Chulalongkorn UniversityBangkok, Thailand
Program At a Glance
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
The Thayer School of Engineering offers an an exchange program at Chulalongkorn University (or 'Chula'). Chula is the oldest and most highly regarded university in Thailand. It is located on a 500-acre campus in the center of Bangkok, a vibrant and modern city of over 6 million inhabitants. Chula is named in honor of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), one of the greatest kings of Siam, and the one who had the most influence on the modernization of the country now known as Thailand. Chulalongkorn University is now a large and comprehensive university with over 19,000 undergraduate students and nearly 10,000 graduate students. It consists of eighteen faculties, including the Faculty of Engineering, which was founded in 1913 and is the oldest and arguably the most preeminent engineering school in Thailand. The Faculty of Engineering is home to the International School of Engineering (ISE), aimed at producing world-class international engineers and where the instruction is all in English.
The undergraduate engineering exchange program with Chulalongkorn University enables undergraduates from both institutions to take advantage of the unique academic and cultural opportunities offered by Dartmouth College and Chulalongkorn University. The program generally enrolls three students from Chulalongkorn to spend the fall term at Dartmouth and a like number of Dartmouth students to spend the spring semester at Chulalongkorn International School of Engineering.
Dartmouth students participating in the exchange will enroll as exchange students for the Dartmouth winter term and will need to plan to take a leave term for the spring term since the semester at Chulalongkorn runs into May. Internship opportunities in Bangkok may be available to students at the conclusion of the Chulalongkorn spring semester.
Please contact Professor Benoit Cushman-Roisin or Dean Holly Wilkinson at the Thayer School for more information.
Every year about 3 students are selected for this program. Students first apply through the Guarini Institute by the February 1st application deadline. After February 1st, faculty from the Thayer School of Engineering will review applications and make acceptance decisions. Students will be notified of their acceptance decisions on March 1st.
Successful applicants who are accepted and commit to the program will receive a nomination from the Guarini Institute. Applying for an exchange program involves two steps: if you receive a nomination from the Guarini Institute you will also need to complete the host institution's application, which is administered and reviewed by the host institution. The Guarini Institute will provide further instructions on this second step to students after they are accepted and commit to a program.
THE STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE
Participants on this exchange enroll as full time students and choose from available courses they are qualified for at Chulalongkorn's International School of Engineering (ISE). Students can transfer back courses to count toward their Dartmouth diploma.
Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Additional Information: By the time the student participates in the program they must be an undergraduate student in their third year who will be engineering sciences majors (or modified majors).
All courses will be taught in English. Dartmouth students will be introduced to the Thai language before they go to Thailand, and will be given the opportunity to study Thai while at Chula, but knowledge of Thai is not a requirement of the program.
More information about the exchange, including information on courses, can be found here: https://www.inter.chula.ac.th/exchange/inbound/
Most exchange students live in Chulalongkorn University International House (CU iHouse). This dormitory is located within a short distance from the university, and the residence is included in the university's shuttle bus services. The rooms come fully furnished with air conditioning, modern conveniences, 24-hour security and safety systems. There are small shared kitchens in the building, but for the most part students will take their meals out at the many cafeterias, cafes, and restaraunts around the neighborhood and on Chulalongkorn's campus.
The full range of services normally available to foreign students is available to exchange students. These include orientation, an academic advisor, and access to library, computer and recreational facilities.
Financing Your Program
Tuition and Fees
Dartmouth students pay tuition and service fees to Dartmouth; room and board fees as well as transportation to and from the program site are the responsibility of the student. Because the exchange is an official program sponsored by the College, Dartmouth students do not need to pay the transfer term fee that the College charges to students who study on outside programs during leave terms.
In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term.
All costs, including airfare and spending money, are considered when determining the cost of an off-campus program. Any costs in excess of a typical term in Hanover are met with additional Dartmouth Scholarship Funds. If you have a work expectation for the term, this will be replaced by scholarship funding.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how, contacting the Financial Aid office is often advisable.