Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

APPLYING TO ASIA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (AIU)

Q. I want to study at AIU. What program do you offer?

AIU offers ESL, Undergraduate and Master degree programs. For detailed information can be read through: https://www.apiu.edu/admission-demo/

Q. What qualifications are acceptable?

Applicants are expected to have satisfactorily completed secondary school or the accumulation of 12 years of schooling.  Applicants from countries using the British education system may apply with 5 GCE O and A levels or GED. For detailed information can be read through: https://www.apiu.edu/admission-demo/

Q. Can I transfer to AIU from another university?

Yes, you can. A transfer student must meet AIU’s residence requirements and complete at least 15 credits at AIU. Please take note that AIU does not accept students from other institutions on academic probation or suspension.

Q. Is there any age requirement?

There is no age requirement for admission to AIU, although the vast majority of undergraduates are 18 years or older when they come into residence.

ADMISSIONS

Q. How do I apply?

The application process is quite straightforward. To apply, you need to submit your application several weeks or months before you wish to start at the university.

You can do AIU online application through:

Q. Can I still get a paper application?

If submitting an application online is not possible, you can request application forms by email to register@apiu.edu or get it here:

Q. How long does it take to process an application?

We look at several pieces of information to make an admission decision. After you apply, you will receive an acknowledgement on the same day that your application is received and within a week a provisional admission decision will be made.

Q. How do I know if my application is incomplete?

The checklist on the application describes each component that is required by AIU. Within two or three days after receiving your application, you will receive an email indicating if any items are missing (transcript, recommendation, copy passport, etc).

Q. Is it possible to submit documents after the deadline?

The digital documents need to be uploaded before the deadline. However, hard copies can be mailed after the deadline or hand in during the registration time.

Q. Should I translate my school documents?

In case if your school diploma and transcript are written in a language other than English, you are required to translate and certify the documents. The translation has to be done by a sworn translator and certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country.

Q. Whom should I ask as my referees?

Referees have to be someone from your previous school (teacher, school principal, or school counselor) and Church pastor.

Q. How much is the application fee? How do I pay it?

The application fee is 300 THB for ESL and undergraduate programs, and 600 THB for the graduate program. Payment of the fee is available online and is located in the “payment” section through the university website https://sarra.apiu.edu/register/OnlinePaymentLandingPage.aspx

Q. Is there any student deposit? And do I need to settle my deposit before arrival?

Yes, there is. On receiving notification that all documents have been approved, an advance foreign student deposit and Dorm room reservation deposit will be required.

Q. Will I have to sit an admission test?

If you do not have any English proficiency scores, you are required to sit for our Entrance exams.

Q. Do I have to submit my English language qualification?

English proficiency scores are required of all international students whose first language is not English, except those applicants who have graduated from an accredited schools or universities where English is the language of instruction.

Q. What is the minimum requirement for an English proficiency score?
  • IELTS: minimum average of 5.0 with no individual band score below 4.5 and the score of reading and writing should be at least 5.0.
  • TOEFL: minimum score 500 (paper based), 173 (computer based), or 61 (internet based).
Q. Whom should I contact or see after my arrival?

You can contact either Admission and Records officers or dormitory deans who will take care all newly arrived students.

Q. Can I transfer my education to other universities in USA?

Yes, you can. AIU is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education in Thailand and that means credit are transferable to other higher education institutions. However, the extent to which this is possible depends on the transfer credit policy of the receiving institution.

FINANCE

Q. What fees will I have to pay?

There are different levels of tuition and fees depending if you are classified as a “home” (Thailand) student or an “overseas” student. More information about tuition fees please contact: register@apiu.edu or studentfinance@apiu.edu.

Q. How can I pay my tuition and fees?

We are listing several ways in which tuition and fees may be paid:

  1. Our online payment system https://sarra.apiu.edu/register/OnlinePaymentLandingPage.aspx
    Enrollment confirmation or student ID number is required for this payment method.
  2. Bank Transfer or Bank draft in favor of Asia-Pacific International University
    Account No. 055-1-31754-8 Saving Account                         
    A/C Name:   Asia-Pacific International University   Swift Code: AYUDTHBK   
    Bank Name: Bank of Ayudhaya Public Company Ltd.                     
    Branch:  Muaklek   Address: 48/7 Moo 9, Mitrapap Rd. Muaklek Saraburi Province 18180, Thailand 
  3. Cash payments are made at the Cash Receipts window.
Q. Are there scholarships and financial assistance for international students?

Yes, there are scholarships and financial assistance for students:

New Student Scholarship
Interested applicant is eligible to receive  a one-time “New Student Scholarship” worth of 10,000 Baht  if applicant applies in the undergraduate program during a certain time frame.

