ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme

Summary of the AIMS Programme

     AIMS programme, formally known as M-I-T, aims to create a vibrant student mobility programme for citizens of all SEAMEO member countries. It has emerged from the Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand (M-I-T) Student Mobility Pilot Project which was initiated in 2009 as collaboration between the governments of the 3 countries and SEAMEO RIHED. With growing regional and international interest in the Programme, AIMS has expanded to include 8 member countries including Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Korea. The Programme currently covers 10 study fields, including Hospitality and Tourism, Agriculture, Language and Culture, International Business, Food Science and Technology, Engineering, Economics, Environmental Management and Science, Biodiversity and Marine Science. By 2015, it has been ambitiously agreed as a short-term goal among AIMS member countries that at least 500 students will be mobilized across the region, with expanding disciplines as well as membership.

     In MFU, we offer 2 types of programme under AIMS which are Food Science and Technology, and Biodiversity. All courses are taught in English.

Food Science and Technology (School of Agro-Industry)




Bogor Agricultural University


Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)


Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA)

University of The Philippines (UP)

University of Santo Tomas (UST)


Nong Lam University

Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF)


University of Tsukuba (UT)

Biodiversity (School of Science)




University Brunei Darussalam (UBD)


University of Tsukuba (UT)


Universiti Malaysia Sabah (USM)

Academic Calendar

  • Semester I : Early August to Late December
  • Semester II : Early January to Late May

Application Deadline

  • Semester I : 30 June every year
  • Semester II : 30 November every year

Application Process

  1. Contact the International Office of your Home University
  2. If qualified, the international office of your home university will send by email the Application Form to Mae Fah Luang University (Submit by email on June 30th for the 1st semester /November 30th for the 2nd Semester)
  3. International office of your home university will send the back completed application materials to Mae Fah Luang University by: (email – (Postal Mail- International Affairs Division (IAD), Mae Fah Luang University, 333 Moo 1, Thasud, Muang, Chiang Rai, Thailand 57100)
  4. IAD will send the application form and related document to the School
  5. The School will send the result back to IAD within 2-3 weeks
  6. Mae Fah Luang University will issue the Acceptance Letter to the international office of your home university by email and post (within two-three weeks after submitted completed application materials).
  7. Mae Fah Luang University will send original copy of the Acceptance Letter by postal mail to your home university
  8. If qualified, you should apply for Non-Immigrant entry visa code “ED” (Student VISA) to the nearest Thai Embassy in your country
  9. Fill in the Acceptance and Arrival Form and inform the flight information to IAD (We’ll arrange the pick-up service for you-free of charge)
  10. Arrival in Chiang Rai, Thailand

What are the requirements for application?

  1. One original copy of ‘Academic Transcript’ - in English
  2. One original copy of ‘Certificate of Enrollment’ - in English
  3. ‘Letter of Recommendation’ from student academic adviser in your School/Faculty, performance – in English
  4. A ‘Study Plan’ (personal essay, 1 ~ 1.5p) – in English
  5. One copy of passport (the page with the photograph)
  6. A Medical certificate
  7. Download Application Form at

VISA Information

Once your application to study at MFU has been approved, you will need to obtain a non-immigrant ED visa from the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate to enter Thailand. This visa will be extended once your study commences. In any case, DO NOT enter Thailand on a tourist or transit visa, as they cannot be extended to cover your period of study.

A Non-Immigrant Entry Visa code “ED” costs 2,000 THB (60 USD, 40 EUR - subject to change)

Required Documents for Visa

  1. Copy of the official acceptance letter, academic calendar, and a letter for your visa request from MFU
  2. A recent 4×6 cm. photograph (less than 6 months old)
  3. Copy of your passport-information page(s)
  4. Medical certificate (less than 6 months old)
  5. Visa fees

Note: Foreign nationals on a student visa are not eligible to work in Thailand.

Health Insurance

     All International students who are studying at Mae Fah Luang University are required to purchase their own health insurance. Students can arrange the insurance in their home country, or can purchase the insurance after arriving in Thailand.


     The University has increased its accommodation capacity and offers up to 5,000 beds in 16 dormitory buildings for students. Students' dormitory are just a ten-minute walk from the main university buildings. Students have privacy within a safe, friendly, and lively learning environment. All exchange students are recommended to stay in the dormitories with the intention of encouraging students to develop their social skills through living together, learning together and helping one another. The student dormitories, which are supervised by University staff and guarded round the clock by security officers, provide desks, beds and mattresses, internet corners, TV rooms and study rooms.

Note: Accommodation will be booked by our office.

Airport Pick-Up Service

Please send us the flight details of arrival for us to arrange the airport pick-up service.

Bogor Agricultural University / Indonesia5140
Nong Lam University (NLU) / Vietnam193
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) / Brunei Darussalam104
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) / Malaysia115
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) / Malaysia1212
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) / Malaysia2522
University of Santo Tomas (UST) / Philippines 70
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) / Malaysia278
University of Tsukuba (UT) / Japan710
Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) / Vietnam70
Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) / Philippines 20

We are looking forward to receiving your students for the coming semester. Please email us if you need further clarification.

Contact Person

  • Ms. Warunee Kaewbunruang (P’Noi)
  • Email:, ☎ +66-5391-6090