Information for Prospective Students from Thailand
Welcome to the country page for Thailand.
- 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: Laura Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4031
SOAS staff regularly visit Thailand.
Future dates and locations can be found at Overseas Visits Programme.
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.
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 - Silom (Head Office)
Hands On - Chidlom
7/F, Maneeya Building, 518/5 Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Hands On - Pinklao
Room 1801-B, 18/F Central Pinklao Tower A, 7/129 Boromrajajonani Rd., Arun-Amarin, Bangkok-noi, Bangkok 10700 Thailand
Hands On - Rama 2
1/F Park Village Rama2, 1/2 Soi Rama2 Soi 56, Samaedum, Bangkhunthian, Bangkok 10150 Thailand
Hands On - Chiang Mai
8/4 Soi Champee, Sirimangkalajarn Rd., Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
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.
The Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC) offers scholarships for Thai Master’s and Doctoral programmes at SOAS.
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), email@example.com
Wiranute Kongkanandana (Foundation Diploma for Postgraduate Studies 2004), firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact students still studying at SOAS you may be interested in visiting the SOAS Thai Society Facebook Group.
Some of our Thai alumni
- British Council Thailand
- British Embassy Bangkok
- Royal Thai Government Scholarships
- Take IELTS in Thailand
- UK Visas and Immigration
- SOAS Student Union Thai Society