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How to study well in Thailand

Thailand, located in the center of Southeast Asia's Indochinese peninsula with a population of 68 million people, is also the 50th largest country in the world. This “Land of Smiles” is the third most popular study abroad destination in Southeast Asia after Malaysia and Singapore, attracting a much larger number of international students than Indonesia or Vietnam.

Not only has a culture that blends ancient and modern, but Thailand is also a developing country and one of the countries with the most developing economy in Southeast Asia. With the ingenuity, courtesy in communication, and the exceptional hospitality of the indigenous people, along with the extremely low cost of living and the cultural diversity and mild climate, this is the country that many international students choose to be the perfect destination with wide opportunities. 

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Tips before going to study abroad

Expediting procedures

  • Besides the procedures, study abroad documents, and visa fees payment, studying in Thailand is not difficult and you do not need to prove financial.
  • Studying abroad in Thailand is still quite new, to gain the necessary information quickly, you can contact the StudyLink team for further support. With more than 15 years of establishment, StudyLink has a full staff in specialized departments to take on the following roles: Consulting, document processing, translating & notarizing, interview support, visa support, records delivery, and airline tickets purchase.


  • Take care of your health, avoid long trips before the departure date
  • Prepare medicine for some common diseases such as fever, flu, pain reliever, allergy medicine (if any), digestive, etc.
  • Health monitoring book, medical records, and medication (if any), personal medicine.
  • If you are nearsighted, you should prepare 2-3 pairs of glasses and contact lenses

Personal documents

  •  Letter of admission, letter of notification of scholarship award (if any), receipt of tuition payment
  •  Passport + student visa: original and 4 copies (no need to copy)
  • Original/ notarized copies of academic transcripts, diplomas, original IELTS certificates and copies, birth certificate, 4x6 photos
  • Original international driver's license (if any) + copy

Note: You should scan all of the above important documents, in case of unexpected events when you move to many places.


Thailand has two distinct rainy and dry seasons with the average annual temperature ranging from 22 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius. In general, the weather in Thailand is quite mild and pleasant for tourism and study activities, so you don't have to worry about clothes, just wear moderate and light clothes. 


  • You should bring 500-1500 USD USD for the first month (including expenses for meals, accommodation, living, etc. However, you should also take into account small expenses such as eating out with friends, visiting the location, and other personal needs.)
  • If you are holding more than 7,000 USD, you are required to declare it to the customs officer. 


  • You should also have the address, phone number, and contact of the school, the person who picks you up at the airport, or your relative, the Vietnam Student Union.
  • Electronic appliances: laptops, cameras, mobile phones (with important phone numbers saved), hairdryers, irons, ...
  • Rechargeable batteries and chargers, Thailand's voltage transformer

Note: Thailand uses 220V voltage. The plugs have 2 pins, some places use 3 pins, you should bring a versatile intermediate socket for backup. 

Things to remember before boarding

  • Passengers are allowed to bring an average of 20kg of checked baggage and 5kg of hand luggage
  • Leave a copy of your passport for the family
  • Bring your passport, air ticket, money, admission letter, important documents, a pen, personal medicine, oil, brush, toothpaste, a light jacket, a suit (in case of luggage lost), a camera in hand luggage
  • Pack items that need to be declared to Customs in a separate bag.
  • Put two copies of the front of your passport and visa in each luggage bag
  • Lock the bags and attach them to a piece of paper with your name, address, and contact phone number in Thailand

Note: Should choose a suitcase with trolley wheels and a suitable size so that you can carry yourself wherever you go through the baggage scanner

Tips for studying abroad

After arriving in Thailand, do not forget to

  • Exchange money at the counters (Money Changers/Currency Exchange) at the airport or the Licensed Money Changer at the mall or any bank
  • Open a Thai domestic bank account to save your money
  • Take advantage of social services, schools, public transport such as Bangkok Skytrain, bus, subway, tuk-tuk, train, auto-rickshaw (Songthaew); besides there are applications, websites that support accommodation searching, traveling, and shopping such as,,,, etc.
  • You should save emergency numbers (police, ambulance) on your phone in case of emergencies happen 

Student Visa and regulations

  • To enter Thailand, you must have a return air ticket after receiving an offer of admission from the school
  • As the same Southeast Asian country, you will be exempted from a visa for the first 30 days. For international students, you can apply for a 60-day stay visa in Thailand. If you study for 8 weeks or more, after applying for a visa in Vietnam, every month the school you attend will renew your visa.
  • Students can work part-time while studying in Thailand, in shops and restaurants, to gain experience and earn a decent amount for daily living. 

Tips for studying

  • The international environment in Thailand is mostly in English. For those of you who do not speak English well, it will be a very difficult first step to integrate. Therefore, you should practice basic English communication skills when studying here.
  • Come to class on time, prepare the lesson before class
  • Sit at the front of the class
  • Take notes, skim through topics and summarize lessons 
  • Don't hesitate to ask your teacher if you don't understand the lesson
  • Present in class and ask questions
  • Talk to your teacher immediately when you have difficulty in class
  • Study regularly, do not wait until the deadline to study
  • Have a separate study space. When studying, you should turn off the TV and radio
  • Do homework and assigned work on time
  • Allocate reasonable time for study, play, rest, and sleep
  • Make friends and improve English as well as a learning experience

Studying abroad in Thailand is not only a favorable opportunity for you to experience a high-quality international study program with a 90% communication environment in English but also a valuable chance to practice your skills, make friends, expand relationships, discover new interesting and useful things. To make studying in Thailand no longer strange and surprising to you, please contact StudyLink immediately to receive enthusiastic advice and support! 

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