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Global Business in Thailand (Faculty-Led)
Bangkok, Thailand
Program Terms: Summer I
Budget Sheets Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2015 01/31/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
WMU
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Housing Options:
Hotel (double)
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Freshman, Graduate, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
 Language experience required:
No
 Areas of Study:
Business, Marketing
 Program Length:
Short-Term
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Program Dates: Sunday May3, 2015 - Friday May 15, 2015 
Optional week add-on: Tuesday May 13, 2014 - Thursday May 22, 2014 (10 days): Southern Thailand, Beaches, Island Hopping, Rain forest, and the Original Full moon Party

Global Business in Thailand will offer students the opportunity to experience business processes in a limited English speaking environment and explore the oriental culture. In addition, the program also provides better understanding of how global business in Asian region operates and build their strategic clusters to compete in the global market. The course will include classroom instruction at WMU before departure as well as at the government institution in Thailand to introduce the students to consumer behavior and business operations in Thailand. In addition, there will be field trips in which students will observe and interact with different types of retail establishments to better understand cultural differences in marketing various products and services. Also, there will be site visits to a number of companies operating in Bangkok to understand how global business are established and maintained. For this program, I highly recommend you to talk to students who went with our previous trips-- they will tell you why this is a truly “a trip of a life time" and what make this trip so unique, exotic, and popular.

Notes from faculty leader:
1. The Japan section will be finalized after we receive a quote back from Japan Airline. If they can give us a reasonable price, we might add Japan to our route. In 2013, it is our first time removing Japan section from the program. At first, students who expected to see Japan upset with this decision but after a few days in Thailand--- they said they were glad that we made this decision so they can stay longer in Thailand.
          2. This program is designed for the undergraduate, if you are an MBA or Graduate student, a different program may be a better fit for you.
         3. This is not a typical study abroad in that students will spend most of their time listening to Executives, checking out business facilities, or visiting partner universities. We will do some of those activities to fulfill “standard requirements". Then, our group will spend time on streets, biking tour, sailing on fisherman boats, hanging out with other backpackers, visiting elephant camps, camping in a rainforest or chilling in local bars. This is the best way to see how the way of life in those countries impact business practices. I was born and raised in Thailand and I know where to entertain our group.
        4. Due to public smoking regulations in Thailand, access to smoking areas is severely limited. Students are strongly advised to take a break from smoking during participation in the program.
       5. Dietary restrictions are extremely difficult to accommodate. Flexibility is required for vegetarian and vegan diets. Students with allergies to soy, peanuts, wheat, or seafood must discuss options with the faculty director.
       6.  Due to the nature of product portfolio of our host corporations (Brewery, bars, public house), you have to be 20 yr by 1 May 2015 to join this trip. 
       7. Since the number of seats is limited, I normally use the following rules to prioritize applicants.
        -  Student who will graduate sooner will have less priority to those who graduate later
        - American students will have priority over international students.



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Location

Bangkok: Bangkok is the 22nd most populous city in the world. The Bangkok Metropolitan Area, which covers five provinces surrounding the capital province in the central region of Thailand, registers a little over 10 million. However, like many large cities, the city has seen a great flux of immigrants who are not properly listed in the city's administration. The population is therefore much more realistic in the band of 15-20 million. Bangkok is a magnet for foreigners escaping turmoil in their homeland or visiting simply for business. It has long been the gateway to Asia for foreign interests seeking new markets. The city is a major economic and financial center of Southeast Asia and has one of the fastest rates in the world for construction of high rise buildings. The city's wealth of cultural sites makes it one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. 

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Academics

Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing


REQUIRED to complete your application:
This program does not require any reference from other professor.  For the applicant that I have not known in person, you need to meet with me (in my office) before the deadline of this program (31 Jan 2015)
Office Number 3126 Schneider Hall, Haworth College of Business
Office hour Fall 2013:  Tue/Thur 10:30 am -12:00 pm
Office hour Spring 2014: Mon/Wed 12:00-1:30 pm
or by appointment via my email duke.leingpibul@wmich.edu


REQUIRED to complete your application:
This program does not require any reference from other professor.  For the applicant that I have not known in person, you need to meet with me (in my office) before the deadline of this program (31 Jan 2015)
Office Number 3126 Schneider Hall, Haworth College of Business
Office hour Fall 2013:  Tue/Thur 10:30 am -12:00 pm
Office hour Spring 2014: Mon/Wed 12:00-1:30 pm
or by appointment via my email duke.leingpibul@wmich.edu


Academic Program
Students are required to make a 15 minutes video showing the experience learned abroad through the seminar.  Dr. Duke will help direct video production and will demonstrate how to work with the movie maker software.

Academic Credit
Students will be enrolled for 3 hours of WMU credit in BUS 3960, International Seminar. Enrollment will be for the summer I term. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Cost

The program fee includes WMU tuition (3 credits) and administrative fees, instructional costs, housing, some meals in Bangkok and Tokyo, airport transfers and local transportation, lodging, program-related excursions, a survival kit, and health and emergency assistance insurance. The program fee will be billed to the student account for Summer I semester.

Students are responsible for the following expenses: airfare, local transportation, some meals, passport processing, and personal expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according ot individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Note: Additional fee of $405 applies to the program fee for graduate students.

Note: Cost of optional week is $750.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences.

