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ISEP Thammasat University, Thailand

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Bangkok, Thailand




• 2.00-2.75 minimum GPA, depending on program

• At least sophomore standing

• Good academic and non-academic standing

• Permission of the UI Study Abroad advisor

Application Due:

Spring: 9/1
Fall & Academic Year: 3/1
Summer: 3/1

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok


Summer Program

Immerse yourself in the richness of Thai culture by spending four weeks on a campus that was once the palace grounds for the viceroy of Thailand. During this six-credit Thai Studies Program at Thammasat University, learn about Buddhism and Thai society while spending weekends on organized field trips exploring temples, monasteries, museums, archaeological remains, palaces, and ethnic minority communities throughout the country. There are also several opportunities to attend Thai theater, dance, and music performances.

The summer program focuses on the complex relationships among Buddhism and Thai history, politics, economics, education, literature, law, arts, and theater. Students are taught by distinguished scholars and professors at Thammasat University and visit sites of particular historical importance.

Students will enroll in two separate courses: Society & Culture of Thailand (3 s.h.) and Buddhism in Thailand (3 s.h.). Both of these courses have been approved to fulfill the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education Program requirement for Values, Society, & Diversity.



The summer program is approximately from late June to early August.

For More Information

Visit either the ISEP Thailand semester web site or the ISEP Summer Programs web site. (On the Summer Programs site, scroll down to Thailand and then click on the name of the university.) Before proceeding any further, meet with the UI Study Abroad advisor listed below to discuss your interest and receive application instructions.

PLEASE NOTE: The on-campus application deadline for UI students is six weeks prior to the deadline posted by ISEP.

UI Study Abroad Advisor

Fran Boyken
Advisor & Program Coordinator, Study Abroad
International Programs
University of Iowa
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

To set up an appointment, please call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The receptionist who answers the phone can help you schedule an appointment. Study Abroad does not take same day appointments.

Thammasat University

Thammasat University Library
Thammasat University Library

Founded in 1934, Thammasat University has educated many prominent members of the Thai civil administration. Over the years, Thammasat students have been known for their activism and have played a major role in Thai politics. The university is located on the Chao Phraya River near the original Bangkok city center and several important sites, such as Thailand’s most sacred temples, government ministries, the Grand Palace of the reigning Chakri dynasty, the National Theater, and the National Museum. Approximately 33,500 students are enrolled at Thammasat.

The university is centered on a compact campus, Tha Prachan, formerly the viceroy's palace grounds. All existing international programs, except Engineering and Science, are located at the Tha Prachan campus. The Rangsit campus, approximately one hour from the Tha Prachan campus, houses science-related faculties and is adjacent to the Asian Institute of Technology. Most classrooms are air-conditioned. A large performing arts hall hosts plays, concerts, lectures, and guest performers.


Bangkok is the political and cultural capital of Thailand and home to around 11 million people. For a country known for its smiles and beaches, Bangkok may not seem like the Thailand of a traveler’s imagination, but in fact it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in all of Asia. Skyscrapers sit next to ancient temples still in use by Thailand’s mostly Buddhist populace.


Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a peninsular country of about 67 million people. A constitutional monarchy, this largely Buddhist nation has seen rapid growth over the years as tourists flocked in looking for jungle adventures and deserted beaches. Thailand has a long, rich history with world-class cuisine to match.


Living Arrangements

Students will be assigned a shared room (no more than 3 persons per room) in off-campus accommodations within walking distance from Thammasat University. Meals are not included, but there are many nearby restaurants and supermarkets.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Bangkok by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP. An Institutional Information Sheet will provide detailed information for travel, contacts in the international office, information on accommodations and other nuts and bolts.

Songthaew - Thai Public Transportation

Songthaew - Thai Public Transportation


Minimum GPA varies between 2.00 and 2.75 depending on the program. At least sophomore standing at the time of application. In good academic and non-academic (disciplinary) standing. Permission of the UI Study Abroad advisor. Discuss with your Study Abroad advisor if you have questions.

Students do not need to have any Thai language background, as courses on this program are taught in English.

It is the UI Study Abroad office's policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.


The Summer 2015 program fee is $3,950. Additionally, students pay the UI study abroad administrative fees described here (this is a 6 s.h. short-term program) and the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance fees described here. There is also a $50 non-refundable application fee.

Financial aid and scholarships received to attend the University of Iowa can often be applied toward the program cost. Eligible program participants are also encouraged to apply for merit, need-based, and Diversity Ambassador scholarships awarded by Study Abroad, and other external awards.

Program Cost Sheet

ISEP Direct Thailand, Summer 2015 - Cost SheetPDF

The program cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. Cost sheets include fees charged on students’ U-Bills, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective web sites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Application Administrative Fee: $0
ISEP Placement Fee: $395 ($495 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: $0
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative Fee: $400
ISEP Placement Fee: $395 ($495 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP
After Program Start Date Administrative Fee: $400
ISEP Placement Fee: $395 ($495 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The on-campus application deadline is 3/1, six weeks before ISEP's deadline.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application. After submitting this online application, the $50 non-refundable Study Abroad application fee will be charged to your U-Bill. On the application page, you need to choose your desired session. Then choose the program "International Student Exchange Program" from the drop down menu. Do NOT choose "International Student Exchange Direct" even if that's what you want. Once confirmed from ISEP, Study Abroad will manually put you in the appropriate section.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out ISEP's application. BEFORE applying to ISEP, students MUST make an appointment with Fran Boyken, the study abroad advisor for this program. Students will not be allowed to apply unless they are first nominated by the University of Iowa. Please call Study Abroad at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5) and ask the receptionist to schedule an appointment for you.

After you submit your application, Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation materials and other preparations. Please contact program advisor Fran Boyken if you have questions.

Pre-departure Materials


Promthep Cape, Phuket

A Country Handbook, found at Placed Students on the ISEP web site, provides practical information for living in Thailand.

Once confirmed by Thammasat University, students will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of their placement. They will also receive a welcome mailing from their host institution with additional academic and arrival information.

Orientation Information

All UI students attend a required general TIPS orientation for students studying abroad. Additional individualized meetings will address topics specific to this program, including credit and billing procedures.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343