A Guide to International BA Degrees

If your son or daughter is fast approaching the end of their formal education, your thoughts will soon turn to degree programs at universities and colleges, as you wish them to have a long and rewarding career doing something that they enjoy. If you are based in Thailand, English language ability might not be as good as it could and the best way to improve your child’s English is to enroll them in an international BA degree course.

Three Year Bachelor’s Degree Program

When your offspring studies in a 3-year international course (known as เรียนอินเตอร์ in Thai), he or she will spend one year in the UK, studying at a prestigious university, which really does help to develop a level of English fluency, thanks to staying with an English family and studying all subjects in English. All fields of business are represented, including the following:

  • Business Administration
  • Marketing (specifically digital)
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Accounting

Online Learning

While the pandemic forced many universities and colleges to close their doors, most offer online learning, which is a safe way to get the knowledge that you need. Wherever you live in Thailand, e-learning is always possible and there is no real difference between studying online or in a classroom; you interact with your tutor using a program such as Zoom and have regular discussions, while receiving your assignment by email.

The Importance of English

Once a student finishes their BA Degree, it is time to look at career opportunities and graduating from an international course tells any potential employer that you are a fluent English speaker, which puts you at the top of the tree. Potential employers spend a lot of money training new employees and as you would expect, they like to get their money’s worth and will therefore focus on the top performers. Thai students that have a limited ability to understand English are not on the priority list and when a student with an international BA is in the mix, they are quite often selected ahead of those who have a Thai BA degree.

Finding the Right College

The best place to start is with a Google search and that will bring up a list of recognised BA degree colleges, then browse websites, looking for suitable international programs and create a shortlist of colleges to visit. Prior to touring any college, do prepare some questions for the principal and make sure to read the website content and this will help you to make the right choices when it comes to international degree programs.

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