Study abroad Project
What is the Study abroad project?
The study abroad project has been a key strength of the School of Liberal Arts for many years. It aims to provide the students with opportunities to study the target language in the country where the language is spoken. Students undertaking the study abroad program get exposure to the language and develop the skills needed for everyday communication. After joining the program, the students acquire near-native language proficiency as well as a better understanding of the culture, and become more capable of dealing with the local population. Such experience widens the students’ views and inculcates in them the skills needed for citizenship in the 21st century.
Program with Study Abroad project
The School of Liberal Arts, in collaboration with other leading universities, arranges for students to study abroad as part of the curriculum of the home university.
- The ASEAN Studies Program has connected with and successfully sent students to universities in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, and plans in 2020 to send students to Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines.
- The Chinese Program has provided opportunities for students to study in Chinese Universities.
The ASEAN Studies and Chinese Programs have provided students with opportunities to study in the countries where the target language is spoken. After spending from at least 6-7 months up to a full academic year abroad, the students will have developed language skills for communication, and made huge progress in developing confidence in using the language up to the near-native level. Such opportunities advance the students’ language level and helps them grow more mature and more active when living abroad. It is not surprising that the graduates from the School of Liberal Arts are ready for employment immediately after their study.
The School of Liberal Arts under Memoranda of Understanding with overseas institutes has agreed special rates of tuition fees. Part of the fee paid to the home university will go to the subsidiary fund for the student during their time studying abroad
Overseas institutes under linkage program
Each year, students from the School of Liberal Arts are sent to leading universities abroad under the linkage program in accordance with the agreement signed in a Memorandum of Understanding. The following list shows the universities offering academic collaboration.
ASEAN Studies Program
♦ Studying Bahasa Indonesian: Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Universitas Negeri Malang (UM), Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga (UIN)
♦ Studying Bahasa Melayu: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
♦ Studying Vietnamese language: Hai Phong University, Hanoi University
♦ Studying Chinese in Kunming: Yunnan Normal University, Yunnan Nationalities University
♦ Studying Chinese in Chongqing: Chongqing University
♦ Studying Chinese in Guangzhou: Jinan University
Collaboration between these universities and Walailak University cover a wide range from student study abroad programs to student exchanges, staff mobility programs, and joint research collaboration.
The English Program currently offers the ‘ordinary program’ for Thai students, and in 2019 will offer an international program which will be fully supported by quality international instructors from Walailak University Language Institute. The tuition fees subsidize special guest lecturers, field trips, and excursions abroad.
Master’s degree programs
Students are encouraged to conduct field work, undertake research collaboration, and participate in exchange programs with local and overseas institutes.