Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Experience in Thailand

Semester: Intersession (May 16 to 30, 2023) / 3 credit hours

Course numbers: MGMT 254 (Global Experience), INTB 205 (International Business), INTB 406 (International business study abroad)

Program fee: $750 (after the scholarship award)

Course description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity with real impacts on the local communities. Through this study abroad program, students will learn about the sustainable tourism industry in Thailand as well as the impacts of social/community enterprises on local communities. Students will visit the world-famous tourist destination in Thailand, Krabi, and learn about local community enterprises as well as their products/services. The South of Thailand especially in Krabi province is the center of sufficiency economy community enterprise where locals are encouraged by the Thai government to start businesses that are self-sufficient, use the locally available resources as well as engage with the community. Students will work in teams to provide feedback on local products/services and strategic business recommendations to social enterprises and entrepreneurs. During the trip, there will be lectures, seminars, presentations, field trips, guest speakers, discussion activities, and experiential-learning projects to take advantage of the opportunities.

(Updated on 4/18/2023)

Study Abroad Thailand 2023 blog post Part 1 – Summary
Study Abroad Thailand 2023 blog post Part 2 – Itinerary

Why Thailand?

Thailand (often referred to as “The Land of Smiles”) is a country in Southeast Asia. It is known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, Thai cuisine and street food, Buddhist temples, elephant sanctuaries, Thai massages, rich history and culture, and friendly locals.

Lonely Planet – Thailand

Examples of Activities during the Trip

Walailak University – Partner university in Thailand

Walailak University (WU) is a comprehensive and research-intensive university in the historic southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. On the WU campus, students live in a picturesque environment while having access to facilities including the sports complex, tennis and badminton courts, and a fitness center. WU actively endorses sustainable development by implementing power-saving and eco-friendly policies. Students can commute using an electric car service on campus and off campus.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is airfare included in the program fee?

Ans: No, the program fee includes accommodations, transportation, activities, and some meals. The airfare, which is approximately $1,500, is not included.

How much is the tuition fee for this course?

Ans: The specific tuition fee typically varies based on the student’s entry year and corresponding tuition guarantee. It is typically about $1,500. You can check THIS LINK for your estimated tuition fee.

Is this trip only for College of Business students?

Ans: No. Although the trip and the course are about international business, non-business students are encouraged to join the trip. I believe non-business students can provide diverse perspectives, which will enhance the overall experience of the trip.

If I put down the deposit, can it be refunded?

Ans: The last day of the full refund is on December 15.

How many students will receive the scholarships? and how much is the scholarship?

Ans: The Institute for Global Business (IGB) will award $500 scholarship per student to all students who go on the trip. That is why the trip is limited to 15 students.

I am graduating in May 2023. Can I still join the trip?

Ans: Currently, the UA study abroad office is working on a policy to allow alumni and non-UA students to participate in the UA study abroad trip.

One of the tourist destinations in Krabi – Klongtom Saline Hot Spring

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