BANGKOK: CIS – Mahidol University

Bangkok, Thailand

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  • Fall Semester - September - December
  • Spring Semester - Late December - Early April

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - *Note earlier deadline* September 25


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

On Semester in Thailand, you’ll study in Bangkok, the heart of Indochina and the capital of Thailand, and study at Thailand’s top-ranked university. You will have limitless opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture, make international friends, and explore beaches, jungles, and iconic sites throughout the country!


Courses are available in Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Fine and Applied Arts, Humanities and Language, Science, Social Science, and Travel Industry Management. Course approval:  Before you go abroad, it is best to get 7-8 classes pre-approved for your semester program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Course descriptions and catalog: . You will be taking 4 courses and transferring back 16 NU credits. Please consult with your academic advisor to confirm your course selection as well as determine how your courses abroad will satisfy major, minor, or NU core requirements.

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Host University

Semester in Thailand takes place at Mahidol University in Bangkok. The University has regal origins: the king opened it in 1888 as the country’s first medical school. Since then, it has evolved into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, recognized for the caliber of its students’ research, the quality of its faculty, and its outstanding achievements in teaching and international academic collaboration.  In addition to local students, Mahidol University hosts international students from 50 countries around the world. A wide range of academic programs are available in 3 core areas: Health Science, Science and Technology, and Social Science and Humanity. With enough course offerings to satisfy an undergraduate population of approximately 16,500 students, you will find classes that match your major, focus, or cultural interest. Semester in Thailand will enhance your global perspective through a blend of academic coursework, field studies, and excursions to cultural sites. Program courses taught in English, offer authentic and insightful perspectives while deepening your understanding of Thailand, Southeast Asia, and the international realm. You will also experience a uniquely Thai combination of frenetic city energy and tranquil Buddhist spirituality. The academics at the University, plus the rich landscape of Thailand, plus the cultural beauty of the Thai people: it’s the perfect equation for an unforgettable experience!

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.5
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact GEO for eligibility

Application Procedure

      Online OISP application

      Online CIS application, including:

    • One Academic Reference
    • Course Selection Worksheet
    • Personal Statement
    • CIS Scholarship Form (optional)
    • Note: Northeastern University students should not pay the $200 application deposit

    After you submit your online application to CIS, your resident director for the program will contact you to submit the following additional application.  All are required:

    • Official transcript
    • Copy of your passport ID page
    • Mahidol Visiting Student Application
    • Additional Academic Reference (2 are required in total - you should submit the first online as part of your CIS application, and send the second directly your CIS resident director)
    • Housing form for either Baan Suan or Bundit
    • 2x1 color passport-style photo in .JPG format

    You must also submit a copy of your passport ID page directly to OISP

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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660
Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


You will live in international housing at either Bundit or Baan Suan Apartments with other international students.  At both residences CISabroad students have their choice of either single or shared room options included in their program fee and there are coin-operated washers and dryers available.

Baan Suan: Baan Suan is about 5 minute ride from Mahidol University. A small, family run establishment, Baan Suan is the ideal option for students looking for a close-knit and convivial environment. Though not a traditional home-stay, staff at Baan Suan make sure that each resident is happy and cared for.The Baan Suan and Bundit apartments are self-catered so students will need to prepare or purchase their own meals.  Although there are no kitchens at Baan Suan, there are a many inexpensive eateries with delicious local food. We also encourage you to try delicious Thai street food!

Bundit: The newly constructed Bundit residence is a large, modern facility. Bundit apartments come with many amenities including an outdoor pool with large spirit house, exercise gym, restaurant, convenience store, and rooftop terrace.  The spacious rooms boast very modern furnishings and flat screen TV's. A shuttle service to campus is offered daily.

Whichever option you choose, you are sure to meet new friends and learn more about the culture of Thailand, and that can only enhance your study abroad experience!


Semester in Thailand is based in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, which has a population of about 10 million. Bangkok has gained international renown as an independent, dynamic city synonymous with the exotic. It is a dominating force in Asian finance and business, and its far-reaching influence on politics, culture, fashion, and entertainment has earned it global-city status. The city’s wealth of cultural landmarks, attractions, and notorious entertainment venues has created a shroud of mystery around the entire country. Nearly 11 million foreign visitors flock to Bangkok each year to explore the Grand Palace, the Vimanmek Palaca Complex, and the thousands of temples strewn about the city, and to experience the amazing international cuisine, pulsing nightlife, and extraordinary energy. For transportation, Bangkok offers buses, trains, a skytrain, vans, taxis, tuk-tuks (a form of 3-wheeled cart with a motorcycle front end), motorcycle taxis, river ferries, and a subway system which allows you to travel easily throughout the city and surrounding areas. The weather in Thailand is warm all the time which means you can always visit the many jungles, beaches, artisan villages, and cultural and historical sites in Thailand.  Take a bike or a motorcycle taxi to class, indulge yourself with a Thai massage, ride an elephant, meet a friend downtown at Siam Square, or learn the martial art of Thai boxing. The country as a whole nearly overwhelms the senses. Whether you are exploring the cuisine, the tropical beaches on the coast, or the bustling markets, Thailand will be an unforgettable study abroad experience!