BA TESOL Program

- Earn a very marketable BA in TESOL + Diplomas in Language Acquisition, Phonology, Morphology and Syntax and TESOL Methodology
- While living in amazing Thailand
- With a full year ED visa (renewable)
- Pay only a very affordable fee
- While working and earning a living (Job Referral Assistance provided)

You can with Thongsook College's International Program, Bachelors Degree in TESOL.

No Degree? This is the ONLY Program for you! Work, earn and even get a degree, from Thongsook College, fully accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education. For those without degrees, things are getting tougher and tougher. Countries are falling like dominoes as they implement stricter rules for foreign teachers requiring degrees.


2014 Academic Schedules

29 September – 3 October
6 October – 10 October
13 October – 17 October
20 October – 24 October


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Flexible Start Dates

2015 Academic Schedules

2 March – 6 March
9 March – 13 March
16 March – 20 March
23 March – 27 March
30 March – 3 April
6 April – 10 April
20 April – 24 April
27 April – 1 May
4 May – 8 May
5 October – 9 October
12 October – 16 October
19 October – 23 October
26 October – 30 October

Want to teach in Thailand but no degree? Take advantage of our free Job Referral Assistance and earn as you learn. We have connections with many schools looking for good teachers, with or without degrees. Most native-speaking foreign teachers in Thailand earn between 35,000 and 50,000 baht per month. Please be aware that, although thousands of teachers are currently teaching English in Thailand without a degree, it is technically illegal to teach English without a Non-B visa and a work permit.

Already teaching in Thailand without a degree? Keep working (and earning)! You must attend only 30 weeks of class over a three year period to complete your degree, all during traditional school holiday periods. And, with an ED visa, you save all that time and money previously spent on visa runs.

BA TESOL Program Director

The total cost of the program is 1,000 baht per credit, or 120,000 baht, over three years.

• Tuition Payment upon acceptance into the program: 15,000 baht
• Monthly payments of 3,000 for 35 months

How does it work and when do you study?

Thongsook College will schedule 14 weeks of classes per year. This will be from the first Monday of March through the second week in May and four weeks in October.

There are 120 credits in this program. Of those 120 credits, the following are tutorials with Thongsook College instructors:

--Your 120-hour TESOL course (wherever you took it) and the 29 units of Intro to TESOL: 3 credits (If you do not already possess a TEFL / TESOL certificate, for an additional fee, you can complete the combined online and teacher practicum course through Thongsook College )
--One term of Journals and teaching: 6 credits
--General Science: 3 credits
--Language Acquisition Research Paper: 6 credits
--Phonology, Morphology and Syntax Research Paper: 6 credits
--Methodology Research Paper: 6 credits

Over the course of thee years you will be assigned these classes that you will complete during your free time.

That leaves 90 credits, or 30 classes, that you must attend face to face.

One week is one class, so over the course of your study you must attend class for 30 weeks.

During the 14 weeks of classes per year we will offer as many of the classes as possible, duplicating them so those that missed can make them up.

You attend as many as you choose to, whenever it fits into your schedule. Most people with normal vacation times can complete this degree in three years.

1. Apply by sending your CV/Resume to
2. Once you are accepted you pay a $500 initial tuition payment to secure your place on the program.
3. You will receive documentation to receive an ED visa in Thailand. Please contact admin@thongsookinternational for additional instructions on the visa process.
4. Join at any time as listed above.

So what are you waiting for? Apply Now!

Download Information:
BA TESOL Course List
Bachelors of Arts in TESOL Degree Plan


Should be a native English speaker who holds a passport from one of the following countries: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ireland, The United States of America, Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand or Canada; Or should have a minimum TOEFL score of 550; Or should be currently employed as an English teacher in Thailand. The applicant must be able to get along with others and live/adapt in a foreign country.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I get a legal visa? Yes you will have an EDU visa as long as you remain a student of this program. And unlike those visas you obtain from Thai language schools you do not need to renew it every 90 days, just every year. Please be aware that a B visa is technically required to be employed in Thailand.

How does this degree compare with US university degrees? These degrees, based upon the Thailand Commission of Higher Education, has less General Education credit hours (30) and more hours within the major (90+)

Who are the instructors? Each instructor will have at least a Masters degree in TESOL or a related subject and be a fluent speaker of English. These include Dr. Vinit (Tony) Phinit-Akson and Hemanta Raj Dahal, current president of NELTA (Nepalese English language Teaching Association) who has his MA TESOL from Leeds University.

Is the degree internationally recognized? Most certainly yes.

It will fulfill the requirement for a degree to obtain a Work Permit in Thailand as an English teacher. We contacted Harvard University and UCLA to ask if the Thongsook BA TESOL degree would be accepted for admission to graduate school. In both instances we were told that yes, it would be accepted as a legitimate degree.

You can proudly and legitimately claim you have a degree whenever asked. If you choose to teach English in other countries, so far only Saudi Arabia refuses this degree as they require all applicants to have a degree from their home country.

Do I get any vacation time? As we mentioned above, we will have classes for 14 weeks per year. If you wish to complete the degree in 3 years you must attend 10 weeks of classes per year and the other coursework listed. But the dates of attendance are quite flexible. You may choose to study for more than three years this is up to you .

Lead Instructor
Mark Uerkvitz

Mark has an Ed.D., Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Orange, CA and a Masters (equivalent) Multi-level ESL Credential (California Community Colleges).

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