Learning to Speak Thai
Foreigners interested in learning Thai can find formal classes in Chiang Mai and in Bangkok. The classes generally cost between 200 and 300 baht per hour.
In some cases, schools will trade your English-teaching skills for Thai classes. The following programs are the most popular:
AUA is a huge English-language school that also offers Thai classes.
American University Alumni Language Center (AUA)
179 Rajadamri Road
Phone: (02) 252-8170
Chulalongkorn University is the most prestigious university in Thailand. Its four -week, intensive Thai language and culture program gets rave reviews. Classes meet all day, six days a week, for a month. Studies include language, culture, history, and politics. The hitch? A US$1,000 price tag that doesn't include accommodations.
Perspectives on Thailand
Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration
Union Language School has an excellent reputation. Classes last four weeks (eighty hours of instruction). Private tutors can also be arranged.
Union Language School (ULS)
328 The Church of Christ in Thailand Office Bldg.
Floor 7, Phayathai Rd.
Two other reputable language schools include the Nisa Thai Language School and the YMCA school, both of which are also in Bangkok.
Nisa Thai Language School
YMCA Collins House
27 Sathorn Tai Road
Phone: (02) 286-9323
YMCA/Siri Pattana Thai Language School
13 Sathorn Tai Road
Phone: (02) 286-1936
Also check out Thai Solutions Language School which is also in Bangkok.
Thai Solutions Language School
Trendy Building, Room 410, 4th Floor
Sukhumvit soi 13, Klongton-Nue, Wattana
Close to BTS NaNa or BTS Asoke or MRT Asoke
Many schools now offer study abroad programs in Asian countries; however, some require that applicants be students at the sponsoring institution. Contact the following organizations for more information about their study abroad programs in Thailand:
Council on International Exchange
205 East 42nd Street
New York NY 10017
Phone: (212) 822-2600
International Student Exchange Program
3222 N Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20007-2841
Phone: (202) 965-0550
School for International Training
P.O. Box 676
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676
Phone: (800) 336-1616 or (802) 257-7751
State University of New York
41 State Street, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 443-5124
University of Oregon
Office of International Education and Exchange
Room 330, Oregon Hall
5209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5209
Phone: (541) 346-3206
University of Wisconsin, Madison
International Studies and Programs
261 Bascon Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
University of Washington
Office of International Program
516 Schmitz Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-5815
Phone: (206) 543-9272