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IBS Winter Southeast Asia Seminar
Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Outgoing Program)
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Housing Options: Hotel Areas of Study: Accounting, Advertising, Business, Business Design, Business Information Systems, Central Asian Studies, Communication, Communication Design, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Mass Communications, Media Studies, Political Science, Politics, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Public Relations, Sociology, Tourism
Class Status: 1-freshman, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student Program Type: study abroad
Language of Instruction: English
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IBS Winter Southeast Asia 2017

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The International Business Seminars Winter Southeast Asia 2017 program is designed for students majoring in business with no Southeast Asian language background. Over 12 days, you will travel to Southeast Asia to explore two of it's most influential economies, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand. This program will provide you with an incredible opportunity to discover international business practices, especially as they pertain to the Asian business environment. You will gain valuable knowledge of the culture, societal and political environments of the world's next business behemoth. If you intend to pursue a career in international business, or a related field, this program will allow you to obtain real world experience of operating with and considering international business practices, especially if you want to pursue your professional career in Asia.

Alongside taking in the important cultural and historical sites in Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, you will visit companies that are global powerhouses in a variety of industries and fields, such as Intel Vietnam, Thailand Stock Exchange and Toyota Thailand. These visits give you important intangible benefits that you just can't pick up back home on campus or even in a traditional study abroad program where you simply attend English lectures at foreign universities. These visits will consist of presentations from executives in upper-management positions, networking opportunities to learn from and gain advice from these individuals, and facility tours of select organizations.

Students will immerse themselves in the rich and diverse Southeast Asian culture, exploring its cities and indulging in delectable cuisine while staying in four-star hotels. This experience is meant to be the first international business experience of your career, helping you learn and earn priceless lessons you aren't able to capture otherwise!

Program Highlights

IBS Winter SE Asia 2017

The highlights of this program includes Welcome Dinner, our Classic Tour of Ho Chi Minh City, Intel Vietnam, Economic Briefings from the U.S. Commercial Service outposts in Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, Toyota Thailand, visit to the Thai Stock Exchange and a traditional thai Farewell Dinner!

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

IBS Winter SE Asia 2017: Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial architecture, including Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the neoclassical Saigon Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh City has a population over 8 million people and it is the economic heart of modern Vietnam.


IBS Winter SE Asia 2017: Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital which is also known as the City of Angles and the Venice of the East, is a sprawling metropolis known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to the opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Emerald Buddha temple. Nearby is Wat Pho with its enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. Bangkok is home to over 6 million people as well as the world's worst traffic and the world's best street food.

The Guaranteed Airfare Deadline is November 15, 2016. After this date, all airfare purchases will be subject to retail prices.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Overall GPA 2.50 or higher.
  2. Program open to all majors but specifically designed for students with background in business, marketing, management, finance, accounting, economics, supply chain management, business law and entrepreneurship.
  3. If you are a U.S. Citizen, you must get a Visa to enter Vietnam but do not need one to enter Thailand if your passport has at least six (6) months of validity remaining. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, please check with the Vietnamese and Thai Embassies to see if you require a visa.

Program Requirements

Students on this program have the option to take this course for credit, taking it for credit is not mandatory. If it is taken for credit, please be aware that IBS is NOT a credit-granting institution and you will need to go through your home university (or a different university if your home university declines to grant credit).

When taking it for credit, students will be evaluated on:
  1. Attendance: Weight = 10% of Grade
  2. Participation: Weight = 20% of Grade
  3. General Citizenship: Weight = 15% of Grade
  4. Final Paper: Weight = 55% of Grade

Looking for additional information?
Please click here to view the IBS Winter Southeast Asia 2017 Syllabus.

*Students who choose to take this program for credit will be required to turn the final paper in by March 15, 2017.




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Academic Nature of IBS Programs

Academic Nature of IBS Programs
Your academic responsibilities as a student taking an International Business Seminar for undergraduate or graduate credit is clearly defined. The Seminars are designed to provide a valuable and enjoyable learning experience for students at the junior, senior, and/or graduate levels. As planned and presented, the Seminars offer the opportunity to gain on-site exposure to the international business environment from the executives who practice and faculty who teach international business. Therefore, students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner.
IBS courses are open to university students in good standing from an accredited university as well as business/professional people. Students may earn undergraduate or graduate credit for a semester. 

In some instances it is possible to participate in a Seminar without taking it for academic credit. We would still expect the same professional behavior, attendance, and standards of participation in the Seminar sessions, but we would not expect the written academic work required of the registered students. Some universities may not allow their students to take the Seminar without academic credit, or may have standards of participation that differ from what is noted above. Please check with your individual faculty member regarding your requirements.
We believe that you will enjoy learning about international business in the arena where it is taking place. Our goal is to help you learn international business from international business practitioners. In this way, you will be exposed to the subtle differences in culture and tradition that you, as an executive, must understand to be a successful international manager.



          Four-Star Hotel Accommodations


Participants will be staying in four-star (or equivalent) hotels that include breakfast in both Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.

Only breakfast is included with the hotel accommodations, other meals are not included and are the responsibility of the student.


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States.  Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation.  International Business Seminars cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. 


Cost Information

Contact IBS directly at for the program cost.

The cost of the program does include:

  1. Four-Star Hotel Accommodations for every night of the itinerary (including breakfast).
  2. All travel between IBS-sanctioned activities.
  3. Air travel from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Bangkok, Thailand.
  4. Meals included on the itinerary.

The cost of the program does not include:

  1. The cost of tuition for three credit hours (if you opt to take the seminar for credit).
  2. The cost of most meals (unless otherwise noted in the itinerary).
  3. Personal expenses while on the seminar (most meals, souvenirs, etc).
  4. International airfare (unless otherwise noted; this can be arranged with IBS).
  5. The cost of your passport and the cost of your visa to Vietnam.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

IBS does not directly accept financial aid; interested students who receive financial aid must accept the dispersal then pay IBS for the seminar cost.


 ,Program Price for UM Students without airfare: $4,245.00
Cost with international airfare from Nashville: $5,695.00 (Guaranteed through 11/15/16)

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 10/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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