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Frequently Asked Questions

 


1. I want to study at AIT. What does AIT offer and what are the admissions requirements?

The Institute offers: Doctoral Degrees, Executive Master's Degree, Master's Degrees, Diploma & Certificate Programs, Non-degree programs & Intensive English language.

For admissions requirements on the Degree Programs please visit the Admissions website.

For non degree training, visit the AIT Extension and the Language Center

2. What Fields of Study and Courses does AIT Offer?

The Institute currently offers 40 fields of study/areas of study or specialization.

3. When is the school intake and the application deadline?
While most students are admitted in August semester, for flexibility students can be admitted into certain fields in January semester. Doctoral students may enter either January or August semester. For more details on specific application deadlines, please visit the Admission Calendar.

4. How can I obtain the application form?
Application forms can be downloaded from the admissions website using Adobe Acrobat Reader or you can also request from our office for the Application form to be mailed to you.

5. How much is the application processing fee?
For on-line application, the processing fee is US$20 or Baht 800. For application by mail the fee is US$20 or Baht 800 if application form is downloaded from the web or US$25 or Baht 1,000 if application forms are received by post from the Admissions & Scholarships Office/or Schools.

6. How should I pay for the application processing fee?
It must be sent together with your application. Payment must be received in order for your application to be processed. You can pay your application fee by credit card or bank draft. If you are paying by credit card: Fill in all information, including the complete credit card number, expiration date, and card billing information. Mode of payment is available in the Admission's website. Payment by money transfer through bank account is not acceptable.

7. Can I pay the on-line application processing fee using credit cards?
Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Please note that payment by credit card is preferred; as use of a bank draft can delay the processing of your application by several business days while your draft is being cleared.
8. Can a friend in Thailand pay the application processing fee for me?
Yes, a third party can pay your application fee on your behalf.
9. I cannot afford the application processing fee. Can it be waived?
No. Payment of the application processing fee must be received with the application and cannot be waived or postponed. Many applicants resolve this difficulty by having a friend or relative in Thailand pay the application processing fee for them, and they repay that person after arriving here.
10. Will my application be processed if I do not send the application processing fee? Can I pay it after I am admitted?
No. Payment of the application fee cannot be waived or postponed. Your application materials will not be processed without payment of the application fee.
11. Can I apply to two Fields of Study at the same time?
No. You can only apply to one field of study at any time but you can indicate your first choice and your second choice of field of study. Your first choice of study will be the basis for you application assessment at any time.
12. How much does it cost to study at AIT?
The different program of study costs are given in the admissions website.
13. What is the average cost of living?
The average cost of living ranges from 10,000 to 15,000 Baht per month. (approx. USD 250 – 375)
14. What is the duration of study?
Master's Degree students normally study for 22 months – this includes four semesters, two short breaks and one long break between semesters. Doctoral students study for at least six semesters or three years. The diploma program is at least two semesters long and the certificate program is one semester long.
15. Do you offer financial support? How do I apply?
Yes, we have various forms of financial packages available to highly-qualified applicants from funds granted by donors as well as from AIT itself. To apply, you need to submit ‘Form 3 AIT Financial Aid’ together with your application.
16. Are there scholarship grants available for international students to apply for?
AIT offers a limited number of financial awards in the form of scholarships and fellowships for the Master's and Doctoral programs, on a highly competitive basis, to applicants who have been evaluated as outstandingly qualified for admission and who can show proof of financial need during their study at AIT.
17. Who must write my letters of recommendation?
Two letters of Recommendation are required (Form 2) At least one of these Letters of Recommendation must be completed by a university faculty member. Each form must be completed and signed by the referee him/herself, otherwise it will be invalid.

18. Is English language proficiency required?
Yes, All AIT programs are conducted in English; thus, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency. Applicants with good undergraduate records and minimum scores on official test of English can be admitted without conditions. The approved tests and minimum scores are: AIT EET 6; IELTS 6; TOEFL-Internet-based 76/ computer-based 210/ paper-based 550; CET 4 (China) 560; CEFR B2; and, TOEIC 750. Students with good academic records with lower scores may receive “conditional admission”. They will be required to attend English classes at AIT until their scores improve. They are also strongly recommended to attend the AIT English for Internal Education Program or the AIT Bridging Program before entry. Those who are refused admission due to low scores should study English in their home countries until they are ready to re-apply. For more details please visit eligibility requirements.

19. What is the AIT English Entry Test (AIT-EET)?
The AIT-EET test is administered by the Language Center. The test is conducted daily on campus in Thailand and by appointment at the AIT Center in Vietnam. AIT also has agents in Yangon, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Kabul and Bandung, who can arrange to conduct tests. AIT faculty and staff traveling throughout the region also conduct the test. This comprehensive test takes 90 minutes and is scored similarly to the IELTS.

In Thailand, the test fee is 800 Thai baht; if you are in Thailand you should call 02-524-6623 to make an appointment to be tested. You can pay at the AIT Cashier's Window. Bring the receipt the Cashier gives to the testing room. Test results will be sent to applicants and to the Admissions and Scholarships Unit within one week. For further information send an email to lctesting@ait.asia or go to this website: http://www.languages.ait.asia/
20. Where can I find the information about English classes at AIT?
http://www.languages.ait.asia/
21. Are there any Thai classes offered?
The Language Center offer Thai language classes.
22. Do you require interviews for admission? When and where?
Applicants from selected countries will be called for interview. The School will contact you directly for the arrangement.
23. What is the AIT writing test (AWT)?
The AIT writing test consists of two tasks. The first is a description of data (75-100 words), and the second is an essay (250 - 350 words). These two tasks are scored on a nine point scale. (The critieria for scoring are similar to those for the IELTS academic writing test.)

