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Siam University - International MBA Program

Study at Siam University as a Postgraduate Exchange Student or Complete a Full MBA Degree.

Study abroad in Bangkok at one of Thailand’s best private universities! Study business for one or two semesters or upgrade your career by completing an international MBA degree. It’s easy to apply and your study placement can be confirmed as quickly as in a day.

Program Overview

Semesters

Trimester 1 (Aug – Dec)
Trimester 2 (Jan – May)
Trimester 3 (May – Aug)

Max. Credits

ca. 30 ECTS /
18 US credits

Program Content

Lectures, assignments, cultural and business excursions

Levels of Study

Master

Fees

1890 EUR tuition fee / semester or
4800-5400 EUR / full degree
+ 75 EUR application fee

Study Fields

Business, economics, management, social sciences

SEMESTER DATES

TRIMESTER 1 (2020)

  • Semester dates
  • September 1st, 2020 – December 10th, 2020
  • Orientation
  • August 28th, 2020
  • Application deadline
  • June 30th, 2020

TRIMESTER 2 (2021)

  • Semester dates
  • January 5th – May 1st, 2021
  • Orientation
  • January 9th, 2021
  • Application deadline
  • September 30th, 2020

TRIMESTER 3 (2021)

  • Semester dates
  • May 4th – August 13th, 2021
  • Orientation
  • May 8th, 2021
  • Application deadline
  • January 31th, 2021

Program Highlights

  • Choose among an amazing number of business and management courses or complete a full Master’s degree in business administration!
  • Gain international experience in one of Asia’s most thrilling cities
  • Get to know Thailand and Thai culture, and explore Southeast Asia
  • Improve your intercultural communication and English skills
  • Meet new people from all over the world and build an international network
  • Enjoy a variety of free-time activities, both in Bangkok and on campus

Studying in Siam University international MBA program

In Siam University’s MBA program you’ll gain practical knowledge and skills that will help you tackle real-world business situation and qualify for top management positions. You will learn both the theory and application of business and management principles from many perspectives, while meeting with people from all over the world and building your international network. You can join the program for either one or two semesters or complete a full MBA degree (find out more further below).

Who is this program for?

  • You’re a university student, a high school graduate or in between degrees
  • You want to work at the top level of business management or just boost your business knowledge
  • 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

You can go on exchange during the summer, autumn or spring semester. You don’t have to have a background in business studies in order to join to program, as you can take introductory courses if needed. Introductory courses are called Foundation Courses and there are 5 such courses offered (see curriculum page 10). The MBA program has nine different areas of specialization (groups). You can choose courses freely from both core and elective courses. You can choose 3–5 MBA courses per semester. In addition, MBA students can also choose BBA courses as long as the total number of courses per semester is not more than 6. Courses are offered in a cycle according to this course plan. The final course offering will be available at the start of the semester.

Elective courses and some selective core courses will generally be organized only if there are enough participants. There is, therefore, no guarantee that they will take place. When preparing their study plan, students are advised to have a plan B. Students can influence which elective courses are organized. After you have applied through Asia Exchange, you should contact Siam University about your course selection as soon as convenient (approximately 3 months before the semester starts). There is a set schedule for core courses but the elective courses are organized based on students’ wishes. When choosing the elective courses, you should take special care to classify your selections into two categories: those courses that you really need to take and those that you would like to take.

Siam University MBA Curriculum

The curriculum has a list of all the courses together with short course descriptions. See pages 8–36 in particular. Download the document:

Course descriptions

Please note that some of the details in the course descriptions may change depending on the trimester, and some courses may have their former course code.

One completed course at Siam University is worth 3 credits, which usually translates into 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits or 3 US credit points. Read more about credit conversion.

Tuition fee (exchange semester): 1890 EUR / semester
Application fee
: 75 EUR.
See what’s included in the fees.
Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about the fees.

 

Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange

  • Confirmation within one week
  • Asia Exchange Guide with lots of information about studies, visas, accommodation and other tips
  • Orientation days
  • No English proficiency test required
  • 100 EUR discount when you apply for two semesters.

The main reason to attend an MBA program is to increase your salary potential and advance your career. Graduates who hold an MBA degree are usually eligible for jobs that would likely be beyond the reach of those with just a Bachelor’s degree. In many countries, an MBA degree is almost a necessity in today’s competitive job markets. In addition to an education in general management, MBA programs have various areas of specialization that help students to further develop their knowledge and skills. An MBA degree is relevant for all industries and sectors, and is therefore valuable regardless of the career you chhoose after graduation.

Siam University MBA – Graduating high-performing professionals for over 30 years

Since its establishment in 1986, Siam University’s MBA program has been one of the pioneers in this category in Thailand. Throughout its history, Siam University has graduated several thousands of executives to business and government sectors, among them engineers, bankers, accountants, IT managers, investment bankers, economists, educators etc. The MBA program at Siam is also known as IMBA (International MBA). The MBA curriculum is approved by the Thai Ministry of Education and revised regularly to reflect the changing global environment. The MBA program is designed to meet the demands of motivated, fast track managers with executive potential. The teaching methods develop and stress independent thinking. Students are expected to meet practical and verifiable achievement levels and to add value to their respective businesses.

The MBA follows a 15-week trimester system. You can start your studies either in the summer, autumn or spring semester. The entire MBA degree can be completed in a minimum of 12 months. Some participants will complete the coursework in 12–15 months and then take another semester to complete a business project (regular track). The majority of the students complete the degree requirements within 18 months. The program’s flexible schedule also allows for simultaneously having a full-time job, if needed. Courses are offered on weeknights/weekdays and weekends for your convenience. The program also includes company visits and field trips. The MBA program has nine different areas of specialization (groups) from which the students can choose to best complement their career objectives.