Notes from faculty leader:
 1. The program fee for 16-day program (3 credits) is $3995 (or $2995 after $1000 guarantee scholarship deduction) + air fare (est. $1500-$1800) + 10 day optional extended stay ($750) + personal expenses (est. $250) and other small expenses such as passport fee, vaccination (click on “Summer I” link in the budget sheet section). In term of a financial time line, students should be prepared for the following timelines.
     - March 14, 2015   students have to purchase flight ticket (est. $1500-$1800)
     - April 4, 2015,  $750 extended stay fee is due. This is a main selling point of this trip-- every participants in the past attended this optional week. We will bring you to the Original Fullmoon party this year—this is the world famous beach party
      -First week of May, the program fee is due ( like any other Summer I class)
           2. Unlike most programs at WMU, this program fee might be a little high---because our program fee covers almost everything (e.g. all dinners, breakfast, entrance fees). Most programs does not make a comprehensive planning like ours so they let students do and pay for their own --that how they can keep their program fees unreasonably low. In our program, the dinners we provide will blow your mind.  All students who had gone through this program will tell you this trip is worth every penny (in the past, they did not even have $ 1000 scholarship support as we have for 2015 trip)


Scholarship
Participants in this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship, which offers both merit and need-based awards. Apply online for this scholarship. Business majors (PBA, BBA, MSA, or MBA) are eligible for the HCOB Study Abroad Scholarship.  Please note that business students may receive either a merit award from the Haenicke Institute or the HCOB Scholarship, not both.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.


Notes from faculty leader:
If you want to find out about possibility to get more financial aid for this trip, do the followings

  1. Print out the budget sheet (clicking the “Summer I” link in Budget Sheet section)
  2. Make appointment with a Financial Advisor at the main Student Financial Aid office (located on the second floor of the Faunce Student Services Building, also called "The Birdcage". They see students by appointment only. Appointments are made by calling Bronco Express, (269) 387-6000

Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Housing

Lodging will be in budget hotels, with double occupancy and bath.

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Itinerary

Mandatory Pre-Departure Meetings - to be determined
  TBD TBD Study Abroad & Travel nurse Predeparture meeting 
  TBD TBD Predeparture meeting 1  
  TBD TBD Predeparture meeting 2  










Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Study Abroad Program (notes from 2014 - To Be Updated Shortly)
28 April  Monday  Day 1  Leave AZO - BKK 6:00 am 
29 April  Tuesday  Day 2  Arrive BKK at 11:45pm
30 April  Wednesday Day 3 Bangkok city tours, Boon Rawd Brewery Case
1-May  ThursdayDay 4  Singha Biz Course with Singha Interns
2-May  Friday Day 5  Sigha Brewery Coporation Visit (Singha Case)
3-May  Saturday  Day 6  Jatujak Weekend Market/ Metro Lifestyle (Bangkok Heat Case)
4-May  Sunday Day 7 Floating Market , Rural Lifestyle/ Spice Rd Biking Tour
5-May  Monday Day 8  Leaving for Konkan at 9:00 am to Singha Sustainability Project Konkan
6-May  Tuesday Day 9  North Eastern Thailand Tour in Konkan with Bangkok Glass
7-May  Wednesday Day 10  Back to Bangkok ( TG flight- Morning), BKK Retailing/Merchandizing
8-May  Thursday Day 11  Seven Eleven Visit ( Seven and I case)
9-May  Friday Day 12  APL Logistics Warehousing visit, Ayuddhaya, Thailand
10-May  Saturday Day 13   Ayuddhaya Ruin Cultural Tour
11-May  Sunday Day 14  Thai Tourism Beareu: Flight of the Gibbon Eco-Tourism Project, Chonburi
12-May  Monday Day 15   Pattaya City Tour, Back to Bangkok in afternoon
13-May Tuesday Day 16 Fly back to Kalamazoo, or continue on optional week

Optional Week
13-May  Tuesday Day 16  Samui Island
14-May  Wednesday Day 17  Samui Island: Full Moon Party on Phangan Island
15-May  Thursday Day 18  Samui Island: Free Day
16-May  Friday Day 19  Phi Phi Island
17-May  Saturday Day 20  Phi Phi Island - Island hopping
18-May  Sunday Day 21  Phi Phi Island
19-May  Monday Day 22  Phuket
20-May  Tuesday Day 23  Phuket: Rainforest Adventure
21-May  Wednesday Day 24 Phuket, Back to Bangkok
22-May Thursday  Day 25 Leaving for US

Notes from faculty leader:
    The Japan section will be finalized after we receive a quote back from Japan Airline. If they can give us a reasonable price, we might add Japan to our route. In 2013, it is our first time removing Japan section from the program. At first, students who expected to see Japan upset with this decision but after a few days in Thailand--- they said they were glad that we made this decision so they can stay longer in Thailand.


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Additional Resources


Contacts:

Faculty Director:
Professor Duke Leingpibul
Department of Marketing
3141 Schneider Hall
(269) 387-4249
duke.leingpibul@wmich.edu

HCOB:
Barb Caras-Tomczak, MBA Program Coordinator and Global Business Center Advisor
Office: 2320 Schneider Hall
barb.caras-tomczak@wmich.edu 
(269) 387-5086

Study Abroad Specialist
Sakhi Vyas
sakhi.vyas@wmich.edu
(269) 387-5890

Country Information (external links)
Thailand - Lonely Planet
Bangkok - Lonely Planet

Country Specific Information - Thailand
Culturegram - Thailand
StudentsAbroad

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