FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Student Visa (ED Visa)

No, you cannot. The ED Visa can only be issued by Thai embassies overseas. You cannot obtain it domestically in Thailand.
The Ministry of Education will take around 2-3 weeks to issue a Letter of Approval. You will then take this letter along with ALA’s school documents to an overseas Thai embassy to apply for the ED Visa. Issuance of the ED Visa will be subject to the policy of each embassy. Please check the requirements of the embassy you will be applying from before you travel there.

If you have never held a Thai ED Visa before, ALA only needs a copy of your passport, 12 recent photos sized 3.5 x 4.5cm and a Police Clearance Certificate obtained from the Royal Thai Police.

If you have previously held a Thai ED Visa, you can prepare a copy of your passport, 12 recent photos sized 3.5 x 4.5cm, a Police Clearance Certificate and a certificate from the educational institution from which you obtained your previous ED Visa. Just please make sure that you did not enroll on the same course.

Yes, you can. ALA will email you the forms to fill in and sign. You then need to send the hard copies of the forms as well as the other required documents to ALA to lodge an application with the Thai Ministry of Education. Once ALA gets your Letter of Approval, we will send it back to you together with school documents so that you can apply for your ED Visa at the Thai embassy in your country.
Applicants from the following nations are required to apply for an ED Visa at a Thai embassy or consulate in their home/residential countries: China, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and all African and Middle Eastern countries. This list is subject to change based on new announcements from the Thai Immigration Office. If you are not in the list, you are entitled to apply with Thai embassies in the neighboring countries of Thailand.
Yes. Since ALA is not a visa agency, you will be responsible for your own visa renewal. Please inform ALA five (5) days in advance of the date you intend to extend your visa before it expires. ALA will prepare the necessary documents for you to take to Thai Immigration for renewal.
You will first get a visa stamp for 60 days from the Immigration checkpoint upon first arrival into Thailand after getting your ED Visa. You can then renew your visa every 30-60 days based on the end date of each language course as determined by the Ministry of Education.
No. As a student, you are not allowed to work while studying and holding an ED Visa. To work in Thailand, you will need to convert your ED Visa to a Non-Immigrant Type ‘B’ (Work Permit).
Yes, you do. You can either report every 90 days in person at a Thai Immigration office, by mail or through an agent who has the Power of Attorney to report your status.
Yes, you can. Just inform ALA staff 1-2 days in advance. ALA will prepare a document set to facilitate you.
Yes, you can. You will first need to get a re-entry permit in order to not lose your ED Visa when you leave Thailand by informing the Thai Immigration office at the airport. The fees are 1,000 THB for a single re-entry and 3,800 THB for a multiple re-entry permit. When re-entering Thailand, please make sure to note the number of your re-entry permit on your immigration arrival form so your visa to be reactivated.
Though you have enrolled in a 14-month Thai language course, you will still need to leave Thailand and apply for a new ED Visa after completing the 8-month Beginner and Intermediate courses, in order to continue the remaining 6-month Advanced course. This is because the Thai government allows foreign students to live in Thailand for no longer than 12 months. After completing 8 months, your remaining visa duration is not enough to complete the 6-month Advanced course, therefore you will need a new ED Visa. You can, however, enroll in a new Beginner English course (3.5 months) if you are a non-English speaker and is not willing to leave after 8-month completion in Thai language courses.

Course

There are 3 levels for the Thai language course, the duration for each level is 3.5 months, 4.5 months and 6 months respectively in case you want to study each level individually. However, if you are interested in a long course, the 14-month Thai language course will fit you best. Please contact our staff for more information.

If you do not need an ED Visa, you can take an hourly program which will be 2-4 weeks per level.

If you don’t have any Thai language background, it is recommended to start with the “Icebreaker” which will give you the fundamentals of Thai. If you have some Thai language background, you can meet with our ALA staff for a FREE 1-hour trial class to check which course(s) will suit you the most.
If you study every courses as per our Thai language program and practice diligently and regularly, you will be able to communicate with Thai people within 6 months.

It depends on your focus. If you need to learn the Thai language for communication with local Thais, you can start with the speaking courses which will cover basic spoken Thai as well as shortcuts to survive living in Thailand. If you need to master the Thai language to a deeper level of writing and reading for better understanding of Thai culture, we still recommend to start with speaking for 2-3 courses so that you can pick up the vocabularies , how to pronounce the correct tones, and how to form sentences. Once you start writing, you can then utilize the knowledge derived from the speaking course and progress faster in both writing and reading.

The course requires a minimum of 4 days per week according to the program. If you are unable to attend on any day, you can either take the online classes to attend our live teaching courses or choose from the make-up classes from our flexible offline schedule at our school premises.
The offline and online schedules will be announced regularly on our Facebook and Line Official Accounts. Access for online classes via Zoom will be detailed in the online schedules. However, you need to register for the online classes with our administrator in advance as our teachers will not allow non- registered access for safety issues.
Yes, we do teach the Thai language with Chinese-speaking teachers and Chinese textbooks.
Our group classes will have only 7-10 students.
Yes, there are many classes from 9am – 9pm. Each class will be 2 hours. You can enroll in the evening classes from our monthly schedule.
Yes, we provide certificates for each level of your achievement.
We offer a 1-year Thai language course with unlimited study hours in case you want to learn or review in any class. You can access both offline and online classes as per our monthly schedule.
We also offer a12-month English language course that comes with an ED Visa.

SCHOOL

The school is located at 10/32, floor 1A at Trendy Tower. There are no other branches for now, but if there are any changes in the future, ALA will make a public announcement.
You can pay by money remittance, TransferWise or PayPal.
Yes, you can. There will be a 3% service charge.
Yes. You can contact ALA staff for our refund policy. We will consider these on a case by case basis.
After you have registered and made payment, we will email you the E-textbook of the class you have enrolled for.
Yes. There are parking spaces on the 3A, 4th and 5th floors.
Yes. There are canteens, restaurants, coffee shops and convenience stores and we are close to many street food vendors as well as Artbox Sukhumvit.
It is a short walk from BTS Asoke and BTS Nana Skytrain stations or MRT Sukhumvit subway station.
ALA is located at heart of Bangkok. Nearby are Terminal 21 and Robinson’s. Just a few stations away are Emporium, EmQuartier, Central Embassy, Central World, Mercury Mall, Central Grand Rama 9 and IT Mall.