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ED Visa and Student Visa Application Policy
Are you interested in studying Thai full-time with AUA? Would you like to learn about the ED visa? We invite you to continue reading to learn more!
The "ED" Visa
The "ED" Visa is for foreign students, who wish to study in Thailand. A student must apply for this visa outside of the country. It is normally valid for 90 days. ED visa students will study a minimum of 15 hours per week (or 180 hours during the 90-day visa period).
Tuition hours need to be used during the 90-day visa period. They are non-transferable & non-refundable. Unused hours will expire at the end of each 90-day visa period.
To qualify for this visa:
- You must have a passport (valid for at least 18 months at the planned date of arrival).
- You must be willing to fulfill all study & attendance requirements.
- You must apply for the ED visa outside the Kingdom of Thailand.
- You must meet all Royal Thai Goverment requirements.
To apply for this visa, a student will need a Letter of Acceptance from the language center and several letters from the Royal Thai Government. This process will take at least 1-2 months to complete.
The Student Visa
The Student Visa is a visa extension. Each visa extension will provide the student with 90 more days in Thailand (up to 12 months from the original date of entry).
Students must continue to study but will be required to study 20 hours per week (or 240 hours during each extension period). As before, the tuition hours need to be used during the 90-day visa period. They are non-transferable & non-refundable. Unused hours will expire at the end of each 90-day visa period.
To qualify for this visa:
- You must have a valid ED Visa in your passport
- You must be studying in our program.
- You must fulfill all study & attendance requirements.
- You must apply in our office during your first week in Thailand.
To apply for this visa extension, you will need to meet with the AUA Thai Studies office staff during your first week in Thailand. Please bring your passport, three (3) passport-style photos, and supporting documents with you.
A student who has an ED or Student Visa with AUA must study at least 180 hours (or 240 for student visa holders) during each 90-day visa period. This means an average minimum of 15-20 hours per week (respectively).
Please note that we reserve visa assistance for those who are serious about learning Thai language & culture with our institute.
Students are expected to meet all study & attendance requirements, complete government applications on time, and follow all rules, regulations, and laws of the AUA Language Center & the Kingdom of Thailand. Known infractions (such as working whilst on an ED visa) will result in cancellation of the ED visa.
Note: If you have previously had an ED visa with another language center, you will need to wait two (2) years (from the end of your previous ED visa) before applying with us.
To apply, continue to the steps below:
In the options below, you will find several methods of contacting us to apply for assistance with the ED visa process. In addition to applying online, applicants already in Thailand are invited to visit our Thai Studies office. Please visit during our morning hours (09.00 - 10.50) to speak with our staff, or contact us to schedule an appointment.
Step 1: ED Visa Application
Option A: Use Our Online Form
Once you submit this form, we will send you an email confirmation immediately. We will begin to review your submission. Additionally, we will still need a scanned copy of your entire passport as well as scanned passport-style photo.
Please note that failure to complete the hours of study within the allotted time period will result in the loss of those hours. In addition, we will use our discretion in notifying the relevant Thai authorities.
Step 2: Make Your Payment
Option A: Pay by Paypal
In an email, please tell us if you wish to pay for 180 or 240 hours and that you wish to pay via bank transfer.
After the transfer is complete, please email us a copy of your receipt.
Note: If you require EMS, DHL, or other special mail services for your visa application documents, you must request a price quote from the AUA Thai Studies office and pay for this service in advance. Late requests for special mail services will delay the shipping of your documents. Otherwise, all documents will be sent via regular post.