The SPD is an international bachelor's programme at Thammasat University. The programme is entirely taught in English and is open to both Thai and foreign students. Our current full-time foreign students come from Bhutan, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Malaysia, Myanmar, Japan, Taiwan, and the Republic of Korea. We prepare our students to work for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charities, international organisations, academia or the public services by training them to become decision-makers who are aware of today's problems and tomorrow's solutions.
1. This programme is the only international BA programme focusing on social policy and development of its kind in Asia. The SPD is international to the core – the entire curriculum is taught in English, the student body is diverse, as are the lecturers and guest speakers who come from all corners of the world. International exposure is guaranteed through student exchange programmes, participation in international symposia, and internships at international and regional organisations.
2. Join a truly interdisciplinary programme. We strongly believe that our students can bring about real changes in attitudes, societies and communities in the world. Ranging from political science and psychology to welfare economics and gerontology, our students are exposed to various social problems and the analysis of these problems each academic year. We encourage our students to analyse the different social issues through different lenses: political, sociological, economic, psychological, systemic, to name just a few.
3. Thammasat University is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Thailand. Thammasat University has one of the highest competitive admission rates in Thailand, QS World University Rankings has awarded Thammasat University 4 QS Stars, signifying a highly international environment, and demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching.
4. Boost your future career prospects. The SPD programme has established strong connections with international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), foundations and social enterprises in Thailand. These partnerships bridge the gap between the university studies and professional life, providing a wide-range of career and network-building opportunities and connections for both current and graduating students. In addition, the SPD programme offers experience of real working environments through our internship courses for academic credit both for regular SPD students as well as for all exchange students at Thammasat University.
5. Benefit from the world-class expertise and international experience of top-lecturers, researchers and administrators from academe and industry in an international environment. The SPD team is dedicated to providing quality education and advice for our students. Working together, students and SPD staff form an amicable environment in which interactions form an integral part of the SPD programme. SPD lecturers bring a plethora of experience from a wide variety of backgrounds - many with professional experience from working in international organisations such as the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESCAP) and the British Council. As a result, students learn from both academic and practitioner perspectives, with lectures designed to challenge the students to use and develop their critical analytical skills when approaching social problems.
6. Take advantage of the exciting partnerships SPD has with universities and organisations all over the world. From the University of California in the United States, Lund University in Sweden and Tilburg University in the Netherlands, to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) and Labour Right Promotion Network (LPN), we thrive on working with our global partners to provide our students with the very best in intercultural experiences and learning from very different contexts.
7. Build a strong foundation in English language skills for success on the programme and beyond. Improve your English skills through our customised English Language Support Programme throughout the year, with a special focus on your social policy and development courses, to improve the quality of your written assignments and presentations. Provided as a unique opportunity for our students to catch up on areas of concern in the English language, in one-to-one consultations and small group sessions. This year-long programme will build up students’ confidence, improve English competency, and enable students to successfully articulate growing knowledge of social policy and development issues.
8. Make friends for life in a highly diverse student population. With students from countries as diverse as Bhutan, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Malaysia, Myanmar, Japan, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, as well as from all over Thailand, students will learn so much from studying with, and getting to know their peers, new people and cultures which will have a long-lasting impact on your life. 9. Study in an inspiring environment. Tha Prachan campus is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, historically known as the bloodline of Bangkokians. The Faculty of Social Administration is a stone’s throw away from the spectacular Grand Palace and Sanam Luang - a literal gateway to the Kingdom of Thailand. Tha Prachan campus truly offers a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of busy downtown Bangkok. There is an abundance of excellent student facilities, including two cafeterias, coffee shops, gym, a multi-use sports pitch and numerous state-of-the-art libraries including the famous Pridi Banomyong Library. In such a culturally stimulating environment, you will also have a unique opportunity to learn Thai and during breaks from your study visit fascinating areas of the country as well as neighbouring countries in the Southeast Asia region. Bangkok is ideally located for such exploration in Southeast Asia.
10. Become a part of a proud and influential history of cultivating leaders. Established in 1934, Thammasat University is one of Thailand's most prestigious and oldest educational institutions. Thammasat undergraduate and graduate students have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Thai society and the nation. The university's alumni have included Royal Family members, several prime ministers and government figures, leading corporate figures and national artists. You will enjoy the privilege of studying at Thailand's second oldest institute of higher education.