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|Established||March 21, 1974|
|Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand|
|President||Rux Prompalit, PhD.|
|Location||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Colors||Sky Blue and White|
Payap University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยพายัพ; RTGS: Phayap), established in 1974, is a private institution founded by the Foundation of 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 is a liberal arts and pre-professional school offering 22 Thai language degrees and 7 English-based language International degree programs in 12 colleges/faculties.
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.
The university is in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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 and social science, business administration, science, law, accountancy, finance and banking, communication art, 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 is a small campus in town, across from Payap-affiliated McCormick Hospital. The McGilvary College of Divinity, the McCormick Faculty of Nursing, and the Collge 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.
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.