- By CIBA International Program
- Modified August 2, 2017
A tropical climate, inspiring temples, and millions of smiling locals, Thailand is the heartbeat of Southeast Asia. As such, studying abroad in Thailand is a unique, affordable, and adventurous opportunity. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.
In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
Another reason to come to Thailand can be summed up in two words? The food. To keep your mind sharp for classes, it’s a good idea to keep your belly full. And no better way to do that by sampling anything from tom kha kai or tom yum goong, two flavorful soups, and som tum, a papaya salad, to pad thai, a favorite noodle dish, or yam nua, a spicy beef dish.
Despite the heavy flow of tourism, Thailand retains its amazing cultural identity with its own unique way of life and history and a carefree people famed for their smiles. The only trouble with planning a trip to Thailand is narrowing things down to a few sights just get here and enjoy yourself.
Cost of living
Given that our students come from so many different countries, it is difficult to make a comparison in terms of cost of living, as it is relative to each student’s home country. As a general idea, the following costs are usual for university students:
Rent and utility bills: approx. 150 USD/month (if you live alone, although most students share)
Food: approx. 120 USD/month
Other expenses: approx. 50 USD/month
As you can see, it is quite possible to live in Thailand for approximately 300 USD/month, or even less.
Health and safety
Thailand has excellent medical care services. It is common practice to go to the hospital even to visit general practitioners (i.e. for minor medical issues) rather than clinics. All students have basic insurance which covers doctors’ visits at hospitals.
If you respect the unique culture, the amazing traditions and fantastic people Thailand is a very safe place to visit, so what are you waiting for?