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Payap University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยพายัพ; RTGSPhayap), established in 1974, is a private institution founded by the Church of Christ in Thailand. Payap is a founding member of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions in Thailand and an active member of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning.

Payap University
Motto Truth and Service
Type Private
Established March 21, 1974
Affiliation APHEIT
Religious affiliation
Church of Christ of Thailand
President Asst. Prof. Dr. Sompan Wongdee
Location Chiang Mai, Thailand
Colors Blue


Academic programsEdit

Payap is a liberal arts and pre-professional school offering 22 Thai language degrees in 12 departments.[1]

International student bodyEdit

Payap has an international student body with nearly 30 countries represented (including the United States, China, Myanmar, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Pakistan, India and Thailand). Students share strong English proficiency to perform in the English-speaking bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Payap University has obtained official recognition from the United States government, through its Department of Education (DOE), as eligible for federal financial aid.[2]


The university is in Chiang Mai.

Mae Khao campusEdit

Just east of the city, on the "middle" ring road, Mae Khao is the larger campus with 120 acres housing classrooms, administrative offices, and laboratories. The Luce Chapel, Center for Arts and Culture, the Research and Development Institute, and the University Central Library are here, as well as the faculties of humanities, social science, business administration, science, law, accountancy, finance and banking, pharmacy, and the graduate school. Also here are the university archives, the Christian Communication Institute (CCI), the Linguistics Institute, and the Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Peace.

Kaew Nawarat campusEdit

Kaew Nawarat is a small campus in town, across from Payap-affiliated McCormick Hospital. The McGilvary Faculty of Theology, the McCormick Faculty of Nursing, and the faculty of music are here.


The Payap University Archives hold documents related to the history of Protestant missions in northern Thailand. They house the personal papers of many missionaries from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the institutional archives of several missionary organizations.[3]

Foreign training for US veteransEdit

Payap University has been approved by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer degree programs to eligible American veterans. Currently there are ten degree programs approved for VA funding.


  1. ^ [Payap University Home Page - Introduction "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-10-17. ]
  2. ^ The following is from the US DOE: "The Foreign Schools Participation Team is pleased to inform you that, based upon the information included in your Application for Approval to Participate in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs, the Secretary of Education (Secretary) has determined that Payap University (Institution) satisfies the definition of an eligible institution under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Payap University will be listed in the next edition of the Directory of Postsecondary Institutions published by the U.S. Department of Education (Department)."
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