Did you know you can learn Thai and live in Thailand with an Education (ED) visa? Taking Thai language lessons allows you to live in Thailand by studying Thai language for a year or more. Added to that, learning the local language makes everyday life in Thailand much more enjoyable and far less frustrating.
In addition to our licence for teacher training, TEFL Campus is also licensed to teach Thai by the Ministry of Education. Our teacher (Kru Wan) holds her her own teaching license and has over ten years of experience. Learn Thai in our small classes and get individual assistance based on your goals, needs and interests.
Because our teacher uses a combination of task-based learning and a student-centered approach to ensure you walk out of every class knowing your time and money was well spent.
This is important because most Thai language schools use outdated curriculum, and most Thai teachers rely on rote learning (memorization) to deliver lessons that focus on language learning as an academic pursuit rather than functional skills. Needless to say, this is not the most effective way to learn Thai.
We’ve tried to answer the most common questions below. Be sure to contact us if you don’t find the answers you’re looking for.
You can study at TEFL Campus for anywhere from three months to over a year.
Fees are inclusive of lessons, materials, administrative support, and tax only. Visa applications and extensions are the responsibility of the student.
Our classes are currently offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons. When demand and class size grow, we’ll be sure to offer additional class times that suit your schedule.
Thailand’s official immigration policies are complex and ever-changing. But rest assured, our staff is in constant communication with the relevant offices and we’ll guide you through the process with all due diligence and competency. Basically, the process is as follows:
First, apply for the course. You can do this in-person at TEFL Campus , or we can send you the application form via email. We’ll reply to your application as soon as possible.
Second, pay a 50% course deposit in order for us to start the paperwork process. From that point, it takes 20 days for the Ministry of Education to issue a letter required for the ED visa application. Once you have it, you can apply for the ED visa—check with your nearest Thai embassy for processing times.
Third, pay the remainder of the course balance within 72 hours of receiving your ED visa and start learning Thai!
In the event your visa application is rejected by Thai officials, we’ll attempt to remedy the situation as quickly as we can at no extra charge. If you decide to withdraw your participation from the course after paying the deposit, we will issue a refund, minus 30% for administrative fees.
Legally, almost anyone 12 years old and older may apply for the ED visa. Visa restrictions apply to certain nationals but we’re happy to assist with that on a case-by-case basis. As for TEFL Campus’ requirements, we need to know that you’re genuinely interested in learning Thai, and you can speak enough English to communicate with our administrative staff. You also need to be open-mined, tolerant of other cultures and personalities, and of sound mind.
If you’re still not sure if the time and monetary investment is worth it, consider our Top 4 reasons for learning Thai:
1. Save Money – Dual pricing is a reality in Thailand and tourists are often charged 2-10 times more than Thais. Learning the language allows you to communicate with locals on their level, which means you’re more likely to get the locals’ rate at the market and for essential services.
2. Avoid Risk – For decades, foreigners paid expensive fees for long and dangerous (sometimes deadly) mini-van rides to the nearest border. Added to that, Thailand’s crackdown on illegal immigration means officials are asking many more questions about one’s ability to stay in Thailand on a legal basis. They’ve even started cracking down on illegitimate ED visa programs—that’s why we run our courses in accordance with the law.
3. Earn Respect – Most Thais don’t expect foreigners to speak Thai, but when they do, they are typically quite impressed. If you’re involved in business, have children in Thai schools, or need to deal with Thais in a more official capacity (such as at the immigration office), this can come in rather handy.
4. Gain Understanding – You can’t really understand a culture unless you know how to communicate within it. Despite this rather obvious notion, there are plenty of long-term expats in Thailand who’ll tell everything (they think) you need to know about (their misunderstanding of) Thai culture. Don’t fall into this trap; put in the work to learn Thai and reap the rewards.