Some university campuses are often as big as small towns, and the properties departments rent out commercial space to third party shops and other service providers, and even rent out their classrooms, and lecture theatres, and research facilities.
Benefitting from the university campus address and without directly making any false claims, some such businesses deliberately allow potential customers to believe that the service is in some way affiliated to the university, or is even part of it. This is particularly true of language and cramming institutes, and to some extent, TESOL course providers.
It is advisable do some background checks on the Internet before finally choosing a course. It is quite possible that a 'university' course may be operated by a franchise group or a stand-alone.
Some course providers claim to be accredited. It is also equally advisable to check on the accrediting organisation. Many franchise chains have been known to set up accrediting organisations to accredit themselves, to misuse endorsements from universities, or to claim that some universities will award degree course credits on the basis of a TEFL certificate. Some accrediting organisations are such obvious scams that they will not fool anyone.
It is extremely difficult to obtain legal employment in Thailand without a degree from a recognised university. A TESOL/TEFL certificate alone is not sufficient. The Thai government is constantly increasing the difficulty for prospective teachers to find jobs by introducing new requirements. Some of these new rules may insist that the degree is in an education or a linguistic subject, or that teachers possess a recognised teaching qualification such as a British PGCE, or a USA or Australian state teacher licence. This particularly affects teachers who already have a job, and have settled in the country and wish to pursue a long term career, when extending their teacher licences and work permits.
All TEFL course providers are aware of these regulations but some do not inform their course candidates.
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