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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Offerings

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, Professional Master’s Degree, Diploma & Certificate Programs, Non-degree programs & Intensive English language.

  1. For eligibility requirements on the Degree Programs, please visit the Admissions website.
  2. For non-degree training, please visit the AIT Extension and Language Center

2. Can I apply to two Academic Programs at the same time?

No. You can only apply to one academic program at any time.

3. What Academic Programs and Courses does AIT Offer?

The Institute currently offers 35 academic programs. For details, please visit our School websites: School of Engineering and Technology (SET)School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and School of Management (SOM).

4. What is the duration of study?

2 Year Master’s Degree students normally study for 22 months (enrolled in August Intake) and 24 months (enrolled in January Intake) which includes four semesters, two short breaks and one long break between semesters. Doctoral students study for at least 42 months or seven semesters. 1-year Master, Professional Master Program and the Diploma Programs are at least 12 months or two semesters and the Certificate Program is 5 months or one semester.

5. Do you have academic exchange programs and scholarships for those?

Yes, we have academic exchange programs with various partner universities in Asia and Europe. AIT has a limited number of scholarships to assist our students to go on academic exchange. You can apply for an academic exchange program and the scholarship in your second semester of study at AIT.

6. Do you provide minors?

Yes, AIT provides the option to graduate with a minor. Starting from the August 2020 semester, AIT offers a “Minor in Entrepreneurship”. More minors will be added in 2021. There are no additional cost in pursuing a minor. A total of 12 credits in the minor program are required.

7. Is all communication and all documents and teaching material in English?

Yes, AIT is an English speaking campus. All communication is in English, more details under FAQ number 5 under the requirements.

8. What are Unified programs?

Unified Programs integrate undergraduate studies with graduate studies into a seamless “Unified” program. For example, undergraduate students may join AIT in their final year to complete their undergraduate degree and at the same time start their Master program at AIT. AIT has several Unified programs with our partner universities managed by our Office of Special Degree Program

9. Do I need to apply for the scholarships listed on the AIT scholarship website?

You do not need to apply separately for the scholarships. Once you have submitted the application online, your will be automatically considered for all scholarships for which the deadline has not expired and for which you are eligible. The type and amount of scholarship given to applicants is on a competitive basis with the main criteria of academic standing. Should you wish to be considered for full scholarships, you must submit an Official English score of 6 including writing and overall that is not older than 2 years. Please check acceptable test results here.

Requirements

1. How can I obtain the application form?

Application to AIT is now fully online. Thus, please apply using the Online Application System

2. Who must write my letters of recommendation?

Your referees should be well acquainted with your intellectual abilities, academic performance, and personal character. Only applicants for the doctoral degree program must submit at least 2 recommendation letters; no recommendation letters are required for master degree programs.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Is proof of English language proficiency required?

Yes, all AIT programs are conducted in English; thus, you will need to provide proof of adequate English language proficiency. There are three ways to provide proof of adequate English language proficiency.

  1. Citizenship of an English speaking country. Applicants who are citizens of and have been educated in an English- speaking country (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA) are exempted from English testing. Proof of citizenship and studies must be submitted.
  2. Certificate of English Medium of Instruction. Applicants who have earned a degree at a university at which English is the sole medium of instruction may submit a document signed by the University Registrar attesting to English medium of instruction. AIT reserves the rights to accept or reject such certificate based on our extensive list of recognized certificates of English Medium of Instruction. Applicants who submit a certificate are requested to sit the AIT Academic Writing Test upon arrival to determine their level of proficiency on the AIT scale.

If your submitted certificate is not acceptable, we will inform you immediately. In this case, you are required to submit an English score of AIT-approved tests (See Number 3 below).

  • Approved test of English language proficiency. Applicants with good undergraduate records and minimum scores on official tests of English proficiency can be admitted without conditions. The approved tests and minimum scores are:
  • AIT EET 6
  • IELTS-Academic Module: 6(Writing band).
  • Other test scores such as TOEFL-Internet-based / computer-based / paper-based; CEFR; and, may be considered based on equivalent scores to the IELTS-Academic Module.

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. Please see the test score comparison table here.

Those who are interested in applying but do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements for admission or conditional admission are recommended to study English in their home countries until they are ready to re-apply.

6. What is the AIT English Entry Test (AIT-EET)?

The Language Center (LC) offers a 90-minute in-house test of English proficiency called the AIT English Entry Test (EET). The score is based on a nine-point scale similar to the IELTS test. The Writing score, which is the most important at AIT, is based on an essay. The test result will be e-mailed within 7 days. The LC will report the test result to the AIT Admissions only if the score is satisfactory for provisional admission. If applicants fail to obtain the minimum score requirements for admission, they may take the test again.

