Marist College: Traveling - Asia Study Abroad Program (ASAP)

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Yes, more culture, more understanding. Better perspective - University of Dayton View Entire Review
- University of Dayton View Entire Review
The world is bigger than Marist College campus. - Marist College View Entire Review
This trip have changed the way I look at the world. I'm considering getting a job in Asia now. - University of Dayton View Entire Review
I will never experience anything more culturally diverse in that short of time. I have a much greater understanding of people outside the U.S., and have gained skills and knowledge not able to be taught in the classroom. - University of Dayton View Entire Review
My experience was definitely worthwhile! My goal used to be to travel and work in Europe as it was a culture that I am familiar with. Now after traveling to Asia, my vision has expanded to the desire of working and traveling across that region. I can now feel comfortable returning to these areas and can acknowledge the differenc... - University of Dayton View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Marist College: Traveling - Asia Summer Abroad Program (ASAP)
My participation in the Asia Study Abroad Program was the most formidable experience of my undergraduate career. ASAP is not just an exposure to different cultures, but an immersion into global business environments and religion that have changed my perspective on the world. As a direct result of my ASAP experience I had ... - University of Dayton View Entire Review
Participating in this program was, without question, the best thing I ever did in college. It changed the way I look at everything: my family, my social circle, my military and business careers, etc. It put my entire life into perspective. - University of Dayton View Entire Review
Cultural sensitivity has been a major gain from this study abroad experience. - University of Dayton View Entire Review
In order to succeed in business you need to be able to identify how you are different and how you are similar to the person you are dealing with (whether customer, supplier, employee or boss). Once you do this you can then bridge the gap and achieve a successful outcome. There is no better classroom than Asia to learn and prac... - University of Dayton View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Marist College: Traveling - Asia Summer Abroad Program (ASAP)
The world is bigger than Marist College campus. - Marist College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worth it. I would do the program again without hesitation - I took more out of it than I had ever anticipated. I learned to become detached from unimportant factors of life, abandon a ritual of living, and embrace the cultures that I was in. These all contributed to the greatest experience I have ever had. - Marist College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Marist College: Traveling - Asia Summer Abroad Program (ASAP)
It was an AMAZING experience that changed my life and actually changed the course of my entire life. Having never traveled abroad prior to my participation in ASAP, traveling to countries/areas like Myanmar, Tibet, Singapore, etc. was an eye-opening experience (to say the least). ASAP changed how I viewed the world, how I viewed... - University of Dayton View Entire Review
I had an incredible college experience and wouldn't change a thing. But if I had to do it all over again and only keep one constant, I would choose the ASAP program. It is that good. I know all of my classmates would say the same thing. - University of Dayton View Entire Review
There are too many things that I learned from it to share them here. Cultural awareness, global awareness, politics, economics, religion.... - University of Dayton View Entire Review
As previously stated I am better for it. People in America tend to complain that they had to park too far away from the front door of the Wal-Mart or that Ben and Jerry's stopped making their favorite flavor of ice cream. If we all could see just how good we have things I think we would be a more appreciative people. - University of Dayton View Entire Review
After this program I knew I wanted more. I spent two years abroad after college in another program where I worked a full time job at an Investment Bank all while taking classes to complete my MBA. The second part of the program brought me back to Southeast Asia where I finshed up my MBA classes full time in Bangkok; my favorite ... - SUNY - Binghamton View Entire Review

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We live in a global community. The clothes you're wearing, the cell phone in your pocket, your tax preparation, your medical diagnosis, customer service on the other end of the phone, components of your car (and perhaps the entire car), are likely products and services you enjoy through access to a global marketplace. Shaped by these changes, businesses today look to hire individuals with the skills to work in a global environment. Is that you?


The Asia Study Abroad Program (ASAP) is a full-semester abroad experience particularly suited for business majors/minors seeking unparalleled insight into international business through company visits mixed with both planned and serendipitous contact with local businesses and cultures. A defining feature of ASAP is that company visits are fully integrated into the curriculum with groups of students analyzing each company to learn its management and organizational structure, position in the market, marketing practices and strategy, production mix and strategy, innovation strategy, stock valuation, and long-term viability in the marketplace.

Imagine visiting General Electric to talk to senior executives about GE's strategy for entering the rapidly expanding Chinese aviation market. Or meeting with the company director of Johnson & Johnson Thailand to discuss how J&J positions itself in the Thai cosmetic and health care sector. Or sitting down to talk with an entrepreneur in Hong Kong about his efforts to develop a market for a biodegradable plastic made from corn starch.

In this traveling program offered through Marist College, participants earn 12-15 credits over the course of the semester. Classes and activities integrate local contexts so students can learn about people, cultures, and places across Asia, and to understand the cultural context of business in the region.

Using a living classroom philosophy, faculty hold classes anywhere from a conference room at the HSBC Bank headquarters to the roof of a Buddhist temple. Classes are offered at different times of day and for different lengths of time teaching students to adapt to changing situations commonly found in the business world.

Students on the program must have a desire to engage with international business, intercultural management, diverse Asian cultures and ways of living, and a nuanced lens from which to view the world. International travel and foreign language experience are not prerequisites, but intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, and flexibility are.


SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.

Students must enroll in at least 12 credits (4 courses), with a maximum load of 15 credits (5 courses). Particular courses offered each semester vary by the curricular needs of the group.


Enrollment is limited, and students are encouraged to apply early. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Business
  • International Business
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Marketing
  • Asian Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1998
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