The pandemic has negatively impacted the operation of every institution globally and Thailand is no exception. There are many measures taken in order to manage everyday life at every level including higher education. While the university plans to resume face-to-face onsite classes during the 1st semester of 2020-2021 academic year, concerns have been raised regarding foreign new students coming or current students returning to AIU during the 1st semester. The administration has been making inquiries on a regular basis and while the final answer has not been offered by the government, here is what we know:
- At the moment, foreign students with a student visa will be allowed back into Thailand for classes
- They will have to be under state quarantine. Foreign students with visa will be housed by the government with no additional expenses
- If any student wishes for an alternative, the government has provided a list of hotels approved for quarantine. The cost ranges from 40,000 to 150,000 for 14 days
- Students will be required to show health certificate before entering the country
- Students will be required to have health insurance coverage for the pandemic before entering the country. The amount varies from country to country and therefore the best source of information is the local embassy
For new students who may not be able to come onsite due to various reasons, AIU will work on providing a hybrid mode of delivery so that they can still attend classes through the remote format of delivery. We will keep you informed of this development.
For students who have returned to your country, please check with the local Thai embassy for further details regarding requirements to enter Thailand and resume classes. Please contact your advisors and records office if you are not able to return due to circumstances.
For current students who plan to return to their countries, we would like you to consider staying on campus and postponing returning to your country in order to avoid unknown complications. If you have to return, there will be a number of challenges as stated earlier. While we plan to offer a hybrid format of delivery, there may be courses within your academic plan that we may not be able to offer through a hybrid form of delivery. If you have to, please inform your advisor and the records office before departing.
Thank you very much for your cooperation. We understand the inconvenience that you are facing. We will do our best to deliver and we really appreciate your understanding.
June 17, 2020