A non-Thai national who plans to study in Thailand at a Language School, Thai Boxing Academy, Primary School / Elementary School, High School, College or University can apply for Student Visa. This visa can be applied for in Thailand at an immigration office or while overseas at a Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate. When applied for within Thailand it is officially known as a Non-Immigrant ED Visa.
A Thai Student Visa will allow you to stay in Thailand for a period of 1 year (12 months), and it can be renewed annually. There are no limitations on the number of times you can renew a Thai Student Visa as long as you continue to meet all the visa requirements. This visa can be applied for as a single or multiple-entry visa.
Important: When you enter on your Non-Immigrant ED Visa for the first time you will be granted 90-days to stay in Thailand. This will be extended to 1-year when you apply for a one-year student visa and you must first complete your course registration and pay your tuition fees in full, presenting immigration with a school/institute issued letter confirming you have done so.
Step 1: Apply for a Non-Immigrant ED Visa
Step 2: Apply for a one year Student Visa in Thailand OR three months Student Visa
The school or institute at which you will be studying needs to supply you (or supply directly to the embassy or consulate at which you are applying) with the following:
When applying to a private educational institute you must supply an official letter from the Ministry of Education of Thailand, or other sub-authorities concerned, approving the enrollment of foreign students and a copy of the registration certificate of the concerned academic institute are required.
It is important to note that renewal of a Student Visa is subject to the same requirements as when applying for the visa for the first time. The Student Visa allows a family member to apply for a visa (Non-Immigrant O Visa) to follow the child.