MSID—International Development in Thailand

MSID—International Development in Thailand — Visa

Visa Information


You will need a passport to enter and exit Thailand. Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your program. If you have not already obtained your passport, apply for one immediately. Information about applying for a passport can be found on the US Department of State's website.

Visa Application Instructions

MSID Thailand participants should apply for a single-entry, non-immigrant educational visa through the Royal Thai Honorary Consulate General in Portland. The Learning Abroad Center will send an invitation letter directly to the honorary consulate. Students can download the application at or use the partially completed one here. Detailed directions and a checklist have been created for students to follow here. Follow each of the detailed steps one by one paying speacial attention to what must be included in the package sent to the Thai Consulate. Use the checklist on the instruction sheet to ensure you aren't missing anything. If you have questions, contact the Learning Abroad Center MSID program team. 

Visa and Flights

It is important to note that your student visa will only allow you to enter on the official program start date and stay only an additional 7 days after the official program end date. 


You should begin the application process 60 days prior to the official program arrival date and your application should be submitted no later than 45 days in advance of the official program arrival date. Students who apply for their visa after this date are not eligible for financial assistance with travel change fees. You must enter Thailand within 90 days from the date of issue of the Visa.  Do not send your application to the consulate more than 90 days before you intend to enter Thailand.

Program Handbook Program Orientation Visa Information

I-UROP Scholarship

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship