Fully Immersion in Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam's Business and Historical Culture
- May 1, 4–7, 2020 Lectures (mandatory) and Pre-departure Orientation at Langara (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]
- INTB 2000: Introduction to International Business;
- ASIA 3386: Asian Century: Modern Korea; and
- ASIA 1130: Introduction to Southeast Asia.
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.
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.
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