Navigating International Travel for the First Time in South East Asia January 24, 2020

By (California Lutheran University) - abroad from 12/31/2019 to 01/12/2020 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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.

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 opportunity to meet and interact with Directors and Executives of companies located in the cities! Purely an out-of-classroom experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Welcoming, insightful, knowledgeable individuals that provided support throughout the entire trip.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Hotels had views looking down in to the expansive cities and the breakfast offered in the mornings was phenomenal with a wide variety of local foods and traditional American breakfast!

* Food:

Vendors, markets, local shops, and more. Food is a key aspect of the cultural experience and there is an abundance.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Hotels were centrally located in the cities allowing immediate connection with the inner city experience of walking the streets night or day.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never had to use the healthcare system abroad. I renewed my Tetanus shot and took the Typhoid vaccine. While in country, I utilized bug spray to ward of diseases spread through mosquito bites.

* Safety:

Felt really comfortable walking the streets despite the congestion with foot and car traffic.

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

I would not want to repeat the same program, rather I would want to experience a new program following the same format offered by IBS in other countries.


* 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)

Must planned ahead and properly budget. Costs are lower in USD, but it is easy to spend top much if not monitored.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Most of eating is eating out so hunt for affordable, local locations, or go to local markets to get lunch foods instead of eating at a sit-down restaurant.


* 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

Encouraged to learn basic, customary greetings.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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
  • Company Visits
  • Quality Guides
* What could be improved?
  • Start/End Dates
  • More transition time between activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to handle the process of going through customs and check-ins when traveling internationally

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.