FAQs

Introduction to 1-Year Thai

The 1-Year Thai Language and Culture course focuses on introducing both Thai Language and Culture to international students. Students will study: speaking, listening, reading and writing throughout the program, through a series of carefully designed lectures, presentations and workshops. We estimated that by the end of the course students will be at a pre-intermediate level.

Thai culture is an important aspect of language acquisition - for this reason the 1-year Thai Language and Culture course aims to introduce Thai culture through both in class activities and field excursions. This may include activities such: Thai cooking, Muay Thai kickboxing, Thai music and dance, Buddhism, Thai history, Arts and films. Weekend activities and excursions will be organised on a monthly basis, however the fee will not be included in the overall program fees shown. For more information, please contact a member of the international team at the Language Institute

This program will appeal to a number of different people from differing backgrounds; however all of these people will have one common objective, to learn Thai through a natural approach to learning. This course has been designed for being able to use Thai in everyday life.

There are no formal entry requirements for 1-Year Thai Language and Culture course, all we demand is that the student has the personal characteristics which include the motivation and desire to learn about Thai Language and Culture. This is a 12-month program. Class will meet 6-hours per week.

Certificate in Thai will be offered every month, depending on the number of student enrolments, and Language Institute reserves the right to cancel a program if it does not meet the minimum number of student enrolments.

Class will only be held Monday to Friday either (morning session - 09.00 to 12.00, afternoon session 13.00 to 16.00 or evening session 16.00 to 19.00). We do not offer weekend programs. For those who are interested in learning Thai privately, please contact a member of staff

The 1-Year Thai Language Course fees for 2017 is 35,000 Baht for 216 hours of instruction.

Effective 31st March 2015 - the maximum age for students to apply for this program will be 60 years due to the regulations related to the issuance of Non Immigrant Education visas as per the request of Chiang Mai Immigration for Chiang Mai University's 1-Year Certificate in Thai Language Program.

Non Immigrant ED visa

Students signing up for Certificate in Thai Language and Culture will be automatically eligible for continuous one-year visa assistance. To prevent abuse of LICMU visa application support, students will be issued an additional 2 visa support documents throughout the year as follows:

Visa support letter one: 3-month duration

Visa support letter two: 3-month duration

Visa support letter three: 6-month duration

Therefore, students will have to renew their visa twice during the program. This policy is meant to prevent that students apply for a visa without attending class.Thus, LICMU is to monitor class attendance strictly in order to certify that class attendance over the course of the program has been at least 80% on a monthly basis, prior to providing its visa application support. It is important that students contact one of their team members at least three week therefore the expiry date of their Non-Immigrant ED visa. Visa support processing time is between 5-7 working days. Once a letter has been issued, students will be able to apply for an extension of their current Non-Immigrant ED visa, at Chiang Mai Immigration at a fee of Baht 1,900.- per single entry.

To qualify for initial visa assistance, students must be officially registered and enrolled in a program, and full tuition fees must be paid. For continued visa support 80% of class attandance is required and support must be timely requested.

Information for students applying outside the Kingdom of Thailand

Students applying for study program via the internet who have not yet entered Thailand, must provide LICMU with the following information:

  1. Full name as it appears in your passport
  2. Nationality
  3. Passport Number
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Location of Thai Embassy or Consulate where the application will be made(for Non-Immigrant visa)
  6. Passport Size photograph (colour scanned) with dimensions 1.5 X 2.0 inches
  7. Scanned copy of the passport page containing information of the holder
  8. Scanned signature on white paper
  9. Criminal Record

On receipt of the above information, LICMU will start seeking approval by the appropriate CMU officials. In the event visa support cannot be approved, LICMU will process a refund, less 7,500.- Thai baht as administration fee. Once approval for visa support is given, such will be notified to the applicant by e-mail. This approval document, along with other papers and the fee, has to be submitted to the the relevant Embrassy of Thailand.

Information for students applying inside the Kingdom of Thailand

Students who have registered in person at the Language Institute and requesting visa support, and who are already in possession of one of the following visas: Non-Immigrant 'B' (business), ED or 'O' (other) status, can or either apply for an extension of this visa or apply for a category change, at the Immigration Office in Chiang Mai. At any rate, once the tuition fees is paid, LICMU will request for this information.

For students who have entered Thailand on a tourist visa, a visa application has to be made at one of the Thai Embassies outside the Kingdom of Thailand. The most popular locations are presently Vientiane, Laos. It is relevant to provide the LICMU with such information.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of International Office, LICMU directly for further assistance.

1-Year FAQs

What is covered in the 1-year Thai Language and Cultural Studies course?

