Studying On Phuket Or In Thailand

In Phuket and Thailand, the Prince of Songkla University in general ranks among the 10 best universities. It offers you a broad range of study in economics, humanities and social science. Especially attractive are classes in hospitality and tourism, as studying in this dreamlike setting in Phuket, the theoretical knowledge obtained in the university can easily be implemented. 

Studying On Phuket Or In Thailand

In Phuket and Thailand, the Prince of Songkla University in general ranks among the 10 best universities. It offers you a broad range of study in economics, humanities and social science. Especially attractive are classes in hospitality and tourism, as studying in this dreamlike setting in Phuket, the theoretical knowledge obtained in the university can easily be implemented.

A study a semester abroad in Phuket can easily be organized through the University. Our Advisory and Application Service is completely free for students.

Prince of Songkla University, Phuket (PSU) is a public, research-driven university that was founded in 1967. It was the first university in Southern Thailand, harnessed to raise general education standards in the region and to support regional industry and development. Today, PSU is a modern and highly international university that takes pride in its origins as a patron of the local culture, education and environment.

Fast Facts

Founded: 1967
Total number of students: 35,000
Total number of international students: 250
Semester starts May, September, and January
Tution fees for one semester approx. 1590 EUR (as of 12/2013) + 50 EUR registration fee
Language of instruction: English
Accreditations & Rankings AACSB (Business Accreditation)

General History Of The Prince of Songkla University

In 1962 the Department of Provincial Administration was assigned by the Thai government, through the Southern Development Committee, to initiate a project to set up a university in southern Thailand in accordance with the Southern Development plan. In 1965 the cabinet approved, in principle, that the main campus of the university was to be at Ruesamilae, an urban area of Pattani.

Since the Pattani site abuts the sea, very high humidity and sea water vapor would lead to prohibitive maintenance cost for the upkeep of the engineering laboratory equipment and engineering teaching facilities. It was agreed to relocate the Faculty of Engineering to a new site. After a long search, it was decided that the Faculty of Engineering should be located in Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province. Lady Atthakraweesunthorn agreed to donate a plot of land totalling 690 rai (approximately 276 acres) at Tambon Korhong, Hat Yai district, Songkla Province, which was to be used as a new campus of Prince of Songkla University upon which the Faculty of Engineering would be located.

In 1968 the National Assembly of Thailand passed the Prince of Songkla University Act, which became effective on March 13 of that year. Prince of Songkla University thus proclaimed March 13 as its “Foundation Day”. In 1969, the construction at Hat Yai campus was started. On July 5, 1971 when it was partially completed, about two hundred students and staff members of the Faculty of Engineering were moved to the new campus at Hat Yai.

At PSU, one can enjoy excellent teaching and learning facilities, outstanding sports provisions, and the opportunity to join one of the multicultural student clubs and societies. Opportunities to attend plays, concerts, films, recitals, and other cultural gatherings are frequently available.


Phuket Campus is set on the island of Phuket, also known as the Pearl of the Andaman Sea. The island is well-known worldwide for being a tourist attraction and a busy center of hotel industry and services that suit both national and international tourism. Thus it is not surprising that Phuket campus concentrates on teaching and learning in Tourism and Service Industry, Foreign Relations, and Information Technology, and aims to be an international campus, befitting the status of Phuket as a world-class tourist resort. In response to the government policy, the campus is also promoting the software industry.

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and enjoys great popularity as a travel destination. Famous for its beautiful beaches, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue seas, excellent offshore dive sites and superb sailing opportunities, Phuket is Thailand and the world’s premier holiday resort.

Prince of Songkla University in Phuket is a top-ranked public university with various campuses all over Thailand. In the Webometrics ranking in 2011 Prince of Songkla University was ranked 1st in Thailand and 2nd in South East Asia. The university was founded in 1967 and was one of the first institutions of higher education in Thailand.

Phuket campus is located right in the middle of the holiday destination island Phuket. This gives international students the chance to get to know the life of domestic inhabitants. Numerous public transports enable fast connections to the beaches of the island or to Phuket city. There is also the possibility to rent a motor scooter for the time of their stay. Close to the campus there are different housing possibilities. Depending of the size and furnishing of the room or flat, and whether it is rented alone or with other students, the monthly rent ranges from 100 EUR to 350 EUR per person.

The modern buildings of the university are air-conditioned and technically cutting-edge equipped. The teachers often have an international background and delight their students in an exotic environment also with uncommon teaching methods. International students can enroll in up to six courses, common are four to five. Many exchange students come from Scandinavia and Germany. Their focus in the last few years was mainly on courses of International Business, International Economics, Strategic Management, Principles of Marketing, Human Resources Management, Social Psychology, Leadership, History and Thai Society, Thai Food preparation, and Thai as a Foreign Language. The university encourages their internationals to do the latter.

