Frequently Asked Questions by Thai Students
- Is the UK expensive?
- What will the food be like?
- What is “IELTS”? What does “UKVI-approved” mean? Can I use TOEFL?
- How good must my English be?
- Can I get an offer with a low English score?
- Where can I study English in Thailand?
- What's the weather like? Will it be too cold for me?
- When can I study? When is the academic year?
- Can I work in the UK while I am studying?
- Can I work in the UK after I graduate?
- Should I live on-campus or off-campus?
- Should I take a computer with me? Internet access?
- Can I get a scholarship?
- Is it easy to get a visa to study in the UK?
Is the UK expensive?
Top level education is not cheap anywhere. However, the quality may not always be so certain. At the UK Universities of Bath,
Exeter and Warwick, you can be very sure that your money will not be wasted. The cost of studying in the UK may actually be cheaper
than in other countries; a lot depends on where you study. For example, the top quality one-year Warwick MBA tuition fee is 34,400
UK pounds (ranked 7th for “Aims achieved” by the Financial Times 2015
), but the similarly ranked two-year
University of California Berkeley Haas MBA in the USA costs about US$58,000 per year (@32,000 UK pounds). Add to this one extra year of living expenses in the USA (plus no income while you are studying!!) and you can easily see that the top ranked quality in the UK is actually much cheaper than similarly ranked quality in the USA. Also, remember that most other master’s degree courses usually take only ONE year to complete in the UK, but often TWO years in other places. Also UK tuition fees are almost totally inclusive. In Australia, the basic tuition fees sometimes look cheaper, but they do not include students’ union fees, examination fees, health care (which is currently 150 UK pounds per year for international students in the UK and entitles international students to use the National Health Service) and other extras. When you add these costs to the basic tuition fees, then the UK and Australian costs are very similar. Another consideration is that in the UK all universities are government universities (with one exception) and thus they are stringently inspected for high quality and high standards. In Australia and the USA, many universities are private and are not subject to the same quality assurance. The UK also has a National Curriculum (the same everywhere in the country), whereas the USA and Australia have a local curriculum in each state.
Also UK tuition fees are almost totally inclusive. In Australia, the basic
tuition fees sometimes look cheaper, but they do not include students’ union fees, examination fees, health care (which is
free in the UK) and other extras. When you add these costs to the basic tuition fees, then the UK and Australian costs are very
similar. Another consideration is that in the UK all universities are government universities (with one exception) and thus they
are stringently inspected for high quality and high standards. In Australia and the USA, many universities are private and are not
subject to the same quality assurance. The UK also has a National Curriculum (the same everywhere in the country), whereas the USA
and Australia have a local curriculum in each state.
Currently, the exchange rate of the Thai baht to the UK pound (@55 baht to 1
pound) is quite favourable, and many things in the UK may actually be cheaper than in Thailand. With regard to food and drink,
eating out in some restaurants in the UK can be very expensive, but there are many reasonably priced restaurants, pubs, cafes, fast
food places and snack bars. Also, the range of ready-prepared packaged meals (just open the packet and put in the microwave) is now
of very good quality and of course much cheaper than eating in a restaurant. Normal food prices in shops are reasonable and quality
standards are very high. The biggest problem with shopping for food is that at shops like Tesco, Marks & Spencer’s and
Morrisons there is often so much choice of good food that it’s difficult to decide what to buy!
What will the food be like?
here are now many Thai restaurants in the UK, although they are generally quite expensive (in the UK, Thai food is
considered to be a bit more up-market in status and quality than Chinese and Indian food, so prices are often higher). Supermarkets
(like Tesco, Asda and Morrison’s) and markets in big cities usually stock food from all over the world and some Thai food
items will be available. Look out for Asian food shops (for example there is one next to Tesco’s close to the University of
Warwick and Bath has an Oriental food shop on campus) - remember that there are large Chinese communities in many UK cities. This
means that Chinese food is easily available in specialised restaurants, markets and shops. If you are not sure where you can buy
things, ask around!
