International Business Seminars

International Business Seminars - Virtual Southeast Asia Winter

Virtual Southeast Asia Winter

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Dates: January 1 to January 14, 2021
Locations: Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

International Business & Global Economics in Southeast Asia

IBS has developed a completely online program that allows you to interact with business executives in both Thailand and Vietnam. Using our vast network of relationships, you will have the opportunity to learn how companies in Southeast Asia are operating, adapting, and being creative in these challenging times. Participants will get an inside look into both the Thai and Vietnamese economies, business etiquette and will explore some of the most famous locations in Southeast Asia through live virtual tours. Participants will also have cross-cultural discussions with students across the globe and collaborate with their peers from across the US. Earn credits, stay connected, and capitalize on the opportunity to gain relevant international experience without leaving home.

Seminar Highlights:


  • Virtually Visit Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Experience virtual city tours to see the most well-known attractions, including The Grand Palace, Cu Chi Tunnels, and more.
  • Participate in optional tours that take you through the crowded streets and into the local markets where business happens.

Business Experience:

  • Learn from business executives at global companies and organizations such as AMCHAM, IKEA, Osprey Packs, and more.
  • View international business practices in a variety of industries, including finance, marketing, economics, and more.
  • Experience an opportunity to network with global executives, like-minded students, and university professors.

Why Virtual Study Abroad Now?

  • Meet with global companies and learn about their response to COVID-19.
  • Discuss global supply chain interruptions, the extreme shifts in the global market, and the implications of working in a variety of industries.
  • Join the global conversation and gain new perspectives in a unique way.
  • Learn about international business from local executives during this historic time.
  • Demonstrate your creativity and adaptability to future employers by being one of the first to participate in a virtual study abroad experience.
  • Gain international experience and perspectives in a time where global travel is limited.
  • Connect and network with future business leaders from other US universities.
  • Access a global network of aspiring young leaders.
  • Stay on track and skill-up while staying at home.
  • Have an international experience without having to take time off work or school.
  • See the world without the jetlag and the famous SE Asian humidity!

Program Fees:

  • Includes a $500 rebate applicable towards a future travel study abroad seminar from IBS.
  • Does not include tuition from your university.


January 1
5:00 PM PST

6:00 PM PST
Program Orientation (Live interactive presentation)
• Outline structure of virtual experience and meet fellow students

Professor Introduction (Live interactive discussion)
• Faculty presentation on key concepts, expectations, and desired outcomes

January 2
5:00 PM PST

6:00 PM PST
Introduction to Thailand (Live interactive presentation)
• General cultural introduction
• Business cultural introduction

Meet Traveling Students (Live interactive presentation)

January 3
5:00 PM PST

6:00 PM PST
Live Virtual Tour of Bangkok (Live interactive tour with local guide)
• Wat Pho
• Grand Palace

American Chamber of Commerce Thailand (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student presentations
• American Chamber of Commerce presentation and Q&A

January 4
5:00 PM PSTLive Virtual Tour of Maeklong Train Market (Live interactive tour with local guide)7
January 5
6:00 PM PSTIntroduction to Vietnam (Live interactive presentation)
• General culture introduction
• Business culture introduction
January 6

6:00 PM PST
Optional: Vietnamese Street Food Walking Tour (Live interactive tour with local guide)

US Commercial Service Vietnam (Live presentation)
• Student Presentations
• US Commercial Service Vietnam Presentation and Q&A
January 7
6:00 PM PST Osprey Packs Headquarters (Live presentation)
• Student Presentations
• Osprey Packs Headquarters Presentation and Q&A
January 8
6:00 PM PSTLive Virtual Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels (Live interactive tour with local guide)11
January 9
10:00 AM PSTOptional: Restaurants and Bars (Live interactive tour with local guide)
January 10
No activities planned
January 11
6:00 PM PSTBusiness Visit TBD (Live interactive presentation)
• Student Presentations
• Speaker Virtual Presentation
January 12
6:00 PM PSTBusiness Visit TBD (Live interactive presentation)
• Student Presentations
• Speaker Virtual Presentation
January 13
6:00 PM PSTFaculty Debrief (Live interactive discussion)
Debrief concepts learned from business presentations
January 14
2:00 PM PSTFinal discussion and wrap-up session
• Student Discussion
• Outcomes

*Students should expect sessions to last one to two hours on average.
*Itinerary subject to change