Thailand

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand: Thammasat Business School

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or Thai) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

Bangkok is a city of almost 10 million people and is the economic heart and soul of Thailand, long serving as a gateway for investment into other, less developed parts of Southeast Asia.

Thailand is a country known for its rich culture, breathtaking temples, delicious cuisine, and some of the world's best beaches—but more than that, exchange students will find it's an exciting place to see firsthand the emergence of a strong global economy, which exports more than $100 billion worth of goods every year and. Thai culture is a dynamic mix of influences from India and China.

Thammasat Business School is the second oldest college at Thammasat University which is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of higher learning in Southeast Asia. The business school offers a number of degree programs which ensures exchange students will have access to a number of different courses and students from many different backgrounds from all over the world.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: August to December

Spring semester: January to May

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at Thammasat Business School, enrolling in a total of five courses for 15 credits in order to meet the minimum requirements. One class is the mandatory Thai language course and the remaining four can be made up of business and non-business courses.

Carlson School students study Thai language and select additional courses in English primarily from within the business school. Courses in the business school are offered in the concentration areas of Accounting, Finance, and Marketing. If interested, students are also able to select from courses in the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Liberal Arts if the student meets the necessary prerequisites.

A sample of available courses includes:

  • Management Accounting
  • International Financial Management
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Human Resource Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Investments
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing Information Systems
  • International Business
  • International Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior

Housing

Students rent apartments near campus with other exchange students and international visitors. Thammasat will offer recommendations on appropriate housing for exchange students and assist during the process.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,200
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunization) $330
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $3,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $16,260

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies

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Global Immersion
Carlson Global Institute
CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248
exchgout@umn.edu

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