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rpentland

AUA Language School

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Hi all....

Apologies if this isn't the correct forum to post, am a newbie here.

I have recently enrolled at the AUA Language School, and paperwork is on it's way to me here in the UK, so all is good in that respect.

However, to be brutally honest - I chose AUA as it was the cheapest option to both pay for lessons (100 hrs), and enables me to get an ED Visa for that price - so was actually a bargain as opposed to other schools asking as much as 50,000 Thb.

My post, however, is to find out if anyone here either has, or is studying at this school, and if so, would you care to venture any feedback to me?

Negative or positive facts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

RP.

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I thought that the policy of AUA was that they don't help with the paperwork for getting an ED-visa. Their policy must have changed.

Edit: indeed they do now help with the ED-visa.

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I didn't know about this previously, to be honest.

However, they have been really helpful and productive, and have been notified that my papers are on way today! :)

They do two Ed Visa Packages, Silver and Gold - I opted for Silver (Approx. 13,000 thb) purely because of cost at the moment - but if the school is good - then will upgrade after my three months are up.

**Also wondering - is it possible to change my student visa to a Non B visa and work permit if I found decent employment without a visa run?**

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AUA qualtiy and even teaching approach differs from branch to branch, so it would be useful to let us know where you are actually studying.

CM has a good name, but even there the quality of the teachers is hit-and-miss. some are extrarordinary good teachers and pleasant characters, others are perfectly forgettable...

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I didn't know about this previously, to be honest.

However, they have been really helpful and productive, and have been notified that my papers are on way today! smile.png

They do two Ed Visa Packages, Silver and Gold - I opted for Silver (Approx. 13,000 thb) purely because of cost at the moment - but if the school is good - then will upgrade after my three months are up.

**Also wondering - is it possible to change my student visa to a Non B visa and work permit if I found decent employment without a visa run?**

Normally it is not possible to change from an extension of stay to one based on employment and they will most likely require that you go abroad to obtain a non-B visa.

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AUA qualtiy and even teaching approach differs from branch to branch, so it would be useful to let us know where you are actually studying.

CM has a good name, but even there the quality of the teachers is hit-and-miss. some are extrarordinary good teachers and pleasant characters, others are perfectly forgettable...

Hi,.....Good point - I will be studying at the Chamchuri Square Office buidling - above Silom MRT.

Have been informed that they involve a lot of 'role-playing, etc - which to be honest, isnt exactly my bag!

I am a qualified teacher of some 14 years myself - and know from experience that not all children (students) are comfortable with this method. I mentally squirm when asked to do anything like this!

If anyone has any experiences surrounding this 'alleged' info - would be greatly appreciated!

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if you are same as myself and prefer old-fashioned-style learning (and I was able to adopt five foreign languages that way, including two Asian), then check out utl-school.com . this school has been founded by former teachers of the (hardcore-Christian missionary) union language school.

they apply an old fashioned way of teaching, but do it in a much more relaxed way than those hardcore-missionaries at union language.

they have a very impressive variety of classes and courses at different levels, and the price is very affordable. you might well see me there later this year for another 60-hrs afternoon-course

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I have attended AUA a bit. Great school, very reasonably priced. The downside is that their method takes a huge time commitment.

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For me personally, I found the old style teaching method, combined with very small class sizes also the most effective way to learn Thai. But, since the thread starter already paid for the course and getting a cheap ED-visa was one of his motives, I think we're too late with this advice. But, I also agree utl-school is a very good and not expensive school. There are other school using the same method, which are (in my opinion) just a good such as piammitr, AAA-thai language school. In the other schools you'll find smaller class sizes.

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For me personally, I found the old style teaching method, combined with very small class sizes also the most effective way to learn Thai. But, since the thread starter already paid for the course and getting a cheap ED-visa was one of his motives, I think we're too late with this advice. But, I also agree utl-school is a very good and not expensive school. There are other school using the same method, which are (in my opinion) just a good such as piammitr, AAA-thai language school. In the other schools you'll find smaller class sizes.

Hi..yes, your'e right - cost and Ed Visa were initially my priority!

Having looked at the video of their classes - to be honest, it doesn't really look like the kind of lesson I would enjoy.

Having said that - I have already paid - and am open minded enough to give most things a try!

Many thanks to all who offered advice and shared their experiences - all comments are very much appreciated!

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you are very welcome, pls continue to share your experiences once you have startes the courses

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Hi..yes, your'e right - cost and Ed Visa were initially my priority!

Having looked at the video of their classes - to be honest, it doesn't really look like the kind of lesson I would enjoy.

Having said that - I have already paid - and am open minded enough to give most things a try!

Many thanks to all who offered advice and shared their experiences - all comments are very much appreciated!

Good to hear that you're going to stick with it for now. I'm planning on studying there next year, and so will be interested in hearing about how it goes for you. I'm likewise a little dubious about their style, but in theory I think it should work well (but maybe take a lot longer, but less work required).

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