MA in Southeast Asian Studies Program at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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See the Real Things

See the Real Things:
Short field trips and Traveling Classroom

Information on our field trips. View abstracts and download images from the Traveling Classroom arranged at Angkor Wat, Cambodia as well as a short journal from one of the students (more...)

Student's Impressions

Impressions from some of our students.
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If you don't have TOEFL or IELTS score, please contact the Center for Chulalongkorn University Test for English Proficiency (CU-TEP).


SEA Studies Program offers an Intensive Burmese Course for those who are interested. The teacher is specially qualified, native Burmese speaker who has been teaching for over ten years. The fee is 4,500 Baht in total (30 hours). For more information, please contact:

Tel. 02-218-9848-9


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Southeast Asian Studies Program at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Why Southeast Asian Studies?

Southeast Asia has long been noted as the crossroad of civilization, trade, communication and power due to its strategic location. Significance of Southeast Asia at the present has not been diminished.

It has been the well-known tourist destination, region of rich biodiversity, economic growth hub and dynamic political development. It has inspired a great extent of studies of various disciplines contributing to the vast body of knowledge.

Yet, it is still an evolving area. Southeast Asia avails itself to scrutiny, scholastic challenges and positive reactions to new millennium changes. Through ASEAN, it seeks to enhance regional endeavor to formulate East Asian Community with close cooperation with China, Japan, South Korea, plus India. Dynamic growth of East Asia captures world wide attentions where stakes for mutual benefit are opened to grab. Ethnic and religious tensions defy scholars as well as policy makers in their attempt to reach solution.
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Our strong points

•  Located in Southeast Asia mainland: Gateway Environment
Southeast Asian Studies thus warrant an academic pursuit with few universities in the region catering for international community. The MA in Southeast Asian Studies Program at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, builds on its central equidistance of the region, openness to change and liberal environment that stimulate tradition of proper knowledge enquiry. Accumulation of knowledge in Southeast Asian Studies by western scholars serves as a firm base to generate further studies and knowledge. The program offers the best opportunity to interact naturally on a daily basis with Southeast Asian and things Southeast Asian. Despite the fact that attention will be given more to penisular Southeast Asia , the insular Southeast will not be disregarded.

•  Learning across boundaries with issued based method and travelling classroom
The Southeast Asian Studies Program is multidisciplinary studies where courses from the disciplines of history, arts, and culture, economics and political science are offered.

Contemporary issues that cut across disciplines are thus easy to handle and are offered as subject of studies within the Program. The program has as its integral part of Travelling Classroom in Southeast Asian country and short field trip in Thailand in which all students must participate. Experts in the field will lead the excursion while students are to actively participate. Destination of the trip will vary from year to year limited only to the mainland of Southeast Asia. Besides, research exercises will require students to go to the countryside in Thailand . As such, students are very well exposed to current situation.

•  A very international mixture (50% Thai and 50% foreigners from United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, etc.)

The student body is approximately Thai and foreigners of half and half. The foreigners are American, Canadian, Norwegian, Swede, Japan , Irish, Belgian, Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Singaporean as well as Indian, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan.

The program offers a number of fellowships for residents of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam funded by Rockefeller foundation through the Weaving Mekong into Southeast Asia fellowship. The center of Khmer Studies in Phom Penh provides some scholarships for Cambodians. The Department of Economic and Technical Cooperation of the Royal Government of Thailand offers some scholarships to Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangaladeshi. The program has been actively networking with academic insitutions in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam in order that mutual cooperation could be enhanced. The program also works on student exchange with the Internation Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) at the Leiden University in the Netherlands .

Getting to know our program

•  Who are we?
The program is a cooperation of the Faculty of Arts and Institute of Asian Studies of Chulalongkorn University. Faculty members and researchers of both institutions with reputation of regional and international stature contribute to the teaching courses offered. In this sense, Southeast Asian Studies by Southeast Asian point of view will be expounded. Scholars are also invited to give lectures. Special talks by world-renowned authority on appropriate topics are frequently organized. The program is very well backed up by library facilitates of the university. Students are further facilitated by the Thai Studies Program at the Faculty of Arts which has long been in operation. Students in the Program are given the option to choose some courses from a range of courses in Thai Studies Program.

•  Program Character
The courses are issued base method, conducted in English on a daily-time basis. Students can graduate in three semesters or one and a half year, which includes a short field trip in Thailand and a travelling classroom in a Southeast Asian Country.

Please see further details in Program Structure.

Program Features

  • Full-time, Three Semester Program (Taught in English)

  • Issue-Based, Multidisciplinary Program including History, Political Science, Arts and Culture,...

  • Courses offered include Southeast Asian Civilization, ASEAN in Regional and Global Context, Modern Southeast Asia: Colonialism, Nationalism, Democratization, etc.

  • Teaching Staff are Experts from Chulalongkorn University, the Southeast Asian Region, Europe and the United States of America

  • Traveling classroom to SEA countries: Round-trip Air Fare, Domestic traveling expenses, Accomodations, Meals included

  • Entrance Requirement: Bachelor Degree in any field, Good command of English
  • Traveling Classroom: Trip to one of Southeast Asian countries (see here!)
  • Cu Scholarships for Neighboring countries ( ASEAN ) Leading to Intermational Master Degree in Southeast Asian Studies Program ( Application Form & Details, Program  Information & Timeline )
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