The Best Trip of My Life February 04, 2020

By (University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa) - 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?
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.

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

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I did their Winter Southeast Asia seminar, and it was hands down the best experience of my life! Being able to work while still doing trips to the Grand Palace, the Reclining Buddha, the Chu Chi Tunnels and partaking in other breathtaking cultural moments was the best of both worlds. The various foods that we were able to indulge in are going to be some that I talk about for the rest of my life. The culture in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh is very friendly and inviting, which made it easy to fall in love with.

* Host Country Program Administration

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* Housing:

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

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* Health Care:

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

I absolutely would do the same program again, there's so much more to visit and to see.


* 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 including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? It was pretty cheap, probably spent around $350 the whole trip!
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you call your card companies


* 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

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
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Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The work and play dynamic
* What could be improved?
  • The length of the seminars
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about the culture and studied some of the languages.

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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.