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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3 Minimum GPA: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: Education
Faculty Leader: Glass, C.
Program Description:
Spring Break in
March 1-10, 2018
Comparative Higher Education Systems: Thailand
HIED 744/844

The course examines current developments in higher education systems internationally, with a focus on Thailand, as it relates to the development of the three primary systems of higher education in the world today: the U.S., British and European (Continental) systems. The course consists of two interrelated components: On-campus class sessions and discussions intended to provide a background and framework for comparison of higher education systems in Thailand and the U.S. and a study abroad portion that enables students to examine both the culture and several different higher education institutions in Thailand. 

The course will engage students with the social complexity of Thailand's response to globalization and introduce issues involved in the role of universities in a global knowledge economy. The engaged component of the course will allow students to actively participate in the life of Thai universities. Students will engage with Thai educational leadership in their efforts to develop the capacity of the entire educational pipeline from K-12, technical colleges, universities, all the way through employment in industries that must compete in the global economy. Students will also attend workshops and seminars to engage with governmental officials, researchers, and non-state agencies to learn about how the Thai educational system is a product of its culture, history, politics, and socioeconomic development as the Thai system evolves towards mass higher education.

Bangkok Thai Grand Palace

Emerald Buddha

Srinakarintwirot University

Kanchaphisek University

Chulalongkorn University 

US Embassy/Education USA

Fulbright Thailand

Thailand Palace

*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Tentative Class Schedule: Students will be expected to attend regular class meetings on Tuesdays 7:10- 9:50 p.m. EST during the spring semester. The class will be accessible to on-campus (HIED) and online (CCL) students 

Tentative Syllabus: CompHigherEd 2018.pdf
PREREQUISITES: All students must be in good academic standing and permission of the instructor.

Faculty Leader: Christopher Glass
C.Glass Updated
Dr. Glass takes a social psychological approach to researching issues in American higher education, with an interest in how the presence of others affects educational outcomes such as achievement, motivation, and social development. He is a lead researcher on the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) which examines the relationship between educational experiences and global learning outcomes based survey responses of 70,000 undergraduates, including over 5,000 international students, at 135 American colleges and universities.

Faculty Leader: Rachawan (Aey) Wongtrirat
Aey Wongtrirat 
a native of Thailand, is the assistant director for International Initiatives in the Office of Intercultural Relations at Old Dominion University. In this role, she manages comprehensive international initiatives with the aim of enhancing internationalization on campus through education, training, and intercultural/international programming. She has firsthand experience collaborating with international and domestic students as well as faculty members to create an inclusive community and to implement cultural and international educational opportunities for authentic interaction and learning among the international and domestic university communities. Prior to be working for U.S. higher education, Dr. Wongtrirat was an EducationUSA adviser and a program officer for Advising and Education Services at the Institute of International Education (IIE) Southeast Asia Office in Bangkok, Thailand. Since 2014, Dr. Wongtrirat has served as a Co-Chair for NAFSA’s Foreign Born International Educators Special Interest Group. Additionally, she served as a co-chair for NASPA Student Affairs Administrator in Higher Education (NASPA)’s International Education Knowledge Community while serving as NASPA’s Region III representative in 2014-2015. 

Financial Information:
Program Cost with Dean's Academic Scholarship Award: $2,000

Cost Includes:
Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers in Bangkok, accommodations (double/triple rooms; single supplement extra, if available), entrance fees, two group meals, health insurance, and study abroad fee. 

Not included:
ODU Tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals not included in program fee, transport other than indicated above, expenses of a personal nature.

Financial Aid:
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  

*ODU Scholarships:
Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late spring. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Estimated cost without scholarship: $2,400

Payment Schedule:
$300 deposit upon application; 1st half of remaining total due on November 17, 2017 and the 2nd half on January 12, 2018. 

Dr. Christopher Glass
Assistant Professor
Educational Foundations & Leadership
Education Building
Norfolk, VA 23529
Rachawan (Aey) Wongtrirat
Assistant Director for International Initiatives
2109 Webb Center
Norfolk, VA 23529
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall 49th St. and Hampton Blvd.

This program is currently not accepting applications.