Spend part of your summer learning about the economies of Southeast Asia, and in particular, Thailand. Learn why Thailand, called the "Land of Smiles," is considered to be one of the "Asian Tigers," how is it faring relative to the rest of SE Asia. Study the economy, economic development, culture, history, and social issues.
Participants will visit Buddhist temples and palaces, elephant trek through a Burmese camp, spend the day with a Karen hill tribe, hike in the jungle, visit a rural school (and play them in soccer), ride on the famous railroad built by POWs over the Bridge on the River Kwai, boat to an oyster farm, visit the langur monkeys, shop in open-air markets and floating markets, learn Thai cooking, explore national park, island hop and snorkel, relax on the world's most beautiful beaches, and meet some of the world's most wonderful people.
Visit the cities of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi (famous for waterfall,s elephants, Bridge on the River Kwai, and ecotourism), Sangkhlaburi (on border of Myanmar, Burmese community, largest wooden bridge in SE Asia), Bang Saphan and Prachuap Khiri Khan (on beautiful Gulf of Thailand), and Koh Talu island (for snorkeling).
• As Thailand is a Buddhist country, modest shorts, tops, and bathing suits are required. Students will be asked to adhere to a reasonable dress code so that the Thai culture is respected.
• Participants are limited to a carry-on suitcase and student backpack so that the group travels lightly.
• Participants must be in reasonable shape and able to walk for periods of time at a medium pace and complete a 2-3 hour moderate trek in the jungle.
• Participants must be comfortable on small boats traveling in calm water.
• This program is appropriate for vegetarians or participants with basic food allergies. However, this program may not be appropriate for someone with a life threatening seafood allergy who would be impacted when food is cooked in open-style kitchens nearing dining tables.
Enrollment is limited. Application will remain open until program is full or October 1, 2018
ECON 300: Introduction to Southeast Asia:
This course is offered in conjunction with study abroad to destinations in Southeast Asia, usually Thailand or Malaysia. The course, and related travel experience, provides students with an overview of this region of the world, while allowing them to experience life in the developing world. Students are immersed in the rich culture, while they learn about the country’s economy, its role in global trade, approaches to economic development, how economics connects to the geography, historical events, and religion. The course starts online and is completed overseas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is required. 3 credits.
This course can be used to satisfy:
• Social Science requirement
• Economic elective in the economics major/minor
• Can be used towards business minor
Participation in any study abroad program waives General Education Goal 9
There are no prerequisites for this program or course.
Students will stay in a variety of different accomodations, carefully selected for their unique experience with the idea of maximizing the local economic impact. Only locally-owned facilities will be used, in order to keep as much of the tourism dollars in Thailand. Housing includes a hostel near a popular night food market, a floating hotel on the river, a lodge on an island accessible only by ferry, a full-service resort, beach-front hotels, and rural guest houses.
Sessions will be scheduled for Fall 2018.
While students are encouraged to attend an information session, they are not required to attend one before applying. Students with program questions who cannot attend a scheduled information session should contact Dr. Marks for information.
May 19, 2019 - June 2, 2019
The itinerary is very full, as the group will relocate almost every day so that participants see as much of Thailand as possible. Activities include:
• Visiting the Royal Palace
• Exploring Buddhist temples
• Spending a day with a Karen (Burmese ethnic group) hill tribe to learn their way of life
• Boating to an oyster farm in the bay
• Elephant trekking in a Burmese camp
• Visiting the beautiful dusky leaf monkeys
• Hiking through the jungle and learning about flora and fauna
• Eating and shopping in traditional open-air markets
• Exploring unique floating markets
• Visiting a rural school (and playing them in soccer)
• Riding the famous railroad built by POWs during WWII
• Walking along the famous Bridge on the River Kwai
• Visiting Three Pagodas Pass and the Myanmar border
• Spending an afternoon on a mushroom farm and helping with preparation
• Swimming in a 7-tiered water fall
• Exploring national parks
• Island hopping and snorkeling
• Relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches
• Interacting with some of the world’s most wonderful people
There is just too much to be listed.
Students should be available for a departure that could be a couple of days earlier or later, if airline arrangements require. A possible stopover in Dubai, United Arab Emirates might be scheduled in order to break up one leg of the trip.
*Note: Itinerary is subject to change*
The program fee is $2,395 and includes airfare, hotels, most meals, most transportation while in Thailand, and admission to all venues on the itinerary.
Students are required to purchase travel insurance. Students are additionally responsible for the cost of approximately three meals, any additional beverages and snacks, and mass transit tickets in Bangkok.
Longwood tuition will be billed separately and is not included in the program fee.
The Office of International Affairs offers three scholarships:
- Lancers Abroad Scholarship: up to $500 for short-term programs or $900 for semester programs
- Presidential Scholarship: up to $2,000 for semester-long programs in which participants are studying in non-Anglophone countries (generally reserved for foreign language majors, but students taking courses in the host language are also encouraged to apply).
- Global Engagement Scholarship: up to $1,200 for those participating in a faculty-led program; applicants must be Pell Grant recipients to be eligible.
Honors students are eligible for separate funding through the Cormier Honors College. Contact Jessi Znosko to get started.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page
- Participation in any credit-bearing study abroad program through Longwood will waive General Education Goal 9.
- Questions about academic content? Contact Dr. Melanie Marks.
- Questions about the study abroad process for this program? Contact Dr. Emily Kane