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There are currently 26 European countries in the Schengen Area, 22 of which are member states of the European Union. These 26 countries share a common visa policy, meaning that there are no checks on the borders between them.
The 26 "Schengen States" are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden – plus the three associated countries Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
If a person receives a Schengen Visa for any of the above mentioned states, he/she will be able to travel freely to all of the 26 participating countries without the need for acquiring individual visas.
There are three types of Schengen Visas. These are:
You will find that non member states use the same three categories of visas.
You can apply for a Schengen Visa at any participating member state embassy in your region.
If you plan on visiting more than one country in your travels in Europe, you should visit the embassy of the country that you plan on spending the most time in. In the event of there not being a particular country where you would spend a clear majority of you time, you should apply for the Schengen Visa at the embassy of the member state you will travel to first.
4. What do I need in order to apply for a Schengen Visa?
The minimum requirements that need to be met in order to receive a Schengen Visa are as follows:
A typical short stay visa fee is 60 EUR. There are however circumstances where this fee can be reduced or waived.
No fees can be charged for third country nationals who are family members of an EU citizen or of a national of the EEA Agreement, who exercises his/her right of free movement.
In addition, fees are waived for children under six years of age, school pupils, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training and for researchers carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC.
For more detailed information you should contact the embassy of the destination of your choice. For a listing of EU member state embassies in the region follow the "Embassies" link on the navigation bar.
The Austrian Embassy
Q House Lumpini Building, Unit 1801, 18th Floor, No. 1
South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120
Tel +66 (0) 2105 6700
Fax +66 (0) 2401 6160
The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Hanoi
5 Nui Truv Street, Van Phuc
Hanoi, Vietnam, P.O. Box 10
Tel +84 (4) 3845 2908
Fax +84 (4) 3846 0856
The Embassy of the Czech Republic
71/6 Ruam Rudee Soi 2, Ploenchit Road,
Lumpini, Phatumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel +66 (0) 2250 9223-4
Fax +66 (0) 2250 9225, +66 (0) 2253 4978
The Embassy of the Hellenic Republic
100 North Sathorn Road,
23rd Floor, Unit 100
100/41 Sathorn Nakorn Tower
North Sathorn Road, Silom,
Tel: +66 (0) 2667 0090-2
Fax: +66 (0) 2679 1463
The Embassy of Ireland
28th Floor. (High Zone),
Q. House Lumpini Building,
1 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek
Tel +66 (0) 677 7500 Fax +66 (0) 677 7501
The Consulate of the Republic of Latvia
113/13 Surawong Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel +66 (0) 2237 3585
Fax +66 (0) 2237 3589
The Consulate of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Q House Lumpini 17th Floor
1 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Tel. : +66 (0) 2677 7360
Fax: +66 (0) 2677 7364
The Embassy of Portugal
26 Bush Lane (Soi New Road 30)
New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel: +66 (0) 2234 2123, 2234 0372
Fax +66 (0) 2238 4275
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chancellary), email@example.com
The Embassy of Spain
Lake Rajada Office Complex
23rd floor, Suite no. 98-99
193 Rajadapisek Rd., Klongtoey
Tel +66 (0) 2661 8284-7
Fax +66 (0) 2661 9220
The British Embassy
14 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel +66 (0) 2305 8333
Fax +66 (0) 2255 9278
The Embassy of Belgium
16/F Sathorn Square, 98 North Sathorn Road
Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel +66 (0) 2108 1800
Fax: +66 (0) 2108 1807
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (for visas)
The Cypriot Consulate in Bangkok
96/14 Sukhumvit 23 Road
3rd Floor, Bharani Building, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel +66 (0) 2261 8408-9
Fax +66 (0) 2261 8410
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary
Park Venture Ecoplex, 14th Floor (Unit No. 1401, 1411-1412)
57 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan
Tel +66 (0) 2118 4901
Fax +66 (0) 2117 4901
The Embassy of Italy
27th & 40th Floor, CRC Tower, All Seasons Place,
87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel +66 (0) 2250 4970
Fax +66 (0) 2250 4985
The Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania
67 Sukhumvit Road 26
Tel. 02 661 5599
Fax 02 661 5500
The Consulate-General of the Republic of Malta
56 Narathivas Ratchanakarin Road, Silom,
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel +66 (0) 2234 9729, 2233 6872
Fax +66 (0) 2236 6538, 2236 6540
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland
100/81-82, Vongvanit Building B,
25th Floor, Rama 9 Road, Huaykwang,
Tel. (+66) 2-645-0367/9
Fax (+66) 2-645-0365
The Embassy of Romania
3388/41 Sirinrat Office Building, 12th floor
Rama IV Road, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei
Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Tel +66 (0)2 240 2522
Fax +66 (0)2 240 2550
The Embassy of Sweden
Pacific Place, 20th Floor
140 Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 4 and 6)
Tel +66 (0) 2263 7200
Fax +66 (0) 2263 7260
Erasmus Mundus is the European Union's scholarship programme for students and academics from non-EU countries including Thailand. Erasmus Mundus scholarships are generous and full scholarships that cover all your costs, from travel to living allowance, and including tuition and insurance. They offer you the chance to experience not only various world class universities, but also the many rich cultures of Europe.
Erasmus Mundus 'Action 1' offers scholarships for, currently, 138 full Master's and 43 full doctoral Erasmus Mundus courses covering a wide range of subjects.Each course is set up by a group of universities from three or more EU countries. Scholarship recipients study at two or more European universities, leading to a joint degree or multiple degrees.
Indicative scholarship amounts are up to €24,000 per year for Master's Courses and from €60,000 to €130,000 for three-year Joint Doctorates
To apply, you need to contact the specific Erasmus Mundus course in which you are interested. Eligibility criteria and deadlines for application (normally some time between November and January) are set by the courses themselves, so first check their individual websites for further details. You can find the websites for the Master's courses at http://tinyurl.com/ycxp9j8 and for the doctoral courses at http://tinyurl.com/yartupg
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Indicative scholarship amounts vary according to the level and duration of study.
To apply for these exchanges, first check which Thai universities are involved in Erasmus Mundus exchange partnerships: http://tinyurl.com/bt6ztp4. Then contact the International Office of the Thai university for further details about application deadlines and conditions.
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