Study for a Semester or Year in Thailand!
Burapha University is a public university located in Chonburi province, which is the primary industrial and tourist area in the eastern region of Thailand. The university was established 50 years ago as a “Higher Teacher Training School at Bangsaen” and now has almost 30,000 students and a wide range of majors. Burapha offers English taught courses in Business and Fine Arts, with a range of additional courses in the Humanities.
Burapha is located in Bangsaen, Chonburi on the Bay of Bangkok, located 85 km south of Bangkok, just 45 minutes drive from the Suvarnabhum airport. While Pattaya draws the large crowds, Bang Saen has been the favorite weekend getaway resort for Thai people. You will not find hordes of tourists in this charming village, instead, during the weekends and holidays, you will find this sleepy village transforming into a social Hotspot for Thai nationals and during the week you will find locals and students in town.
- Fall Semester: Mid August to Early December
- Spring Semester: Early January to Mid May
For more information about the academic calendar please visit Burapha's main page
and click on the appropriate calendar under the Academics section.
Students attending Burapha will normally be placed in university residences in shared rooms.
As Burapha is a full exchange program students will pay the Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian. Burapha will cover the housing costs and provide a meal stipend to students during the program.
For more information about housing please visit the Burapha website.
Paid to Appalachian State
The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
||$1200 - $1800
||$1200 - $1800
||$100 - $200
||$200 - $400
||$800 - $1400
||$1600 - $2800
|Books and Materials
||$50 - $100
||$100 - $200
||$100 - $200
||$200 - $400
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|2US Based Health Insurance
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$500 - $1000
||$1000 - $2000
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring, Academic Year.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
To locate the Burapha course offerings please visit the Academics tab of the Burapha website. For additional course information and the curriculum offerings by semester please the Handbooks web page. Please note that the semester course timetable may not be released until a month or so before departure so students should have a few backup courses in mind as timetable conflicts with some selections may occur.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Burapha program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page