This program integrates and addresses the significant impact of cultural, economic, political, infrastructure and population variables in global marketing management. Students will explore marketing and management issues and marketing and management implications in a cross-cultural perspective. Influential business perspectives are recognizing the important trend of emerging/surging Asian countries such as Vietnam; and recognizing the new trend of migrating production from China to Vietnam due to rising labor costs.
Morning: In class exercises with the local students to compare and contrast the culture and lifestyle of two countries. Each student will spend the afternoon shadowing a local Vietnamese student.
Afternoon: Pair up with local student to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, and local malls.
Visit local Manufacturing Plant.
Visit to U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. Politics and Foreign aid. Activities of domestic and foreign aid organizations (governmental and non-governmental) – successes and failures. (US Department of State)
Free morning to explore. Depart in the afternoon for Bangkok, connect flight to Paro, Bhutan.
Arrive in Paro. Drive to Thimphu. Rest of afternoon to explore.
Full day sightseeing around Thimphu city. Lunch will be served at Folk Heritage Museum.
Travel to Punakha. stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. Next embrace the highlight - Punakha Dzong, a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, with rich Buddhist collections. You will also visit Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan).
Drive from Punakha to Paro (4 hours drive) visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Next go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and ends at a local farm house, where you can chat with local people, see how they live and may taste some homemade wine..
This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. If in good weather, you'll see a great distant view of Mt. Chomolhari.
Drive to Paro Airport and depart Bhutan for Bangkok.
Depart for the United States.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.
The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!
Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students. Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.
Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad. Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.
Billing & Procedures
Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline. This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee.
The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.