THAI as a SECOND LANGUAGE (TSL); Licensed and Certified Thai Language School by the Thai Ministry of Education (MOE). Our Thai-language curriculum has been accepted by Thai Immigration as appropriate for issuing and extending non-immigrant Education Visas. If you are interested in studying Thai full-time with TSL, we are pleased to invite you to continue reading this information to learn more about The "ED visa".


General Information

The ED Visa is for foreign students, who wish to study in Thailand. A student must apply for this visa outside the country. It is normally valid for 90 days. ED Visa students will study a minimum 80% of offering hours during the 90-days visa period.  Tuition hours need to be used during the 90-days visa period. They are non-transferable & non-refundable. Unused hours will expire at the end of each 90-days visa period. To qualify for this visa:

1. You must have a passport (valid for at least 18 months at the planned date of arrival).

2. You must be willing to fulfill all study & attendance requirements.

3. You must apply for the ED Visa outside the Kingdom of Thailand.

4. You must meet all Royal Thai Government requirements. To apply for this visa, a student will need a Letter of Acceptance from the language school and several letters from the Royal Thai Government. This process will take at least 30-45 days to complete. 


Nationalities and Ages qualify

All nationalities are eligible to apply to study Thai at our school and receive the ED Visa. The MOE does not make any distinction between students coming from different countries.  However, students holding nationality from several countries — including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southern Asia countries (e.g. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan), Middle Eastern countries (e.g. Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia) need to apply for ED visa at Thai Embassies/Consulates in their home countries. Students of all ages between 15 and 90 are qualified to study at our school. Students below 15 years old can take our classes, but we are not able to obtain the ED Visa, the Student Visa or any Thai Visa for them.


Course fees and descriptions

Students will study in a small group of 5 - 10 students. Here are the fees for Thai (ED-Visa) lessons at TSL Chiang Mai: 

* The course fees include school fees, audios, text books, paperwork for the MOE, and immigration documents.

**Both Thai culture classes and Thai language count towards total ED-Visa hours.

** All ED-Visa courses include mandatory Thai culture lessons (see below) 


TSL ED-Visa course schedules 

*Saturday classes can be varied from 2-3 hours, depends on the topic.

**Please note that we reserve visa assistance for those who are serious about learning Thai language & culture with our school. 


Thai Education Visa Application Process and Policy in Chiang Mai

1. Course enrollment

a. Complete  ED-Visa course enrollment form

b. Provide supporting documents to school as follows:

- Original passport  

- 2 passport photos (2”x2”)

- Academic record and the Student ID (if currently studying)

c. The enrollment will be completed after students have paid the full amount of tuition fee. 


2. Apply for ED-Visa

a. The paperwork will take 30-45 days, we will contact you after your documents are approved. You must apply for the ED-Visa outside the Kingdom of Thailand.

b. When applying for ED-Visa, student needs supporting documents as follows: 

- School’s supporting document

- Visa approval letter from Ministry of Education (MOE)

- Visa application form completely filled out 

- Recommendation letter addressed to the Embassy/Consulate

- Original passport

- 2 passport photos (2”x2”)

- ED- visa fee (approximately 2,000 THB for a single entry) 

* Please note that the letter from MOE is valid for 1 month after the date of approval 

** Please check the requirement at the local Thai embassy thet student must apply 


3. Start your course

a. Student must contact the school within 1 month after his/her arrival in Thailand with his/her updated passport

b. Student must notify his/he address to the immigration within 24 hours from the time of arriving at the residence (TM.30), and bring a receipt to the school


4. Visa extension

a. The validation of a visa is 90 days

b. Student must apply for a visa extension of stay at the immigration office.  

c. When extending an ED-Visa, a student need supporting documents as follows: 

- School’s supporting documents

- Original passport

- Visa approval letter from Ministry of Education (MOE) 

- Copy of TM.30 receipt  

- Extension fee (1,900 THB) 

*Our school will prepare the paperwork for each of the above mentioned extensions. All necessary documents will be ready 2 week prior to your ED Visa expiry date. We will then inform you to pick up your paperwork and fill out a form that must be submitted to Chiang Mai Immigration.

Please be informed that the School must be notified each time “Your passport is updated” 



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TSL Chiang Mai Thai Language School

152/1, Pantip Plaza Chiang Mai, 3rd Floor, Room 335, Changklan Rd., Chiang Mai 50100


096 926 4016


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