The Loyola-Bangkok Program is one of Loyola University Maryland's oldest international study abroad opportunities. All classes are conducted in English and held at one of two campuses of Assumption University. The Pacific Rim generally, and Thailand particularly, is rich with history and culture. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy headed by a civilian government. The Kingdom of Thailand became the first Asian country to establish diplomatic relations with the United States of America in 1833. The United States Embassy in Bangkok is one of the largest U.S. diplomatic consulates in the world. The United States, after Japan and China, is Thailand's third largest bilateral trading partner.
Choosing When to Study in Bangkok
This fall semester program runs from June - November
- The Loyola-Bangkok Program is designed to accommodate all majors. All students must take five courses while studying abroad.
- All eligible Loyola-Bangkok candidates are urged to consult with their advisor, their parents, past Loyola Bangkok student participants, and the International Program Office in order to make an informed decision as well as to facilitate the over-all application process.
- All course instruction at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand is in English. Assumption is the first institution of higher learning in Thailand to focus on international education and welcome students from across the globe.
Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country. Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.
The Loyola-Bangkok Program at Assumption University is a fully packaged, comprehensive study-abroad option. Fr. James Kelly, S.J., a faculty member of the Sellinger School of Business and the Department of Economics, directs the program and will be on-site throughout the semester. Bangkok-bound study abroad students pay tuition, room fees (no board fees) and a deposit to Loyola University and in return the benefits are as follows:
- Tuition and Fees: Loyola will pay all educational fees & tuition on your behalf to Assumption University
- Housing: single room accommodations with an attached baths. Exclusive use of a recreation room equipped with a kitchen, refrigerator, microwave oven, toasters, large screen TV, piano, computer & printer, etc.
- Meal Plan: continental breakfast and dinner five days a week
- Visa: Thai student visa for all participants
- Airfare: one round-trip plane ticket on a top rated international air carrier.
- Excursions & Tours: several cultural and historical excursions and tours arranged through out the semester inclusive of a 3-day trip to the River Kwai near the Burmese border.
- Trek: Ten-day adventure to Chiang Mai (a former royal capital) visiting various historical sites along the way. Includes a four-day back packing trip (plus white water rafting) through the forests, hills and mountains of a scenic national park 100 km north of Chiang Mai.
- Immersion Projects: Volunteer opportunities at a local government neighborhood grade school and other local charitable organizations
- Hong Kong: 5-day stopover in Hong Kong at the end of the program. Lodging, breakfast, and airport transport included.
The course approvals and equivalencies provided are the most current for the Office of International Programs. Once accepted to a study abroad program, students will have an academic interview with the appropriate director and will be advised on their course selection.
Please be advised: All students are solely responsible for informing themselves about the status of these courses. Course approvals and equivalencies may change at a moments notice. This means you should confirm if the following courses are approved, or if the courses have been removed.
If there are other courses you desire to take, and they are not on the course equivalency list; you must get written course approval by the department chair. The courses that you choose should fit into your degree audit and enable you to graduate on time.
Students will receive a Pacific Rim experience while living in a safe and comfortable environment at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. All students live in the 15-story Coronation Residence Hall with single, air conditioned, fully furnished rooms with an attached private bath. All Loyola-Bangkok students have exclusive access to a t floor recreational-study lounge equipped with a computer, printer, cable TV, piano, reading library, and kitchen.
Campuses: Hua Mak and Suvarnabhumi
Loyola University Maryland student applicants to the Bangkok Program at Assumption University are eligible for consideration of all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid, except the Federal Work-Study Program.
Loyola University Maryland financial aid will be carried over and applied for all eligible students who study in Bangkok.
Loyola University Maryland will charge each student participant tuition fees, room fees (Ahern), a program fee and a reduced comprehensive fee.
All students have the ability to travel during two 7-day independent travel periods. The first extended travel period begins prior to the start of the fall semester in August and the second follows the trek in Mid-October.
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport serves as one of the most important transportation hubs for Southeast Asia with direct flights on multiple airlines to Bali, Nepal, India, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Presently, the U.S. dollar is strong relative to Asian currencies, making travel relatively inexpensive compared to Europe and North America.
Students must submit an online application AND a Course Planning form by 11:59 pm on the second Wednesday after Thanksgiving break.
After our office receives fall grades in early January, letters of contingent acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent to all applicants. If you are offered contingent acceptance, you will be asked to complete the following requirements: write a short essay explaining why you wish to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand, attend a one-on-one interview with the director of the Bangkok program and submit one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be from a Loyola faculty member, coach, or staff member who knows you well. This letter attesting to your character and suitability for a Southeast Asia experience can be sent to the campus mailbox of the program director in January after Christmas break. All additional questions can be directed to the attention of Father Charles Borges S.J. This program has a limit of 40 students per semester.
Apply to this Program
Criteria for Contingent Acceptance
- Contingently accepted applicants generally matriculate with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. All candidates with a 2.75 GPA and above are encouraged to apply.
- All eligible applicants must seek their advisor's approval to ensure that the courses offered abroad help the student fulfill all graduation requirements. All students are required to take a full load of 5 three-credit courses while abroad.
- Students who are on disciplinary probation or who have a history of serious disciplinary problems are not eligible for consideration.
Criteria for Final Acceptance
- Successful completion of a one-on-one interview with the program's faculty director
- Submission of one letter of recommendation from a Loyola faculty member, staff member or coach.
- Attendance at all mandatory meetings and orientation sessions.
- A disciplinary record that meets the standards set forth by Student Life and the Office of International Programs.
Criteria for Remaining in the Program
Studying abroad is a privilege that students earn by receiving and maintaining the required cumulative GPA set forth by the study abroad program of their choice. All students must also demonstrate through their disciplinary record (both on and off campus) to the Office of International Programs that they are able to represent Loyola University Maryland and the United States through the display of personal responsibility, honesty, and integrity for oneself and others by making wise choices and avoiding risky and/or harmful behavior that could jeopardize their privilege to study abroad and/or harm the reputation of Loyola University, the host university and their fellow students.
Therefore, once you are conditionally accepted into the Loyola Bangkok program, it is also YOUR responsibility to keep your ‘spot’ in the program. This includes maintaining both your academic and disciplinary records at Loyola University, which the Office of International Programs reviews a second time prior to your overseas departure (see below).
*Please keep in mind that study abroad information, dates, benefits, and fees are subject to change without notification. You are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs directly for the most up-to-date information regarding any study abroad programs offered at Loyola.
- Students must maintain the required cumulative GPA by the end of the semester prior to going abroad. Failure to maintain the required cumulative GPA could result in your removal from the Loyola Bangkok program. Summer school (at Loyola or away) will not be considered as a remedy to boost an insufficient GPA.
- In addition to maintaining the academic requirement to study abroad, students must also meet the standards set forth in the disciplinary requirement and not get into ANY disciplinary trouble after being conditionally accepted into the Loyola Bangkok program. Disciplinary troubles occurring AFTER acceptance into the program strongly indicate to the Office of International Programs that the student has not taken the opportunity he/she has been given to study abroad seriously--and it could also be an indicator of future behavioral problems while abroad. If a student receives any disciplinary sanctions after being accepted into the Loyola Bangkok program then he/she can be removed from the program and will be financially responsible for any expenses incurred on his/her behalf. This includes but is not limited to airline tickets, housing fees, tuition payments, etc. The student will be billed for these items.