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
Sawatdee from Thailand: My Semester in Bangkok
สวัสดีSawatdee from Thailand:My Semester in Bangkok<br />Jennifer Noinaj<br />03/12/10<br />
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 />
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 />
Uni & Classes<br />Principles of Marketing<br />Principles of Management<br />Marketing Research<br />Intermediate Thai Language & Culture<br />Product and Brand Management<br />
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 />
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 – closing down of Suvarnabhumi<br />Death of the King’s older sister: Princess GalyaniVadhana<br />
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 />
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 />
Travels outside of Thailand<br />Great chance for me to experience “culture shock”<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 />Study abroad again<br />
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 />