There is no limit to the number of times they can take the test, but we encourage applicants to study and improve their English before retesting. The test is conducted several times per week on campus.

Alternatively, the test can be taken online through our online EET test application.

For more information or English test application, please see here.

7. Where can I find the information about English classes at AIT?

You can find the information on English classes and other services offered by the Language Center here.

8. Are there any Thai classes offered?

Yes, the Language Center offers Thai courses.

9. What is the AIT writing test (AWT)?

All new students who

  1. have either not submitted a test score for admission (e.g., those who submitted a certificate of English medium of instruction) or
  2.  have taken the online EET or have taken the EET outside of Thailand where the testing was not conducted by AIT Language Center or the 3 Schools of AIT  must take the AIT Writing Placement Test (AWPT) to validate their writing scores and to be able to register for classes.
    The AWPT 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 criteria for scoring are similar to those for the IELTS academic writing test.) For more information, please see here.

An AWPT score of 6 or IELTS writing score of 6.0 (or LC approved equivalent), or satisfactory completion of EL 19 (Pass) should be attained by the end of the second semester. This will be a condition for registration for dissertation / thesis / research study / project.

Students with AWPT score below 6.0 are required to take mandatory English Language (EL) courses at the AIT Language Center until they meet the English language requirements. Students who wish to attend English courses outside AIT in lieu of the EL courses need to seek prior approval of the Language Center before the start of the program and need to provide proof of attendance.

I obtained a degree at a university at which English is the sole medium of instruction. Can I submit a certificate, in place of English Test score?

You can submit the ‘Certificate of English Medium of Instruction’ issued by the Registry Office of your previous institute. We do reserve the rights to accept or reject such certificate based on our extensive list of recognized certificates of English medium of instruction. Alternatively, you can take AIT EET test on campus or online. However, should you wish to be considered for full scholarships, you must submit an English test score that is not older than 2 years. Please check acceptable test results here.

10. My English test is old, is it still valid?

The validity of English tests is two years. Please check acceptable test results here.

11. Is TOEFL ITP acceptable to AIT?

NO, it is not. We only accept Paper Test, CBT and IBT.

Fees and Costs

1. How much is the application processing fee?

The processing fee is Baht 800 or US$25.

2. How should I pay 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.

3. Can I pay the online application processing fee using credit cards?

Processing Fees (US$25 or Baht 800) can be paid online using credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.) before submitting the application online or through your friends in Thailand

Fees can also be paid through western union, in this regard, please write to admissions@ait.ac.th for further details.

If you are not able to pay online or western union, payment can be made through bank transfer to AIT bank account. Once the payment is done through bank transfer, please send the bank transaction detail to admissions@ait.ac.th to process your application internally.

Bank account details:

Bank Name: Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand

Bank account name: Asian Institute of Technology

Bank current account number 468-046301-2 or (please use this account for those transfer from oversea)

Bank savings account number 405-999567-0 (please use this account for those transfer inside Thailand)

Bank SWIFT Code: SICOTHBK

Bank address: 95 Moo 8, Klong Nueng, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand

If you would like transfer through Western Union Payment. Please send an email to Admissions office admissions@ait.asia to request the details.

4. Can the application processing fee to be waived?

No, it cannot. After submitting the application, the applicant must pay the application processing fee.

5. How much does it cost to study at AIT?

The different program of study costs are in this site: https://ait.ac.th/tuition-and-fees/

6. 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. You are also required to pay the application processing fee to reactivate your admission.

Financial Support

1. 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. Please check this site: Scholarships

2. Are there scholarship grants available for international students to apply for?

AIT offers a limited number of financial awards in the form of scholarships 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. For details, please go to Scholarships.

3. Can Flexible Master or Doctoral Program receive full financial support?

No, our target audience for the flexible programs are the working people, who are not able to join full time students on campus. Offering of AIT Scholarship for flexible programs are on a very competitive basis.

Deadlines

1. When is the school intake and the application deadline?

The AIT academic year consists of two semesters: January and August for School of Engineering and Technology (SET) and School of Environment Resources and Development (SERD).

For School of Management, the academic year consists of five terms: January, March, June, August and October. For more details on specific application deadlines, please visit the  Admission Deadline website

2. 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. You will have to pay the application processing fee to reactivate your admission.

3. I am in final year of bachelor degree; can I apply for the Master Degree?

Yes, please be sure that you will graduate before the classes begin and the original documents must be shown to the Admissions Office before enrolment.

Services and Facilities

1. Is the pick-up service from the airport free of charge?

Pick-up service from the airport is free of charge if arrival is during the arrival period mentioned in the offer letter. The pick-up service is provided by the Student Union. If arrival is not within the set arrival period, you have to arrange your own transportation from the airport to AIT. For details, please refer to Guidelines.

2. Should I take a computer with me?

AIT provides limited computer facility for each school where computing access is available. You are encouraged to have your own personal computer. All classrooms & dormitory rooms are provided with link to the AIT local area network LAN and Wifi.

3. I am not a Thai citizen. If accepted will you assist my visa arrangement?

Yes, AIT will assist in arranging for your Educational “ED” Visa through the AIT Government Relations Unit including extension of your ED Visa till you complete your study.

4. 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. For details of the insurance please check student welfare website.

5. 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 choose to live off-campus. AIT Accommodation office will provide assistance for off-campus accommodation. Email: accommodation@ait.ac.th Tel: +66-524-5093 Website: https://ait.ac.th/student-housing/

6. Am I allowed to move out before the end of the housing contract?

Yes, as long as all financial obligation has been settled.

7. Am I allowed to stay outside the campus without Institute assistance?

Yes. Once enrolled and usually with second semester onwards, you may request a written permission from the School Dean and the Director of Office of Student Affairs to live off campus on your own.

8. Do I have to buy my own bed sheets and pillowcases?

Most dormitory units provide linen, pillow, bed sheets and towel. You may like to bring or buy extra upon arrival from nearby shopping areas. However, students who will avail of married accommodation and Category 2 units are required to provide their own linens.

9. Are there any convenience stores on campus?

There are several convenience stores on campus where you can get most basic supplies for daily living such as 7-Eleven, 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 and souvenier stores, a book and stationery shop, salon shops, a tailor and an IT shop. https://ait.ac.th/facilities/

10. What kind of food AIT serves?

The AIT Cafeteria on campus serves Asian, Halal, Western, Thai, and Vegetarian dishes. It is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. where you can find Minimum cost meals worth 50 – 60 Baht. At SU Snack food vendors sells Halal dishes. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 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. and Kiosk shops available for specific types of food around the campus which are open till 8:30 p.m. We have also convenience store (7-Eleven) which are open 24 hours a day. Students, however, should not always expect to be able to obtain food of exactly the kind they are used to.

11. Am I allowed to work in Thailand?

Under the Royal Thai Government regulations, foreign students on a student visa are not allowed to take up employment and work in Thailand. However, AIT students are allowed to work as a Student Assistantship on the AIT campus as Research/Teaching/Administrative Assistance.

12. 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. These documents must be attested by your Ministry of Foreign Affair and then by Local Thai Embassy at your home country. 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: accomodation@ait.asia, Tel: (66-2) 524 5093.

13. What sport facilities you have on campus?

AIT offers many opportunities for on campus sports activities including golf, swimming, basketball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, football, cricket, hockey, running, squash and petanque. A multi-purpose field, more popularly known as the cricket field, squash courts, tennis courts, badminton courts, a basketball court and running track of several km lengths are all located on the AIT campus.

14. I heard, AIT has a golf course, is that true?

Yes, that’s true. AIT has a beautiful 9 holes golf course on 20 hectares land with large old trees, lakes and with a diverse wildlife.

Campus Location

1. How to reach AIT for a campus visit?

For details, please click Visit.

Student Union

1. How can I contact the Student Union?

For details, please visit: http://www.su.ait.ac.th

Contact: supresident@.ait.ac.th Tel: +66-2524-5979

Re-application

1. I wish to reapply what is the procedure?

In order to reactivate your application, you have to pay again an application processing fee and send the receipt to admissions@ait.ac.th. No need to submit a new application.

2. Can I reapply and change the school and academic program?

Yes, you can. Please email admissions@ait.ac.th for the change of academic program and also attached receipt of your payment for the application fee

Upon Enrolment – Academic Issues

1. Does the Institute apply the class attendance system?

All students are expected to attend their classes as per the semester class schedules.

2. Will I get a certificate or transcript at the end of the semester?

Yes. Certification or transcript will be provided upon request.

3. Do you accept transfer of credits?

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.

4. Do I have to wear uniform?

Students are not required to wear any uniform. Please note that the climate in Thailand is generally hot & humid. Light clothing is recommended. However, students are expected to wear semi-formal/casual attire in class.