The People’s Republic of China is a superpower with great global influence in the fields of economics, politics, arts, and culture. China has exerted a profound influence on Thai culture, particularly over the past 200 years of Chinese-Thai relations. Thais, from everyday citizens to those working at the highest levels of government, recognize the importance of China, both in the global sphere and for Thailand specifically. Given China’s importance and the need for China scholars in Thailand, the Pridi Banomyong International College has developed the Chinese Studies International Program. The purpose of the program is to produce graduates who have both the Chinese language proficiency and the knowledge and understanding of China.
The Chinese Studies International Program at Pridi Banomyong International College is unique in its close relationship with the School of International Studies at Peking University in China. Students in the program are required to spend at least one semester abroad at Peking University. Moreover, many of the courses offered by the Chinese Studies International Program at Thammasat are equivalent to courses offered at Peking University, including Global Political Economy in the 21st Century of China and Investment and Trade of China. Through classes in Thailand and study abroad at China’s top university, students have the opportunity to study Chinese in full immersion contexts. The Chinese Studies program thus responds to the need for China experts at all levels of the labor market, from the local, to the national, or the international level.