Marist College: Traveling - Asia Summer Abroad Program (ASAP)
Yes, more culture, more understanding. Better perspective Matt F - University of Dayton
The world is bigger than Marist College campus. QuTing Z - Marist College
This trip have changed the way I look at the world. I'm considering getting a job in Asia now. Andrew P - University of Dayton
I will never experience anything more culturally diverse in that short of time. I have a much greater understanding of people outside the U.S., and have gained skills and knowledge not able to be taught in the classroom. Doug P - University of Dayton
My experience was definitely worthwhile! My goal used to be to travel and work in Europe as it was a culture that I am familiar with. Now after traveling to Asia, my vision has expanded to the desire of working and traveling across that region. I can now feel comfortable returning to these areas and can acknowledge the differenc... Lauren47
My participation in the Asia Study Abroad Program was the most formidable experience of my undergraduate career. ASAP is not just an exposure to different cultures, but an immersion into global business environments and religion that have changed my perspective on the world. As a direct result of my ASAP experience I had ... Jon D - University of Dayton
Participating in this program was, without question, the best thing I ever did in college. It changed the way I look at everything: my family, my social circle, my military and business careers, etc. It put my entire life into perspective. Bryan B - University of Dayton
In order to succeed in business you need to be able to identify how you are different and how you are similar to the person you are dealing with (whether customer, supplier, employee or boss). Once you do this you can then bridge the gap and achieve a successful outcome. There is no better classroom than Asia to learn and prac... Timothy A - University of Dayton
It was absolutely worth it. I would do the program again without hesitation - I took more out of it than I had ever anticipated. I learned to become detached from unimportant factors of life, abandon a ritual of living, and embrace the cultures that I was in. These all contributed to the greatest experience I have ever had. David L - Marist College
It was an AMAZING experience that changed my life and actually changed the course of my entire life. Having never traveled abroad prior to my participation in ASAP, traveling to countries/areas like Myanmar, Tibet, Singapore, etc. was an eye-opening experience (to say the least). ASAP changed how I viewed the world, how I viewed... C. A - University of Dayton
I had an incredible college experience and wouldn't change a thing. But if I had to do it all over again and only keep one constant, I would choose the ASAP program. It is that good. I know all of my classmates would say the same thing. Christopher I - University of Dayton
There are too many things that I learned from it to share them here. Cultural awareness, global awareness, politics, economics, religion.... Steven G - University of Dayton
As previously stated I am better for it. People in America tend to complain that they had to park too far away from the front door of the Wal-Mart or that Ben and Jerry's stopped making their favorite flavor of ice cream. If we all could see just how good we have things I think we would be a more appreciative people. Jim D - University of Dayton
After this program I knew I wanted more. I spent two years abroad after college in another program where I worked a full time job at an Investment Bank all while taking classes to complete my MBA. The second part of the program brought me back to Southeast Asia where I finshed up my MBA classes full time in Bangkok; my favorite ... Wenyan G - SUNY - Binghamton
We live in a global community. The clothes you're wearing, the cell phone in your pocket, your tax preparation, your medical diagnosis, customer service on the other end of the phone, components of your car (and perhaps the entire car), are likely products and services you enjoy through access to a global marketplace. Shaped by these changes, businesses today look to hire individuals with the skills to work in a global environment. Is that you?
The Asia Summer Abroad Program (ASAP) is a full-semester abroad experience particularly suited for business majors/minors seeking unparalleled insight into international business through company visits mixed with both planned and serendipitous contact with local businesses and cultures. A defining feature of ASAP is that company visits are fully integrated into the curriculum with groups of students analyzing each company to learn its management and organizational structure, position in the market, marketing practices and strategy, production mix and strategy, innovation strategy, stock valuation, and long-term viability in the marketplace.
Imagine visiting General Electric to talk to senior executives about GE's strategy for entering the rapidly expanding Chinese aviation market. Or meeting with the company director of Johnson & Johnson Thailand to discuss how J&J positions itself in the Thai cosmetic and health care sector. Or sitting down to talk with an entrepreneur in Hong Kong about his efforts to develop a market for a biodegradable plastic made from corn starch.
In this travelling program offered through Marist College, participants earn 12-15 credits of fully AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited coursework. Classes and activities integrate local contexts so students can learn about people, cultures, and places across Asia, and to understand the cultural context of business in the region.
Using a living classroom philosophy, faculty hold classes anywhere from a conference room at the HSBC Bank headquarters to the roof of a Buddhist temple. Classes are offered at different times of day and for different lengths of time teaching students to adapt to changing situations commonly found in the business world.
Students on the program must have a desire to engage with international business, intercultural management, diverse Asian cultures and ways of living, and a nuanced lens from which to view the world. International travel and foreign language experience are not prerequisites, but intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, and flexibility are.
The 2012 Tentative Itinerary includes:
* Hong Kong
Students must enroll in at least 12 credits (4 courses), with a maximum load of 15 credits (5 courses). Particular courses offered each summer vary by the curricular needs of the group.
BUS 392N: Business Ethics 3 credits
BUS 388N: Operations Management 3 credits
BUS 302N: Organizational Behavior: 3 credits
BUS 340N: Marketing Principles 3 credits
BUS 442N: International Marketing 3 credits
ECON 340L: Economic Development 3 credits
COM 470L: Organizational Writing 3 credits
REST 209L: World Religions 3 credits
As noted, course offerings depend in part on the curricular needs of the group of students participating in a given year. If most have completed one of the courses offered but almost all need to take another course, every attempt is made to offer that course as well.