Originally the university’s aim was to raise general education standards and to support regional industry and development. Nowadays the university is a center for research, technology and academic services for local communities. It supports the preservation and study of southern Thai culture.

Higher Education System In Thailand

Due to the fast growing number of students wanting to study on Phuket and Thailand, the Higher Education System is expanded rapidly. The Universities put more and more focus on programs taught in English to become more attractive for international students. Many Chinese students come to Thailand to study, but more and more Europeans appreciate the low tuition fees and living expenses. Both a semester abroad and whole degrees are possible in Thailand. There are private and public universities. As the studies are divided into Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, it is easy to get accreditation for the courses taken on Phuket and in Thailand at your home university.

Student Study Visa

For a study abroad stay you need to have a student visa. You can apply for one at the Thai embassy and it can either be in person or via letter. The processing takes at least 4 days after receiving the documents. A Non-Immigrant Visa for 3 to 12 months as a Multiple Entry Visa costs about 120 Euro and can only be pay for with cash. The validity of the visa depends on the length of the studies. The first entry has to be 12 months after the visa was issued.

You can find out more information on our Students Visa section here

Recommended Studying Subjects:

Students are recommended to choose 4-6 subjects. The available subjects can roughly be divided into three groups:

Main Groups:

– Business administration (eg. Marketing, Economics, Management)
– Thai culture and language (eg. Thai food preparation, Thai language)
– Tourism (eg. Tourism Planning and Development, Tour Operations Project, Restaurant Management)

All separate study courses:

Business – Economics – Marketing – Management – Accounting – HR – Leadership – Humanities – History
Cultural Studies – Psychology – Language Studies – Hospitality – Event Management – Project Planning
Food & Beverage – Culinary Studies – Tourism – Environment – Logistics – Planning – Development
Management – Sports – IT – Mathematics – Statistics – Legal Studies

Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism

Major: Master of Business Administration Program (M.B.A.)

1 Hospitality and Tourism Management (International Program)

Faculty of Technology and Environment


Master of Science Program (M.Sc.)
1 Technology and Environmental Management
2 Information Technology

Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Earth System Science and Andaman Natural Disaster Management

Major: Doctor of Philosophy Program (D.Phil.)
1 Earth System Science (International Program)
Master of Philosophy Program (M.Phil.)
1 Earth System Science (International Program)

How To Apply To The Prince of Songkla University On Phuket

For full details on how to apply to study at Prince of Songkla University on Phuket please contact the below by email to introduce yourself mentioning your intent and adding all the questions you may have.

Please be informed that the application for graduate programs at PSU must be done on-line on the website of the PSU Graduate School at: or

For any eventual difficulties with the online application, you may contact Ms. Panattha, the International Affairs officer of the PSU Graduate School, at and

Regarding the deadline for application, please see: .


For a quick and direct contact please use the below details:

Mrs. Ana Maria Pavel
International Affairs Office
Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus
Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, THAILAND
Tel +66 (0)74 282254
Fax +66 (0)74 446825
Email: /

Also you can use the below contact details.

Faculty of International Studies

Tel: +66 (0) 7627 6600
Fax: +66 (0) 7627 6263

Faculty of Technology and Environment

Tel: +66 (0) 7627 6106, +66 (0) 7627 6118
Fax: +66 (0) 7627 6102

Department of Computer Engineering

Tel: +66 (0) 7627 6181, +66 (0) 7627 6117,
+66 (0) 7627 6197
Fax: +66 (0) 7627 6563

Phuket Community College

Tel: +66 (0) 7627 6401-4
Fax: +66 (0) 7627 6400

Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Address: 80 Moo 1, Vichit Songkram Rd., Kathu, Kathu, Phuket 83120

Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Face book:

Children And School Education

If you are planning to live and bring your family to Phuket or you are a student wishing to study on Phuket then below are some direct links to more International Phuket education schools and Universities.

For more detailed information on Universities, schools, kindergartens and study courses on Phuket (Such as: Diving, Cooking, Dance and Thai Language), please visit Phuket Schools, Education and Training Centers.

About Phuket

Phuket Guide

The name “Phuket” is derived from the Malay word “Bukit” (meaning hill); true to the name, lush, green hills dominate much of the island’s interior.

Phuket, 867 km or a one hour flight from Bangkok, is Thailand’s largest island and the country’s only island province. It is also a regional government headquarters, and with a population of 1.6 million, Phuket ranks as the sixth largest province in Thailand. Its name is derived from the Malay word ‘Bukit’ meaning hill, of which there are many on the island.

