University Language Institute (CULI)
University Language Institute, or CULI as it is popularly
called, is an institution founded in 1977 to service
the needs of its students for instruction in English
language. It is housed in the Prem Purachatra Building
– named in honor of a Thai prince and scholar, who in
the last century, dedicated himself to the study of
the English language and literature.
The institute has a large permanent staff of Thai nationals
and a smaller contracted staff of English native speakers.
Their mission is to develop the language skills of the
university’s students and provide a center of instruction
for others including public officials, teachers and
members of the public with an interest in improving
their English skills. Thus almost all Chulalongkorn
University freshmen enroll in the foundation course
– Experiential English – when they begin their studies.
In subsequent years they will take courses at CULI that
are more precisely designed to support them in their
major area of study. Postgraduates may return to the
institute to complete an M.A. or Ph.D in English as
an International Language or to do a course in preparation
for an IELTS or TOEFL exam.
of the Institute has developed over the 30 years of
its life. CULI carries out research into English as
a Foreign Language. It also organizes the national seminars
annually and international conferences every four years.
It regularly publishes PASAA, the oldest professional
language teaching journal in English in Thailand and
PASAA PARITAT, an annual publication of the English
Language teaching journal in Thai. More recently it
has begun providing English instruction for Thai and
overseas students who enroll in international courses
in Business Studies, Architecture, Engineering, Science,
and Communication Arts in which the medium of instruction
is English. Its expanded role means that the institute
operates all months of the year and often on weekends
and in the evenings in order to serve a very large and