Siam University - International Business Program
Study Business at Siam University as an exchange student or complete a full BBA degree!
Study abroad in Bangkok at one of Thailand’s best private universities! Study international business for one or two semesters or complete a full BBA degree. It’s easy to apply and your study placement at Siam University can be confirmed as quickly as in a day.
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Studying in Siam University International Business Program
The International Business Program (IBP) is an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree program taught in English. It’s the perfect choice for anyone aiming for a serious career in international business or just to boost their existing degree with some business courses. You can either complete the full degree program (4 years) or join it as an exchange student for one or two semesters.
Who is this program for?
- You’re a university student, a high school graduate or in between degrees
- You want to boost your business knowledge and skills
- You want to improve your English and intercultural communication skills
- You want to get to know people from all over the world.
- You want to explore the dynamic city of Bangkok in your free time
Completing a full BBA degree at Siam University
The Bachelor’s degree program in International Business at Siam University takes four years in total to complete. The program is an excellent way for you to develop a genuinely global mindset and skillset and gain numerous opportunities both for a career and post-graduate/Master’s studies in business abroad.
To apply, you only need an upper secondary degree. There is no entrance exam. To complete your studies, you need to have a good command of English. There is a possibility to take English language courses at the beginning of your studies.
Study Abroad Semester
As an exchange student in the IBP, you have plenty of options when making your course selections. You can pick your courses freely from the level (year) and the subject area most suitable and interesting for you. Joining the IBP as an exchange student doesn’t require a previous background in business studies. There are some courses in social sciences as well and you can also choose courses from the International Program in Hotel & Tourism Management. There are approximately 20 courses arranged each semester. You can choose 3–6 courses per semester. Two of the six courses can also be picked from the MBA program. You can also choose extra courses for an additional fee (~120 EUR) after arriving at the university.
You can find a list of all the courses together with short descriptions in the course list and summaries. See also the general study plan, which shows you the semester the courses are usually arranged. You can find all the available detailed course descriptions by clicking on the link below:
The syllabi are exemplary and available for most courses. The remaining syllabi will be handed out at the beginning of lectures at the latest. In the course schedule documents, the terms “first”, “second,” etc., refer to first-year studies, second-year studies, etc., meaning the year in which degree students are expected to take the courses.
Availability of courses
The Core Courses (2.1) and the Required Courses in the Major Field (2.2) listed in the course catalog occur every year in either semester 1 or 2. When choosing the courses, make sure they will be organized during your semester by looking at pages 2 and 3 of the catalog. The courses listed under General Education and Major Electives cannot be guaranteed. If you wish to choose one of these courses, it is recommended to choose one of the core courses as a plan B. A precise course schedule will be available at the beginning of the semester.
You can find all the available course summaries by clicking on the link below:
The syllabi are exemplary and available for most courses. The remaining syllabi will be handed out at the beginning of lectures at the latest In the course schedule documents, the terms “first”, “second,” etc. refer to first-year studies, second-year studies, etc., meaning the year in which degree students are expected to take the courses.
International Business Program (IBP) degree plan
Download the degree plan for the whole program below.
The studies in the degree program can be started either in the 1st or the 2nd semester.
Q: Should I choose my courses before the semester starts? A: The course selections will be made after you arrive in Bangkok, preferably before the semester begins.
Q: Are there mandatory courses? A: No.
Q: Can I take Master-level courses even if I’m a Bachelor level student? A: Yes, as a BBA student, you can take up 1-2 MBA courses.
Q: What is the required minimum attendance? A: You must attend a minimum of 80 % of lectures and all mandatory workshops/excursions.
Q: Do I need to participate in the orientation day? A: Preferably yes, you get plenty of useful information during the orientation day.
Q: How long does completing the full degree take? A: The duration of the full degree is 4 years.
Q: Will I wear a school uniform? A: Yes. The upper part is a white-collar shirt. Women wear a black skirt and men wear black trousers. Our students have told us that they got used to wearing it after two days (at the latest) and that it’s convenient – you’re spared the trouble of choosing suitable clothes in the morning!
Q: What is the correct type of visa for studying in Thailand? A: It’s called “Non-immigrant visa ED”.
Q: When can I apply for my visa? A: After you have received your official acceptance letter. That happens at the latest one month before the semester starts, but it can be even earlier. The visa process often takes only 4-5 working days. Read our general visa instructions here.
Q: How can I find suitable accommodation options? A: Read our accommodation tips for Bangkok here. We will also send you our Asia Exchange Guide with additional tips. Most students decide to stay near the Siam University campus; it is a nice and inexpensive neighborhood.
Q: Should I book accommodation in advance or after arriving in Bangkok? A: It is completely up to you. Most students prefer checking the accommodation options in person after arrival.
Q: Which vaccinations do I need to take? A: In addition to the basic vaccinations (MMR and diphtheria-tetanus), travelers are most often advised to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Vaccinations always depend partly on the individual, so remember to consult your physician.
Q: Do I need an insurance? A: All students are required to have valid travel insurance for the duration of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers here.
Q: What kind of costs should I be prepared for? A: In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to pay for the student visa, flights, accommodation and other living costs. The cost of living is relatively low in Bangkok. The real costs depend on your individual lifestyle. Find a list of general living costs here. Read more about budgeting your study abroad semester.
Q: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do? A: Please fill the document and send it to email@example.com.
Q: When will I receive the Official Acceptance Letter? The official letter of acceptance will be delivered to you 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. We’ll send it to the street address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point.
Q: When will I receive my Transcript of Records? A: The university prepares and sends the transcripts of records usually within 2-3 months after the end of the semester
Although studying abroad for a semester or two has many tangible benefits, such as improved language skills, enhanced intercultural competence and a new network of friends from all over the world, nothing quite compares to completing a full university degree abroad if you want to really kickstart an international career and get ahead. Not only will you obtain an internationally recognized degree, but you will also gain a level of insight into the life and culture of the host country, not possible during a shorter stay. International education is beneficial in multiple ways. Your language skills improve; you will network with people from around the world; and become familiar with different cultures. These are priceless skills in your future career, in the more and more international markets and supply chains of the world. Asia is only going to grow in importance and power in the future. This means more and more employers will be looking for professionals with in-depth knowledge of Asia.