A term in Thailand Past Review

By (International Business., University of Maine at Orono) - abroad from 09/09/2012 to 12/18/2012 with

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Bangkok - Semester in Thailand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot self confidence and experience in dealing with new people and situations. I learned the value of money and the difference between poverty and well off people and that I should cherish what I have.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

A very satisfied experience that left me wanting more. I have a totally new outlook at new culture and diversity. I can't wait until I go abroad again.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were there when I needed them, but I didnt really get to know them since they were always busy and initiation was an issue.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

very nice housing that CIS has set up for me. the rooms were nice with king size bed and personal bathroom with hot water and a maid who cleans after you once a week. there is also this small family owned restaurant that makes amazing food right in front of the apartment.

* Food:

Its thailand.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very. Pretty much 8 out of 10 I would meet Thai people. The rural location of the housing and university forces you to make Thai friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Didnt have a situation where I had to rely on it.

* Safety:

It is Thailand. Just be smart on where to go, like dont walk alone at night.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not easy. I must have spent about 3 grand over there within 4 months. I love food so I will spend more than i should to have good food. Shopping and random buys happens a lot. Just be prepared to spend quite a bit, even if youre saving money.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $3,000 +
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat out at street foods are cheap. Any chains at the mall will be expensive and I dont recommend it every day. save a lot of money before hand.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Pretty much to get to school you needed to use the language.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Get a dummy book and practice up.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • New friends
  • Adventures
* What could be improved?
  • More school funded trips
  • A better location of housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much I would spend

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Developmental Psychology

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Ian Mcdonald
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The Professor was extremely entertaining and left a very positive impact on me. I recommend anyone to take a class with him. I was never bored during this class.
Credit Transfer Issues: none that I know of currently