It is doubly hard in that field because ...
1. As opposed to Science or Econ majors where the majorities of entering students are foreign. You will be competing with American or European students whose English is their native language and whose immersion in the history / subject matter is genuine. Schools may require you to submit a 'writing sample' . At this point, you will have comparative disadvantage to native students. Generally, History students are required to know 'second' language other than 'English'. It could be 'Thai' if you are doing 'Thai History' in that case. You should know that most students in US know second language in high-schools or colleges.
2. I believe the entering class of History is small in general. The humanities does not have large pool of resource to sponsor a lot of students, so they have to be very careful when selecting the 'best' among the applicants. So it is important to make your application 'stand out' from the crowd.
3. Imagine that while Thai students are still struggling with how to prepare for TOEFL, their fellow applicants might sit down comfortably polishing their senior thesis about the history of Ottoman Empire, drinking French wine, mumbling in German , humming an aria from Puccini's La boheme. See what is the difference ? (sorry- maybe too dramatic)
4. Without connection from professors, or without prior exposure to the inner circle, the chances of entering into those programs are almost zero in my view. The best bet is to go getting the alumni or professors and let them help connect you to professor in the department you want to apply. To give some example, I think there is a Thai PhD student in Anthropology dept. Harvard (the translator of Sophie's World into Thai). She got in because of Prof. Michael Herzfeld (if I am not wrong). My point is ...you've gotto know someone out there if you seriously want to get admited.
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