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What are the required documents for incoming exchange students to be submitted to IIS-RU?

Incoming exchange students need to complete and submit the documents below to the Office of Internationals Affairs of IIS-RU by the deadline.

1) Undergraduate Students 

  • Application form
  • Copy of passport
  • Letter of motivation
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Copy of current official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or instructors
  • Letter of nomination of home university or institute

2) Graduate Students 

  • Application form
  • Copy of passport
  • Letter of motivation
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Copy of current official transcripts both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or instructors
  • Letter of nomination of home university or institute

 

When does the exchange term period start and end?

There are two regular semesters for both undergraduate and graduate exchange programs:

  1. Fall Semester or the First Semester of the Academic Year: July – November
  2. Spring Semester or the Second Semester of the Academic Year: December – April

 

When is the deadline for applying to IIS-RU exchange program? 

The deadline for applying to IIS-RU exchange program is not fixed due to the flexibility of modular or block course system of all programs. However, if incoming exchange students want to do register for courses which have been offered during the period of beginning of the semester, their nomination letters, application forms and required documents should be sent to IIS-RU as the following periods of time.

  • Fall Semester or the First Semester of the Academic Year: The 30th of May
  • Spring Semester or the Second Semester of the Academic Year: The 30th of September

 

When should incoming exchange students arrive in Bangkok?

It is suggested that incoming exchange students arrive approximately one week before each semester begins. The departure date back to their home universities should be only after the date of the last final examination.  There is no final examination to be arranged at the home university under a regular circumstance.

 

What kinds of visa should incoming exchange students apply for?

Incoming exchange students have to obtain the Non Immigration ED visa which allows them to stay in Thailand for 90 days.  There are two types of visa for which they can apply, depending on their plans.

1) Single entry:  The date printed on the visa is the date by which you must use the visa to enter Thailand, NOT the date by which you are allowed to stay in the country.  After your arrival, the period of your stay is indicated by the immigration stamp which you will receive upon your arrival; this is normally 90 days from the date you arrive.  Please note that this is the date by which you should request for the extension of your stay.

2) Multiple entries:  This type of visa is good for those who plan to travel outside Thailand a number of times during the exchange term.  Every time you leave and return to the country, your period of stay will be extended by 90 days as stated on the immigration stamp you receive upon each return.  This means you can prolong your stay by leaving the country and returning before each 90-day period is over.

 

What is an appropriate budget for incoming exchange students to prepare for living in Thailand?

It depends on individual and lifestyle. Typically, approximately monthly expenses are:

Accommodation rents:       USD250 – 450

Personal expenses: USD170 – 250

Miscellaneous expenses:   USD100

 

How can incoming exchange students choose housing?

The Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU) does not offer on-campus housing.  Incoming exchange students can find a wide selection of apartments with different rent rates and facilities.  These apartments are safe and clean, located nearby Ramkhamhaeng University where public transportation is accessible.  In addition, they are encouraged to seek for inside information about each apartment from former exchange students at IIS-RU through IIS-RU Facebook. In addition, the exchange program coordinators are willing to assist the students for recommendations of apartments/hotels within walking distance to the university.

 

What kinds of insurance should incoming exchange students get?

Incoming exchange students should secure an international insurance that provides a wide range of medical / accidental coverage prior to their arrival in Thailand by their own. The Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU) does not offer or provide any medical or accidental insurance during their study.  

The Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU) is currently undertaking academic collaborations particularly on the students’ exchange program with various universities. The active partner universities are: (1) the University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden Rüsselsheim Geisenheim (HS-RM) in Germany since 2008; (2) the Institut d’Administration des Enterprises, Université Montpellier 2 Sciences et Techniques (IAE-Montpellier) in France since 2010; (3) EDC Paris Business School in France in 2013; (4) Pukyong National University and (5) Kookmin University in South Korea in 2013; (6) Institut de Recherche et d'Action Commerciale (IDRAC) de Lyon; (7) Écoles d'Arts et de Culture (EAC-Paris); (8) Universidad de Almería, Spain; and (9) Kyonggi University, Seoul respectively. Also, we, IIS-RU are seeking more and more for international collaboration with other educational institutions in oversea.

Accordingly, the Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU) has been considered as one of the most diverse higher educational institutions in Thailand. The institute also values the coming of international students from all around the world.

For each semester, there have been about 30 students from these partner universities coming to take courses with the IIS-RU. These in-coming students have obviously added up the international environment to the classroom and the IIS-RU as a whole.

Therefore, IIS-RU has initiated the Buddy Program since 2013 as a mean to further facilitate the relationships between IIS-RU and international students. By providing such a program we will make it easier for exchange students to make a smooth transition into the Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU), and absorbing Thai culture and also share their own cultures with their buddy and hopefully form friendships and mutual benefits during their time in Thailand. Additionally, the program will help international students better acclimatize to the challenges of being in a new country, provide a social program, and a supportive network by pairing international students with local students.

 

Responsibilities of IIS-RU Buddy

The IIS-RU buddy is responsible for taking initiative to meet with the International Student throughout the school year. They shall provide a comfortable, non-judgment atmosphere and lead a friendly ear to the new international exchange students. They can give informal advice regarding questions about study and life in the IIS-RU.

 

Guideline for Activities

  • Initiate the contact and introduce oneself via email or other means of communicative social networks.
  • Welcome newcomer at the airport, train station etc. (If possible)
  • Tell him/ her about the city and the university
  • Helps you with registration, visits to the authorities, room hunting, including the Office of International Affairs, IIS-RU and banks etc.
  • Make preparations (first contacts with the university, completing your registration, tuition fee payment, selecting the courses etc.)
  • Show him/ her important points of contact, including libraries, canteens, the university’s sports centre etc.
  • Give him/ her advice on subject-specific decisions, accompanies you to introductory events etc.
  • Help him/ her integrate linguistically
  • Exchange him/ her experiences with you
  • Settle him/ her into student life in (parties, cooking, excursions, cinema, sports…)
  • Be present as a contact person when questions arise
  • In case of emergency or report any problems, please contact persons in charge to the program as follows:

 

The Buddy Program Ten Commandments

  1. Be proactive: Make the first move in contracting your buddy.
  2. Negotiate a commitment: Agree to have contact at least twice a month. Email is a good way to do so.
  3. Establish a rapport: Get to know one another.
  4. Be confident: Each of you has something to offer.
  5. Communicate: Share your knowledge and experiences openly.
  6. Be a good listener: Hear what the other is saying to you.
  7. Be responsive: Act upon what you have planned.
  8. Be accessible: have an open email and phone policy.
  9. Take responsibility: It takes two to have a good Buddy relationship.
  10. Remember: The goals of the program are to establish cross-cultural friendship.

The IIS-RU is thankful to your participation to the program. Without all of you, we cannot make this buddy program happen. As a token of appreciation, please be advised that the certificates of participation will be rewarded after the completion of program.

Activities by the Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU)

Incoming exchange students at the Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU) are part of a lively community of Ramkhamhaeng University students. IIS-RU organizes meetings and social events to ensure that their meaningful experiences at the Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU). A cultural tour to the world’s heritage ancient capital of Thailand (Ayutthaya), English language teaching project for novice monks in rural area, Wai Phra Project at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province (prostrate oneself to worship Buddha or pay respect to the Buddha ), Songkran festival, International and ASEAN culture day, the Project of Promoting and Supporting of Art and Culture at Ancient Siam, Samutprakan Province, Traditional Sport Day between the Faculty of Engineering and the Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (IIS-RU) are examples of the extra-curricular activities exclusively arranged for the IIS-RU incoming exchanges students.

Moreover, the volunteering project that just initiated in the academic year 2015 is Building Earthen House Project at Plekwiwek Dhamma Center, Wiang Haeng District, Chiang Mai Province which was held on 28 April – 2 May 2015. Also, many IIS-RU-student-initiated activities are offered for the incoming exchange students throughout a semester which in essence helps foster friendship among both local and international students.

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