MBA degree course outline

The MBA degree at Siam University consists of:

  • 8 core courses (students take 5 compulsory core courses and choose 3 out of 8 selective core courses) (24 credits)
  • 3 elective courses of the major area of study (9 credits)
  • 2 free elective courses (6 credits)
  • 1 independent study or case study (3 credits)

OR

  • 8 core courses (students take 5 compulsory core courses and choose 3 out of 8 selective core courses) (24 credits)
  • 2 elective courses of the major area of study (6 credits)
  • thesis (12 credits)

You can choose 3–5 MBA courses per semester. MBA students can also choose BBA courses, as long as the total number of courses per semester is not more than 6. Courses are offered in a cycle according to this course plan. The final course offering will be available at the start of the semester.

Siam University MBA Curriculum

The curriculum has a list of all the courses together with short course descriptions. See pages 8–36 in particular. Download the document:

Course descriptions

Please note that some of the details in the course descriptions may change depending on the trimester and some course codes may have changed.

Siam University’s MBA costs approximately 4800–5400 EUR / 5400–6100 USD (10/2018), depending on your course choices and the duration of your studies. The tuition for the first two semesters is 1640 EUR (European students) or 1830 USD (students from outside of Europe) per semester.

Payment procedure

The tuition fees for the first two semesters will be paid to Asia Exchange all at once and the remaining semester(s) directly to the university. Following this procedure entitles to a 120 USD (100 EUR) discount on the total tuition fee.

Note on course choices and fees

It is recommended to take as many MBA courses as possible during the first two trimesters (5 courses per trimester). That way the tuition fee for the remaining trimester(s) is the lowest possible. The cost of Siam University’s MBA program is very reasonable compared to many other MBA degrees in the world. In European universities, MBA degree prices range from 15 000 EUR to 50 000 EUR or more.

Minimum requirements

  • If you are applying for a full MBA degree: you have to have completed an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree
  • If you are applying for an exchange semester: you are currently studying at graduate (Master’s) level, OR you have completed an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree
  • Sufficient English skills (B2 level). No language test is required, however.
  • Degree-seeking students: An official transcript of records/certificate of a completed undergraduate level (Bachelor) degree
  • Exchange students: A transcript of records of your current studies at graduate/Master level OR a certificate of a completed Bachelor degree
  • A copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months after arriving in Thailand.  A passport with validity of 18 months has sometimes been required when applying for a one-year Multiple Entry Visa. Please note this also when sending Asia Exchange your application for the study abroad program.
  • A CV. Only applicable to applicants who have been working for some time already after graduation.

 Apply to study abroad at Siam University

documents

DOCUMENTS
Get the required documents (see list below)

application

APPLICATION
Fill out and submit the online application form together with the required documents                                         (same for for both exchange semester and full degree)

accepted within one day

CONFIRMATION
You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement within 1-7 days

  • Flexible application: You can apply even if you’re not yet certain of your plans. Cancel at no extra cost up to 1 month before the semester starts.
  • When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR discount on the second semester
  • Get access to comprehensive information materials such as an Asia Exchange Guide and an interactive orientation webinar after you apply

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
  • Fill out the online application form below and submit it with the required attachments.

Uploading and submitting the attachments

  • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
  • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later. However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
  • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
  • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
  • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.

Confirmation, official acceptance letter and visa

You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1-7 days, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents. You’ll receive the official acceptance letter 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. You need the official acceptance letter to apply for a student visa.

Fees

The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee about 2.5 months before the semester starts.

Cancellation

You have the right to cancel your participation in the program up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at]asiaexchange.org. Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation. We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

Travel insurance

You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

Siam University (SU) is Thailand’s fifth largest private university and has several exchange agreements around the world. It is a popular exchange location among international students: there are 400 international students who participate in Siam University’s international programs every year. Read more about Siam University

Address:

Siam University 235 Petchkasem Road Phasi-charoen Bangkok 10163 Thailand

University’s website:

http://www.inter.siam.edu/ Siam University’s website for Asia Exchange students

Contact person at Siam University:

Mr. Rengson Mualchontham

  • the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI)
  • World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE)

Siam University has dozens of sports, arts and career skills clubs that you can join. The sports center is located at the back of the university, at the left-hand corner of Building 19, with a large open space for parking. The sports center serves all students with free basket- and volleyballs, badminton rackets and ping pong paddles. The students of Siam University can use the fitness gym and play almost all indoor games inside the center, as well as outdoor games outside the center.

Bangkok is also one of the best places to call home if you are planning on traveling around South East Asia. Its convenient location and excellent transportation connections make it possible to visit the many beaches, jungles and mountains as well as neighboring countries during the weekends.

Most frequent questions and answers

Q: Should I choose my courses before the semester starts? A: Course selections are done before the semester starts by contacting Siam University.

Q: Are there mandatory courses? A: No.

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 the completing the full degree take? A: The entire MBA degree can be completed in a minimum of 12 months. Some participants will complete the coursework in 12–15 months and then take another semester to complete a business project (regular track). The majority of the students complete the degree requirements within 18 months.

  • Q: Will I wear a school uniform? A: No, students in the MBA program don’t need to wear a uniform.

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 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: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do? A: Please fill out the document and send it to info@asiaexchange.org.

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

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