The world is shrinking thanks to digital technology and for many Asian students, the opportunity to graduate from an overseas university is very appealing. There are Thai colleges and universities that are involved in multi-national degree programs and if your son or daughter would like the opportunity to study at a leading UK university, we outline the process in this short article.
How do you qualify?
In order to enter a multi-national bachelor’s degree program, you need the following:
- Aged at least 16 years and 6 months.
- Pass the GED or attain a GED equivalence (known as สอบเทียบ GED in Thai), such as a high school diploma.
- English skills to IELTS level (or an equivalent).
- Pass the college interview.
The first three years, you will be studying in Thailand (this can be reduced to two years with enough credits), then for the final year, you study at the UK university of your choosing.
English language proficiency
Of course, for a student to study at a UK university, they need to have adequate English language skills and IELTS is the preferred examination to test for English language ability. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to test student English language skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking; foreign universities require a specific score in order for non-native English speakers to join their programs.
Intensive English language programs
If a Thai student does not possess the English language skills require for foreign study, there are intensive English language programs that they can enrol in. It might last 6-8 weeks, with classes daily and at the end of the course, the student can sit the IELTS exam to gain the required score.
If you are looking for a Thai college that offers foreign university degree courses, the best place to start is an online search. This should bring you a list of colleges and you can browse their websites until you find what you are looking for. After reading all the information on the website, you can make an appointment and discuss things with a professor or college staff member.
Graduating from a leading UK university certainly looks good on anyone’s resume and that could be a springboard to a fantastic job offer. If your son or daughter are over 16 years and 6 months old and have a high school diploma or GED, they qualify to apply for a course that involves studying in Thailand and doing the final year at a leading UK university.