Since I first enrolled in my course, the website has been revamped, so I went back for a closer look for my own benefit, but you might also be interested.
As I mentioned in my first post, the One Year Learn Thai course costs ฿30,000. The course outline states I attend for 180 hours and at 4 hours per week (2 x 2 hours), so I will be attending for 45 weeks out of the 52. Seven weeks of holidays?
This equates to just (*post edit) under AU$6.00 per hour, depending on the rate of exchange at the time. Not bad!
Information on the website I didn't find previously:
Terms and conditions
Refunds - Previously CMU assured me by email it was OK to defer, but evidently, not to pull out of the course completely, without losing my deposit of ฿15,000 *see Visa info below. That's over AU$500.00. The balance, of the same amount, is due on arrival. If I start the course and decide not to continue, I lose all of my payment of ฿30,000.
This seems quite harsh to me. Usually a college or university will give a partial refund according to how much of the course has been attended/has remaining.
Dress code for teachers and students: Collared shirt, Slacks, Dress Shoes.
I have no problem with this at all, although I am sure I read somewhere, perhaps on another website, that dress is casual and was described as 'not uncommon for students to dress like they were at a resort'.
English - You have to have a basic level of English to be able to attend the course. However, there is a Thai course for Japanese.
Course Times - The website now displays the course times.
Nov 1st 2010 Mon & Wed 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Dec 2nd 2010 Tues & Thurs 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Jan 4th 2011 Tues & Thurs 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Feb 2nd 2011 Mon & Wed 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Looks like I'll be having dinner at the Uni.
Visa - The tuition fee DOES NOT cover the cost of the ED Visa. An ED visa is a Non-B Education visa that allows a visitor to Thailand to remain in the country while they are studying. If the Thai embassy rejects my visa, CMU will provide a full refund minus a ฿1,000 processing charge.
The Thai Embassy (Australian) website seems to have no information specifically on the ED Visa. I have read elsewhere that I will be required to obtain 'permission to stay stamp' every 90 days and currently (still) have no idea of costs etc.
Student Testimonials - None at present, however there is a Blog section, which I will revisit and read.
Mailing List - I have signed up to receive the newsletter by email.