THAILAND Embark on an Asian Adventure
CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS AND EXCURSIONS
Cha-am Undergraduate Business Administration (BS) International Relations (BA) Management, Emphasis in International Business or Marketing (BA) Psychology (BA)
Bangkok Graduate Business Administration (MBA) International Relations (MA) Teaching English as a Second Language (MA)
T hai Cultural Excursions At the beginning of each semester, a day trip is organized to help new students learn about Thai history and heritage by visiting one of the country’s cultural sites. Past orientation day trips have been to Bangkok, Petchaburi and Ayutthaya. Longer excursions to one of Thailand’s tourist destinations are organized during spring and fall breaks. Songkran Celebration Thailand’s annual Songkran festival (or Water Splashing Festival) takes place each year from 13th-15th April to mark the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. Throwing water symbolizes the washing away of bad luck from the previous year and throughout these three days, young and old alike congregate across Thailand to celebrate. From a light sprinkling of water for purification purposes to all-out water fights, the festival is a favorite of both Thais and foreigners. Read how study abroad students from throughout Webster’s network celebrated Songkran in 2018 here . Loy Krathong Celebration Loy Krathong, or festival of lights, is a colorful festival held every year on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai Lunar Calendar. The name refers to the lotus-shaped baskets (krathong) that participants build and then allow to float away on the water. Study abroad students can learn more about the festival during the campus celebration which includes a Krathong making workshop and beauty pageant. Collage of Cultures ‘Collage of Cultures’ celebrates Webster University Thailand’s rich cultural diversity and is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to exchange, embrace, and experience each other’s cultures. It features performances and a national dress fashion show providing a forum for students to represent their cultures through creative expression and demonstrate what makes their culture unique. The event remains a highlight on the university social calendar during the Fall Semester.
HOUSING IN THAILAND Undergraduate study abroad students are housed off campus at Sala Hua Hin. Sala Hua Hin, a serviced apartment close to the beach front, offers single and double occupancy, fully furnished rooms. The facility features a student lounge area, an open-air restaurant, a swimming pool, and workout room. Sala Hua Hin is serviced by the Webster campus shuttle, making the 20-minute commute to campus a cinch for students! The shuttle service runs a daily circuit from Sala to campus and a limited service is also available on the weekends. Graduate students arrange their own accommodations in Bangkok. After acceptance, staff at Webster Thailand will provide students with a range of housing options close to campus. Melanie won the 2019 Study Abroad Video contest with this video from her time in Thailand. Check it out! MELANIE SEIBEL Webster University St. Louis
CAMPUS, CULTURE & COMMUNITY
Thailand is a land of excitement and adventure, and studying abroad at Webster Thailand offers the perfect opportunity to experience the country and promises students an incredible experience; a real opportunity to broaden life’s horizons. Established in 1999, Webster Thailand serves students from over 60 nations, and provides the perfect setting to explore the business, history, and culture of Southeast Asia. The Webster Thailand Cha-am/Hua Hin campus promises a relaxed student life out of the city in a small seaside town, just a couple of hours’ drive south from Bangkok. The campus is designed with students in mind, with fully-equipped classrooms, as well as communal spaces to create a positive student community. There are also on-campus fitness facilities, computer and media labs, a library and a student cafeteria. The Bangkok Academic Center (graduate programs) is located in the heart of Thailand’s capital city and is specially designed to make learning an engaging experience. Studying abroad in Thailand will allow students to be immersed in Asain culture and to learn about the diversity of languages, religions, cultural norms, and political systems in the region. FAST FACTS ABOUT THAILAND • The beach resort town of Hua Hin has been home to an official royal residence of Thailand’s Kings since the 1920s. • Thai New Year’s or Songkran, is celebrated in April and is known for being the world’s largest water fight. • The Thai alphabet contains 44 consonants.
“I chose to go to Webster Thailand because I wanted to learn about Thailand’s culture, visit their natural sites, meet new people, try new foods
and just overall get out of my comfort zone. The students I met there made my experience in Thailand so special and unforgettable. I was surprised by the warmth with which the university received us there and the ease of making friends there.” LOREN SANDOVAL Webster Vienna Private University
For an overview of annual events at Webster Thailand, click here .
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