ED VISA / Student VISA Thailand

At ALA Language School in Bangkok, we have a number of different ED Visa / Student Visa opportunities for you to explore. The duration of the visa depends on your preferences, nationality, and payment flexibility. The visa options available are:

If the Thai language isn’t your preferred learning option, you can choose to study either English or Chinese, instead.

NOTE: Native English speakers and Chinese nationals cannot obtain an ED Visa by studying their native language, i.e.;

  • English native speakers are eligible to learn Thai and Chinese on the ED Visa program only. 
  • Chinese nationals are eligible to learn Thai and English on the ED Visa program only. 

If you go down the route of combining our courses, you can study with us from a minimum of 3 months, up to 3 years with the ED Visa program (again, provided that you are not native speakers of either the English or Chinese language).

How Long Does The Application Process Take?

Typically speaking, the ED visa application process will take between 1.5 and 2 months, depending on your nationality and current waiting times at the Ministry of Education and the Immigration Bureau. 

Your visa must have enough time for the visa application process to complete, so we strongly advise that you begin this process as early as possible. 

All visa applications, conversions, and extensions will be done domestically at the Immigration Bureau at Chaengwattana (Division 1), Bangkok, Thailand only

NOTE: The ED Visa procedure is subject to change based on the Ministry of Education – if in the event of a policy change, we will update our information accordingly.

Please be aware that nationals of certain countries are only allowed to proceed with the ED Visa application after having received a Police Clearance Certificate (AKA Criminal Record Check), at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters.

The team at ALA will guide you every step of the way. There is a lot of red tape involved with the Thai ED Visa application process, particularly when it comes to extension of stay in Thailand, etc. – however, please rest assured that we will help simplify the process and make it as efficient and painless as possible, for your convenience.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and would like to receive further information, please consider the following: 

  • Visit the relevant language course with ED Visa page (as linked above) 
  • Check out our extensive FAQs

Or alternatively, contact us today and one of our representatives will happily assist you.

Thai Language Courses with ED Visa

The Thailand Ministry of Education has made adequate provisions for the ED Visa to be available to encourage student travellers interested in coming to Thailand for Education.

The ED Visa is made available to all nationalities aged 18 years or above. This covers both old and new holders of ED Visas, non-holders of work permits and other visa types as long as you have no criminal record and do not repeat the same course.

ALA Language School offers various language courses with an ED Visa to allow you to study beyond the basics of the Thai and English Languages.

English Language Courses with ED Visa

Many foreign students come to Thailand to learn English. Our English course is registered with the Thai Ministry of Education, allowing us to help any foreign students who are not English native speakers to get an ED Visa allowing entry into Thailand. Learn all the necessary skills of spoken and written English comprehension in our enjoyable and engaging courses.

Chinese Language Courses with ED Visa

Learning Mandarin provides a wide variety of benefits, giving you access to the second most widely spoken language in the world. With one of our Chinese language courses you will be able to communicate with native Mandarin speakers, gaining valuable cultural insights and better business and job opportunities all over the world – not to mention the amazing social benefits.