UB establishes exchange program with Thailand's oldest university

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UB establishes exchange program with Thailand's oldest university

The university has established an exchange program with Chulalongkorn University, Thailand's oldest and most prestigious university. The program, UB's first with a Thai institution, is offered in cooperation with similar exchange programs at the University of Washington and Oregon State University.

Chulalongkorn University is located in the center of Bangkok. More than 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled in programs run by its 17 faculties and professional schools, and the university will soon send doctoral students to study at UB.

Joseph Williams, recently retired director of International Student and Scholar Services at UB, said the Thai program is open to UB graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from any field. Study in most disciplines is available if prerequisites have been completed.

The program offers UB students intensive courses in the Thai language at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels throughout Thailand's June-March academic year. During the fall semester, which in Thailand runs from June to October, students may also enroll in a special Thai civilization course.

The course is taught in English and examines the history, geography, religion and arts that have influenced and defined Thai culture. Intensive Thai-language and civilization courses offer a total of 16 academic credits.

Chulalongkorn's business-administration program is also taught in English, and business-management majors have an opportunity to take special courses focusing on the Thai business environment.

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