The cheapest way to eat is to prepare food yourself. Food in restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops and
cafeterias (sometimes called refectories)
on the university campus is very reasonably priced and is usually good quality,
including a wide variety of traditional British meals as well as pasta and rice dishes, plus healthy salads. The 'sandwich' was
invented in England and different varieties are available everywhere to 'take-away'. Pre-prepared and packed (in plastic/paper
containers) salads, sandwiches, pies and other snacks are everywhere. Potato chips are called potato 'crisps' and tomato ketchup is
often called tomato 'sauce'. If you think that English food is not spicy, you might like to experience real English mustard
(Colman’s) – you have been warned! Another great British invention is 'Fish and Chips' ('chips' are French Fries) and
you will see a lot of Fish & Chip shops (slang 'chippies'), while a real
English Breakfast is a true feast and
can include combinations of fruit juice (usually orange, apple or grapefruit), fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals (like 'Corn Flakes' and
'Frosties'), bacon, sausages, eggs (fried, poached, scrambled, boiled or an omelette), mushrooms, baked beans, hash brown potatoes,
tomatoes, fried bread, black pudding, kippers (smoked fish), toast, croissants, butter & preserves (marmalade, jam, honey), all
washed down with a pot or cup of tea or coffee (if you eat all that lot you probably won’t need to eat again for the rest of
the day!!). The UK traditionally has a bad international reputation for food, but in fact it is often of a very high standard, and
many of the world’s top international chefs are British.
American fast food restaurants like Burger King, McDonald’s,
Pizza Hut and KFC are everywhere, but you will find that they are considerably more expensive than in Thailand (and they do not
have Thai versions like KFC spicy chicken). Chinese and Indian 'take-aways' are also everywhere. Who knows, you may become totally
addicted to British food!!! - probably not, but you might find that you put on weight if you discover little snacks like
, 'Cadbury’s Crème Eggs
' and chocolate 'Digestive
' and 'Hobnob
What is “IELTS”? What does “UKVI-approved” mean? Can I use “TOEFL”?
IELTS' stands for International English Language Testing Service. It is used as
a basis of entry to higher education and language schools. ELTS is the best English language test to take because it is accepted by UK
Visa amp;Immigration (UKVI). You can take it at the British Council and IDP in Bangkok. Consortium UK recommend taking the UKVI-approved
IELTS (as opposed to the non-UKVI approved IELTS) because the non-UKVI approved IELTS cannot be used for entry to Pre-sessional
English courses and University Foundation courses.
The TOEFL test (as of 30 September 2014) is no longer accepted by UKVI so, whilst you can send a TOEFL score to a UK university for them
to assess your English ability, you would not be able to use it for a UK Tier 4 Student Visa application.
We strongly recommend that you take an IELTS Preparation Course before taking the test. Check out this website for
more information: www.ielts.org
UK universities can make their own assessment of your English ability, but this will be clear in the offer and subsequent CAS (Confirmation of
Acceptance to Study) issued so you can apply for a visa.
How good must my english be?
