International Business Seminars: Winter SE Asia - Thailand and Vietnam!
The Executive Experience AbroadWinter Southeast Asia provides unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students looking to expand their international business education outside of the traditional classroom. While traveling abroad, ... read more
I learned that when dealing with those from other cultures it is important to have patience and understanding of where someone has come from because there can be some communication barriers otherwise. Alyssa O - Northern Illinois University View Entire Review
I gained a whole new perspective on on different country cultures. It was absolutely before to be able to witness the different traditions and mannerisms. Caitlan Sutherland - University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa View Entire Review
Knowledge of how business is handled and established in the countries, how to respectfully interact with people when a language barrier exists, and to embrace the differences of a new culture. Karlee Cuddy - California Lutheran University View Entire Review
I learned that your first impressions of a culture are not always accurate at all. This is worth while and eye opening. Marlee King - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs View Entire Review
I gained a greater understanding into local business practices, including thinking about solutions to issues that I may have never thought of in the past. I also gained greater insight into myself and my upbringing and how I can conduct myself to foster better relationship with people from other backgrounds. Chad Nolte - Northern Illinois University View Entire Review
I am originally from Asia(India), I had never thought of exploring my own continent or even imagined that there is so much to see and learn in Asia. I was always more inclined towards exploring the western side. but this trip has given me a new vision and understanding of Asia. ANITH VISWAMBHARAN - Northern Illinois University View Entire Review
International business perspective, business culture and attitude in Vietnam and Thailand. Cultural differences in Vietnam and Thailand including the food and everyday lives of the local citizens. Jonathan Wagner - Northern Illinois University View Entire Review
I gained a more open mind, patience, and a hunger for travel during my experience abroad. It was worthwhile because it showed me that I would like to work on an international assignment some day, and now if an employer asks me I can say "yes!" without any hesitation or uncertainty whether or not I will be happy! Amanda Mapes - Northern Illinois University View Entire Review
I gained a greater understanding of Vietnam's history and culture, and an idea of where Thailand will be heading in the future. If given the change to do it again, I definitely would. Leanna Rutledge - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs View Entire Review
This experience allowed me to gain a better understanding that business throughout the world follows the same path towards growth and expansion. Although there may be different regulations and larger/smaller governmental control in other areas, the end goal is still to reach out to consumers. With an understanding of how busines... Lukas R - California Lutheran University View Entire Review
I experienced so much in SE Asia, but I think the most important thing I took away was the culture. It was completely different from the Western way of life. Not better or worse but just different, and it works for them. I come back with a more open mind, and I am more prepared for a dynamic environment. Alvin Zheng - Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge View Entire Review
I was fortunate enough to attend the Winter Southeast Asia seminar in Thailand & Vietnam this past winter break and not only learned a plethora about international business, but also grew as a professional and a person. I met new peers and friends, made professional contacts and saw a part of the world I never would have on my o... Valkyrie B. - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs View Entire Review
My experience abroad was completely worthwhile. Hearing how successful people do business is interesting in any country; but even more so when you hear about how they dealt with difficulties there and how they overcome them. They have to deal with language and cultural barriers in addition to working under different government r... Emily Arceneaux - Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge View Entire Review
It was a worthwhile experience. I was able to learn how differently foreign businesses operate compared to those in the United States. I was able to also learn about overall cultural differences between US society, and those of other cultures. A student - Northern Illinois University View Entire Review
I think this was an amazing experience in terms of personal and professional growth. You simply would not get these types of interactions in any other situations. A student - Northern Illinois University View Entire Review
I gained a knowledge of local cultures and history. A student - California Lutheran University View Entire Review
My favorite part was learning about each culture from everyday and business point of views. Megan Trent - California State University - Fullerton View Entire Review
The Executive Experience Abroad
Winter Southeast Asia provides unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students looking to expand their international business education outside of the traditional classroom. While traveling abroad, students will learn about Thai and Vietnamese culture, history, customs, politics, and international business practices. Most importantly, students will observe how these business practices differ from the United States.
During the International Business Seminars Winter Southeast Asia 2021 seminar, the group will stay in four-star hotels in each city and will visit with the top management of global businesses (global giants as well as more entrepreneurial organizations) at their offices in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Some of the organizations visited on this program include Intel Vietnam, the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand, Osprey Packs, IKEA Thailand, and more.
International Business Seminars (IBS) programs provide a variety of unique opportunities:
- Network with business executives by visiting global companies to learn about how business is conducted and the challenges that come from running a multi-national organization.
- Earn university credit while applying the knowledge you've learned in the classroom to real-life business settings.
- Gain a competitive advantage for your career by experiencing international policies, political climates, and international business environments while building confidence, cultural understanding, and an ability to adapt to a variety of situations.
- Experience some of the world's most well-known attractions and destinations.
- IBS organizes all your travel details to allow you to fully focus on learning from business leaders, building lasting relationships, and enjoying your free time, free of worry.
- Visit Bangkok, Thailand & Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 10 days.
- Experience cultural activities, free time to explore, and a variety of outdoor excursions.
- Participate in city tours to see the most well-known attractions, including a Vietnamese Street Food Tour, Wat Pho Temple, the Damnoen Floating Market and more.
- Learn from business executives at global companies such as Intel, the American Chamber of Commerce, Osprey Packs, IKEA, and more.
- View international business practices in a variety of industries, including: finance, marketing, economics, and more.
- Stay in 4-star hotels with front-lobby security.
- Enjoy the added benefit of pre-departure advising as well as on site faculty support to ensure you are prepared before and throughout the seminar.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- January Term
- Short Term
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Asian Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Southeast Asian Studies
- Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
- Communication and Media Studies
- Public Relations, Advertising, Applied Communication
- International and Comparative Education
- East Asian Languages, Literature
- Southeast Asian Languages, Literature
- International Law
- International Business Law
- Global Studies
- International Relations
- Business Administration and Management
- Business Operations Support
- Business Communications
- Managerial Economics
- Entrepreneurial and Small Business
- International Business
- Sales and Marketing, General
- Sales and Marketing, Specialized
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International Business Seminars / IBS Scholarships
The role of an IBS Digital Ambassador is to creatively share your experience for future marketing and recruiting purposes. The ideal digital ambassador will be willing to try new things, step out of their comfort zone and candidly share their experience with others. No blogging or video creation experience is necessary, but it may be helpful! Photo/video tips and suggestions will be provided to help guide you. We encourage everyone who is interested in this type of experience to apply. Note that the application is to submit an entry video to email@example.com
Our Undocumented Student Support Scholarship (USSS) was created for undocumented students who want to attend an IBS virtual seminar. These awards go to students who are interested in better understanding the business world, interacting with executives at global companies, and networking with students around the world.
The Founders Scholarship was created to support students who want to attend an IBS seminar and have an additional financial need. These awards go to students who are actively finding ways to finance their program with IBS and have thoughtful personal, professional and academic goals for their time abroad.