Information for Prospective Students from Thailand
Welcome to the country page for Thailand. The page contains country specific information for students in Thailand interested in studying at SOAS.
- Minimum Entry Requirements
- English Language Requirement
- In-Country Representatives
- Employment Opportunities
- Useful Links
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 email@example.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4031
You can meet and talk to our staff at exhibitions held in Thailand; find our upcoming visits on Meet SOAS staff in your Area
The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits.
The Maw 6 (M6) is not acceptable as an entry qualification for SOAS. Applicants from Thailand would be expected to offer, either instead or in addition, one of the following:
- A foundation course. The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees at British universities.
- 3 A-levels
- The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
- At least 5 'Group A' Advanced Placement subjects (see the College Board and UCAS websites for further details)
- A University of London External Programme qualification
- 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.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate they meet SOAS’ English Language entry requirements.
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
317 Silom Road, Silom, Bangrak
Tel: +66 (0)2 635 5230
Fax: +66 (0)2 635 5231
Website: Hands On
Hands On Education Consultants - Chidlom
Contact: Paul Caunter
7/F, 518/5 Maneeya Building
Tel: +66 (0)2 652 0718
Fax: +66 (0)2 652 0721
Mentor International (Head Office)
Mentor International – Chiang Mai
4 Soi 7 Sirimangklajan Road, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
Tel: +66 (0) 5322 4603
Fax: +66 (0) 5322 4613
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.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org
Wiranute Kongkanandana (Foundation Diploma for Postgraduate Studies 2004), email@example.com
To contact students still studying at SOAS you may be interested in visiting the SOAS Thai Society Facebook Group.
Some of our Thai alumni
- The British Council is the British Government's international organisation for educational and cultural relations. Their Thailand website is designed for those seeking information and advice on education and contemporary arts in the UK.
- Education UK is produced by the British Council to help international students interested in a UK course or qualification.
- UKCISA - The UK Council for International Students Affairs provides information on many aspects of studying overseas, including visas and working while studying.
- The UK Border Agency also has up to date information on immigration and visa requirements.
- UCAS - The Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study must be made.
- College Board is an organisation aimed at helping international students find courses and universities in the UK.