I grew as a person and a professional during this SE Asia Seminar! January 30, 2019

By (University of Colorado - Colorado Springs) - abroad from 12/30/2018 to 01/11/2019 with

International Business Seminars: Winter SE Asia - Thailand and Vietnam in 13 Days!

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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 own. I got great value for my money and am anxious to go abroad with International Business Seminars again. As an international business major, IBS Abroad gave me the international experience I needed to confidently apply for jobs overseas. The 2 week seminar also counted as 3 credits towards my undergraduate degree, which was the cherry on top to an amazing experience.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Amazing experience! Life changing, both personally and professionally.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

All program faculty were well-versed, pleasant and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The hotels were top-notch and beautiful.

* Food:

Breakfast was included at each hotel, as well as 2 lunches and 3 dinners.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We had local tour guides that integrated us with the local culture well.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Insurance is included in the price of the trip.

* Safety:

The program leaders did a great job ensuring everyone was safe at all times.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Now that I have attended International Business Seminars' SE Asia Seminar, I now want to attend either their China or Europe programs to count as credit towards my future MBA!

Finances

* 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)

Since the dollar is strong in Thailand and especially in Vietnam, I was able to eat and have fun all under a conservative budget.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save ahead of time! You will want to take advantage of the fact the dollar is strong and bring back interesting gifts for your friends and family.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Well organized
  • Great value for the money
  • Still had free time to explore Bangkok & Saigon with new friends
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not all meals are included.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!