THAILAND: Bangkok/Salaya


Mahidol University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Thailand and one of the most prestigious in Southeast Asia. Founded in 1890 by H.M. King Chulalongkorn as the first medical school in Thailand, it has since evolved into a multi-disciplinary university – recognized for its outstanding achievements in teaching, research and professional services. Mahidol professors and alumni have been the recipients of many prestigious national and international honors, including Magsaysay Awards, Outstanding Scientist Awards, Outstanding Invention Awards, Outstanding Research Awards, and Rockefeller Foundation grants, to name just a few.

KEI students take courses at the Mahidol University International College (MUIC). MUIC offers more than 200 courses in a wide variety of disciplines. Courses are taught in English. MUIC is located on the Salaya campus in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangkok. Salaya is 45 minutes by bus from downtown Bangkok and 10 minutes from the Buddhist Park, the largest city public park in Southeast Asia.What makes MUIC different?

  • Founded: 1990s
  • Oldest and considered the best English-language college in Thailand
  • AACSB accredited business programs
  • 140 professors and lecturers from Thailand, Australia, UK and other countries throughout the world
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students
  • 90% of student body is Thai; 10% is international, representing 20 countries

Did you know… Mahidol University was named after Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the Father of His Majesty the King of Thailand and the “Father of Modern Medicine in Thailand.”

Teaching & grading

The teaching style at MUIC is similar to universities in the USA. Most courses will have a syllabus. Professors utilize lecture, discussion, and/or hands-on teaching, depending on the subject. Typical methods of assessment are essays and short answer questions, although multiple-choice exams are also used by some professors. The language of instruction at MUIC is English.

What makes MUIC different from universities in the USA is the classroom experience. Since the majority of students and professors are from Thailand and other countries around the world, students will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of views, interpretations and discussion from different cultures and nationalities.

Students are graded based on performance in class and ability to complete required coursework on time. Regular attendance is expected and students are responsible for all work missed during an absence. Grading at MUIC is based on the letter-grade system. “A” is excellent, “B+” is very good, “B” is above average, “C+” is average, “C” is satisfactory, “D+” and a “D” are below average, and of course, “F” is for failure. The final grade is usually based on several assessments, although it is entirely normal and acceptable for your entire grade to be based on just one final exam or project.