It is very important for your English to be good enough for you to do the course work. If your English is nearly, but not quite, good
enough to meet the degree entry requirements, you may be able to do Pre-sessional English courses, successful completion of which will
allow you to start your degree without re-taking IELTS. The following is a rough guide to some entry requirements for Bath, Exeter and
Warwick Pre-sessional English courses (*check for exact requirements):
Pre-sessional Preparation: 1 (Sept-Dec),
2 (Jan-Mar), 3 (Mar-June), 4 (Jul-Aug)
Pre-sessional General: 1 (Sept-Dec), 2 (Jan-Mar), 3 (Mar-June), 4 (Jul-Sept), 5 (Aug-Sept)
Pre-sessional Management 1(Sept-Dec), 2 (Jan-Mar), 3 (Mar-June), 4 Jul-Sept), 5 (Aug-Sept)
(For PSM5 for MBA 6.5 no area less than 6.5)
5.5 (+5 wks Pre-sessional) 6.5
6.5 (no area under 6.0)or 7.0 (no area under 6.5)
92 or 100 iBT
Master's Degree/PhD (*can do 5 or 10 weeks Pre-sessional with IELTS 6.5 or 6.0)
6.5 (no area under 6.0) or 7.0 (no area under 6.5)
92 or 100 iBT
Foundation Year at INTO
Diploma Year in Management at INTO
Graduate Diploma in Management
5.5 (Diploma with English) or 6.5 (Diploma only)
71 IBT (Diploma with English) or 88 IBT (Diploma only)
Master's Degree/PhD (can do 5 or 10 weeks pre-sessional with IELTS 6.0 or 5.5)
6.5 or 7.0
90 or 100 IBT
Higher Education Foundation Programme(HEFP)
6.0, 6.5 or 7.0
Master's Degree / PhD (sometimes can do 5 or 10 weeks pre-sessional with IELTS 6.0 or 5.5)
6.5 (no area less than 6.0)
92, 105, 109 iBT
WMG Master’s Degree: can do 5 weeks pre-sessional with IELTS 6.0 Overall (two areas of 5.5)
6.5 (no area less than 6.0)
92 iBT (L21, R22, W21, S23)
Most courses at Warwick Business School require that you achieve the minimum required score and will not substitute pre-sessional
English and it is better to submit a good English score when you apply. It is very important to carefully check each
institution’s requirements. It is also important that you plan ahead to ensure that you get to the required English score level
BEFORE you start the course. It is usually possible to get from IELTS 5.5 to 6.0/6.5 in 2 or 3 months of hard study, but it is much,
much more difficult to get from 6.0 to 7.0/7.5 – it can realistically take as long as 6 months.
REMEMBER: It is not always good to go somewhere just because they accept you!
Some countries (and some universities and colleges in the UK) accept lower standards of English and students may go there and find
that they cannot do the work because of their poor English. If this happens, you have wasted your money and your time. Also, it may
make you give up the chance of a good education. At the Universities of Bath, Exeter, Nottingham and Warwick we do not want this to happen to you!
We want your English to be good enough before you start studying. This way you will benefit the most. Also, you will enjoy learning
and understanding all that slang (!!) much more easily if you have good English to start with. Even if you have achieved the required
English score to start your degree, you will benefit from doing Pre-sessional English (at the University of Bath, for example, they
offer Pre-sessional English courses specifically designed for students starting School of Management MSc and MBA degrees).
In general, required English standards are increasing for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels of study - IELTS 7.0 is becoming common and
7.5 is demanded by Warwick Business School for some of its master’s degrees. Also, some universities (or some
departments/schools at some universities) require not only an overall score, but also minimum scores in each subsection - the Writing
score is especially important.
Can I get an offer with a low English score?
Yes, and this is very important
, you can often get a conditional offer from a university when your IELTS score is lower
than what is required. The condition will be that you must meet the requirement before the course starts. Usually the requirement is
(a) that you re-take IELTS and achieve the required score (some universities may ask for a minimum IELTS score in certain areas; e.g.,
some master’s degree courses at the University of Bath require IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each area of Listening,
Reading, Writing & Speaking; some master’s degrees at Exeter require IELTS 6.5 or 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in Writing; some
master’s courses at Warwick require IELTS 7.0 with no more than two areas of 6.0/6.5
(b) successfully complete (meaning attend, participate in
, do coursework
, not just register for!!) a pre-sessional
English course. At Bath, Exeter, Nottingham and Warwick (as at most other UK universities), at the end of the pre-sessional, you need to take a
test and if you meet the required standard you can start your degree course. All departments at Bath and Exeter will allow Pre-sessional
English instead of achieving the required IELTS. Most departments at Warwick will also allow Pre-sessional English; however, Warwick
Business School does not allow Pre-sessional English as a substitute for achieving the required IELTS score. Please note that it
is very unusual for Thai students at Bath, Exeter, Nottingham and Warwick not to be allowed to start a degree course provided that they have
performed satisfactorily in pre-sessional English
. The university will be very keen to ensure that you are well-prepared for the course – having
strict requirements on English is really important to ensure that you are ready. They do not want you to fail! They want you to
Where can I study English in Thailand?