The main focus for the course is developing fluency and accuracy using the Thai language. The contents of the course will cover many different aspects regarding everyday life. We will use vocabulary and language which is applicable in everyday Thai society. This courses also has a Thai culture component, and we will look at Buddhism, history, music, literature as well as food and art. To help students understand about Thai culture, we will try to use as much activity based exercises to help reinforce learning.

How often do the courses begin?

Our courses start at the beginning of each month. Please check the schedule section for further information. We also offer private group booking for more than 5 students, please contact a member of staff for further information.

Is this course approved by Chiang Mai University?

Yes, this program has been approved by the Board of Language Institute Chiang Mai University, precided by the Chairman of the Board and Vice President of International Relations and Alumni Affairs. The 1-year Thai Language Certificate is now fully authorized to be administered exclusively at Language Institute Chiang Mai University. All students who enrol will be a student of the university will full privileges - including use of swimming pool and fitness centre (terms and conditions apply).

What are the times and days of classes?

Class will only be held Monday to Friday either (morning session - 09.00 to 12.00, afternoon session 13.00 to 16.00 or evening session 16.00 to 19.00). We do not offer weekend programs. For those who are interested in learning Thai privately, please contact a member of staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How much is the cost of the program?

The total cost of the 1-year Thai Language and Culture Certificate program is 35,000 Thai Baht. This includes all material costs. The cost of the 15-day Thai Language course is 6,000 Thai Baht (inclusive of all tuition fees and materials).

Will we study reading and writing in the 1-year Thai Language and Culture course

Yes, the 1-year Thai Language and Culture course includes reading and writing.

I am interested in enrolling for the course, what is the first step I need to take>

The first step is to fill out the online student enrollment form, we will then email you back with further information.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, the culture of Thailand is quite conservative and this is reflected in the dress code at LICMU. All trainees are required to dress smart casual, for men this means long trousers (smart jeans are acceptable) and a collared shirt (polo shirt is acceptable) and a blouse and skirt or smart trouser (jeans acceptable) for women.

When do I need to pay for the course?

We require 50% deposit upon application and the remaining balance can be paid on the first day of class. Once you have paid your tuition fees, you will be eligible for visa support.

How many people will be on the course?

The course has a minimum of 8 people with a maximum number of 15 people.

What is an ED visa?

An ED visa is a Non Immigrant Education visa that allows a visitor to the Kingdom of Thailand to remain in the country while they are studying

Do I need an ED visa to study?

No, if you already have another visa, you may still enrol in the 1-year Thai Language and Culture Certificate course.

What are the visa fees?

The cost for a single entry Non Immigrant ED visa is 1,900 Baht for those who wish to take a multiple entry visa, additional fees will apply. For this course, a student will need to make at least four application to obtain their full 12 months non immigrant ED visa. The first application will allow them to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for 3 months. Once a student successfully meets all the course requirements, LICMU will process an additional 3 support documentations for the remaining nine months.

Once the tuition fees have been, how long will it take to get the ED visa?

After receiving your deposit, it will take between 5 and 10 working days to process your paperwork, depending on the number of international student applications which the International Relations Division at Chiang Mai University has to process. Afterwards, you are free to visit a Thai Embassy or consulate within the country. For those of you applying outside the country, we will require an additional 5-10 working days to courier the relevant documents to your address. After that it will depend on the processing time of your in country's Thai Embassy/Consulate.

What if the Thai Embassy/Consulate rejects my visa application?

In the highly unlikely event that the Embassy rejects your application, Language Institute Chiang Mai University will provide a full refund minus a 7,500 Baht processing and administrative fee.

Can I change a Non-B, Non-O or Tourist Visa into an ED visa without leaving Thailand?

Yes, if you have a Non-O or Non-B with more than 21 days left on your visa before it expires, then we have time to prepare your documents for the conversion of your visa status. You may then proceed to the local immigration office in Bangkok. Please note, the immigration authority in Chiang Mai do not have the authority to change the category of the visa. However, if you are the holder of a tourist visa we recommend you apply at an Embassy outside the country.

Are there any age limits on the ED visa?

Effective 31st March 2015 - the maximum age for students to apply for this program will be 60 years due to the regulations related to the issuance of Non Immigrant Education visas as per the request of Chiang Mai Immigration for Chiang Mai University's 1-Year Certificate in Thai Language Program.

Do I need to be able to speak English to enrol for the course?

Our course is designed to meet the needs of any non native speakers of Thai. For the general 1-year program, a student should have a conversational comprehension of the language as the medium language which the course will be taught in is English.

Can I put my spouse on my ED visa?

No, spouses are not allowed on the ED visa.

Are the classes on Chiang Mai University campus?

Yes, all the classes will be held at the Language Institute's facility on Chiang Mai University's main campus

Non Immigrant ED Terms

Students enrolling into the 1-year Thai Language and Cultural Studies course are expected to agree to the following terms and conditions as stated hereunder.

