Exchange Program-Thailand

Bangkok University International School

About Bangkok University:  
Bangkok University International College (BUIC) is the English language course division of Bangkok University, founded in 1984. BUIC offers courses taught in English in the schools of business administration, communication arts, accounting and humanities.

Location:  Bangkok, Thailand

Website: http://www.buic.bu.ac.th/

Academics Available:  BUIC is open to most majors.

Note: since actual BUIC courses are not announced until just before classes begin in Thailand, an HPU applicant needs to have a degree of course flexibility in the HPU degree plan in order to apply course substitutions. Actual courses to be taken in Thailand are not known until after arrival at BUIC.

Dates to Remember:

Semester Application Due Study Abroad Dates
Fall Semester May 31
August 6 - December 12
Spring Semester October 31
January 9 - May 14

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application: BUIC Application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Course Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance:  Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at http://www.culturalinsurance.com/

Housing Accommodations:  BUIC provides several housing options. Please see choices by clicking here.

Currency:  The current exchange rate can be calculated online at http://finance.yahoo.com/currency

Visa Information:  Student exchange participants may get student visa information through the Consulate General of Thailand, 1287 Kalihi Street, Honolulu, HI 96819 phone: 845-7332

U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and online at http://travel.state.gov. The Honolulu Passport Agency is located in the Prince Kuhio Federal Building, 200 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 1-330, Honolulu, HI 96850.

Melissa Matsubara
Director, International Exchange and Study Abroad
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-0288, Fax: 1-808-544-9355
www.hpu.edu/studyabroad
Skype: melissa.matsubara