When you are looking to live and work in Thailand, the rules may seem a bit complicated. There are many different types of visas that can be applied for, and which one is best for your needs depends on your situation. In this article we will briefly discuss several different types of education visas in Thailand.
The Volunteer Visa
The first type of educational visa is for those who want to volunteer their services to help children learn how to read in rural areas throughout Thailand. This type of visa is commonly called the volunteer visa. This opportunity requires no formal qualifications but does require six months prior work experience either on your resume or during interviews should you need them later down the line.
Combat and Martial Arts Training
Another option if you are interested in getting a student visa, but not interested in studying a language, are the Muay Thai or combat training visas. Thailand is home to some of the top Muay Thai camps in the world, and there are a number of schools who offer this type of training. There are some specific schools in Thailand that teach different types of fighting training as well. One of note is the Hand to Hand Combat School in Chiang Mai.
A Visa for Serious Students
A third type of ED visa – the commonly used short-form of education visa – in Thailand is the type most people will be applying for. This is the ED visa that allows foreigners to study at an institution of higher education in Thailand and also includes those who would like to take a Gap year before university or perhaps learn Thai, art or another subject.
The requirements are fairly straightforward: one has completed secondary school; they have finished 12 years of schooling if they do not hold their degree from Thailand; they’re between 18-25 years old and attend an approved institute in order to get the appropriate coursework. There may be other restrictions depending on what you want to study but these rules should cover most cases where students come here without a bachelor’s degree as mentioned above.
It’s important to note that for this type of visa, there are two options: one can come and study in Thailand with the intention of transferring their degree back home or they can transfer to a Thai institution. The former is more common for those who want to get some quality time abroad before returning, while the latter may be better suited for people who never intend on coming back.
The requirements vary depending on what you plan to do but typically require proof of education completion; an acceptance letter from your desired school/institution; and a work permit if you’re not currently employed by a company based out of Thailand.
More Relaxed Language Studies
This type of visa has some strict requirements for entry into some universities and related establishments, however there is a far more relaxed visa scheme for those who do not want to study for long hours every day. There are a number of language institutions teaching Thai, English, Chinese or any number of other languages who can help you get a student visa in Thailand.
This student visas can also be used for those looking to get certified in massage therapy or other similar health care practices offered in Thailand. A few hours spent chatting online or over the phone may all it takes to help determine which visa would suit your needs best!