THAILAND - MBA International Experience

Program Dates
Friday, January 4, 2019 to Sunday, January 13, 2019

This course will focus on the complete supply chain “cradle to grave” within the context of the tourism industry.  Working in coordination with Burapha University, we will explore tourism industry in Thailand. The goal is to go well beyond providing a contextual knowledge of a tourism supply chain by providing extensive opportunities for experiential learning.  Before the 10-day trip, students will first study international supply chain strategies of a global hospitality brand company (e.g. Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental) and then visit its international hotel chains in Thailand to learn about how the global brand implements its marketing strategies. During the trip, students will stay and visit international hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya to learn about their global sourcing practices. During company visits, students will discuss with supply chain managers at those companies and learn about challenges and opportunities of being the major supplier of leading hotel chains. In addition, students will meet with distributors to learn about issues associated with global supply chain logistics in the tourism industry. After the trip, student groups will be asked to present their findings on global supply chains of the tourism industry in Thailand. For more information, visit the program website. For a full description and application instructions, visit OIED's on-line program brochure.

Courses and Credits

  • MBA 5020 MBA International Experience - 3 credits; Prerequisite: Graduate Status
  • Seniors may be eligible to participate in the course at the 4000-level. The 3 semester hour 4000-level course fulfills International Business major or minor electives (major, approved, required or other), a HOS elective, a COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement. Pre-requisite: 84 earned hours and permission of the instructor. Contact the program leader if you are interested.


Billable Program Cost: $4,250.00
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some meals, and CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $400.00
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: immunizations, personal expenses ($200), and additional meals ($200).  

Program Leader

Dr. Charlie Chen
College of Business

Dr. Chen has more than 12 years of international travel and teaching experiences with student groups in China, Japan, Taiwan and Spain. He is dedicated to growing students into future global business leaders in those countries via exciting, educational, and exhilarating study abroad learning experiences. Programs led by Dr. Chen offer students a rich study abroad experience that will last a lifetime. Contact Dr. Chen for the upcoming 2019 study abroad trip to Thailand. 

Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students