Thai History and International Politics Summer School

Fancy spending your summer at the seaside, experiencing life in the heart of picturesque Wales? Interested in International Politics?

Aberystwyth University is delighted to announce the launch of its 3 week summer school programme commencing this July!

Delivered by both the History and International Politics departments, our summer school is designed to encourage critical thinking among those who are interested in the History of Thailand and its relevance to themes covered in our International Relations programmes such as public diplomacy, democracy building and modernisation.


Department of International Politics: Known as the ‘birthplace’ of International Politics, the first international politics degree was delivered here in 1919. The Department has built upon its reputation as the UK’s leading centre of excellence in theoretical explorations of international relations, with major contributions being made in the areas of Critical Theory, English School/international society, post-structuralism, historical sociology, and normative approaches to international relations.  In another breakthrough the Department appointed the UK’s first lecturer in the sub-field of intelligence studies, which has grown into the renowned Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies. 

More information about the Aberystwyth Department of International Politics can be found via this link:

Department of History and Welsh History
: Founded in 1872, the History and Welsh History is the oldest department in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain. The department’s teaching and research excellence is reflected in a broad range of political, social and cultural history modules.The department is  very well known for its commitment to small-group teaching and one-to-one support.

More information about Aberystwyth Department of History and Welsh History can be found via this link:

Read the Thai Summer School Experience article to learn more about the student experience!


Who is the summer school for?

Aberystwyth Summer School is for:

  • Those interested in the history of Thailand and its relevance to themes covered in our International Relations programmes such as public diplomacy, democracy building and modernisation.
  • Students studying in their 1st or 2nd year of their undergraduate degree and who are interested in developing their critical reasoning skills in the area of international relation, mainly emphasising the role of Thailand in the Cold War.

What will I study at Aberystwyth Summer School?

Week 1: International Politics, Security and Democracy 

Introduction; Alternative concepts of Democracy; Public Diplomacy; Security and Human Rights

Week 2: Thailand: Emerging Democracy?

History and Politics 1932-92; Thaksin Shinawatra and the Political Crisis; Thai Style Democracy?

Week 3: Democracy in Action

Visit to the Welsh Assembly; Guest lectures; Round table discussions; Final Report submission

Features of the programme

Field trip to Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff

Guest Speakers including political leaders

Learning style: Debates, Presentation

The summer school includes additional social and field trips offering a modern approach to learning through debates, round table discussions, reflection sheets and more.Please refer to the official Thai Summer School Flyer for further details.

Summer School Dates and Fees

Course Fees: £3200 (inclusive of accommodation and breakfast)

Start date: 3rd July 2017   End date: 21st July 2017

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum IELTS 6.0 (with not less than 5.5 in  each element)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Transcripts from your university
  • A letter of reference from your tutor


  • The summer school programme offers accommodation from 3rd July until 21st July, located near the campus.
  • The fee for the summer school includes the price of accommodation and breakfast.



For more information on admissions and the summer school, please contact Amarjeet, International Officer for Thailand at

For more information on important dates and general enquiries, please contact

Summer School Application Form can be submitted to both of the addresses above.

To keep up to date on our activities relating to this summer school, we invite you to like our summer school Facebook page below. 

Thai History and Internatinal Politics Summer School Facebook Page



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