TIme of my life! Past Review

By (Political Science, University of Hawaii - Manoa) - abroad from 01/09/2012 to 04/26/2012 with

Thammasat University: Bangkok - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Mostly about the Thai view on the western world and Asia as a whole.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Do what you can to stay in the housing that has Thai students.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at the local restaurants as often as possible and only go to western ones when you're in dire need of some comfort food.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The classes
  • the opportunity to travel
* What could be improved?
  • integrate housing with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Housing isn't with Thai's

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Foreign Policies of East Asia

Course Department: Political Science
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The class was easy as far as course load goes but highly intellectually intriguing. One of my favorite classes I've ever taken and with a great professor!
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Course Name/Rating:

Thai Government and Politics

Course Department: Political Science
Instruction Language: English
Comments: While I learned a lot about the Thai Government I could have learned just as much my talking the students. The class is good but hard for foreigners because we have little to no base knowledge that the Thai students already have.
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Course Name/Rating:

Thai Cuisine

Course Department: Thai Studies
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I didn't learn anything in the class that Thai students didn't already teach me. I'd recommend saving your time and money (we had to pay for the cooking portion of the class) and just taking a cooking class over the weekend. All the classes were lectures with an add on class on Saturday we spent cooking. However, not a bad class by any means! I still enjoyed it and it's an easy A!
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