Study Abroad


The Political Economy of Thailand

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This course is now CLOSED for the 2015-16 winter term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4653
SAU Course Equivalency: INTL 399 - Topics in International Business (four credits)
Instructor: Reynold Nesina, Associate Professor of Economics, Augustana College
Dates: January 4-28, 2016. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 20)
Location: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Salong, Chiang Saen, Krabi
Price: $6,460 (subject to change)

Program Description

Thailand's golden Buddhas, shining temples, magnificent elephants, and world-class beaches invite you to immerse yourself in this exotic, fascinating, and welcoming "land of smiles." Through extraordinary site visits, gifted expert lecturers, and a well-designed and integrated set of readings, experiential activities, guided reflections, and written assignments we will together learn how Thailand's politics, religion, geography, and history
have influenced its development and current economic performance.

Our travels will take us to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, the northern "Golden Triangle," and Krabi. Course highlights include visits to the world famous Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the White Temple, Hall of Opium, Baan Chang Elephant Park, Wat Doi Suthep, and the soft white sand beaches and towering limestone karsts of the Andaman Sea. Throughout we will be careful to balance our time among lectures, site visits, reading, writing, and
opportunities for independent exploration.

What is included

  • Study abroad fee in lieu of tuition
  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Travel assistance in country
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Some meals - estimated cost is $325.
  • Personal baggage fees and spending money


How to apply

Application Deadline: April 13, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Choose an airport and fill out a Deviation Form (pdf).
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • April 13, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL. 
  • November 1, 2015: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2016 term.

Payment details

  • Read the UMAIE Rules and Procedures regarding additional payment policies.
  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.