If you have taken studying English seriously since you began (in primary school or elsewhere) then you will probably have a good
knowledge of the basics and understand quite a lot. Production
of good English is usually the problem for most Thai
students because even though they may know something, they cannot always produce it due to not having enough practice in real life
situations. There are some very good places to study English in Thailand (such as the British Council) and we strongly recommend that
you take English courses and take the IELTS in Thailand before going to the UK. If you take an IELTS preparation course, check that
your teacher has complete knowledge of the IELTS test, and can advise you on techniques of how to get a better score.
What’s the weather like? Will it be too cold for me?
Come on! You want the best education and top-level studying is never easy. Learning to live in a foreign country makes you a better
and stronger person – just look at the examples of other Thai students who have benefitted so much from studying abroad. Surely,
you are not going to let a small problem like a little bit of cold weather for a few months of your life affect your chances of
getting the very best education!!! Just think how enjoyable a cool climate can be; which do you prefer, Chiang Mai in the cool season
or Bangkok in the hot season? Many Thai students say they loved their first experience of snow (and snowball fights!!), but it really
does not snow very often in the UK. The weather in the UK really is not that bad, and every building, taxi, train or bus has heating
and all bathrooms have lovely, steaming hot water. Sure, during January and February it does get quite chilly, but as the spring
season develops from March through to June, along with all those new fresh green leaves and sweet smelling flowers, together with some
glorious clear blue sunny skies, you will soon realise that the climate in the UK is actually very enjoyable. Also, during the summer
months, daylight hours are very long (it doesn’t get dark until 10.00 or 11.00 pm), which is great for doing your studying while
you are sitting outside in the garden in the cool, fresh evening air, or relaxing over an ice-cool drink by the river. It is a little
cooler in the North West of England, and quite a lot cooler in the North East of England and Scotland. Do not let other people tell
you the weather is a reason not to study in the UK! Below are some UK weather statistics for temperatures (degrees Celsius) in January
and June, plus annual rainfall (millimetres) – remember that these are AVERAGE figures (**see Thailand figures at bottom
– who says it rains more in the UK than in Thailand??!!!!!!
Weather in the UK
City / Town
January temp. C
June temp. C
Annual Rainfall mm
Bradford / Leeds
**Chiang Mai (city)
When can I study? When is the Academic Year?
The academic year at most high schools, colleges and universities (undergraduate studies) starts in September and finishes in
June/July. Most high schools prefer students to start in September, but entry can be at the beginning of any term by special
arrangement. A Level and IB exams are taken in April, May and early June. Most University Foundation Year courses (with the same 3
terms as universities) start in September and finish in June, but some also start in January and finish in early September (doing this
means you will not get much of a break between the end of the Foundation and start of the Degree). University bachelor’s degrees
start at the end of September/early October and finish in June.
One year master’s degrees start in late September/early October
and finish in September. Some new (and not top-ranked) universities offer January/February starts for master’s degrees, but
usually only for the most popular 'business' courses. Thus, it is usually possible only to start master’s degrees in subjects
like Law, Economics and Politics in September/October. Bath, Exeter, Nottingham and Warwick do not offer January/February master’s degree
starts. However, it is often possible to start a Doctoral PhD/MPhil programme at the start of any term – this depends on the
supervisor and the research schedule.
All high schools and universities have long holidays (vacation periods) at Christmas/New Year, Easter and a very long one in the
Summer (please remember that 'summer' refers to the warmest season in areas of the world with a temperate, four-season climate of
Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and that 'summer' is not in April). One-day holidays are called Bank Holidays (New Year’s
Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day (in early May), Spring Holiday Monday (in late May), August Bank Holiday Monday (in late
August), Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
There are three terms (semesters) as follows:
The Academic Year in the UK
Term 1 - Autumn (Michaelmas) Term: Late Sept/Early October to about 18 / 20th Dec.
