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Sawatdee from Thailand: My Semester in Bangkok


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