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Khon Kaen University (Partner)
Khon Kaen, Thailand (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
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Majors & Minors:
Applied Science, Art, Art Studio, Biology, Chemistry, Education, Global Public Health, Law, Management, Medical Technology, Music, Pharmacy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
1 year Thai
Minimum GPA:
Program Description:
Khon Kaen University

Thai Flag Lantern Festival

Khon Kaen University (KKU), was created in 1964 and has been ranked the top university in Thailand for the past two years.  The school boasts strong faculties of Science and Technology, Humanities and Health Sciences (including Education and Fine Arts), and Health Sciences (including Pharmacy, Nursing, and a Medical school).  More than 33,700 students attend KKU with 281 international students. 

Thai is the language of instruction for most courses at KKU, However, graduate courses are offered in English in: Agriculture, Engineering, Science, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Humanities, Public Health, and Management.  Details of these courses can be found at: .  Undergraduate courses are taught in Thai and students must have Thai language ability to enroll in courses from all other departments.   

Housing & Meals
Exchange students at KKU can stay in on-campus dormitories.  Students may also choose to rent a private apartment near campus.  Most apartments do not have kitchen facilities, but do have ground floor cafes.  Lunch is available at KKU’s cafeteria.   

Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and room and board to KKU.  Dorms cost THB4,500 - 10,000/month.  Private apartments cost between THB3.500 & THB5,500/month.  Meals cost on average THB20 -  30. A student visa for study in Thailand costs US$50.  UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living, & travel expenses while on this program. 
Credit Transfer
Students register for classes upon arrival at KKU.  One KKU credit is equivalent to one UM credit. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per semester to be considered full-time (required for this program). 

Program Dates
Semester 1: Late May to  October
Semester 2:   October to  March

Fast Facts
Exchange levels:  undergraduate, graduate
Language of      instruction: Thai, English (graduate school only)
Language requirement:  previous knowledge of Thai, unless taking graduate level courses in specific subjects
University website:
Length of  exchange: semester or academic year

Khon Kaen at a Glance


October through May offers the best weather with temperatures ranging from 86F to 100F.  The rainy season occurs in September and June. 

Proximity to
Bangkok: 390km 
Vietienne (Laos): 200km
Angkor Wat (Cambodia): 480km

Khon Kaen, Thailand
The City

One of the fastest growing cities in Thailand, Khon Kaen has recently come to life as the crossroads and economic heart of the Indo-China region, now boasting a population of over 350,000 people.  Once the quiet capital of one of the least developed provinces in Thailand, Khon Kaen has more recently gone through significant economical development and change, with skyscrapers and shopping malls popping up where open space used to exist.  Yet the city has also maintained its traditional culture and way of life that makes Khon Kaen a fascinating and fun place to study.  Annual fairs and festivals, such as the Silk and Agriculture Festivals, are great places to experience traditional Thai culture.  Khon Kaen is located in the heart of the Khorat Plateau in the Northeast region of the country, near Cambodia and Laos.  The beautiful Chi River flows through the province, and several national parks, including Phu Kradeun National Park, are located just outside the city.   Many visitors go to Khon Kean to experience the incredibly delicious regional foods including Som Tam (papaya salad), Khaaw Niaw (sticky rice) and Say Krok (Isan sausage).

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/12/2017 09/26/2017 05/31/2018 10/10/2018