Asian University welcomes U.S. veterans!
You worry how it might be to go to university as a mature student? Be sure, it will be a good experience. From our perspective, it is the mixture of young and mature students that contributes much to the quality of the learning experience for all students. That is why Asian University welcomes U.S. veterans.
Our counsellors will take care of all your questions arising. Just email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also want to read the personal message from a U.S. veteran who is now a lecturer at Asian U.
Programmes approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Programmes at Asian University are VA approved. Use the inquiry form on the VA Web site to look for 'Asian University' and 'Thailand' (the site does not allow for a deep link to information about us, sorry!).
Currently the following programs are approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs,
- Bachelor of Engineering (all programmes)
- Bachelor of Science in Technology Management
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Education in TESOL
All academic programmes at Asian University are available to you.
A request for approval by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs needs to name an eligible student. Therefore, any other programme will be submitted for approval as soon as a student wants to study it on his/her GI-Bill.
Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill — or both?
If you are eligible for one GI Bill, you get a benefit of 36 months. This should be enough at most Thai universities to graduate from a Bachelor degree programme.
If you are eligible for two GI Bills, you can use both your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and your Post 9/11 GI Bill to study at a university in Thailand with a combined benefit of 48 months. If you are eligible for both and you are thinking about going beyond a four-year degree, then you might want to look at using your Montgomery GI Bill first and then switching to the Post 9/11 GI Bill (source). The other way around is not possible, so you would lose 12 months benefits.
If you are not sure about your eligibility or benefits, the VA Department makes a grade Benefit Comparison Chart. That page also offers access to some case studies for both Active Duty and Reserves.
Although there's a payment difference between both GI Bills, it should be enough to study any single degree undergraduate programme and have a comfortable life as well, due to the still very low cost of living in Thailand, if compared to western countries and the U.S.
To enjoy your benefits, the programme of education you want to study must be approved. Following Thai universities have the necessary approval. The links point to the original list from where you can access institution profile, maximum benefits, and programs approved.
Will your degree be accepted back home in the States?
Yes, it will. The accreditation of universities is from the national ministry of education in any country, except in the USA. If this country is a member of the United Nations (as Thailand is since January 1, 1949), degrees granted from such nationally accredited universities have to be accepted as an academic degree equal to the one within any other United Nations member country.
This does not prevent universities from adding further entrance requirements, of course, in order to find out of what quality the particular student is.
The USA opted for a private accreditation system, such as AACSB for business and management programme schools. It is little known in the United States, however, that their system is the exception, and national accreditation is the rule.
Increasingly, such universities targeting the U.S. market search U.S. accreditation. So far, only one institution in Thailand is certified that way — Sasin Graduate Institute by AACSB.
In Europe, accreditation was implemented as part of the Bologna Process that aims to increase student mobility, which requires common rules for credit transfers. ENQA and FIBAA are examples of European accreditation agencies. If a particular university targets the European market, these agencies serve better than most U.S. accreditations do.
In order to obtain a full one-year student visa, Thai immigration laws require a payment of the applicant to the university. Since the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs usually does not pay the tuition fees in advance, please be prepared to be invoiced for 20,000 baht advance payment. You will need to take your payment schedule, which also shows this 20,000 baht deposit payment, and your payment slip to the Thai Embassy when you apply for a student visa.
The 20,000 baht deposit payment will be added to your account and refunded at graduation.