-------- Christmas / New Year Break -------- (3 or 4 weeks)
Term 2 - Winter / Spring (Lent) Term: Early January to late March / early April (This depends on when Easter is -
either early or mid-April)
-------- Easter Break -------- (2 to 4 weeks)
Term 3 - Summer (Trinity) Term: After Easter (mid/late April) to early / mid-July
(Schools usually have a Half Term break of one or two weeks in the middle of the term)
Can I work in the UK while I am studying?
Yes, you can. In the UK, students from Thailand with a Tier 4 Student Visa can work 20 hours a week during term time, and you
can work full-time during vacations when you are registered on a course that is longer than 6 months. Part-time jobs are quite easy to
find. A part-time job gives you some valuable work experience and it is a great way to make new friends and contacts outside where you
study. The extra money is useful, too! However, do remember that a part-time job should only be to top up your funds – you still
need to have enough funds to cover your studying and living expenses when you apply for your study visa before you enter the UK. Also,
it is not a good idea to work more than 15 hours a week during term time. In fact, any part-time job might affect your studies,
especially if you are doing a master’s degree course when you will have a very heavy workload of assignments and projects. Make
extra money, but do not let it affect your studies!
Can I work in the UK after I graduate?
Yes, you can. All three universities have excellent career guidance staff who can advise you, and many companies and organisations visit
the universities looking for future employees – they are looking for the best! It is always good to have an up-to-date “professional-looking” CV/Resume
to use in these situations, so make sure you have a really good one, and make sure it is as good as it can be (looks good, nicely presented, good
English, concise and to-the-point, etc.) The UK is a very international-thinking country and employers often welcome foreign staff. They sometimes
prefer foreign staff because they are sometimes better and work harder than local staff! There is no difference in pay for men and women who do
the same job and employers are legally bound to provide equality in the workplace. Work or any job you get will depend a lot on you, and on how
you present yourself. Working in the UK after you graduated would be wonderful for your CV / Resume and it might even give you more chance to
find a husband or wife in the UK!!!
If you have the final results of your studies and a job offer, you may qualify. Check for the most up-to-date information on rules changes -
the British government UK Visa amp;Immigration (UKV&I) changed the rules in 2012 and you can work in some situations; this is the website link:
Should I live on-campus or off-campus?
Many UK university campuses are a community on their own, with accommodation (halls of residence), shops, banks, restaurants,
bars, theatres, sports facilities, medical centres, etc, on campus and you don’t really need to go off-campus for general
living. It is best to look at a map of the university campus and local area (check out Google Maps or with Satellite/Aerial Photos and
Streetview) to get some idea of the local environment. If you want to live a few minutes from where you study then on-campus
accommodation will be best for you (unless of course you can get off-campus accommodation that is very near the university campus).
Living on-campus means that you will be totally within the university environment all the time, but if you really prefer to be away
from where you study in the evenings and weekends, and also prefer to live in a city environment, then off-campus will be better for
you. Also, some cities (like Bath) are particularly nice to live in and you may prefer to enjoy the fuller cultural experience of
living in a city with local people around you rather than just the university campus environment. Living off-campus it may be a little
too far to walk so you may need to take a bus to the university each day, but bus services will be frequent and cheap. On campus
accommodation will be university-owned and managed, and Consortium UK strongly recommends only university owned or managed off-campus
accommodation. If you do take non-university owned/managed accommodation (private sector accommodation) then it is best if you can
either see it yourself first, or get a friend/relative to see it before you decide to rent it.
Should I take a computer with me? Internet access?