Known as the Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket derived much of its former glory and its enormous wealth from tin production, which dates back over 500 years. Today, Phuket is the Thailand’s major tourist destination. The surrounding waters contain much varied marine life and the island itself is blessed with lovely seashores and forested hillsides. Approximately 1.75 million Rai (700,000 acres) of the island is forest. Phuket Town also has some wonderful examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture. The dream of escaping to an idyllic tropical island becomes a reality on Phuket; Thailand’s island paradise in the Andaman Sea.

Shaped like an irregular pearl and measuring approximately 21 km wide by 48 km long, the island has excellent roads and infrastructure whilst still retaining most of its original natural beauty. The landscape is one of lush green hills, coconut groves, rubber plantations and a coastline dotted with a dozen or more spectacular beaches.

Unspoiled stretches of fine white sand are found along the entire west coast of the island. Each sun-drenched beach has a character and charm of its own, and is separated from its neighbors by picturesque headlands and backdrops of wooded hills. Lapping the shore are the sparkling warm blue waters of the Andaman Sea which are perfectly safe for swimming for much of the year.


Time zone: Indochina Time (ICT), UTC +7 (No daylight saving time, same UTC offset all year)
The IANA time zone identifier for Phuket is: Asia/Bangkok.
Sunrise: 06:15
Sunset: 18:05
Day length: 11h 51m
Solar noon: 12:10
Regional Population: 89,072
Elevation: 10 meters
Time Zone: Asia/Bangkok
Local Currency: THB
Latitude: 7.8833333
Longitude: 98.4
Nearby Airports: HKT

Phuket Charities We Support
Phuket Hotel Deals offers up to 50,000THB to a select few credible Phuket charities, Orphanages and animal welfare rehabilitation centers on Phuket and in Asia with all property sales on Phuket via our website and Real Estate services. You can also help, donate and contact directly by visiting our supported charities on our sister website ‘Tsunami Day‘.

Besides the above we also bring awareness to all credible charities and volunteer organizations on Phuket and Thailand. To see a full list please visit our Thailand and Phuket charities and volunteer organizations page

We only showcase and bring awareness to these companies and have no involvement in the donation part outside of any property sales, but we would appreciate that you mention our website if you donate or contact. Thank you!

Thailand And Phuket Visa's

Phuket and Thailand visa guide. Thailand tourist, retirement, work permit and study visa requirements are subject to change at any time. Tourists, students, expats etc should call the consulate for up to date information. If you/your family are simply coming to Phuket for a holiday then most nationalities can obtain visa-free entry, valid for 30 days, on arrival at an International Airport; you’ll need a current passport and a return ticket and that’s it. More details

Studying In Thailand And Phuket
If you are planning to live and bring your family to Phuket, Thailand or you are a student wishing to study on Phuket then below are some direct links to more International Phuket education schools and Universities.. More details






Phuket Schools
Phuket and Thailand offers expats and people who wish to study or live in Thailand many options of primary / higher education schools, kinder-gardens, classes or courses and Universities to choose from, and with new Thai immigration policies regarding education visas in place, visitors to Thailand desiring to learn Thai or to live / work in Thailand may obtain long term visas and better options. More details





Shopping On Phuket
Here you will find an in-depth guide to Phuket’s shopping. From Phuket boutique shops and shopping centers to the vibrant night markets and your daily mini market needs. Bottom line is that Phuket island is a shopaholic’s paradise! The island has a great variety of shopping, from bustling open-air village food markets, noisy night markets, street stalls and local shops to western-style department stores and up-market specialist boutique shops. Prices naturally vary, going from amazing bargains to credit card-melting designer labels. More details





Phuket Airport
Here you will find all there is to know about arriving or departing from Phuket Airport, and also some useful information if it’s your 1st time to Phuket. Things like Airport taxi’s and the true costs, is there a smoking room?, what happens upon arrival, from disembarking your plane, going through immigration and exciting departures etc. We also offer you some information, and reminders, of what to bring/not to forget etc. More details 





Phuket Real Estate

If you are thinking of purchasing a property or a business investment on Phuket, be it for a second home, holiday home, as a retirement home or to set up a Hotel type business, then we offer you our property buying concierge service where we will take care of all angles of any purchase you make.

We simply offer you from a prompt email reply, souring your properties / investments and getting you the best property deals before you arrive to escorting you around to view all property options and also taking care of all the legal and Government paper-work upon any purchase, which will also save you a lot of time and money, while still having a relaxing break on Phuket.

As with all our other Phuket concierge services if requested we can also arrange your accommodation, meet you at the airport and be there for you when you need us. More details

Finding accommodations on Phuket

Looking to book a Phuket accommodation? If you have not already then you can find the best Phuket island Hotels, offering the lowest rates for all sorts of Phuket Hotels, Villas, Guesthouses, Apartments and Resorts, with live room availability, immediate confirmed bookings and the lowest rates. Search by location and type, all with a quick and easy booking process