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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This section addresses some answers to commonly asked questions about applying for Le Cordon Bleu Dusit courses and the process of enrollment. However, if you find you have any others questions that are not covered here, please contact us directly or check out our Facebook page.

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General
Is there any minimum age to apply for the course?
To apply for the course, students have to be 17 years old when the course starts.
What is the average age of most students?
The average age is 21-30 years old but we get many older students up to 60 years old in every term. The oldest student we ever had was 82 years old who studied our French Cuisine course, so everyone is welcome and age is no problem!
When do terms start?
The year is divided into 10 week terms in January /April /July /October course.

Check out our 2017 Academic Calendar
What is the last date to apply for the course?

The earlier you apply for a course the greater the possibility of enrolling in the course of your choice- and at the time you prefer. We would recommend students, especially international students, to apply at least 2 - 3 months before the commencement of the course except students from China (mainland) which are required to apply at least 3 - 4 months in order to allow the school to assist them in applying for an education visa.

Check out 2017 Academic Calendar

What do I do if the courses are full?
Applicants will be placed on a “Waiting List “when courses are full and you will be contacted if a student cancels or defers.
What is a class schedule for the courses?
The teaching methodology for this course will be cooking demonstrations followed by practical classes – utilizing the “watch-learn-do” method.

Full-time students are required to study 18 hours per week over 4 or 5 days per week. Each level can be completed within 10-11 weeks. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for exact dates.

Download an Academic Calendar

Enrollment for weekday class: classes are scheduled on Monday-Friday - 18 hours per week
- Morning session: 8:30 hrs.-11:30 hrs.
- Afternoon session: 12:30 hrs.-15:30 hrs.
- Evening session
: 16:00 hrs.- 19:00 hrs.

Enrollment for Saturday class: classes are scheduled only on Saturday - 9 hours/Saturday for 20 Saturdays
- 8:30 hrs.-19:00 hrs.
Do I need to understand French?

No, as all the course are taught in English, and translated into Thai for Thai students.

However, there are some French culinary terms and specialized vocabulary used for certain cooking techniques and methods which you might need to know.

We would recommend students really interested in learning the French terms to buy a French Culinary Dictionary prior to enrolling.

Do I have to take an English language proficiency test to enter the courses?

You are NOT required to provide an English language proficiency test score.

However, you will need intermediate level English language skills in listening, speaking and writing to be able to learn effectively and communicate with your Chef Instructors and classmates.

How long does it take to receive a ‘Letter of Offer’ after submitting my application?

After a week or so, you should receive a ‘Letter of Offer’ through the post which includes payment details.

If you don’t receive your letter within a couple of weeks, please contact us at thailand@cordonbleu.edu or Tel (66) 0 2237-8877.

 
Tuition Fee & Payment
Do I have to pay any fees when I apply?
Yes, you will pay a non-refundable application fee for your application to be processed.
What payment methods do Le Cordon Bleu Dusit accept?

You have options for paying your fees through online payment using Visa, MasterCard, Bank transfer, or at the Student Services Department.

You can download the "Payment Detail" for more about payment methods.

Can I pay my course in installments?

Yes, you can pay your course in installments. We can only discuss your personal tuition fee situation with you unless we have received your written ‘Partial Payment/Installment Registration Form’; as an international student you must pay a minimum of 50% of the tuition fee along with uniform and tool kit fees at or before enrolment or the deadline set by the school, and any overdue balance must be settled before the term starts.

The full payment must be made at least 6 weeks before the Orientation Day, otherwise students will NOT be allowed to commence their studies.

All payments must be made by bank transfer or credit cards (Thai Baht only).

Please note that cash will not be accepted during the enrolment period.

Does Le Cordon Bleu Dusit offer a scholarship or financial aid programme?

No. Le Cordon Bleu Dusit does not provide financing for courses, but Le Cordon Bleu International does offer scholarship opportunities: The (IACP) Foundation Scholarship Awards Programme and The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Programme.

