Thai Education Visa: Non-Immigrant Visa "ED" - Thai Language Schools
Thailand Education Visa Thai Language Schools in Pattaya Introduction to Thai Language
You wish to stay in Thailand for a full year or longer but don't qualify for a retirement, business or marriage visa? Tired of frequent "visa runs" to the Cambodian border or Laos? Problems with "too many" tourist visa in your passport? If your answer to one of these questions is "yes," and you're interested in learning new languages, then how about learning some Thai and, at the same time, solving your visa problems - all fully legally?
Thai - including its various regional dialects - is a fascinating language with melodic sequences of sounds and words, and an exotic, seemingly irritating, alphabet, which is definitely worth learning if you wish to stay in Thailand for longer than just a two-week holiday or consider settling down in Pattaya. And if you otherwise do not qualify for a one-year visa of either type, the perfect solution for you might be to enroll in a one-year Thai language course to be eligible to apply for a one-year non-immigrant ED visa ("student visa"). With this visa, you do not only not have to leave Thailand every now and then (but can legally stay here continually for one year and longer) but will also learn Thai professionally. Most language schools listed on this page offer the necessary one-year courses and will also assist you with applying for a "student visa."
Thailand Education Visa (Non-Immigrant Visa "ED")
There are dozens of Thai language schools in Pattaya, Bangkok, or elsewhere in Thailand, which offer a variety of Thai language courses to interested foreign students of all age groups, including full one-year courses for "newbies" who have no previous knowledge of Thai. Students who enroll in a one-year Thai course (with a minimum of 180 hours) will also be able to apply for a one-year "student visa" (or Education Visa = ED visa.)
With this visa you do not have to leave Thailand every now and then but can stay here continually for a full year. On arrival, students will be permitted to stay for 90 days and then with a paperwork provided by the school will be able to extend their stay every 90 days at the immigration office for the duration of the course. Visa extensions cost 1,900 Baht. You can enjoy studying Thai and at the same time not worrying about making any visa runs.
The Ministry of Education make no distinction among students coming from different countries or continents; all nationalities qualify for the Thai education visa. However, nationals of India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Iran, and Middle Eastern countries, need to apply for this visa in their respective home countries. Students from 12 to 99-year-old qualify for the ED visa.
Students can study Thai for three years using the same ED visa, however, every year you'll need to obtain a new letter from the Ministry of Education. With this letter there's no need to leave the kingdom in order to obtain a new ED visa but, of course, you'll need to renew your one-year Thai course if you want to continue your study here.
Most Thai language schools in Pattaya will charge around 25,000 Thai Baht for the one-year Thai course (180 lessons over the course of a year.) Usually, group lessons are restricted to not more than 10 students per group.
Once you have enrolled in a one-year Thai course, your school will need to apply for a letter from the Thai Ministry of Education requesting a one-year student visa for you, confirming that you are accepted to the programme and indicating the date when you will begin your studies. This official acceptance letter is the primary legal requirement for applying for a student visa. It usually takes between two and five weeks to wait for this letter. Without this letter from the education ministry, you won't be able to obtain the desired visa.
You will then have to travel to the nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate to apply for the visa. This means if you should be in Thailand already, you will have to leave the country again to apply for the visa. Visa application cannot be proceeded locally. At the embassy, you'll need to submit your acceptance letter along with your passport, a fully-filled visa application form, and passport-
sized photographs. The visa fee for a single-entry Non-Immigrant ED visa is 2,000 Baht.
An Education Visa is valid for one year in total; however, when you get this visa for the first time, it is only valid for 90 days.
Once you have obtained your visa, you'll need to come back to your school, which will then apply for a second letter from the Education Ministry certifying your enrolment. This letter allows you to make 90-day visa extensions at a local immigration bureau for the duration of the course. No visa runs are required; however, you will need to notify the Immigration Bureau of your current address and extend your visa every 90 days. Visa extensions will cost 1,900 Baht each time.
Note: Except for during your first extensions, immigration police will reportedly "check" your language skills when extending your visa every 90 days; so enrolling for a Thai course just for the sake of getting the ED visa, but then not to attend class, is not really a recommendable option.
Although most of the schools won't really check how (un)frequently you attend your lessons and, at least during your first extensions, the verbal language tests at the immigration bureau are brief and not really challenging, you might sooner or later run into problems when your language skills don't really improve gradually, or even have your visa extension rejected.
Most Thai language schools around Pattaya will assist interested students in the visa application process, including people who are not in Thailand yet and have to apply for the visa in their home countries. Most local language schools will readily provide you with all necessary information and documentation required for a successful visa application via mail, email or phone.
Thai Language Schools In Pattaya A-Z
B.E.C. Language & Culture School
571/1 Moo 5, Pattaya-Naklua Road, North Pattaya, Tel. 038-421 919, 038-370 176-8
B.E.C. language and culture school provides a fun and fascinating Thai cultural program with Thai language courses for foreigners, as well as courses on Thai cooking and fruit carving, Thai dance and music, traditional Thai massage, Thai martial arts and yoga.
B.E.C. Language & Culture School, Email email@example.com
CTA - Certified Translation Pattaya Co. Ltd. (Language School)
202/88 Moo 9, Soi Paniadchang 10 (off Central Pattaya Road, next to Carrefour), Pattaya Klang
Tel. 038-415 446, www.sprachschule-pattaya.de
German language school offering Thai and German courses. If you enroll in a full one-year course with 180 lessons (24,900 Baht including textbooks, CDs etc.) you can also apply for an ED Visa.