You will probably want to take your laptop (notebook) with you, which is fine. The mains electricity in the UK is the same as
Thailand so you just need to use an adaptor plug (Thai 2 or 3-pin to UK 3-square pin). It is also easy to buy a good quality second
hand (used) desktop PC, or scanner/printer in the UK - there are many advertisements for used PCs in the students’ union
offices, and many outgoing students want to sell things to new incoming students. Most bedrooms (in university-owned accommodation)
have internet access. Universities have computers available for students to use all over the campus in libraries, labs, etc, and there
are Wi-Fi areas. If you want mobile broadband internet access, 3 store is recommended www.three.co.uk
, but of course (just as in Thailand) if you go to a place in the UK where
there is no signal, you won’t get a connection!
Can I get a scholarship?
In general, scholarships are given for outstanding academic ability; they are much sought after and the competition from the
best students around the world is extremely fierce. The possibility of getting a scholarship depends a lot on both the type of
institution – college/language school, boarding school, university – and the level of study – undergraduate,
postgraduate (taught or research) – as well as the subject being studied. Another factor is the source and size of the
scholarship. At university postgraduate level, there is a fairly wide availability of small, partial scholarships of 1,000 to 5,000
pounds (or even 10,000), deducted from the tuition fees. Full scholarships are much rarer and almost always only for research
programmes. The following gives a brief idea of what scholarships may be available, but for more comprehensive and up-to-date
information you should look on the institution websites.
Language Schools / Colleges
Scholarships rarely exist. However, special offers, discounts and reduced fees for long courses can help to reduce costs.
Boarding Schools / International Study Centres
Scholarships are usually in the form of reduced fees, but in a few cases full scholarships are available. Also, there may be bursaries
(another formal word for 'money given') for outstanding ability in non-academic areas (e.g. sports, music, art & design, etc.).
However, competition for academic awards is very strong – you will also be competing against British children unless an award is
specific – so generally only the most outstandingly able students will win scholarships.
Academic scholarships are seldom available for undergraduate study at UK universities. Many universities do have small scholarships
for exceptional ability in music, sports or drama, but, in general, partial ones have limited availability and are only for students
in special subject areas, usually in Science or Engineering; popular subjects like Business rarely have scholarships – look out
for special offers and check the university website for up-to-date information!
Partial scholarships for very talented students who show outstanding academic ability are available in some universities. They may be
specific to one country or may be very competitive. In the recent past, several Thai students have won 3,000-pound scholarships from
the University of Bath and 5,000 and 10,000-pound scholarships from WMG Warwick.
Most scholarships from universities and external organisations are for research. They range from partial to full and, again, are
almost always for students with the highest academic qualifications and most relevant experience. Fierce competition is normal, but
especially so in areas such as Business and Law. Subjects like Science and Engineering offer a much higher chance of getting a
scholarship, particularly if the research area is something really unusual, useful and maybe unique.
Full scholarships are usually only available from external organisations and bodies (like the British Council, The Royal Thai
Government, Shell Scholarships, the Chevening Scholarships, etc.), but, again, competition is very fierce.
Scholarships Available in Thailand
Scholarships administered by the Royal Thai Civil Service Commission (Office of the Civil Service Commission – OCSC or
') are the largest source of full funding for undergraduate, taught master’s and research degrees. They
are, of course, competitive, but they do cover a very wide range of subjects. The standard condition is that the scholarship recipient
works for the Royal Thai Government on a '2 for 1' basis – for instance, if you get a scholarship for 3 years, you must work for
the Government for 6 years. However, the 1 year master’s scholarships are very good, covering full fees, flights and a generous
living allowance of about 820 pounds a month. Other sources include the King’s Scholarships, Shell Scholarships and the
Chevening Scholarships, details of which are as follows:
The British Chevening Scholarship Programe
- It is for a one-year master’s degree, either taught or research.
- Applicants must have an offer from a UK university.
- Applications open on 1st on 1st August 2015
- Covers full or partial tuition fees.
