Chiang Mai

Information for students from Thailand

The University of Kent is a consistently popular destination for students from Thailand. We currently have over 70 Thai students on campus studying a variety of our programmes, from foundation right through to PhD level.

Kent Law School offers a limited number of scholarships to students who are liable to pay overseas students’ fees. The scholarships are open to all overseas applicants on the Kent LLM programme at the Canterbury campus.

Actuarial programmes at the University of Kent have been running for over 25 years and are accredited by the UK Actuarial Profession. Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risks. It is a highly respected and well-paid profession. These programmes are suited to gifted mathematicians who enjoy problem solving.

Kent Business School (KBS) is seeking to create foundations for student collaboration and student exchange with Thammasat University in Bangkok. With a choice of Bachelor and Master degrees in business, management, accounting and finance, KBS provides a robust international business education, including the option of a year in industry on a professional work placement.

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Notable Kent alumni

Krit Chalermdumrichai

Senior Analyst, Bank of Thailand

MA Economics

Krit Chalermdumrichai studied for an MA in Economics from 1995 and is now working as a Senior Analyst at the Bank of Thailand in Bangkok, specialising in Financial Markets and Reserves.

Chaya Limchitti

Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks

Chaya Limchitti studied Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks from 2002. Since returning to Thailand, Chaya’s work has been influential in the field of network computing across the country.

Kornkanok Kanjanamethakul

International Affairs Officer

MA Marketing

Kornkanok Kanjanamethakul studied for an MA in Marketing from 2016 and is now working as an International Affairs Officer at Prince of Songkla University, encouraging internationalisation to and from Thailand.

Entry requirements

At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from Thailand with a wide variety of qualifications and experience. Please note that some departments may have slightly different entry criteria.

If you have any specific queries or questions please contact us at

Foundation programme

Students from Thailand wishing to pursue a foundation programme at Kent will need to obtain a final grade of at least 2.0/4.0 or 60% in relevant subjects in their Certificate of Upper Secondary Education (Mathayom VI or Maw 6).

Applicants who have completed Mathayom V or Maw 5 (after 11 years of schooling) with an average GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 or 65% in relevant subjects will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

We offer two types of foundation programme which enable progression onto a wide range of our undergraduate degrees: the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year:

  • The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for international students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry to undergraduate study and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level. The IFP gives you a year’s preparation in academic subjects, English language and study skills up to the required level for progression onto undergraduate degree study. The IFP is delivered at our Canterbury campus by University of Kent academics and successful completion of the programme provides entry into a wide range of Bachelor degrees in our faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. We offer September and February start dates depending on your chosen pathway and the degree you intend to progress on to.
  • We offer 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year in Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Physics. These are designed for students with acceptable English language ability but school-leaving qualifications below the level required for direct entry to an undergraduate degree. Entry to these foundation programmes may require you to have studied specific subjects at high school.

Please note: you only need to take a foundation programme if your qualifications are not suitable for your chosen degree.


The university will consider students for entry to an undergraduate degree programme with one of the following:

  • One year of a Bachelor degree at an OHEC recognised institution with an average GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
  • Associate Degree/Diploma from an OHEC recognised institution with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent on a case-by-case basis
  • Diploma/Higher Certificate in Vocational or Technical Education with very high grades on a case-by-case basis
  • Higher Diploma of Technical Education with high grades on a case-by-case basis

NCUK International Year One

Kent Business School now accept the NCUK International Year One for entry to Year 2 of many of their undergraduate programmes. For details of NCUK centres in your country, please see the NCUK website.

US qualifications

If you are studying, or have studied, US qualifications such as SATs, ACTs, Advanced Placement tests or an Associate Degree, please see our USA country page for details of the US qualifications we accept.

International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate and A levels

If you are studying, or have studied, the International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, or A levels please see our General entry requirements for details.

We have a standard International Baccalaureate Diploma offer of 34 points across all programmes of study including any specific subjects at higher or standard level required by the particular degree programme. As an alternative to achieving 34 points, for most programmes, the University will also make IB students the offer of passing the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects. 

IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)

The University welcomes applications from students taking the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). We do not make standard offers for this qualification, however we are happy to advise prospective students based on the component IB courses they are taking as part of the IBCP. For specific advice on grade requirements, please contact us listing the IB courses and additional courses you are taking.

Contact us

If you have questions about which qualifications we will accept, please email for information on our entry requirements and details of how to apply.


For entry to a Kent postgraduate degree programme (Master’s), Thai students typically need to have completed a Bachelor Degree from an OHEC recognised institution. Exact requirements will depend on the postgraduate degree you are applying for and the institution you have studied at.

