Payap University MA Program

Southeast Asia

The mission of Payap University linguistics department is to train students to be skilled linguists and to promote the research and documentation of languages, focusing on the languages of mainland Southeast Asia, which will be of value to the local and international communities.

Located in the northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai, Payap University is home to many different language groups and is the centre of a linguistic area that stretches far beyond the borders of the country. The impact of this program is spreading over broader areas of Asia, both in staff working with minority languages and students being trained.


Your generous support of the Payap MA program equips crucial Bible translation and literacy experts to bring God’s Word to the hundreds of language groups that need it. You can help make Scripture come alive for millions of people who haven’t yet met their loving Saviour.

You can help make an impact for eternity in Southeast Asia. Your financial gifts will enable the Payap MA program to:

  • Offer three courses in translation. Most students want to be equipped to do Bible translation
  • Train students in language development, including literacy
  • Equip students who are from Southeast Asia to return to their home countries to do Bible translation and/or language development
  • Help students carry out foundational linguistic research required for Bible translation and language development for regional languages
  • Support staff to provide academic service to Southeast Asia. Staff members serve as expert translation consultants or—alongside senior students—run workshops on topics requested by communities.


The Payap MA program counts the number of graduates working in partnership with SIL, Wycliffe’s key field partner, as one of their top accomplishments. They are involved in language projects in five Southeast Asian nations; 15 graduates are currently involved in the Kinsha project, with two more joining later this year after completing their theses.

Payap is also proud of the leadership of two graduates who serve(d) as translation advisers for the Lahu Shi New Testament project. The New Testament in this language group was dedicated in 2016.

The seven students admitted to the MA program have started their regular graduate classes and are generally  doing very well. As many as eight students are on track to graduate in 2021.


Payap staff continue to try to ensure that the MA Linguistics students and prospective students have effective English tutoring. All classes are taught in English. Praise God for the volunteer tutors from English-speaking countries. Pray for the students to succeed in learning English well.



  • Visit the project regularly to monitor progress, address challenges and help ensure good stewardship of resources
  • Send you regular updates to keep you informed of the Payap MA Program’s progress, financial need and prayer requests
  • Send you an annual tax receipt for your donations

Remaining Need:
of $171,380

Current phase:


  • 2021-22|$80,330
  • 2022-23|$91,050

Your gift will help: