International College Payap University

The International College of Payap University provides a wide range of educational levels–from a certificate program to undergrad and graduate programs. With our mission to provide leading international studies to produce global citizens with moral and academic excellence, we expand the boundaries of learning through interdisciplinary teaching and learning and career-integrated curricula. 

The International College started its Bachelor’s Degree program in 2003 and as such has had over a decade of experience teaching an international curriculum. Our lecturers perfectly comply with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation’s requirements and have international experience from various countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany, Korea, Ireland, Japan, Thailand, and the USA. Current students come from all across the globe representing 25 countries, including Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, China, Philippines, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Swiss, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, UK, and USA.


Payap University Accreditation

Institutional accreditation and recognition at Payap University International College for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs are given by both the Thailand Ministry of Education and the United States government Department of Education (DOE). Payap University is also an active member of Association of Private Higher Education Institutions of Thailand (APHEIT).

Ministry of Education, Thailand:

Payap University was recognized by the Royal Thai Government in 1984 when it became the first fully accredited private university in Thailand. Then, in 2003 Payap University’s International College started its International Bachelor’s Degree program.

All undergraduate and graduate degree programs are fully accredited by the Ministry of Education, Thailand. As a private university, Payap has to follow the National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education in Thailand and must submit to the formal practices and TQF standards (Thai Qualifications Framework for Higher Education). This includes annual auditing of all programs and academic support to guarantee the quality and service of all accredited programs.

US Government:

In January 2015 Payap University obtained official recognition from the United States government, through its Department of Education (DOE), as a deferment-only institution.

This confirms Payap’s eligibility to offer degree programs approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of the United States of America for eligible American veterans. The current American Veterans VA Program at Payap has thirteen programs approved for VA funding.

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Payap University History

The Church of Christ in Thailand has endeavored for more than 50 years to establish a Christian higher education institute in Thailand. However, its efforts have been unsuccessful for many reasons. Then, in 1969, the Royal Proclamation of the Private College Act made private higher education legal in Thailand. Therefore, the Church of Christ in Thailand reconsidered establishing a Christian higher education institute in 1970, aiming to elevate its existing educational institute, the McCormick Hospital School of Nursing and the McGilvary Theological Seminary to become a higher education institute. The Church of Christ in Thailand, then, appointed a committee to set up a private college in Thailand. The permission, finally, was granted for Payap College on March 21, 1974. Payap College held its first classes on June 10, 1974, consisting of 7 undergraduate programs and one diploma program. In this first year, there were 189 students form 15 provinces spread all over Thailand. Payap College received permission from the Ministry of University Affairs to change from “Payap College” to “Payap University” on July 25, 1984, making it the first private university in Thailand.

Payap University Preamble

Payap University, the first private university in Thailand, was established by the Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand to bear witness to God’s steadfastness, humanity’s faithfulness, and the concern and support of people for one another.

Payap University strives to adhere to its motto, “TRUTH AND SERVICE” by seeking academic and moral excellence in order to create understanding through the living truth and attitude of service to all.

Students of Payap University must learn self-development, acquire knowledge, and exhibit wisdom. And think creatively. They must develop a capacity for excellence, grow in social responsibility, and work together effectively.