Student VISA in Thailand

If you choose to study at a university in Thailand, you will need a student visa. There are two types of student visas: single-entry and multiple-entry. Both types are Non – ED visas. A single entry visa is issued for three months, after which you will need to travel to a neighboring country: Laos or Malaysia and get a new visa. Mostly, such documents are used by people studying in many language schools located in many cities in Thailand.

Multiple-entry student visas are only issued to people who enroll in higher education institutions in Thailand, and the cost is about 60USD. Such a visa is issued for a period of six months or one year at the time of entry to university, for the first year of study the visa is issued for six months, when applying for this VISA you would not have to travel to a neighboring country, because you are simply applying for a student visa from overseas.

How to apply for a student visa in Thailand

To apply for a student visa you will need to contact the Thai Embassy, which is most likely located in the capital of your country and in order to get accepted you will need the following documents:

  • A foreign passport

  • A letter from the university where you plan to study about your enrolment

  • A copy of your civil passport

  • Confirmation of your financial solvency, for example, a bank statement. If someone else will pay for your studies, you need his or her applications and a document confirming his or her financial solvency

  • A completed application form

You may need other documents in each case, so do not consider this list exhaustive and sufficient for all cases.

As for the confirmation of multiple-entry visa every three months, this procedure does not cause any particular difficulties, just do not postpone the visit to the Migration Service on the last day. It is often the administration of the university where you are studying that takes over responsibility for obtaining a new multiple-entry student visa after one year of study. In general, the procedure for obtaining and renewing student visas is well established and does not cause any particular difficulties.

Alternatives

In the vast majority of cases, a multiple-entry student visa for university studies is the best option. Trying to get a single-entry visa for three months or tourist visas will usually be much more expensive and troublesome. It costs only a trip to a neighbouring country to get a new visa, both in terms of financial costs and time required to solve this issue. Therefore, some alternatives should only be considered in situations where a multiple-entry student visa to Thailand is denied for some reason. However, given Thailand’s policy to develop and improve education, student visa denial is rare. Here again, the advice will be to take care of getting your visa well in advance and not to postpone the event until the last days before you start studying.

This is the general information about obtaining a student visa, which is necessary for a future student at
a Thai university. However, if you use the student visa support and counselling services of Thai universities, the already simple process of applying for a student visa will become even easier and faster.

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