Study Abroad Thailand


Program Description

Known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand is full of tradition and adventure -- whether it's trekking through the forests on an elephant, taking a voyage down the Chao Praya River, visiting the beach resorts, or simply meditating at Wat Pho, Thailand has something for everyone!


Scholarships Available

  • 385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
  • 378 - The Grand Forks Scheels Scholarship
  • 368 - YFU Community Grant
  • 384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

June 1, 2000 - May 31, 2003. Volunteer program: June 1, 1996 - May 31, 2000. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

  • Language: Thai. Previous language study is not required. Students will receive an introduction to the Thai language during their post-arrival orientation. Further language training is arranged by individual host schools.
  • Host Family Placement: Within Thailand's 76 provinces, placement can be in urban, suburban, small town, or rural environments. Students applying for the volunteer program may be placed with either a host family or may stay at work site accommodations, such as a dormitory, guest house, service apartment or others that may be provided by the work site.
  • School: Students on the year program attend school from June through early March. Students on the summer program attend school from late June through July.

Summer Program

Discover Thailand

This 6-week summer program allows you to totally immerse yourself in the Thai culture. You will live with a host family and have the opportunity to visit the school with local Thai students. Students might also have the opportunity to experience a different community other than the community your host family lives in for about one week. This will give students a chance to experience another culture within Thailand.

Academic Program

During your semester or year in Thailand, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School: You will attend a local Thai school, where you will be placed in grade 10, 11, or 12 depending on the school. Required classes include Thai language, social studies, and physical education. As an exchange student, you will have many elective subjects to choose from such as English, history, Thai music, Thai dancing, Thai cooking, arts and crafts, artificial flower making, sword fighting, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), religion, meditation, and many others depending on the school. In English class, you will likely be considered a guest speaker and asked to assist the teacher. The school week is Monday through Friday and classes are typically held from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Thai students are also required to wear uniforms at school, so students may either have a uniform that is provided by their host family, or students will have to purchase them on their own, and the family will help to find the proper uniform for you!

Extracurriculars: YFU students are encouraged to get involved in their communities by joining academic, sports, or recreational clubs that meet during and after school.

Excursions: In previous years, students have had the opportunity to participate in an excursion for the final five days of the program. Activities have included exploring the Northern region - traveling to Chiang Mai, "the Rose of the North," attending an elephant camp, and visiting a beautiful beach resort!

Gap Year Volunteer Program

Students on the gap year volunteer program must be at least 18 years old to attend. As a volunteer in Thailand, you will either live with a local host family or in lodging that will be arranged by the work site that you will be volunteering with. These accommodations can include a dormitory, guesthouse or service apartments.

Volunteering: Possible options include teaching English, working with disabled children, and other types of community service for local residents. You will be able to select within your application which types of community service you are most interested in, and then YFU Thailand will select a few potential worksites for you. You may have the opportunity to experience more than one worksite during your stay.

Program Add-On: Students who would like to participate in the volunteer program may also choose to add on an additional volunteer project to their program. This project may be 2-4 weeks in length in October, where students may get to experience a different community within Thailand, and do volunteer work at a different site for this time period.

Tuition includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Thai high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Thailand Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Program tuition does not include personal spending money. YFU Thailand recommends that students plan for about $150 for every month that they are on the program.

Additional Information

Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All orientation costs are included in program tuition. Once you arrive in Thailand, you will begin with a four-day orientation in Bangkok.You will also participate in a three-to-four day mid-year orientation in October. You'll complete your stay with a re-entry orientation for four or five days in March. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Additional Costs: Tuition covers the cost of school enrollment, but students should be prepared to pay for school supplies, school uniform, and any transportation costs to school.

Visa Information: YFU Thailand will need a copy of your passport early on in the admissions process in order to begin preparing visa documents for you. If you do not have a passport at the time you submit your application, or you will be renewing your passport before you depart for Thailand, you will need to begin that process immediately upon applying with YFU.

Application Deadlines: The application deadline for all winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!

Last updated Feb 2018

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YFU’s distinctive brand of cultural exchange opens minds and hearts, enables learning that transforms lives, and ultimately helps to make us citizens of one world. While it is true that all travel broadens perspective and exposes the traveler to new experiences, YFU’s programs transform who you are and permanently change the way you see. Read less