Thailand has undergone a radical economic, political and social transformation in the past few decades. The Thai Studies programme at the University of Leeds will allow you to develop Thai language skills while discovering the cultural, political and historical context of this unique country.
You’ll be introduced to Thai culture in core modules, which will also build your spoken and written language skills. We teach Thai from beginners’ level, but if you have some prior knowledge we can usually accommodate your needs.
A wide variety of optional modules will also give you the chance to explore the topics that interest you – covering more elements of Thai culture, or exploring other topics across South East Asia and the Asia Pacific region as a whole. You’ll even spend a year at a university in the country so you can get a real sense of life in Thailand.Leeds is one of Europe’s biggest centres for East Asian Studies, so we can offer flexible degrees that give you a genuine insight into the communities of this fascinating region.
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We introduce you to Thai language and culture from beginners’ level through core modules in your first year, while your choice of optional modules will give you the chance to focus on the areas of life in Thailand and the Asia Pacific that interest you. This will form the foundation for the following year, where you’ll build your language skills and immerse yourself in Thai culture to get a sense of life in the country.
When you return to Leeds, you’ll study advanced language modules to refine your spoken and written Thai. But you’ll also look at the emergence of the Thai nation, how Buddhism has shaped society and Thailand’s distinctive media. Further optional modules will allow you to explore Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian history, politics and culture in greater depth.
In your final year, you’ll even get to apply the critical and research skills you’ve developed to produce an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.
After your first year, you’ll spend a year at Chiang Mai University in Thailand to benefit from expert teaching in Thai language and culture. It’s a fantastic way to develop your knowledge and language skills. But between classes, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the country, getting a real insight into life in Thailand.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score (Grade B2):
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