and now hosts over 36,300 students.
With its main campus located between downtown Chiang Mai and Mount Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai University benefits from 725 acres of semi-forested land, all within walking distance of major shopping streets and the Chiang Mai Zoo. Chiang Mai University is ranked internationally in seven subjects, with its place in the list of the world’s 150 best universities in the field of agriculture and forestry.
Other universities in Thailand included in the latest QS Asia University Rankings include::
- Thammasat University .
- Kasetsart University.
- King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi.
- Khon Kaen University.
- Prince of Songkla University.
- King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.
Most students take into account the cost of the program and the cost of overhead in the countries they are traveling to. Fortunately, Thailand has a low cost of living that enables students to enjoy meals worth between 1-4 USD. With prices like these, it is easy to know what kind of budget a student should plan for. And of course, there are also scholarship opportunities available.
Thailand is a country with a rich culture and a long history. Studying abroad in Thailand allows people to immerse themselves in a culture completely different from the one they are accustomed to. This can come in a variety of forms such as participating in festive celebrations or cultural festivals.
While studying in Thailand, students can learn about Buddhism and the relationship between religion and culture. It is also possible to visit an ethical elephant sanctuary for a chance to meet these majestic animals up close. The options are almost limitless as long as you seize the opportunity.
- Writing and preparing academic topics
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- letter of intent
- Research proposals
- Personal Statement
- Recommendation letter
in addition to full application for scholarships and university admissions).
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