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FAQs for Learners

Why come to Thailand and study English?
You want to learn English. You also want to have fun. IH Chiang Mai is the perfect place to do both. While at the school you’ll have a fantastic time in the most beautiful city in Thailand (and maybe in all of Asia). And you’ll learn English from some of the best-trained, best-qualified teachers in Asia.
And when your studies come to an end? You’ll have all of Thailand, with its idyllic beaches, wild jungles and ancient culture, right on your doorstep. You’ll take away memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life, and be ready to return to your work or studies with stronger English than when you arrived. Your colleagues and classmates will notice the difference in your English – along with your suntan!
What’s so special about IH Chiang Mai?
International House Chiang Mai is not quite like most other language schools. The International House World Organisation has been around longer than most, and we are located in beautiful Chiang Mai, one of the true jewels of Southeast Asia. Our courses are taken by hundreds of students from Thailand and around the world, so at any one time there is a truly international feel to the school… But what really makes us stand out from the crowd is the quality of our teaching. We don’t just teach language courses, we also train language teachers in the prestigious, internationally-recognized CELTA and DELTA qualifications. And we hold our own teachers to the highest standard of all, insisting on regular observations of their lessons, teaching clinics to give them the most up-to-date teaching techniques, and generous feedback from our in-house team of master-teachers. And this is what makes us special.
What level am I?
Whether your language skills are rusty, fluent, or you are an absolute beginner, our tried and tested placement testing system will pinpoint your level and help us choose the right course for you. We know that tests can be a bit intimidating. That’s why out testing system is as friendly and informal as possible. We start with a written test (done at your own pace) and finish with a brief, 5 minute interview with one of our friendly, experienced teachers. Test yourself now with our Online Placement Test for English!
If teachers don’t speak my language, how can they teach me?
We only use the target language in the classroom. All of our teachers are specially trained to teach you without using your native language.
How do I know International House Chiang Mai is a good school?
IH Chiang Mai must meet the rigorous Quality Standards of the IH World Organisation. What does this mean for you? That our resources, our teaching, and, above all, our treatment of our students is truly world class. International House Chiang Mai has built its reputation from students who succeed and tell others about us. While other schools spend money on flashing marketing campaigns, we put all of our effort and energy into our teaching – and it shows.
An external assessor visits our school every two years and looks at all aspects of what we do at IH Chiang Mai. These visits mean that you can feel confident that our school meets the famously high standards of the IH World organization.
How can I find out more?
Who do I contact if I want to come to Thailand to study English?
Contact us at studyholiday@ihbangkok.com and together we can create an unforgettable holiday in the Land of Smiles as you take the next steps in your study of the English language