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Pre-departure Arrangements

     Once you have been admitted to study at PSU, the real pre-departure preparation work begins. This preparation may include:

  • Passport and visa applications
  • Arranging international transportation
  • Reviewing and purchasing insurance for study abroad
  • Housing arrangements
  • Academic arrangements
  • Arranging personal effects/ packing
  • Working out on the necessary budget

Go through this practical guidebook, which will help you get ready for your study at PSU step by step.


Preparing your Documents

     In order to study at PSU, you need to apply for a non-immigrant “ED” visa and an international health & accident insurance before entering Thailand.

First, be sure that you have a passport valid for at least six months from the date you plan to begin your studies. If you do not already have a passport, you should apply for one in your home country.

Second, shortly after being accepted to PSU, you will receive a formal Acceptance Letter necessary to apply for the student visa.


Applying for Non-immigrant “Ed” Visa

     You should apply for a Non-immigrant “Ed” Visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country by providing the following
documents:

  • Passport with validity not less than 6 months and photocopy,
  • Visa application form completely filled out,
  • Two recent photographs of the applicant (4 x 6 cm.)
  • Acceptance Letter from PSU
  • Academic record and the Student ID (if currently studying)
  • Visa fee (around $80)
  • In some cases, a proof that you have enough money to cover your tuition and living expenses for you and any family members/dependents that come with you may be required,
  • Some countries may request a Visa Approval Letter issued by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs; in this case, please inform your faculty at PSU about this, in order for them to do the necessary official procedures.

*additional documents may be requested as deemed necessary; please check with the Royal Thai Embassy/ Consulate in your country

*apply as early as possible and make sure you submit all required documents.

     The validity of this visa is three months and, once in Thailand, you can apply for a one-year extension of stay through the Thai Immigration Bureau. This extension must be annually renewed for the period of study in Thailand. Currently, Hat Yai Immigration officers come to assist international students and staff with necessary immigration affairs at PSU Hat Yai Campus, usually every last Wednesday of the month.

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Documents for Your Family

     If your family is coming with you to Thailand, they need to apply for a Non-immigrant “O” Visa. Family members can apply at the same time with you, and they need to provide the following supporting documents:

  • Their passports with validity not less than 6 months and photocopies,
  • Visa application form completely filled out for each of the family members,
  • Copy of your passport including main page and Thai visa page,
  • Your Acceptance Letter from PSU or a Letter of Certification from PSU (depending on the country),
  • Copy of your Student ID (if currently studying),
  • Proof of relationship (marriage certificate for spouse, birth certificates for children),
  • Two recent photograph (4 x 6 cm.) for each,
  • Visa fee (around $80 per application),
  • Depending on the country, evidence of adequate finance (around 20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family) may be also required.

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Other Documents to Bring

The following documents may be useful once you arrive at PSU:

  • Birth certificates for you and your family members
  • Marriage certificate if you are travelling with your spouse
  • Official academic diplomas and transcripts
  • TOEFL scores or other English language test scores
  • International driving license or driving license from your home country

*all documents in your native language should be translated into English or Thai.

     Your immigration documents and your accompanying family members’ documents are extremely important. We recommend that you pack all other student paperwork you have received from PSU. Keep all important documents in a file or envelope and do not pack these documents in your checked luggage. Keep them in a safe dry place in your hand luggage.