PART A: General

  1. Laws of the Kingdom of Thailand, student regulations of Chiang Mai University as well as terms and conditions of the Language Institute Chiang Mai University (LICMU) apply.
  2. To those students requesting this, LICMU shall provide supporting letters to apply for a Non-Immigrant Education ('ED') visa, a service extended for the duration of the course, and extended once they have been officially accepted into the program. However, the following conditions apply:

a. Student must attend classes, participate actively and complete assigned homework tasks.

b. At the end of each month class attendance must not be less than 80%. If the tolerance of 15 minutes for late arrival is exceeded, the student involved will be marked absence.

c. Students are expected to behave and dress appropriately.

d. LICMU reserves the right to withhold visa support assistance for students who do not meet all the aforementioned conditions.

e: Students accept an initial 3-month Non-Immigrant ED visa support letter from LICMU, followed by a total of 3 additional visa support letters for a period of 9 months.

f: Inability to attend class must be notifed to the lecturer or LICMU Administrative Officer, at least 2 days in advance. Absence from class for two consecutive days without prior notice may have an adverse affect on the visa application support service.

g. Students obtaining a visa with LICMU's support have to contact an LICMU Administrative Officer in Room 120 at least one month prior to the visa expiry date as shown in their passport. The LICMU Administrative Officer will arrange for the document required within 7 working days and provide it to the student as support for a visa extension by the Immigration Office.

  1. In compliance with Thai law, holders of the Non-Immigrant ED visas are not allowed to work in Thailand. Should it be found, however, that a student,holding a Non-Immigrant ED visa obtained with the support of LICMU, is working in Thailand. LICMU shall have to take steps to terminate his/her visa with immediate effect, LICMU is unable to accept any responsibility for problems and/or expenses arising from such visa termination. Neither will LICMU be able to consider in such case any further requests to peovide support for visa apllication. (NB: Thai law requires all foreigners intending to work and/or perform voluntary activities (i.e. with or without pay) are to apply for the Non Immigrant B (Business) Visa, and must obtain a work permit from the Department of Labour.
  2. Students holding a Non-Immigrant ED Visa and who have entered Thailand, must report their address of residence to a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.within 48 hours of their arrival
  3. In the event that any student of the Thai Language Program commits any illegal act in Thai territory, LICMU reserves the right to terminate his/her visa with immediate effect, and shall not accept any responsibility for any subsequent problems.

PART B: Program Structure

  1. The duration of the program is 216 hours.
  2. Classes meet 6 hours per week either on weekday evenings or weekends. Should there be any (un)foreseen class cancellations (e.g. official holidays, natural disaster, political unrest, etc.), LICMU will arrange for make-up classes as soon as possible in order enable students to graduate within the scheduled time.
  3. LICMU reserves the right to:

a. Change the Thai language instructor/lecturer without prior notice;

b. Change/alter the curriculum/syllabus;

c. Change/alter the timetable/schedule;

PART C: Certification

  1. Students will be awarded a certificate upon graduation of the program, signed by the Director of the Language Institute Chiang Mai University, on the last day of the course, provided he/she can meets two out of following three criteria:

a. A class attendance of at least 80%

b. The passing of all in-class tests and examinations

c. The instructor's concurrence that the student deserves the graduate.

PART D: Tuition Fee

  1. The full tuition fees is 35,000 Thai baht must be paid before the first day of class.
  2. This fee will includes all training materials
  3. For those seeking visa assistance, the program deposit of 17,500 Thai baht must be paid beforehand.

PART E: Refund

1.Language Institute Chiang Mai University has a strict no refund policy once full payment has be made. In the event a course cannot be opened due to insufficient student enrolments, a refund can be processed. If a student has obtained visa assistance through LICMU and a course cannot be opened due to insufficient enrolment, a partial refund can be offered less adminstrative fees as outlined below.

  1. LICMU reserves all rights not to refund anyone enrolled in the Certificate in Thai and/or the Thai Language and Cultural Program.
  2. In the event that a student is denied a visa at an embassy or consulate prior to the start of the course, LICMU shall refund the fees paid after deduction of 7,500.- Thai baht for administrative costs.
  3. If a student starts and withdraws from the course, there will be no issuance of a refund.
  4. If a student is registered to start a course, and does not commence the program and fails to inform a member of International Office before the start of the course, a partial refund can be issued (less time elasped in class). However, this will be dealt on a case by case basis by the Director of the Language Institute Chiang Mai University.
  5. All partial refunds are made at the discretion of the Director of the Language Institute Chiang Mai University. The Director's decision is final.

PART F: Other

  1. Any other issues not covered in these terms and conditions will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. However, final approval rests with the Executive Administrators of Language Institute Chiang Mai University.

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