Have you ever considered studying abroad with your college or university? Many students seek out this experience, but only about 4% actually go. Unfortunately, many students find it tough to study abroad because of how much money these programs cost. The stereotype of the “poor college student” is all too well understood by many who wish to study abroad. However, there are some more affordable options available that are slightly off the beaten path. For example, have you ever considered studying abroad in Thailand? It is very true that Thailand may not be in your school’s International Programs brochure, but it contains a lot of things that make it a great place for students to study abroad. Your classmates may be going to London, Paris, or Barcelona, but who wants to go to one of those boring old places when you could be traveling to exotic Bangkok for half the price?
Bangkok is the commercial and industrial center of Thailand. The city has a thriving business center, as well as a rich cultural history. Most of Thailand’s historic events have happened in the capital city. Plus, it is a thriving tourist destination for many Asians and Europeans. You could spend your time between classes living it up in one of Southeast Asia’s most luxurious cities. The nightlife in Bangkok is like nowhere else on the entire continent. Even Western songs and films speak of the city’s exciting and unique nighttime haunts. From historical palaces to nightclubs, and museums to resort-style shopping, you can truly find it all in Bangkok. The city is also known for both its traditional and contemporary architecture, with unique streets filled with skyscrapers. The Bangkok of today is a far cry from the unruly town we hear of in old legends, but there are still fun times to be had in the city.
It is much more affordable to travel to Bangkok than it is to an expensive city like Paris or London. In fact, Bangkok is cheaper to travel to than some US cities – like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Plane tickets to the city are very low-priced. Plus, finding housing will not break the bank. High end apartments in Bangkok often lease for the same amount or less as in suburban America. Tuition is also much less than it is in the United States. You can rest assured that studying abroad in Bangkok will be much cheaper than going on one of your university sponsored trips. While the university sponsored trips are fun and a great way to meet people, oftentimes they are horribly overpriced. You would never spend $6,000-$7,000 to spend one month somewhere in the US, excluding food, leisure, and travel expenses; so, why would you spend that much plus airfare and other expenses to travel to Europe? Instead, you could just travel to Southeast Asia and pay a similar amount to what you already pay every month right in your own little hometown college apartment.
Thailand and the US are participating in more and more business deals and ventures every single year. However, very few Americans are educated about Thailand or have experienced life in Thailand. If you study abroad in Thailand, you will be helping to mold yourself into a very valuable person for American industries invested in Thailand. Your experience living in Thailand while in school could help you get a job after your graduate. Having studied in Thailand, you are more likely to be able to get a job that deals with business or relations with Thailand. If you learn Thai while studying in Thailand, even more opportunities may be opened to you. Studying abroad in Thailand may also fulfill some requirements for your university. For example, you may be able to fulfil a multicultural or language requirement while you are in Thailand, especially if you learn the Thai language.
Broaden Your Horizons
Many people say that studying abroad is a life-changing experience, and surely an adventure in Thailand is not exception. Broaden your horizons, see new sights, and push your boundaries while traveling through this royal Southeast Asian country. Taste the native flavor, drink in the beautiful art, and see what it’s like to have a different point of view about the world. There are so many things to be learned and interesting people to meet. Push yourself past your limits and try something new.
Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to live halfway around the world. There is no better or more affordable time to travel out of the country than when you are in college, and Thailand is an even more affordable place to travel than most. Live in an amazing city, see interesting sights, broaden your horizons, and make yourself desirable to potential employers by taking a unique study abroad trip to Bangkok. You will thank yourself for it. You will thank yourself for the fun you’ll have, the people you’ll meet, and the job you’ll end up with down the road. Don’t deny yourself this opportunity. Find out more about how you could be traveling to Thailand as early as next semester.