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International Students

Information for Prospective Students from Thailand

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Welcome to the country page for Thailand. 


Laura Hayes is the International Officer for Thailand and is happy to answer any questions you have about applying to, and studying at SOAS. 
Please contact l.hayes@soas.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4031
SOAS staff regularly visit Thailand.
Future dates and locations can be found here.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits.


Students from Thailand who have completed Matthayom 6 are not eligible for direct entry to undergraduate programmes at SOAS and would need to take an Undergraduate Foundation Programme.

For direct entry SOAS considers the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) requirements are listed online for each programme. Our entry requirements specify an overall IB score and certain marks in Higher Level subjects.
  • Three A-levels
  • Advanced Placements (APs) - a minimum of five Group A subjects (see the College Board and UCAS websites for further details)
  • A year of university study from another institution

Please see the individual undergraduate degree programme descriptions for specific course requirements. Information about how to apply can be found on the undergraduate admissions pages and on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website.


Taught Masters Programmes

A Bachelor's degree from a prestigious institution with a GPA of 3.3 out of 4. 
In addition, some programmes may have additional requirements, please refer to the Postgraduate Prospectus.
The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to postgraduate degrees at British universities. 

Research applicants would normally be expected to have completed a Masters qualification equivalent to a UK Masters degree. There may also be other specific entrance requirements. Please refer to Research Admissions.  

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate they meet SOAS’ English Language entry requirements.

For students who do not meet the exact entry requirement SOAS offers excellent Pre-Sessional and Summer English language courses which can help to achieve the required language proficiency.

In-Country Representatives

SOAS works with the following in-country representatives in Thailand. Please contact our representatives directly to ask any questions about applying to, and studying at SOAS.

Hands On Education Consultants - Bangkok

Contact: Pieter Funnekotter
Floor 11, Units A.B.C
Kamolsukosol Building
317 Silom Road, Silom, Bangrak
Bangkok 10500
Tel: +66 (0)2 635 5230
Fax: +66 (0)2 635 5231
Email: info@hands-on.co.th
Website: Hands On

Hands On Education Consultants - Chidlom

Contact: Paul Caunter
7/F, 518/5 Maneeya Building
Ploenchit Road
Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 (0)2 652 0718
Fax: +66 (0)2 652 0721
Email: info@hands-on.co.th

Mentor International (Head Office)

16th Floor, Regent House
183 Rajdamri Road
Lumpini, Patumwan
Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2255 5157-9
Fax: +66 (0) 2255 3826
Email: info@mentor.ac
Website: Mentor International

Mentor International – Chiang Mai

4 Soi 7 Sirimangklajan Road, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
Tel: +66 (0) 5322 4603
Fax: +66 (0) 5322 4613
Email: info@mentor.ac


SOAS offers a number of scholarships and bursaries and there are other external scholarships

The prestigious Alphawood Scholarship is available to students resident in Thailand. Eligible courses of study include programmes within the Department of History of Art and Archaeology and MA South East Asian Studies and MA Asian Pacific Studies where the major course relates to Southeast Asian art. 

The Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC) offers scholarships for Thai Master’s and Doctoral programmes at SOAS.

Employment Opportunities 

If you apply for a visa before you arrive in the UK then you should be eligible to work part-time or volunteer during your programme of study. This visa allows you to work part-time during the term (up to 20 hours a week) and any number of hours during the holidays. 
Please be aware that to meet immigration rules for students, you have to show that you have enough money to support yourself during your studies without needing to work. For full advice on working in the UK, go to UKCISA.

SOAS Careers Service

The SOAS Careers Service can help you find volunteering opportunities and can provide information and advice on finding paid employment during your studies and after graduation.
There will be a number of jobs (both voluntary and paid) within SOAS itself (for example, in the Students’ Union or cafe) and you can look out for these opportunities through the Careers Service or via the Students’ Union.


If you have any questions for an alum of SOAS currently living in Thailand then you can contact: 
Tiffany Hacker (MA Study of Religions 2005), tiffhacker@hotmail.com
Wiranute Kongkanandana (Foundation Diploma for Postgraduate Studies 2004), wiranute.k@gmail.com
To contact students still studying at SOAS you may be interested in visiting the SOAS Thai Society Facebook Group.

Thai Alumni Association

Some of our Thai alumni

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