Easy ABC Language Centre and Nursery Co., Ltd.
391/127 Thappraya Road, Soi 11 (between South Pattaya and Jomtien)
Tel. 038-251 952, 089-881-9873, www.easy-abc-th.com
Easy ABC offers German, English language and computer courses, as well as introductory Thai courses for tourists, Thai crash courses for beginners or advanced students, single or group Thai courses and external lessons at your home in the greater Pattaya area. Students who enroll in a 180-hour Thai course are eligible to apply for a one-year education visa. Easy ABC will provide all the necessary documents from the Ministry of Education for you to successfully apply for an ED visa. A 180-hour Thai language course costs 25,900 Baht in the first year.
Excel Language Centre
565/49-50 Moo 10 (near Big C shopping mall in South Pattaya)
Tel. 038-413 725, 038-413 726, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.excelanguage.com
Excel Language Centre is a new language school near Big C in South Pattaya. The school offers Thai language courses for foreigners, and English courses for Thai students. Their young, friendly and helpful service staff will answer any question you might have about learning Thai language or ED visa application. Foreign students who attend a full one-year language course, will be eligible to apply for a one-year ED visa, which permits the student to remain in Thailand for a continuous duration of one year. Excel Language Centre is a Ministry of Education (MOE) approved school.
KLS School (Koson Language School)
245/147 Pattaya 3rd Road (between Pattaya Klang and Pattaya Nua)
Tel. 038-413 340, Email: email@example.com, www.kosonlanguageschool.com
KLS offers Thai language course at three different levels (elementary, intermediate, advanced) and in various packages at very competitive rates. KLS will also helps student who register for 180 lessons of Thai language study (tuition fees starting from 18,000 Baht) with the application process for an ED Visa - "the best way to stay in Thailand without worrying about visa runs."
LC International Languages & Computer School
Soi 6 (Soi Yodsak), Central Pattaya, Tel. 038-361 948-9, www.lcpattaya.com
LC Language School offers one-on-one tutoring and group lessons in a comfortable environment will friendly teachers and a fast and easy method that will have you reading, writing and speaking basic Thai in less than 60 hours. They also teach English, German, French, Italian, Chinese and Dutch, and offer various computer and internet courses. Students who register for 180 lessons of Thai language study will be eligible to apply for a one-year ED Visa.
Pattaya School of Languages & Computers (P.L.C.)
194/10-11 Moo 9, Central Pattaya Road, Pattaya Klang (between Carrefour and Foodland)
Tel. 038-421 819, www.plcpattaya.com
P.L.C. offers various Thai language courses for foreigners in single, twin or group lessons, as well as lessons in English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, French, German and Dutch language. Learn how to read, write and speak Thai with professional and experienced teachers. Prices for 20-hour Thai courses (group lessons) start at only 3,000 Thai Baht. Foreign students who enroll in a one- year Thai language course will be eligible to apply for a ED Visa.
PRO Language School
116/33 Moo 9, Central Pattaya Road (Pattaya Klang, near Carrefour), Central Pattaya
Tel. 038-489 225-7, www.prolanguage.co.th
At PRO Language School Pattaya, you can study Thai, English, Russian, German, Japanese, or a number of other languages, in spacious, comfortable and air-conditioned classrooms or at your own location. The professional instructors combine solid and adaptable methods of teaching with updated material and technology. Students who register for 180 lessons of study and pay the full tuition fee of 23,000 Baht for the course will be eligible for a one-year ED Visa.
PROgress Language & Computer School
209/86-87 North Pattaya Rd., Pattaya Nua (next to Lukdod Shop on Soi Yume, roughly opposite the bus terminal), Tel. 038-370 263, 038-423 639, www.progresslanguage.com
PROgress Language & Computer School offers computer courses and lessons in Thai, German, English, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Swedish.
Students who register for 180 lessons of Thai or English language study will be eligible for a one- year ED Visa. Tuition fees start from only 22,900 Baht (200 hours, group lessons) including all learning materials.
Success Language Center
128 Soi 1, Sri Racha, Tel. 038-771 000, 038-771 400, www.successlanguages.com
Thai, English, German and Japanese language courses for Thai and foreign learners. All teachers are professional, qualified and experienced native speakers.
Walen School of Thai
194/74-75 Soi Paniadchang (Soi Yume, opposite Carrefour), Central Pattaya Road
Tel. 038-410 526, www.thaiwalen.com
The Walen School of Thai - with branches in Pattaya, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, offers affordable and extremely effective Thai language courses, which will have you reading, writing and speaking Thai sooner than you might expect.
The Walen Method of teaching Thai is based on a natural learning process. In a question-answer format, the teacher will teach you many new words and how they are used in everyday language. As you answer questions, the teacher will help you if you find answering difficult and will revise it with you until you feel comfortable with the newly introduced work. Their teachers will constantly correct your pronunciation and tones, and right from the beginning you will also be taught how to read Thai. It is easier than you think!
Students who enroll in a one-year Thai course are eligible to apply for a one year Non-Immigrant ED visa. The school fee for 200 lessons is 24,960 Baht (promotional price).
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