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PROGRAM DETAILS - OVERVIEW PRESENTATIONS - ITINERARY - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - ACCOMMODATIONS - PAYMENT SCHEDULE  -   MEETINGS AND DUE DATES

Spend the Winter 2015 term in

and earn full Brock credits!


PROGRAM DETAILS


Above:Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok

Now in its sixth year, the TREN Term Abroad Program has become one of Brock University's flagship international initiatives.

For the TREN Term Abroad in Thailand, you will complete a full academic term abroad in one of the most beautiful and interesting countries in the world, studying at Burapha University International College (BUUIC) and living in the bustling seaside community of Bang Saen, Chonburi province,Thailand. During your stay, you will participate in 24 days of field excursions (1 to 5 days in length) which will explore representative provinces and ecoregions from across Thailand. You will study environment and tourism with professors from Burapha and Brock universities in the classroom and in the field, in the company of like-minded Burapha University students. You'll experience Thailand as students and as residents - not just as tourists.

In transit, you will spend four days and three nights in Hong Kong.

It's an intensive international opportunity that takes place during the regular northern hemisphere academic term, so there is no impact on your summer employment. There are no credit transfer issues either (all course credits are recognized by Brock University and other participating institutions). There are also no program completion issues (with proper planning, there's no need for summer courses or make-up courses). And it's very good value for money - you will spend sixteen weeks in Thailand during an ideal season for travel and exploration, with accommodation, air and ground transportation, and Burapha course fees included.

 

For further information, contact Dr. Dave Brown
dbrown@brocku.ca / +1-905-688-5550 ext. 3293


Above: Hong Kong Harbour at night

 

  • Program includes semester in residence at Burapha University International College (BUUIC), and extensive field studies throughout the country

  • Credits are delivered in Thailand by BUUIC instructors and a Brock professor in residence

  • Ideal for TREN majors, but open to other majors at Brock or other universities for minor or elective credit

  • Designed for Year 3 students, but compatible with Year 1 through Year 4 depending upon other program commitments

 

  • Cost estimate: CDN $6,500 for entire term (includes return airfare; all ground transportation in Thailand, BUUIC course credits and visa fees; residence room at Burapha University International College;  library and internet access; field course travel expenses, accommodation, breakfasts on field program, admissions, ferry and launch fees, travel and medical insurance)

  • See important note on program fees below: it may not be as expensive as you think!


Details, dates, destinations and prices are best estimates, but are subject to change



OVERVIEW PRESENTATIONS

 

Watch these presentations 
to learn more about the TREN Term Abroad in Thailand program
(LEFT CLICK TO VIEW, RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD):


ITINERARY


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


ACCOMMODATIONS


PAYMENT SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Program fees are now paid to your Brock student account, and are handled in the same way and on the same schedule as other ancillary fees payable to the university. Please consult the Brock Finance Office for details about payment schedule and methods for remitting payment. 

Total program fees are estimated to be CDN $6,720, plus 1.5 Brock credits. Final cost may change either way due to fluctuating exchange rates and volatility in airline ticket prices, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PROGRAM COSTS: IT MAY NOT BE AS EXPENSIVE AS YOU THINK!

Though $6720 is a non-trivial sum of money, you must remember to do a full 'life cycle analysis' of all the costs, comparing the (largely inclusive) costs of the Term Abroad with your baseline costs at home and at Brock (i.e., rent, transportation, food at North American prices [as opposed to very inexpensive Thai prices], car insurance, entertainment, etc. [e.g., first run movies are about $3.50, and beer is a buck a bottle in Thailand!]). Remember too that you will be abroad for four full months. We'll help you do a cost analysis in the orientation session, with some real world numbers. Also, remember that the cost of the Term Abroad already includes the cost of 1.0 credit of your normal 2.5 credit Brock winter term course load. Term Abroad fees have always been OSAP-eligible, and in addition the university offers a $500 travel bursary to OSAP-eligible full-time students doing an international placement of this sort. Also, unlike other international programs, there is the saved opportunity cost of being available to come back and take on your usual summer job instead of having to go away on a single-credit field course during the summer, which is the usual model for other international field programs.  So hopefully all these small increments will add up to make the trip an affordable opportunity for everyone involved.


MEETINGS AND DUE DATES (subject to change)

 

Date / Location ACTION ITEMS Details

24 Sept 2014

20:00 - 23:00

MC  C419


PREDEPARTURE BRIEFING #1

POWERPOINT (PDF VERSION) FOR PREDEPARTURE BRIEFING #1

HANDOUTS

YOU WILL REQUIRE:

  • ORIGINAL PASSPORT and / or any other relevant immigration or citizenship documents (e.g., Permanent Resident card, Canadian student visa)

  • PASSPORT-SIZED PHOTOGRAPH - full face, bareheaded, 5 x 7 cm [2"x3"] photo for visa application

WE WILL COVER:

  • Info on courses and professors at BUUIC 

  • Visa application process

  • Liability Waiver Forms - complete, review, and witness

  • Emergency Contact Forms - complete and review

  • Practical advice about living and studying in Thailand
All documents to Dave Brown
05 November 2014
20:00 - 23:00
MC C419
PREDEPARTURE BRIEFING #2

POWERPOINT (PDF VERSION) FOR PREDEPARTURE BRIEFING #2

HANDOUTS

YOU WILL REQUIRE:

  • ORIGINAL PASSPORT and / or any other relevant immigration or citizenship documents (e.g., Permanent Resident card, Canadian student visa)

WE WILL:

  • Review & collect visa application forms
  • Collect passports (will be out of circulation until end of November)
  • discuss Health and Wellness Abroad - Medical overview provided by Brock University Health Services
  • discuss Travel Cancellation Insurance
  • review What to expect in Thailand (cont’d) and Hong Kong
  • Discuss practical considerations – clothing, gear, electricity, phones, climate, money, etc.
All documents to Dave Brown
03 December 2014

FULL DAY SESSION - PREDEPARTURE BRIEFING #3 and HEALTH CLINIC

SCHEDULE:

09:30 AM - 12:30 PM:
PREDEPARTURE BRIEFING #3 in Room MC C-419
WE WILL COVER:
  • Presentation from Brock's Office of International Services
  • Return of passports and visas
  • Distribution of Blue Cross travel insurance forms
  • Expectations for TREN 3F94, TREN 4P19, BUUIC courses
  • Itinerary details
  • Basic Thai phrases
  • Travel preparation concerns
  • Sociocultural norms and expectations
  • Readings and background literature 
  • Other - TBA
12:30 - 13:30 - LUNCH BREAK

13:30 - 16:30 PM:
TRAVEL HEALTH CLINIC, NIAGARA REGION HEADQUARTERS
  • 3 hours in duration
  • Covered by your Term Abroad fees
  • Group session, followed by individual consultations
  • Any necessary vaccinations will be provided on the spot (but at your expense)
  • MAKE SURE to bring your vaccination record if you have it
  • FILL OUT AND SUBMIT the REGION NIAGARA medical questionnaire
Online medical questionnaire to Niagara Region Health Services

Updated 03 December 2014