“If you’re interested in going to an Asian country, just go!”

Laurens did not hesitate when he got the opportunity to go to an Asian country. He wanted to experience a culture way different than the European culture and decided to study in Thailand. Our Planning Officer Sami interviewed Laurens about his experiences during his semester abroad in Bangkok.

A man in a red shirt wearing glasses is sitting in front of a fountain in Thailand.
Laurens made the most of his semester abroad studying at Siam University in Thailand. Photo by Laurens / CC BY

What’s your name and where do you come from?

My name is Laurens and I am from Germany.

Where did you spend your exchange semester?

I spent my exchange semester in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Siam University.

Why did you choose to study in Asia, and your destination in particular?

I chose Asia because I wanted to explore countries and cultures that would be really different compared to European countries. I like Asian culture and was really interested in exploring it by myself.

An overview of buildings in Bangkok in the evening.
Can you picture yourself studying in this beautiful and vibrant city? Photo by Andreas Brücker / CC BY

Tell us a little more about your study destination, what was it like to live and study there?

Bangkok is a really impressive capital. At the Siam University, there are many multi-national students who I had classes with, and the professors there have various different kinds of teaching methods.

What were the highlights of your exchange?

The highlights during my stay and study in Thailand were my travel experiences and the people I met. I explored the south of Thailand and its beautiful islands and I also visited the north. Furthermore, I traveled to the surrounding countries of Thailand like Vietnam and Singapore.

A view of mountain ranges during sunset in Vietnam.
During his time in Thailand, Laurens got the opportunity to travel around and visited Vietnam! Photo by Preben Nilsen / CC BY

How did you get the study place? What was the application procedure like?

The application process with Asia Exchange was relatively easy. They needed just a couple of documents and after a very short time, I got the confirmation that they accepted me.

Which were the most interesting topics in your studies?

The most interesting topics in my studies were the subjects International Business Management, Logistics and Operations Management. I especially liked the case studies in these subjects.

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What kind of accommodation did you have and how much was the monthly cost?

The first few months I lived in a house with two other people near the BTS Saphan Taksin. For that room, I paid 250 EUR. Later I moved into an apartment near the MRT Lat Phrao (it’s far away from the university) and paid 200 EUR.

A picture of a bay surrounded by illuminated buildings during the evening in Singapore.
Laurens not only went to Vietnam, he also visited Asia’s smallest country Singapore. Photo by Christian Chen / CC BY

In your opinion, why should people go to study in Asia?

People should go to Asia because the countries are so different and it’s a really great experience.

Would you recommend this study program to other students?

Definitely! It’s a really great opportunity to get to know a different country and, of course, it’s a great experience.

A temple between high buildings is illuminated during night in Bangkok.
During your stay in Bangkok you should definitely visit the Grand Palace! Photo by Sasint / CC BY

What are your greetings to Asia Exchange?

Thank you, everyone, for the chance to go to Asia!

A free word for any student considering going abroad

If you interested in going to an Asian country, do not just think about it – just go. Because it’s great here ?

Click here to find out more about studying in Bangkok

Asia Exchange is a Finnish company providing study abroad opportunities in Asia Pacific for students from all around the world. Want to get travel tips and new blog posts straight to your inbox? Subscribe to our monthly newsletter! If you have any questions about studying abroad, feel free to contact us! We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

This text was written by our Planning Officer Sami.

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