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Fields of Study: Business, Economics

Study economics in Thailand—one of the great development success stories of our time due to its move from a low-income to an upper-income country in only forty years. Specifically designed for economics majors, courses focus on development and international economics in Southeast Asia. 

Unique study opportunities

  • Engage in active classes that take a problem-solving approach to learning.
  • Experience a weeklong field trip to neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, or Vietnam.
  • Study the modern economic, business, social, and political climate in Southeast Asia.
  • Go on class-organized visits to companies and organizations in Bangkok.
  • Interact with distinguished local guest lecturers who are all experts in their fields.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

All courses are taught in English.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 10 quarter/6.6 semester UC units. Each course is worth 5 quarter units/3.3 semester UC units.
  • All courses are for a letter grade only.

Current Program Courses

You’ll take two courses in this program:

  • Topics in International Economics
  • Topics in Development Economics

Due to the focused coursework and limited length of this summer program, additional internships and independent research are not available.

Catalogs and resources

  • Course syllabus: Review detailed course descriptions, including objectives, readings, and a sample of the field trip schedule.
  • Bachelor of Economics International Program: Learn more about the host of this program, a branch of the university’s Faculty of Economics.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

Coursework on this program combines traditional classroom lectures with problem-based learning. The courses are project-based, taught by Thammasat University professors, and cover economic integration and contemporary issues of ASEAN, especially those of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Each of the two courses include lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and field trips in Thailand.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework.