สวัสดีSawatdee from Thailand:My Semester in Bangkok<br />Jennifer Noinaj<br />03/12/10<br />
Agenda<br />Sawatdee!<br />About Thailand<br />Thammasat University<br />American vs Thai Life<br />Travel Experiences<br ...
About me<br />2 Thai parents<br />Cash strapped student<br />Avid domestic traveler<br />6 months in Thailand<br />Less th...
RESEARCH<br />
Thailand: The land of smiles.<br />Capital: Bangkok<br />Population: 63 million<br />Language: Thai<br />Climate: Tropical...
Thammasat Programs<br />ThaPrachan<br />Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA), Thai Studies, Bachelor’s of Economics...
Uni & Classes<br />Principles of Marketing<br />Principles of Management<br />Marketing Research<br />Intermediate Thai La...
Class Structure<br />Excellent professors<br />Integrated classrooms<br />Language of Instruction: English<br />Class Size...
Logistics<br />Exchange student orientation<br />Cafeteria<br />Uniforms<br />Phones<br />Banks<br />
Offered Excursions & Activities<br />BBA Farewell dinner<br />EAP Thanksgiving dinner<br />Grand Palace trip<br />Ayuttaya...
Housing <br />Find roommates beforehand or during orientation<br />Different types of apartments & condominiums<br />Scatt...
BTS (Bangkok Skytrain) & Bangkok Underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) <br />Buses (BMTA, Bangkok Metropolitan Transit Auth...
Other modes<br />Ferries, express boats, river taxis <br /><ul><li>Tuk-tuks</li></li></ul><li>Cost Savings<br />
External Influences<br />Cyclone Nargis in Burma<br />Thai-Cambodian border disputes<br />Internal political instability –...
Cultural Differences<br />Street cred for being a “Thammasat inter student” vs a tourist<br />Different conceptions of bea...
the “wai”<br />
Food<br />Very big part of Thai culture<br />Food in the States is not representative of how it is in the country it’s fro...
Travels outside of Thailand<br />Great chance for me to experience “culture shock”<br />
Laos<br />
Cambodia<br />
Vietnam<br />
Malaysia<br />
Best Memories<br />
Struggles<br />Stray dogs<br />Getting scammed<br />Being a majority<br />Lèsemajesté & The Royal Family<br />
Back at Home<br />Stay involved<br />Keep in contact with your friends<br />Reach out to other interested students<br />St...
What I learned<br />Try anything once<br />Don’t take life or anything for granted<br />Materialism doesn’t bring happines...
Thanks for listening<br />
Feel free to contact me:<br />jnoinaj@gmail.com<br />facebook.com/jennbook<br />Questions?<br />
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  • Map of thailand – Thais smile with everything. Fear, happiness, sadness, embarrassment.
  • Who organized it? Extra fees? Over break? Weekend? Duration?
  • International student with international. Apt Only option at this campus. Talk about housing a lot. Standard of living. Resort hotels vs poverty. Meals – eating out. How did I discover transportation? Guidebooks, local students.
  • 6 months = 24 weeks
  • What happened? How I dealt with it?
  • How religion impacts culture. Tips for bartering.
  • Ate out for all my meals. Flavorful &amp; spicy. How to decide which vendor to go to?
  • Traveling within thailand – off the beaten path! How did you find out about the festival?
  • Laos: most similar to Thailand
  • Cambodia: rich culture
  • Vietnam: communication difficulties
  • Malaysia: melting pot of Southeast Asia
  • Loy Kratong festival762 curves to PaiKayaking in the oceanDeep water soloingRiding elephants in Koh ChangGrand Palace
  • Cultural values towards animals (being part of our family, “extra”), advice for taxis, etc, coping strategy, importance placed on physical traits, being in the majority = less special, respecting the thai culture (freedom of speech) – family came to visit
  • Academics – how much time spent
  • Sawatdee from Thailand: My Semester in Bangkok

    1. 1. สวัสดีSawatdee from Thailand:My Semester in Bangkok<br />Jennifer Noinaj<br />03/12/10<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />Sawatdee!<br />About Thailand<br />Thammasat University<br />American vs Thai Life<br />Travel Experiences<br />Take-aways<br />
    3. 3. About me<br />2 Thai parents<br />Cash strapped student<br />Avid domestic traveler<br />6 months in Thailand<br />Less than comfortable understanding of the language<br />=<br />
    4. 4. RESEARCH<br />
    5. 5. Thailand: The land of smiles.<br />Capital: Bangkok<br />Population: 63 million<br />Language: Thai<br />Climate: Tropical (82-95°F)<br />“Sanuk” lifestyle<br />Exotic yet modern<br />Most popular destination in SE Asia<br />
    6. 6. Thammasat Programs<br />ThaPrachan<br />Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA), Thai Studies, Bachelor’s of Economics (BE), British and American Studies (BAS)<br />Rangsit<br />Pattaya & Lampang Centre<br />BBA International program – very competitive<br />600 students overall<br />US, Canadian, Australian, Swiss, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, & more! <br />
    7. 7. Uni & Classes<br />Principles of Marketing<br />Principles of Management<br />Marketing Research<br />Intermediate Thai Language & Culture<br />Product and Brand Management<br />
    8. 8. Class Structure<br />Excellent professors<br />Integrated classrooms<br />Language of Instruction: English<br />Class Size: 20 – 60 students<br />Teaching Methods: Lectures, case analyses, papers, projects, presentations, exams<br />Class Format: Two 1.5-hour lectures/wk or 3-hour lecture/wk<br />Attendance: Mandatory with a minimum of 70% attendance to take exams<br />
    9. 9. Logistics<br />Exchange student orientation<br />Cafeteria<br />Uniforms<br />Phones<br />Banks<br />
    10. 10. Offered Excursions & Activities<br />BBA Farewell dinner<br />EAP Thanksgiving dinner<br />Grand Palace trip<br />Ayuttaya field trip<br />Cruise down the Chao Praya river<br />Spa trip to Ranong<br />Law Trip to PrachuapKhiri Khan<br />Clubs: Meditation, Thai kick-boxing (Muy Thai), Thai cooking<br />
    11. 11. Housing <br />Find roommates beforehand or during orientation<br />Different types of apartments & condominiums<br />Scattered around the city<br />Wide price ranges from $100/mo - $1,000/mo<br />
    12. 12. BTS (Bangkok Skytrain) & Bangkok Underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) <br />Buses (BMTA, Bangkok Metropolitan Transit Authority)<br />Taxis<br />Motorbikes<br />Transportation<br />
    13. 13. Other modes<br />Ferries, express boats, river taxis <br /><ul><li>Tuk-tuks</li></li></ul><li>Cost Savings<br />
    14. 14. External Influences<br />Cyclone Nargis in Burma<br />Thai-Cambodian border disputes<br />Internal political instability – closing down of Suvarnabhumi<br />Death of the King’s older sister: Princess GalyaniVadhana<br />
    15. 15. Cultural Differences<br />Street cred for being a “Thammasat inter student” vs a tourist<br />Different conceptions of beauty<br />Shopping – bartering<br />Conservative dress<br />
    16. 16. the “wai”<br />
    17. 17. Food<br />Very big part of Thai culture<br />Food in the States is not representative of how it is in the country it’s from (explain)<br />One of the best parts about being in Thailand<br />Vegetarian options<br />Lots of fresh fruit and street vendors – a word of caution!<br />
    18. 18. Travels outside of Thailand<br />Great chance for me to experience “culture shock”<br />
    19. 19. Laos<br />
    20. 20. Cambodia<br />
    21. 21. Vietnam<br />
    22. 22. Malaysia<br />
    23. 23. Best Memories<br />
    24. 24. Struggles<br />Stray dogs<br />Getting scammed<br />Being a majority<br />Lèsemajesté & The Royal Family<br />
    25. 25. Back at Home<br />Stay involved<br />Keep in contact with your friends<br />Reach out to other interested students<br />Study abroad again<br />
    26. 26. What I learned<br />Try anything once<br />Don’t take life or anything for granted<br />Materialism doesn’t bring happiness<br />Don’t sweat the small things<br />Things don’t always go your way, and that’s okay<br />Feel free to make your own adventure<br />
    27. 27. Thanks for listening<br />
    28. 28. Feel free to contact me:<br />jnoinaj@gmail.com<br />facebook.com/jennbook<br />Questions?<br />
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