Food and Shopping

Food and Shopping


One of the best things about studying in Phuket is the food – Delicious and cheap!

Thai food is legendary around the world and there is no better place than in Thailand to have great Thai food at affordable prices.

University campuses in Thailand are known for their delicious, ready-to-eat Thai curry dishes nicknamed "Kao Gang". Kao means "rice" and Gang means, "curry". Kao Gang is the Thai version of an inexpensive buffet, including all types of foods, such as fried chicken, seafood, and mixed vegetables.

Make You Own Thai Food with The Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism!

Thai Food on Campus

Great Thai food can be found on campus. There are two student cafeterias and one restaurant inside the university. There are also three new coffee shops that serve Thai and Western foods. 

Our on-campus cafeterias are government subsidized in order to offer students complete lunches at around $1.00. That's right! "Dollar Lunch!"

If you can't wait – why not join us in the kitchen and learn to make "Phad Thai" or "Massaman Curry".

Thai and Western Food Near Campus

There are many small restaurants just outside of the university gates. Students can expect to pay $2.00 to $3.00 for lunch or dinner near campus depending on tastes and choice of drink.

International Food at Shopping Malls and Hotels

International foods at local shopping malls include nearly all major food chains, such as Starbucks, Sizzler, McDonald's, Pizza Hut or Pizza Company, and many others.

There are also many Thai or foreign-owned chains, such as Hachiban, Yayoi, Fuji, serving Asian Cuisine, and Wine Connection with great quality international foods and drinks. Additionally, there are dozens of other restaurants at Central Phuket.

Nearly all shopping malls in Thailand have food courts where students buy pre-paid cards and choose from many small food stalls at very affordable prices. Serving "Kao Gang" and other ready-to-eat Thai and international foods, lunch at most food courts will cost around $3.00.

The resort island of Phuket has 700 Hotels, including most international hotel brands, offering upscale meals and buffets, generally ranging from $25.00 to $50.00 per person.


Check out for a complete list of shopping malls in Phuket. The four largest shopping centers in Phuket are just 5 to 15 minutes from campus.


There are several large Cinemas on Phuket at Central Festival near campus and at Jungceylon Shopping Center in Patong.

International Feature Movies in English at "Central" Festival Phuket cost from approximately $6.00 for new releases, $5.00 the following week, and just $3.00 on Wednesdays. Check out what's playing and showtimes here at Education Abroad Asia's friend and sponsor –

Health and Safety

Health and Safety


Phuket, Thailand is a world-class destination for medical tourism, where medical and dental health care services are equal to most developed countries at a fraction of the cost. There are a number of excellent international hospitals near the university, including the Bangkok-Phuket Hospital, The Phuket International Hospital, and Mission Hospital (managed by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church).

In case of an emergency, each of these hospitals meets international standards.


Dental services in Phuket can be arranged at Dental Sea Clinic, owned and operated by Prince of Songkla University Professor, DDS/PhD, Ann Assenov. Professor Assenov not only has a medical degree in Dentistry (DDS), she holds a PhD in Dental Philosophy, and teaches and trains students at the university.

Earning her degree in Japan, "Professor Ann" prides her work on honesty and affordable dental care for her patients. Services at Dental Sea range from routine teeth cleaning, to more advanced services, including surgery.


Thailand has left-hand traffic, a legacy of British influence in the region. American students are urged to be particularly observant as traffic flows on in the opposite direction to what they are used to. 

Compared to the US, traffic flows in a different style and speed in Thailand, with motorcycles and vehicles of very different sizes driving at very different speeds. The "rules of the road" may vary considerably when compared with the US, and a safety in this regard cannot be overstated. A safety briefing is provided during the orientation.

Keeping with current standards in study abroad, Education Abroad Asia observes a safety-first policy, and students should not operate a motorcycle or drive in Thailand as outlined in the program agreement.


Accommodations are on campus – and all field trips and in-country travel will be arranged with licensed and experienced local drivers and guides. Students are free to use the local bus system, tuk-tuks, and private taxies for transportation.

Additionally, the university provides a shuttle service to local shopping malls several times a week and Education Abroad Asia will arrange transportation to beaches and places of interest that best meet the needs of our students.

Phuket is a world-class tourism destination, and adventures in and around the island are easily arranged. Education Abroad Asia has a designated travel company, Phuket Land Tour, owned and operated by “Mr. Soop”, a fun, fair, and friendly face on campus.


PHUKET OCEAN SAFETY – Phuket can have high and dangerous surf at anytime of year and lifeguard services, unfortunately, are unpredictable. It is essential that ocean safety be taken seriously.

Waves are highest and most frequent during the Southwest Monsoon, from approximately May to October.

In recent years, Phuket has gained recognition as a surfing destination and hosts various surfing competitions including those run by the Asian Surfing Circuit (ASC).

If you’d like to know more about beach and ocean safety, please see the following articles:


Basic international health and travel insurance is required for all students when they study abroad.

Students and parents can learn about international travel insurance coverage on the Education Abroad Asia Travel Insurance Page.

Clothes and Laundry

Clothes and Laundry



In Thailand, wearing the classic black and white university uniform is a way of acknowledging the privilege of studying at a university. At Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, students wear their uniforms and dress shoes to classes and offices.


American students appriciate the respect they receive on campus when dressed in their sharp-looking, tailor-made uniforms. Boys wear black pants and white shirts, and girls wear black skirts and white shirts or blouses.

Dr Steven Martin - Thanks to Star Tailor House, Phuket, Thailand


During your first week at Prince of Songkla, our tailor meets you personally to measure and fit your uniform. Education Abroad Asia provides two sets of clothes per student. Additional uniforms can be purchased for approximately $30.00 (shirt + skirt or trousers).

Tailor shops are very popular and inexpensive in Phuket, and students often order dress clothes and suits to take home to the US. We recommend Star Tailor House, owned and operated by a graduate of PSU and his family. They are familiar faces around campus and one of the best tailor shops on the island.


There are many laundry mats and services near campus. Many students have there laundry cleaned, pressed and folded on campus at the laundry service and dry cleaning shop below the girl's dormitory. Cost is approximately 10 cents per shirt or pant for wash, dry and press.

Professional dry cleaning is also available on campus at approximately $1.00 per item and takes 1 to 3 days. 

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions


Education Abroad Asia Offers Courses Taught in English for International Students



805-102 Fundamental Thai  4(3-3-6)

Background knowledge about Thai phonology and morphology; basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for daily life


810-107 Life Skills for Multi-Cultural Living  2(1-2-3)

Philosophy and aesthetics of life; life skills for personal fulfillment based on sufficiency economy; positive attitude towards life; personality development; personal life goal setting; encouragement techniques towards oneself and others; living in a multi-cultural society while bearing in mind moral and ethical principles


810-112 History and Thai Society  4(4-0-8)

Origin of Thais; development of society and culture from the community to state levels; ancient Thai civilizations; classifications of Thai era; Thai history in the context of the world’s history; evolutions in terms of politics, government; foreign affairs, economy and society; characteristic and structure of Thai society, social, economic and political foundations of Thai society; important religions in Thailand; current situations in Thai society; factors affecting changes in Thai society 


810-114 Skills for Learning and Problem-solving  4(4-0-8)

Life-long learning skills; learning process; knowledge acquiring process; managing knowledge; distinguishing between opinions and facts; positive thinking; thinking creatively and laterally; problem-preventive measures; problem-solving skills; evaluating and decision-making


810-201 Social Psychology  4(4-0-8)

Examination of human social systems and behavior with emphasis on cultures, societies, and social orders; surveying current psychological methods and procedures, basic human needs, and human behavior regarding reinforcement, motivation, learning, perception, intelligence and ability


810-301 Intercultural Communication  4(4-0-8)

Meaning and origin of intercultural communication; principles of intercultural communication via an understanding of language, customs, social class, gender, race, patterns of language cultures; communication strategies; social relations structures between ethnic groups leading to effective intercultural communication


813-102 Ballroom Dance  1(0-2-1)

Historical background; evolution of rules; regulations and safety; developing and increasing personal health by practicing ballroom dance


813-104 Yoga  1(0-2-1)

Historical background; evolution of rules; regulations and safety; developing and increasing personal health by practicing Yoga



802-302 Nature and Wildlife Tourism Business Management  4(4-0-8)

Principles of nature and wildlife tourism business management; natural resources and wildlife for tourism; activities and facility management in nature and wildlife tourism attractions; laws related to the nature and wildlife tourism business


802-304 Eco-Tourism Business Management  4(4-0-8)

Knowledge of components and principles of eco-tourism management; relationship between eco-tourism and eco-system and natural resources; determining factors in influencing the eco-system and natural resources that affect eco-tourism activities; styles of eco-tourism activities suitable for maintaining the balance of the eco-system; community participation in eco-tourism


803-301 Airline Management  4(4-0-8)

Principles and business concepts of airlines, managing the operations both ground and in-flight services, airline organization, marketing, strategy for airline operations; IATA regulations; basic knowledge of airplanes and flights


803-306 Airline Ground Service Operations  4(4-0-8)

Passenger service procedures before taking off, checking-in and boarding procedures; passenger service procedures after landing, baggage service and baggage claim; handling unforeseen circumstances, delayed passengers, illegal items brought by passengers, sudden illness of passengers


817-204 Human Resources Management  4(4-0-8)

Theories and practices in personnel management in the hospitality and tourism industry; organization and operations of human resources department, hiring, discipline, compensation, job analysis, performance appraisal


818-202 Marketing for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry  4(4-0-8)

Application of marketing principles and practices for the special needs of the hospitality and tourism industry; analysis of the marketing environments; opportunities and strategies particular to managing the marketing functions in the hospitality and tourism industry


818-402 Research Methods for Hospitality and Tourism  4(4-0-8)

An understanding and recognition of the values and techniques of research necessary for effective decision-making; the ability to recognize and  objectively criticize existing research methodologies; developing and conducting either qualitative or quantitative research, problem identification and definition, scope of study, research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis using statistical analysis, discussion of the findings, recommendation for future research


819-304 Convention and Event Management  4(4-0-8)

An overview of the convention and event industry, meetings, conventions, exhibitions, incentive travel, and other special events at both national and international levels; types of meetings and special events; present situations, trends, and opportunities in the event market; components of the event industry, identification of industry stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities; examination of various impacts of the industry; an introduction to planning, marketing, and event evaluation processes


820-402 Contemporary Issues in the Hospitality Industry  4(4-0-8)

Issues affecting the hospitality industry, exploration of the issues utilizing various strategies and multi-disciplinary approach; discussion and interpretation of multiple perspectives with an emphasis on critical thinking, strategic decision-making, and the formulation of innovative solutions


821-103 Knowledge of Beverages  4(2-4-6) 

Knowledge of beverages both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks with emphasis on the identification; use of tools and equipment; beverage preparation skills


821-401 Menu Planning and Pricing Strategy  4(4-0-8)

Theories and practices in menu planning; principles of nutrition in menu planning; types of menu; factors effecting menu planning including menu design, pricing of the items; relationship of profit and loss to the prices of the items; and assessment and improve of menu


821-402 Cost Control and Purchasing in Food and Beverage  4(4-0-8)

Principles and strategies in food and beverage cost control; budgeting for operations; cost-volume-profit analysis; menu pricing; labor cost control; utilizing computer system in cost control; management principles in cost control and procurement procedures including purchasing, receiving, storing, issuing, production, sales and service



811-456 Advanced Business English  4(3-2-7)

Accurate, appropriate and imaginative use of the English language in various characteristic contexts situations of contemporary international business; coherently structured business presentations; writing effective business correspondence and documents; debating and business negotiating


812-204 Statistics  4(4-0-8)

Meaning and scope of statistics; data and level of analysis; descriptive statistics; sampling techniques; distributions; confidence intervals; estimation and hypothesis testing; chi-square test; analysis of variance; correlation; linear regression


817-102 Principles of Accounting  4(4-0-8)

A general introduction to financial accounting, concepts and techniques; applications to various forms of business organization; using managerial and financial accounting information systems for business decision-making


817-103 Principles of Marketing  4(4-0-8)

Scope of marketing and marketing tasks; marketing concepts and tools; classifications and analysis of consumer behavior in different types of market; analysis of marketing environment and competition; development of market offerings to fit the new economy


