Sawatdee from Thailand: My Semester in BangkokPresentation Transcript
สวัสดีSawatdee from Thailand:My Semester in Bangkok Jennifer Noinaj 03/12/10
Agenda Sawatdee! About Thailand Thammasat University American vs Thai Life Travel Experiences Take-aways
About me 2 Thai parents Cash strapped student Avid domestic traveler 6 months in Thailand Less than comfortable understanding of the language =
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
Thammasat Programs ThaPrachan Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA), Thai Studies, Bachelor’s of Economics (BE), British and American Studies (BAS) Rangsit 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!
Uni & Classes Principles of Marketing Principles of Management Marketing Research Intermediate Thai Language & Culture Product and Brand Management
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
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
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
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
Cultural Differences Street cred for being a “Thammasat inter student” vs a tourist Different conceptions of beauty Shopping – bartering Conservative dress
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!
Travels outside of Thailand Great chance for me to experience “culture shock”
Struggles Stray dogs Getting scammed Being a majority Lèsemajesté & The Royal Family
Back at Home Stay involved Keep in contact with your friends Reach out to other interested students Study abroad again
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
Thanks for listening
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