Title

Study Abroad University Cultural Differences: Thailand

Date

5-31-2018 10:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:15 AM

Location

HWC 204

Session Chair

Bryan Dutton

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Study Abroad: Encounters and Perspectives

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Bryan Dutton, Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

I studied abroad at Mahidol University International College (MUIC), a top university in Thailand situated just outside of Bangkok. During my two terms, not only was I able to travel, I was also able to immerse myself in the school and my classes. What I found most interesting about my study abroad experience, having attended multiple years at an American university, was being able to look at MUIC in a unique light and draw many comparisons to, and contrasts with, Western Oregon University. One of the most significant of these differences is culture. Thai and American cultures are very different resulting in differences in the dynamics inside the classrooms but also with administration and peers as well. The biggest of these differences is how respect is demonstrated. From your school attire to how you phrase your opinion, respect is highly regarded in Thai culture and difficult for Americans to master.

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Study Abroad University Cultural Differences: Thailand

HWC 204

I studied abroad at Mahidol University International College (MUIC), a top university in Thailand situated just outside of Bangkok. During my two terms, not only was I able to travel, I was also able to immerse myself in the school and my classes. What I found most interesting about my study abroad experience, having attended multiple years at an American university, was being able to look at MUIC in a unique light and draw many comparisons to, and contrasts with, Western Oregon University. One of the most significant of these differences is culture. Thai and American cultures are very different resulting in differences in the dynamics inside the classrooms but also with administration and peers as well. The biggest of these differences is how respect is demonstrated. From your school attire to how you phrase your opinion, respect is highly regarded in Thai culture and difficult for Americans to master.