Academic Year and Medium of Instruction in Thailand

Academic Year in Thai Schools 

Government schools differ in terms of their timing but they generally commence at 8:30 am and end close to 15:30. International schools commence and close at different times depending upon the nature of the school. Private global schools follow different schedules for school vacations. They are most likely to go as per the timetable of Western schools. This includes a 5 week holiday in July and August and 2 weeks for Christmas as well as Easter. 

Though all Thai state schools follow the same schedule, there are differences between individual schools and provinces. 
Two main holidays which fall in the state school year include:
  • One  month commencing from October 1
  • March to April: 2 months commencing from the start of March and the closure of April
Thai schools remain closed for national holidays. Global schools also close for religious holidays. In the Thai academic years, there are 2 semesters and an optional summer semester. 
First semester: Opens in the middle of May and continues till September end 
Second semester: This is from November until the close of February or the start of March.

Academic Year in Thai Higher Educational Institutions 

The university year commences in the following timeline:

 University Academic Year  
Semester 1Starts in June  Ends in October  
Semester 2 Starts in Mid November Ends in Mid March 

Here is a typical schedule followed by a Thai University:

Semester System

 First Semester
  • Classes commence: August
  • Mid Term Exams: September to October 
  • Final Exams: December 
Second Semester
  • Classes commence: January
  • Mid Term Exams:
  • March
  • Final Exams: May
Third Semester/Summer Season
  • Classes Commence: June 
  • Classes and Exams end: July
  • Last Day of Academic Year: August(next year)
Trimester System

First Trimester
  • Classes commence: August
  • Mid term exams: September to October
  • Final Exams: November 
Second Trimester
  • Classes commence: December 
  • Mid term exams: January
  • Final exams: March
Third Trimester
  • Classes commence: April
  • Final term exams: July
  • Last day of academic year: August (next year)

Medium of Instruction in Thailand Education System

Thai is the official language of the nation. It is mostly used as a medium of instruction in Thai universities and colleges. Thai schools also use the national language as a medium of instruction. Thai international schools impart education in English medium. Even in higher educational institutions, there is increasing use of English as a language of instruction. 

System of academic year followed in Thai higher educational institutions varies depending upon whether the semester or trimester system is followed. Thai schooling system has a well defined academic year. Medium of instruction is mostly Thai. 
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