International education in Thailand covers the pre-school years to post-graduate university courses. Many member schools of the International Schools Association of Thailand offer education based on the British or American system but there are also schools that base their education on other national systems such as those of Japan, France, Germany and Switzerland. Qualifications offered include the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the International Baccalaureate (IB), the General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level (A Level) and the American Programme (AP).
Higher education institutions offer over 270 regular international curricula for Bachelor's and Master's degrees as well as Doctorate programmes. Also available are short and specially designed courses. Student exchange programmes are organized by the Ministry of University Affairs in conjunction with both public and private universities. The transfer of academic credit is becoming more widely practiced and this is enhancing mobility within and outside the region.
Overseas students have the opportunity to appreciate Thai friendliness and hospitality and to learn about Thai culture.
Thailand's geographical location serves as the gateway to South East Asia and the Greater Mekong sub-region.
Many choose to study in Thailand because education fees and living expenses are substantially lower than in other regions.
An international environment
Thailand is host to many embassies and consulates, as well as regional and international organisations including the Association of South East Asian Institutions of Higher Learning and the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development.