For full details of these scholarship awards and how to apply please visit
www.cordonbleu.edu/london/scholarships/en

 
Career & Internship
How do I apply for an internship?
Unpaid internships are available to Thai students – for international students we may be able to arrange internships on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Student Services Office, you can find a list of organizations you might be interested in. Please note that your application does not guarantee a placement.
Can anyone do an internship at the school?
All students are welcome to apply for work experience placements but we give priority to students who have graduated from the Diplôme de Cuisine, Diplôme de Pâisserie, Grand Diplôme, Diplôme de Boulangerie or Diplôme de Cuisine Thaie. Of course students considered for internships must have attained excellent results in all their courses.
Can international students work during their studies?
No. International students are not allowed to work during their studies. It is illegal to work without a required work permit.
How do I find a job?
You can find advertisements for jobs on the school notice’s board, website and Facebook. There are many job search websites and agencies in local newspapers or you can find more about employment opportunities from the Industry Employers for any related jobs available.
 
Academic
What course does Le Cordon Bleu Dusit offer?

The school offers many full-time courses and short courses:-

How long does it take a diploma course?

30 weeks or 9 months in total. As you know, our Classic Cycle program is completed over 3 x 10 week terms – Basic, Intermediate and Superior levels. Students, who satisfactorily complete all three levels in cuisine or patisserie, will be eligible for the Le Cordon Bleu Diplôme de Cuisine or Diplôme de Pâtisserie.

Students can also choose to study both Cuisine and Patisserie courses at the same time in order to receive Le Cordon Bleu’s famous Grand Diplôme. In doing so, you will be studying 36 hours a week so you need to be fit and healthy and highly motivated to do this.

Will I get a certificate if I complete only one level?
Yes. Graduates for each level will receive a certificate accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education.
Can I defer my offer until next year?
Yes. It is possible to defer your offer until the next academic year. Please contact Admissions staff as soon as possible to find out if this option is available to you.
 
Living and Studying in Bangkok
How much does it cost to live in Bangkok?

Le Cordon Bleu Dusit is located in the well-known Silom area which is actually the central business district of Bangkok and is very close to the BTS sky train and MRT subway train stations. So we are very conveniently located. Bangkok is one of the most affordable capital cities in the world and decent accommodation can be found easily.

Sample price of living expenses per month:

    - Room Rental could range from THB 10,000 - 30,000.- exclusive of electricity and water supply.
    - Water supply & Electricity bills THB 1,500.-
    - Food Allowance THB 6,000.-
    - Transportation THB 2,000.-
    - Prepaid SIM cards THB 1,000.-
    - Other THB 1,500.-
TOTAL THB 22,000 - 42,000.-

 
International Applicants
Do I post my documents in hard copy or will a scan in an email be enough?
All documents required for applying for the course can be scanned and emailed to the school at lecordonbleu@dusit.com, except the documents called “Personal History Check” and “Purpose of Attending the Course” required by the Thai Ministry of Education (MOE). International students have to sign and return the original copy to the school by post.
When do I need to apply for a re-entry permit?

If you hold a single entry visa and you want to leave Thailand during its validity period, you have to obtain a re-entry permit which will allow you to re-enter without losing your education visa.

For more information, please contact us at thailand@cordonbleu.edu or the Student Services Office.

Do I require an education visa to study at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit?

If you are not a Thai citizen or a permanent resident of Thailand, you must obtain an education visa to study in Thailand.

However, the school also accepts anyone who has Non-Immigrant “B”, or Non-Immigrant “O” or “Tourist” visa to take courses at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit but each student has to be responsible for any visa extension.

What is a “Pre-Approval” Letter?

This is the official document issued by Thai Ministry of Education (MOE) that allows foreign students to study in Thailand.

International students must submit the letter along with the required documentations for applying for an education visa at the Thai Consulate/Embassy in their countries before entering Thailand.

 

 
 
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