Study Abroad Guidelines

After you have chosen several colleges and universities where you would like to study, you can begin applying for admission . Each college and university sets its own admission standards and decides which applicants meet those standards. You must apply separately to each college or university.

Even if you have selected one school where you are sure you want to study, you should still apply to other schools. Remember that you are competing with international students from all over the world for a limited number of spaces in each entering class. It is possible that "your choice" school may not accept you. Generally it is wise to apply to several schools.

Check College and University's admission testing requirements (TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS, etc.) Make sure to have scores sent directly to the colleges and universities to which you want to apply. It usually takes six or eight weeks after the date for scores to reach the college and university.

Read the college applications and backtrack the deadlines to allow yourself enough time to complete them. Submit your completed applications as early as possible. Keep a copy of everything you send to the admissions office. If your application is lost, this will help you resubmit it. You have to wait for 4 or 6 weeks for their reply.  

Cost : The cost of study includes more than just tuition, housing, food, books, and supplies. Be sure to add travel to school from your home country, and your personal expenses. The school's web site, catalog or brochure indicates the cost of studying there. Please be aware that costs increase every year.  

Accreditation :: Accreditation is the certification that a school or program meets a prescribed academic standard. 

It is very important to know that a college or university is accredited. If you attend a college or university that is not accredited, you will not be able to transfer your credits to an accredited college or university. Your home country may not recognize your degrees, and you may not be able to get a job you want.  

You can find out whether a college or university is accredited by checking at ( for US colleges and universities.  

If you are lucky, you will be accepted by one or more institutions. They will send a letter of acceptance. Accept one of the offers of admission, and confirm your acceptance according to their instructions. 

Student Visa :: There are four basic requirements students must fulfil to be eligible for a student visa.

  • Students must prove they have been accepted by a school or a degree course.
  • Students must have sufficient English skills to complete their studies.
  • Students must show evidence that they have enough money to pay for their school fees and living expenses.
  • Students must show that they will return to their home countries once they complete their studies.

For more details you can contact the nearest consulate or embassy. 

Once you have accepted a school's offer of admission, the first thing you should do is apply for a student visa. You should generally apply to the Embassy or Consulate at your home or permanent residence. Each country has their own visa procedures. Just follow the procedures and you should have no problems. 

When you get your visa you have to make travel arrangements. PLAN TO ARRIVE AT YOUR SCHOOL IN TIME FOR New Student Orientation and Registration. Follow the arrival instructions sent from the school. 

Guidelines & Checklist for the Transfer Process: 

  • Determine which university you’d like to transfer to *
  • Contact the overseas university Admission office/ respective Faculty that you’d like to transfer to and find out how to apply as a transfer student
  • It may also be useful to check with the following centers for certain countries:
    a. USA: The Cultural/ Education section of Bangkok US Embassy or AUA library 
    b. UK: The British Council, Siam Center, Bangkok 
    c. Australia: AEI, the Australian Embassy 
    d. For other countries you can call / visit the Cultural and Education offices at the embassies to find out about universities
  • Please note that the Office of International Affairs At Assumption University does not intervene in or facilitate transfers, we can only provide guidelines, as in this document, as a service.
  • Please be aware that because of Assumption University’s comprehensive English Curriculum (except Faculty of Law), it enjoys a strong reputation and instant recognition by overseas universities particularly those in native English speaking countries.
  • Transfer of credits/courses/grades is totally left up to accepting institution.
    In vies of this, please ensure that your CGPA is competitive enough and that you have completed at least 60 credits at Assumption University. 
    b. Please make available to the accepting institution, the Assumption University Undergraduate bulletin.(The Graduate School of AU may also have their bulletins available and these may be submitted in the case of graduate school transfers).The Bulletin contains information on the degree programs , study plans and course description in English. There are also other relevant pieces of information which the bulletins contain which would help in decision making by the accepting universities.
    c. As much as possible, please also provide course outlines for all the courses you have taken. This will clarify a lot of information that the accepting institution might want before taking any decision on transfer acceptance. 
    d. Reference letters (at least two, sometimes three) from lecturers who have taught you are extremely useful to the accepting institutions, to gauge your academic background.
  • Please ensure that you do have the special requirements by the accepting institution. Test results of TOFEL, IELTS, SAT (1 and 2) and/ or other scores may be required. Please check if these c\scores are needed and fulfill the requirement as necessary.
  • Student transfer visas are normally arranged by accepting institutions. Please ensure that this is also done in your case.
  • This document is only a guideline and is in no way an official guarantee that students will be accepted ,based on what this Guideline document outlines.
  • The Office of International Affairs is happy to receive any sort of feedback on students transfer matters, so that we can make the information available to other students wishing to transfer.

* Please note that universities which have signed agreements with Assumption University will recognize our programs and may welcome transfer students. 

AU students wishing to transfer to “AU Partner Universities” will have to go through all requirements stipulated by the universities, as in all cases.