- Must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 and at least 2 years relevant work experience,
plus a very high standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.5/7+ no area less than 5.5) and it is recommended that you submit
this with the application. Applicants are usually aged 25-35.
- Applications must be made by 15 November 2015 (deadline) for a course starting the following September
(but please check for latest information on deadline).
More information: www.chevening.org/thailand/
Scholarships Available in the UK
University, Department, Faculty or International Office Country-Specific Scholarships are sometimes available; these can vary
from 500 pounds, to 50%, to full funding. Research Councils, Overseas Research Scholarships and Corporate Scholarships are also
available on a competitive basis – keep your eyes and ears open for offers and check the websites!
Finally, whatever scholarship you aim for, be sure to APPLY EARLY and PLAN AHEAD– most have a specific closing date, which is
Is it easy to get a visa to study in the UK?
Getting a visa to study in the UK is an easy process IF
you follow the right guidelines, get good advice, complete
the application forms correctly and truthfully, and provide all the required (and correct) documents. If you make a mistake with your
visa application, you may be refused, in which case you will need to apply again and of course pay the application fee again, or you
might not be allowed to apply again (if you do not tell the truth). Consortium UK can give good advice and we recommend strongly that,
in addition to looking at the official UK visa website, you take the time to come to our office (not a phone call unless only a quick
and easy answer is required) and discuss your individual situation. Then you can make all the necessary preparations before you apply
for your visa. For full-time Tier 4 student visa applications, when you have an unconditional offer, and when you have given the
University the required personal details (passport number, etc), the University will apply to the UKV&I (UK Visa &
Immigration) for a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) for you. They will then send this to you by email so that you can apply
for a visa.
You cannot apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa without a CAS, and to qualify for the CAS you must be unconditional (that is,
you must have met all the academic and language requirements and, if necessary, paid a deposit). When you apply for the visa you
normally need have an IOM medical certificate. Also, you need to show that you have enough funds available to cover tuition fees for 1
year and living expenses (9 months for UG and 12 months for PG) – you need a savings bank account in your name (or joint name)
and the money must have been in the account for 28 days when you apply for the visa. You can use a parent’s bank account, but
you will need to provide a copy (translated into English and stamped by the translator) of your birth certificate and an original
letter from the parent saying he/she is providing funding for you. If you are being sponsored by an organization (which must be a
government department, a university, or an international company), you need an original letter from the organization.
To apply for the visa, first you need to complete the online application form, schedule an appointment, pay the visa fee (@US$530 - Visa or
MasterCard), register and pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge, and print the online application form. Then you need to go in person to the Visa Application Centre with all the required documents
(everything listed in the CAS – original transcript, certificate, IELTS, plus IOM medical certificate, 45 x 35mm photo, bank
statement, updated bank passbook (or sponsor letter). At the Visa Application Centre you will have your biodata taken digitally
(fingerprints and photo), and you will need take a 5 to 10-minute 'credibility' interview via SKYPE. Your application is then
processed by the British Embassy and you will hopefully get your visa – the time this process takes varies (from 8 to 15 working
days), but the Embassy will always try to ensure that your visa is issued before you intend to travel to the UK if you need to be
there before a specific date (for example, your course start date). A visa may not be issued quickly if it is not urgently required
(this is particularly true at busy periods). A visa will usually allow you to travel to the UK no more than one month before your
course starts. Also, when you get your passport, check that the visa details are correct (check the validity dates especially).
For all the up-to-date visa requirements, look at these websites:
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Station, near Asok/Sukhumvit/Rachada intersection – the building has a large car park and is next to the Sheraton
Grande Sukhumvit Hotel and opposite Robinson Department Store and Terminal 21)
Tel: (+66) 0 2653 2384
Fax: 0 2653 2385
Mobile: 081 381 7941 (Justin) or 063 269 4296 (Kaek)
OPEN: Monday–Saturday 11.00-18.00 (please ask for earlier or later appointment if you wish)
Sunday 14.00-18.00 (usually) - open on all public holidays (except Songkran)