As the only non-colonized country in Southeast Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand also has an unbroken literary tradition and an independent scientific culture.

Thai Studies is the scientific examination of the language, culture, literature, history and society of Thailand and some neighboring regions such as Laos, among others. The study of modern Thailand also requires the involvement of other disciplines such as anthropology, political science, sociology, geography and economics. It is based on a solid training of the Thai language.

Thai is widespread as a lingua franca in much of mainland Southeast Asia and also serves as a scientific language throughout the entire region today. Overall, the Thai language and related languages are spoken by more than 100 million people.


Provided the right amount of commitment and motivation, the B.A. in Thai Studies opens up diverse fields of activity in the areas of language, culture and knowledge transfer, as well as development cooperation and the possibility of a further M.A. degree.


Modern Thai, in order to work independently with the relevant academic literature via the acquired communication skills. Functional knowledge of at least one other Tai language, preferably Lao, Northern Thai or Shan. History and Literature of Thailand and other neighboring regions (especially Laos). Society, politics and economics of Thailand. Cultural and religious traditions of Thailand (mainly Theravada Buddhism).

NORMAL COURSE DURATION: Eight semesters (including a semester abroad in Thailand with scholarship possibilities)

COURSE START: Every winter semester

LANGUAGES USED IN CLASS: German, Thai, English

The new eight-semester BA course “Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia” (with the specialist profile Thai Studies) also includes a semester abroad at one of our Thai partner universities. For this we have concluded long-term cooperation agreements (or are in the process of doing so).

Our partner universities currently include the following:

Burapha University (Chonburi), 
Chiang Mai University, 
Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), 
Khon Kaen University, 
Maejo University (Chiang Mai)
, Naresuan University (Phitsanulok).

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