817-201 Principles of Economics  4(4-0-8)

An introduction to the microeconomics of production, consumption and markets; history and structure of Thai economy; an introduction to macroeconomics and competitive market economy


817-202 Business Finance  4(4-0-8)

Operational and strategic financial problems, allocation of funds; cost of capital and financial structure; financial information system; financial structure; policy determination and analysis of the financial environment


817-203 Principles of Management  4(4-0-8)

Management principles and analyzing techniques; decision-making principles in management systems; organizations and organizational design; organizational theories and development; interpersonal relationships; development of management competencies



  • EAA students may choose to enroll in any courses listed provided that the chosen courses are not overlapping in the study timetable, and that there are at least 10 students enrolled in the course selected.

  • Students normally choose 4 or 5 courses per semester.

  • The course list may be subject to change. Please note that some courses offered to international students only, but most of our courses provide opportunities to study with Thai students.

  • Elective courses are subject to low demand and may not be offered if there are less than 10 students registered. 

  • Please also note that the course list may be subject to change. 

  • Students may change their course selection within the first week of the semester by contacting the EAA director or FHT staff. 

  • Students may be able to enroll in Thai cultural courses or various language courses (such as Thai or Chinese) offered by Faculty of International Studies.

  • Costs for additional courses (those not offered by FHT) may be supported by EAA depending on circumstances. Please contact the EAA program director, Dr. Steven Martin, for assistance with courses taught by other faculties.

Tuition and Dates

Tuition and Dates


Once you apply and are accepted, please make your $400 program deposit. The deposit allows Education Abroad Asia to process your acceptance letters with Prince of Songkla University, and to arrange your on-campus housing. Your university-issued acceptance letters allow you to apply for your Thai Education Visa.

Contact us with any questions


1. Apply online and receive confirmation regarding your acceptance within 3 days.

2. Make your $400 program deposit.

3. Download, sign and return the EAA Program Agreement by email.

4. Receive your university-issued letters in English and Thai for student visas (sent from Thailand by express mail).

5. Apply for your student visa at any Thai embassy in the USA or abroad.

6. Pay final program fees 30 days prior to program orientation.

7. Purchase student travel insurance (required)

2019 SPRING SEMESTER (January 7 – May 17)

Program Cost $5,750

Apply Before October 1, 2018

Program Deposit $400 by November 1, 2018

Tuition Payment $5,350 by December 1, 2018

Orientation January 3 – 5, 2019

Classes Start January 7, 2019

2019 SUMMER (June 6 – July 9)

Program Cost $2930

Apply Before April 15, 2019

Program Deposit $400 by April 20, 2019

Tuition Payment $2,530 by May 15, 2019

Orientation June 6 – 7, 2019

Classes Start June 10, 2019

2019 FALL SEMESTER (August 12 – December 20)

Program Cost $5,750

Apply Before May 1, 2019

Program Deposit $400 by June 1, 2019

Tuition Payment $5,350 by July 1, 2019

Orientation August 7 – 9, 2019

Classes Start August 12, 2019

Banking and Payments

Banking and Payments

Education Abroad Asia banking is based at the Great Northern Shopping Center, North Olmsted, Ohio, Office. Bank deposits are easily made at any US Bank branch.


U.S. Bank – North Olmsted Office

CN-OH-9976 25900 Country Club Blvd.

North Olmsted, OH,  44070


Making your payment to Education Abroad Asia is easy. Three convenient methods include (1) Depositing to our account directly at any U.S. Bank (2) Wire transfer to our U.S. Bank Account (3) Check or money order payable to Education Abroad Asia.



Education Abroad Asia – Business Account # 130119466113



Education Abroad Asia - U.S. Bank Account # 130119466113

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Please send your check or money order made out to "Education Abroad Asia" directly to:

U.S. Bank – North Olmsted Office Branch

CN-OH-9976 25900 Country Club Blvd.

North Olmsted, OH,  44070


The U.S. Bank, North Olmsted Office, Assistant Managers are Lisa Blenda and Shannen Killiany, and they can be reached at 440-777-3434


U.S. Bank offers banking through partner colleges and universities in sixteen US States.