We have said this several times before, but can't help repeating it again – the future of international education lies in South East Asia. The ASEAN countries not only watch sunrise and sunset before everyone else in the world, but also possess excellent education curricula which undergraduate students from Bangladesh should be looking to take advantage of.
Thailand for instance, possesses around 80 universities spread throughout the country that are able to cater to international students on a massive scale. These universities provide a unique undergraduate experience and do so at a mere two and a half hour flight from Dhaka or a two hour flight from Chittagong. The advantage to the relative proximity to your home is that you can easily fly back on weekends if you are missing your family and friends, or alternatively your dearest ones can also come and see you on a short notice if required. On campus, you can befriend all sorts of students from diverse backgrounds and eclectic nationalities. These people will not only be your classmates, but also the best of friends you will cherish for a lifetime.
Added to that is the insane amount of diversity that pulsates throughout Thailand. A 15-minute walk through any busy area in Bangkok will reveal restaurants serving Bangladeshi, African, Indian, Middle-Eastern and Indonesian cuisine. It is likely that you will be ordering your Big Mac at any one of the multitudes of McDonald’s from a smiling Filipino waitress. As you take your frappe or latte from Starbucks and make your way into GAP for an extra set of new clothes, you are sure to bump into Bangladeshi and Australian tourists. On the streets, you will find Nepalese hawkers selling all sorts of street food. Simply put, there is always something interesting lurking around the corner.
The one hour time difference between Bangladesh and Thailand isn’t the only good thing about studying there. Bangkok, the Thai capital, is a regional hub and has medical facilities, international hedge fund companies, multibillion dollar MNCs, technological giants, and many research institutions and think tanks. A degree from one of the international universities in Thailand will not just equip you for exposure into these companies, but also give you recognition on your resume which can be used effectively for securing jobs in any country.
Lastly, the greatest advantage about Thai universities for Bangladeshi students is the cost, which is much more affordable compared to other destinations around the world. While tuition fees vary from one university to another, and from one degree option to another, living expenses are much lower when compared to those in other similar economic states.
When considering your international study options, Thailand should be right at the top of your list. Its quality of education, diversity, distance from the homeland, and costs make it a worthwhile place for Bangladeshi students.
The following list consists of some of the most popular international universities in Thailand:
Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai
Assumption University, Bangkok
Burapha Univesity, Chonburi
Kasetsart University, Bangkok
Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Naresuan University, Phitsanulok
Thammasat University, Bangkok