  • For programmes that require a 2:1 we usually ask for a final CGPA of 3.0/4.0. Students from top institutions may be considered with a final CGPA of 2.8/4.0
  • For programmes that require a 2:2 we usually ask for a final CGPA of 2.8/4.0

Applicants will also be considered with a Graduate Diploma from an OHEC recognised university with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Some, but not all, postgraduate programmes require your undergraduate degree to have a related major. Some postgraduate programmes may require work experience in a relevant field or at a certain level.


For details of our MBA programme, please see the MBA course page.


For entry to a Kent PhD programme, Thai students typically need to have completed a Master’s degree from an OHEC recognised university with a CGPA of 3.2/4.0 or equivalent. Applicants will also be considered with a Higher Graduate Diploma with a final GPA of at least 3.2/4.0.

If you would like to pursue a PhD at Kent, you should visit the relevant department website and our find a supervisor page to identify potential supervisors for your research and thesis. You are encouraged to then make direct contact with the appropriate academic to discuss your research proposal.


English language requirements

Applicants will also need to meet University of Kent's standard English language requirements. These are set at a level that meets both the academic needs of the University and the minimum requirements for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Applicants for the International Foundation Programme or pre-sessional English programmes are required to have a UKVI recognised SELT (Secure English Language Test). These must be taken at one of the UKVI approved test centres.

Applicants for postgraduate programmes who have studied to at least Bachelor’s degree level entirely in the medium of English or who have worked in an English speaking environment may be considered for exemption from standard English language requirements on a case-by-case basis.  A letter confirming the medium of instruction of English will be required.

Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

If you need to raise your English language skills, you can attend one of our intensive pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes. Satisfactory achievement on one of these courses can be used to meet Kent's English language entry requirements in place of other external language examinations.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

For the latest details on fees, see our course fees look-up table.


The University offers a wide variety of financial support and scholarships, including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence. Scholarships include our International scholarships for undergraduate students and International Scholarship for Taught Masters Students.

For details of all the scholarships available, please use our scholarship finder.

Kent Law School has established a major fund to support students who are from or who have studied in Thailand and who undertake a Master's in Law (LLM) at our Canterbury campus. The £2,500 award is provided as a tuition fee discount to entrants to the taught LLM who are nationals of or have studied an undergraduate degree in Thailand and who are classified as overseas students for tuition fee purposes. Find out more…

British Council GREAT Scholarship - Thailand

Together with the British Council, we are delighted to offer a Scholarship of £10,000 to Thai passport holders, available to applicants applying for a taught master's programme based at one of our UK campuses. Find out more...




The University will consider deferral requests for postgraduate applicants for up to one year if they have fully met the conditions of offer and have paid the fee deposit. 

Further information

For full terms and conditions, including details of our deposit refund policy and application deferrals, please visit our Online Store. If you have any questions about the deposit scheme, please contact the Admissions Team via your online application portal or email

How to apply

Undergraduate applicants

Full-time courses

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you have to apply through UCAS

If you meet the following conditions, you may choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website:

  1. You are NOT from the UK or Ireland.
  2. You do NOT pay home fee (i.e. you pay international or special EU fee)
  3. You have never used UCAS AND you do not intend to use UCAS in the future

 Please remember if you are eligible and intend to apply directly on our website, you should NOT use UCAS at any point. Submitting your application to both UCAS and our website will cause issues to your application.

Our dedicated international team are here to help support you through the application process. Please do get in touch if you require any advice or support. 

Special courses

If you are applying for a subject-specific foundation programme, you apply in the same way as for a three-year undergraduate degree.

Applications for our International Foundation Programme (IFP) can be made:

Part-time courses

Apply directly on our website.

Apply via our representatives

International students can also apply with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives.

Late applications
A process called 'Clearing' takes place in July and August, running from 1st July annually. We will provide an updated list of all of the Kent degrees that still have places available once Clearing opens – this can give you another chance to apply. For more information on how the Clearing process works and how to apply, please see Clearing at Kent for details.

Postgraduate applicants

See how to apply for postgraduate study.

Important dates
  • For international students, the deadline for applications to taught Master's programmes is 31 July.
  • Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to the majority of our research degrees*, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date. The University has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to a Master’s by Research is in September only.

*Applications to PhD degrees for Kent Business School have a deadline of 31 July.

Contact us

If you have any questions about applying to Kent, please contact us.


Our representatives in Thailand

Kent is officially represented by a number of professional agencies in Thailand. We work closely with them to ensure that you receive the best possible advice on your study options.

We make regular visits to our representatives’ offices to keep their staff up to date on University developments and advise prospective students on study opportunities. Whilst it is not compulsory, we do encourage you to consult a local representative. Their experienced staff will guide you on the best choice of course and provide you with practical advice on your application.

Find a representative near you:

Office location Representatives
Chiang Mai
Hat Yai
Khon Kaen
NCUK offer training courses and consultation in preparation for university. For details of centres in this country, please see the NCUK website

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