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Study Abroad


The Political Economy of Thailand

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This course is closed for the 2013-14 winter term

UMAIE Course Number: T4203
SAU Course Equivalency: INTL 399 - Topics in International Business (four credits)
Instructor: Reynold Nesina, Associate Professor of Economics, Augustana College
Dates: January 4-29, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Mae Salong, Chiang Saen, Phuket, Krabi
Price: $5,795 (subject to change)

Program Description

The Political Economy of Thailand introduces students to this newly industrialized, Buddhist, export-led, constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy of 68 million people in Southeast Asia. Through an integrated set of assigned readings, lectures, site visits, experiential activities, and guided reflection, students learn how Thailand's politics, religion, geography, and history influence the development and current performance of its economy.

The course begins in Thailand's capital city of Bangkok. Highlights include meeting with officials from the Ministry of Tourism, visiting the US Embassy, as well as visits to the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Pho, and the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Guest lecturers from faculty at Ramkhamaeng University and/or Thammasat University will guide our introduction to the Thai economy and its recent economic performance.

In Chiang Mai, faculty from Chiang Mai University's institute of Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAA) will provide insight into the economic, social, and political history of the region, particularly Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, as well as the contemporary political economic situation within Thailand. 

What is included

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

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Some meals
  • Personal baggage fees


How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

  • Follow the application instructions carefully.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • Make checks payable to Seminars International.
  • The $500 application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17. 

Payment deadlines

  • November 1, 2013: remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by November 1.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.