Chulalongkorn University

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This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and Chulalongkorn University. It is primarily for International Business and Accounting students, but there are some courses offered in other business concentrations. There are also a few courses offered in English in different academic fields and students who are fluent in Thai may take other coursework.

  • Take courses in English
  • Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
  • Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees.
  • Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships.
  • Immerse yourself in Thai culture and learn the language
  • Study for one semester or an academic year.
  • Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school.

City Facts

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia and has a population of approximately 63 million people. Bangkok is the state capital and a bustling city with a population of approximately six million people. Bangkok is located in central Thailand along the Chao Phraya River, near the northern tip of the Gulf of Thailand. Westernized in its comforts, yet retaining many ancient features, it is a lively mixture of the old and the new, the East and the West.

Campus Facts

Chulalongkorn University

The university was founded in 1917 by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and was named after his father King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). The campus is located on 500 acres in the center of Bangkok, near the major business and financial district. Chulalongkorn University, or Chula for short, has eighteen faculties, a graduate school, eleven research institutes, three teaching institutes, and four affiliated institutions with more than 2,800 faculty members.

The Business Administration International Program was established in 1996 and is part of the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy. It is the first undergraduate level program at Chula that is taught entirely in English. The faculty members are drawn from a select group of Thai professors, visiting lecturers from various countries and prominent local business executives. The program focuses on understanding the development of Asian economies, international trade and the diversity of cultures. Admission into the program for Thai students is competitive. Students are highly motivated and enthusiastic, which makes for a rewarding learning experience.

Spring 2012 Calendar and Holidays (pdf)

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure,
  • have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure,
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

There is no language requirement.

Academic Program

The academic calendar consists of two sixteen-week semesters. Units and grading are based on the U.S. system. The class grades are usually based entirely on the final examination. A minimum of eighty percent class attendance is required in order to take the final exam. Some of the course offerings include:

Politics and Government of Thailand
Computer Applications in Business
Financial Accounting
Mgmt. Accounting
Business Concepts and Ethics
Information Technology & Information Systems
Mgmt. & Organization
Quantitative Business Analysis
Human Resource Mgmt.
Production/Operations Mgmt.
Principles of International Business Mgmt.
Business Strategy
Business Economics
Business Finance
Principles of Marketing
Taxation Law
International Business Law
International Marketing
International Financial Mgmt.


International Accounting
Regional Business Environment & Mgmt.
Business Mgmt. in Asian Countries
Business Logistics Strategy
Current Issues in International Business Mgmt.
Money Market and Capital Market
Current Issues in Finance
Analysis of Financial Reports
Current Issues in Marketing
Cost Accounting
Accounting Information System
Principles & Techniques for Internal Auditing
Profit Planning & Control
Analysis & Design of Accounting Databases
Financial Reporting & Analysis

Download the Tentative Course List (xlsx) and Course Syllabi (zip).

Limited coursework is offered in English in other faculties. Students who are fluent in Thai may also take a wider range of courses.

The Chair of SJSU’s Marketing department, Professor Howard Combs, has taught in the International Program at Chulalongkorn and is willing to speak to any interested students.

More Information 

Go to BBA International Program for more detailed information.  

All SJSU students are strongly encouraged to take Thai language courses prior to the beginning of the semester and throughout their participation in the exchange. However, this is a separate intensive language program and includes an additional cost to the student.


Students may participate in internships with multinational corporations and enterprises in Thailand. The Chulalongkorn International Program staff can help with placement or students can arrange their own internship.


There are options for student housing on or near the campus. Normally, students who arrive early will stay at the hotel prior to moving to the apartment where the BBA Office has a corporate rate. The BBA shall make a reservation for these places and provide information about accommodations upon request via email.
Vidhhayanives is an on-campus dorm with single or double rooms that are fully furnished with telephones, air-conditioning, a refrigerator and a TV. The SASA International House is located on-campus with the choice of a single or double room, with a private bathroom. The Suksit Nives International House is located 10 minutes from the campus and has single or double rooms, with or without a bathroom.

For details, download the Housing Information spreadsheet (xls).

Dress Code

Chulalongkorn requires all students to wear a uniform that can be purchased from the university bookstore in Bangkok.

For more information about Thai culture, consult Useful Information for International Students (pdf).

Program Academic Calendar

Semester From–to
Fall Semester August-December
Spring Semester January-May

Financing Your Semester

Estimated Costs

SJSU Tuition & Fees 3,585.00

These costs are current as of 2012–13. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses may vary among different students, and those who will be doing a lot of traveling during the school break and after the program should estimate higher.

Round Trip Transportation 1,000.00
Room Meals 2,500.00
Insurance 350.00
Personal Expenses 1,750.00
Total $9,185.00

Apply for This Program

SJSU Bilateral Program Forms