Scholarship for Families Supporting Two or More Students at Asia-Pacific International University

  • For students from the same family attending Asia-Pacific International University, a family scholarship is allowed for tuition only.
  • For a family with two students attending the University at the same time, a discount of 5% of tuition is given to the second student.
  • For a family with three or more students attending at the same time, a scholarship of 10% of tuition is given to the third and subsequent students.

 Campus Work-Study Program
Asia-Pacific International University provides work opportunities to enable students to help finance their study. Work opportunities, however, are limited and in granting work assignments preference will be given to students who need work as part of their financial plan. The amount of work assigned depends on the student’s financial need as well as class load and academic performance.

STUDENT LIFE

Q. Where will I live?

AIU operates as a residential university. Thus, students are required to live in the residences provided. Exceptions are made for those who are eligible to stay on campus or in the community with close relatives (means: parents, legal guardian – i.e. brothers or sisters of parents – who must be married).

Q. Are students able to go out of campus on weekends?

Students who live on campus are required to abide by the Residence policy. If there is a need to go out on weekend, a permission can be obtained by submitting the overnight leave request to the Residence Deans.

Q. What student activities are available on campus?

Our University offers variety activities for students such as in sports, musics, academics or clubs.

Q. I am not Christian. Should I attend the university worship activities?

Asia-Pacific International University is a Christian faith-based institution owned and  operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As such, corporate worship and fellowship is a major activity designed for enhancing the spiritual growth and character building of students. Therefore, students are required to attend the worship programs while enroll at our University.

Q. What campus services do you have?

AIU has campus services in the area of Computer services, Medical services, and Counseling services.

Q. Does University have wireless access?

All university main buildings are equipped with wireless access. This includes all residence halls.

Q. Do you have a Cafeteria? What type of food is served? What are the hours?

Yes, we do.  Vegetarian meals will be available in the university cafeteria and caters for national and international dishes. Cafeteria opens from 07:00 AM – 17:00 PM and 18:00 PM – 21:00 PM.

Q. What are the hours of the Library?

Our Library opens from 08:00 AM – 17: 00 PM and 19:00 PM – 22:00 PM (Sunday to Thursday) and 08:00 AM – 13: 00 PM on Friday

PASSPORT AND VISAS

Q. Whom Should I contact regarding visa information?

The Admissions and Records office will give information on student visa arrangements.

Q. How can I apply for a student visa?

In order for you to obtain your student visa, you will need a letter of acceptance and visa supporting documents from our university.

Q. Can I apply for a student visa in Thailand?

A student must apply for a student visa at the Royal Thai embassy or Consulate outside of Thailand.

Q. How long does it take to get the student visa?

Visa application process varies from country to country and can take from three working days to a week. This also depends on the nationality of the student in which for certain nationality, visa processing time may take one to two months. Details can be read through the Thai embassy or Consulate website.

***For Chinese applicants only: if you are planning to enroll the university in August you must submit your visa application to the embassy the latest by early June. If you are planning to enroll for January, you must submit the visa application by early October.

Q. How long will my student visa be valid?

When you enter Thailand with a Non-Immigrant Education Visa (Non-ED Visa), you will be granted 90 days duration of stay from the date of arrival. You can check your visa expiry date stamped upon the arrival and not the one stamped by the Embassy or Consulate.

Q. Who will extend my visa?

The University through its Liaison Office will extend all foreign students visa. 30 days before your student visa expires, you are required to submit your original passport to the Liaison Office as the officer will check if you have fulfilled the criteria for visa extension:
ESL and Undergraduate Student

  • Must register for 15 credits in a regular semester and 6 credits in Inter Semester
  • Must register every semester (Inter Semester is optional)
  • Student is not on academic or disciplinary suspension

 Graduate Student

  • Must register for 9-12 credits in a regular semester or at least 6 credits
  • Must register every semester
Q. What should I do if I plan to leave Thailand during the school break?

All foreign students are required to apply for re-entry permit before leaving the country. Failing to do so may result in automatic cancelation of your student visa and you will be required to reapply for a new student visa.
Single Entry: 1,000 Baht
Multiple Entry: 3,800 Baht

Q. Will I be allowed to extend my student visa after graduation?

As per the Thai Immigration policy, all educational institutions are required to report and cancel student visa as soon as they officially graduate. Usually graduate students are advised to leave the country within one week after the graduation. If a student fails to do so, the University will not be responsible for paying the overstay fine of 500 Baht per day.

Q. Can my stay permit got cancelled?

Yes, our university will cancel the student stay permit with the following circumstances:

  • Students who are graduated
  • Students who are on academic suspension status for more than two semesters
  • Students who are on withdrawal status
  • Students who are on semester leave for more than two semesters
  • Students who are on discipline status