To graduate, all students at AIT must attain a score of at least 6 out of 9 on the AWT. All students who are studying for a diploma or degree program at AIT are required to take the AIT Writing Test unless that have submitted official test scores when they applied for admission. You will not be allowed to enroll for any courses at AIT unless you have a test score for English in the AIT Student Information System.

If you are an AIT student who has a score less 6, you are required to attend EL courses until you pass EL19 with a grade of at least ‘C’. lStudents whose scores are lower than 6.0 are not allowed to graduate. Students with scores below 5.0 are allowed to register for only 9 credits per term and must attend at least 6 hours of English classes per week. 
24. Is the pick up service from the airport free of charge?
Pick-up service is free of charge, from the airport but only arranged during the arrival period for each semester intake by the Student Union
25. Should I take a computer with me?
AIT provides limited computer facility for each school where computing access is available. However you are encourage to have your own personal computer. All classrooms & dormitory rooms are provided with link to the AIT local area network (LAN)
26. Does the Institute apply the class attendance system?
All students are expected to attend their classes as per the semester class schedule.
27. Will I get a certificate or transcript at the end of the semester?
Yes. Certification or transcript will be provided upon the request.
28. Will you waive my admission interviews since I was admitted last year but chose not to register?
No. As the application assessment varies from each intake, your application in the next intake must be as competitive as those with others applying in that same intake.
29. I am not a Thai citizen. If accepted will you assist my visa  arrangement?
Yes, AIT will assist in arranging for your education Visa thru the AIT Government Relations Unit.
30. If I apply and accepted this intake, can I defer to the next intake with the same condition?
Yes, you can defer your entry until the next academic semester. However, the financial conditions of the admission may change depending on the competitive assessment for the next semester and you will have to pay the application processing fee to reactivate your admission.
31. I wish to reapply what is the procedure?
You need to submit the Confirmation on Reapplication form or you may inform us by mail or e-mail. Applications more than 2 years old will be discarded and you must submit a new application form with the required supporting documents. Also, you are requested to pay the application processing fee every time you reapply.
32. Do you accept transfer of credits?
Not yet; but the Institute is working on it. However, for certain joint degrees and exchange programs, the Institute allows credit transfer (but not grade transfer) as stipulated in the agreements signed with partner universities.
33. Do students have Medical Insurance?
Yes, AIT has a standard insurance plan which covers certain costs of hospitalization, outpatient treatment, dental and personal accident but not major medical expenses.
34. Should I open a bank account?
Yes, all students are advised to open a bank account at the local bank on campus.
35. Do you have campus accommodation?
Yes, AIT offers on-campus accommodation on a limited basis. In case on-campus accommodation is not available, you may chose to live off campus, our Student Accommodation Office will be able to give you more information on this.
36. Am I allowed to move out before the end of the housing contract?
Yes, as long as all financial obligation has been settled.
37. Do I have to buy my own bed sheets and pillow cases?
No. Most dormitory units provide linen, pillow and bed sheets which are regularly cleaned and maintained by the cleaning services. However, students who will avail of married accommodation are required to provide their own linens.
38. Do I have to wear uniform?
Students are not required to wear any uniform. Please note that the climate in Thailand is generally very hot & humid. Light clothing is recommended. However, students are expected to wear semi-formal/casual attire.
39. What kind of food AIT serves?
The AIT Cafeteria on campus serves mostly Thai, Chinese, Western and Vegetarian dishes. It is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Minimum cost of 30 to 35 Baht per meal. There are also a number of coffee shops in different academic buildings which are open during office hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students, however, should not always expect to be able to obtain food of exactly the kind they are used to.
40. Are there any convenience stores on campus?
There are several convenience stores on campus where you can get most basic supplies for daily living, but quality and choice may be limited and prices higher than in local markets. Additional shops are located in the AIT Arcade, specifically a bakery, a shop that sells snacks and toiletries, clothing stores, a book and stationery shop, a travel agency, a salon shop, a tailor and a photo shop.
41. Am I allowed to stay outside the campus without Institute assistance?
Yes. Once enrolled and usually on second semester onwards, you may request a written permission from the School Dean and the Head of Student Office to live off campus at your own.
42. Am I allowed to work in Thailand?
Under the Royal Thai Government regulations students are not allowed to obtain employment outside the AIT campus.

43. I am married. Can I bring my family during my study at AIT?
Students, who are married and wish to bring their families to AIT, need to submit a copy of passport and a copy of marriage certificate or evidence to support the marital status. Please be advised that no spouse or family member is allowed on-campus accommodation until availability of married unit has been confirmed in writing by the student Accommodation Officer. Please also note that under the Thai Immigration Laws, no dependents of Non-Thai AIT students are permitted to work outside AIT under a dependent (Category O) visa. For further inquiries on student accommodation, please contact the Student Accommodation Unit at: E-mail: student-affairs@ait.asia or accomodation@ait.asia, Tel.: (66-2) 524 5093.

44. How to reach AIT for a campus visit?
For details, please visit: visiting-ait
45. How can I contact the Student Union?
For details, please visit: http://www.su.ait.asia/

Contact: admissions@ait.asia, Tel: +66-2-524-5032/5032/5024
Last update of this page: 29 Feb 2016