Langara College - Korea, Thailand, Vietnam Field Studies: Business and Historical Culture

Korea, Republic Of, Asia Viet Nam, Asia Thailand, Asia Past Program Interdisciplinary

Full Immersion in Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam's Business and Historical Culture

Earn 9 University-Transfer Credits

Instructors Kenneth Wong and Avram Agov will lead you through a 23-day itinerary to South Korea (Seoul) and Thailand (Bangkok), packed full of experiential learning through visits to local businesses, as well as historical and cultural sites.  

Program:

May 1, 4–7, 2020 Lectures (mandatory) and Pre-departure Orientation at Langara College (no classes on Sat, May 2 and Sun, May 3)

May 9-June 1, 2020 in South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand (23 days/22 nights)

Program Fee:  $2,600 ($3,350 less $750 subsidy limited to first 20 candidates)

[Fee is subject to fluctuation due to change in itinerary and/or exchange rate]

NOTE: Generous awards and scholarships are available to qualified applicants.  Please contact Kenneth Wong or the Financial Aid office for more information. 

Equivalent to:

INTB 2000: Introduction to International Business
ASIA 3386: Asian Century: Modern Korea
AND ASIA 1130:  Introduction to Southeast Asia

By visiting various top ranking universities, including Seoul National, Korea and Yonsei in Seoul - collectively known as SKY; Panyapiwat Institute of Management in Bangkok and Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City, we offer a glimpse of university life through lectures on campus.  Students will have ample free time to explore each city on their own.  Most weekends and evenings will be kept free for your personal adventure.

Seoul, the two-millennia-old South Korean economy with over 20 million people, is the symbol of one of the Asian Tigers. Visits of cultural areas like Insadong will familiarize students with culture, history and traditions, while Gangnam will give you a sense of the trendy eateries and popular Korean cosmetics retail industry. Trips to Seoul open markets, Suwon and Yongin, where Samsung Electronics plant and other businesses are located, will provide invaluable first-hand experience for South Korean business.  

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, the only Southeast Asian nation that was never colonized by the Europeans. Strategically located at the delta of the meandering Chao Phraya River, Bangkok sits on some of the most arable lands in the region. Hence, the vibrant rice industry that produces the world famous Thai jasmine rice. Surrounded by rich historical sites including the Grand Palace and numerous Buddhist temples, Bangkok is the ideal city to observe the perfect blend of old and new. 

Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a. Saigon), offers a mix of rich Vietnamese culture heavily influenced by the French and affected by the Americans.  This rapidly emerging financial centre will present a sharp contrast to the economic models of South Korea and Thailand. Our host, Ton Duc Thang University is ranked among the top universities in Vietnam with a QS 4-star rating. Students will take part on excursions to Mekong River Delta and Cu Chi where we will visit the tunnels used in the Vietnam War. 

 

Itinerary (Subject to change)

Mandatory Lectures and Pre-departure Orientation at Langara College:  May 1, 4-7

Date of Departure:  May 9

Seoul - May 10-18 (8 nights / 9 days)

  • Stay in centralized area with convenient transportation to major sites in Seoul
  • Lecture series on business and culture at Yonsei, Korea and Seoul National Universities
  • Visit major Samsung corporation
  • Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Tae Kwon Do class at Yonsei University
  • Day tour and field trips 
  • Free time in the evenings to visit popular districts (Gangnam, MyeongDong, Insadong, etc.)

Ho Chi Minh City - May 18-25 (7 nights / 8 days)

  • Stay in centrally located accommodation minutes away from rich mix of shops and restaurants, as well as historical sites
  • On-campus lectures at QS 4-star Ton Duc Thang University
  • Day trip to Mekong River Delta 
  • Travel to Cu Chi to see tunnels and traps used in Vietnam War
  • Free evenings to practise bargaining skills at markets

Bangkok - May 25-Jun 1 (7 nights / 8 days)

  • Stay in 4-star accommodation located near university
  • Lecture series on business and culture at Panyapiwat Institute of Management, owned by CP ALL Corporation
  • Visit historic sites
  • Corporate visits
  • Cultural classes (Muay Thai martial arts, Thai cooking)
  • Business lectures include business, culture and language
  • Free time in evenings to visit other attractions (night markets, etc.)

Date of Return:  Jun 1 (option to deviate and continue on personal travel)