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Food and Culture of Southeast Asia
Bangkok, Thailand; Da Nang, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; Kuala Lampur, Malaysia; Singapore, Singapore (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Intersession
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Housing Options: Hostel / Hotel
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: None
Eligible Majors: (All) Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
Food and Culture of Southeast Asia

This study abroad program examines the foods and cultures of four of the ten countries that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore countries considered to have some of the tastiest food in the world and are all listed among the top ten healthiest foods in the world. Southeast Asia is also the intersection of religions allowing students to explore the religious and ethnic cultures of the region.

This program is an in-depth and accelerated look into both food and culture of Southeast Asia.  This course, following the description of HTMG 3307 and DIET 1175 will specifically explore food and cuisine in the context of Southeast Asia. Specifically, this study abroad program will explore the inter connections and differences in  food and culture  across  four ASEAN countries -  Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. At each location there will be a series of excursions and activities that focus on the main foods and culture of that country. At each destination there will be a culinary lesson that will engulf the students into local food, while also diving into the larger history of the local culture. These lessons will also be paired with some of the world’s most beautiful and culturally saturated destinations, for example: Thailand’s famous floating markets. 

Travel dates: 
December 27 - January 10
There will be readings and assignments before and after the travel dates. 

Faculty Leaders:
Dr. Juline Mills
Professor Chris Gentile

Students will take one, three credit course. The program is open to graduate and undergraduate students. 

HTMG 3307 Understanding Food and Culture

HTMG 6670 ST: Understanding Food and Culture

Student can choose to arrange an independent study on a topic related to the program, enrolling in a total of 6 credits for the Winter Intersession. 
HTMG 4450 ST: Global Food Marketing
HTMG 6671 ST: Global Food Marketing

Program Fee:

*If students elect to take an independent study, they will enroll and be charged tuition at the winter intersession rate for this course. 

What's included:
Tuition for three credit course
Roundtrip International Airfare from JFK
International health insurance
15 nights accommodations
All transportation between countries
Four cooking classes
Guided tours of each city
All activities related to the program
Most meals (30 included meals)

Sample program itinerary:
12/27/2016 Depart JFK Airport for Hanoi, Vietnam
12/28/2016 Arrive in Hanoi
Depart by bus from Hanoi airport to Halong Bay and hotel check in
Welcome Dinner 
12/29/2016 Depart hotel via bus for Halong Bay Cruise Port and embark on boat cruise. Halong Bay is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After cruise return to Hanoi.                                 
Tour and light Dinner included        
12/30/2016 Breakfast                                                                                  
Walking Tour of Old Quarter                                                               
Market Tour - culinary lesson on local dishes.
Cooking Class                                                                         
12/31/2016 Depart Hanoi for Ba Na Hills Resort in Da Nang, Vietnam via flight.                                                          
Travel the world’s longest and highest cable car system in the world to stay overnight at Ba Na Hills resort.  
1/1/2017 Depart Da Nang for Bangkok                                                    
Welcome Dinner     
1/2/2017 Walking and Canal tour of Bangkok City, group lunch. 
Visit Thailand’s world famous Reclining Buddha.                 
Traditional dinner and entertainment including elephant rides.
1/3/2017 Floating Market tour and cooking school lesson/group lunch or dinner
1/4/2017 Tour of Ayutthaya city and its UNESCO world heritage site
1/5/2017 Fly to Kuala Lampur, Malayasia
Culinary School tour and dinner preparation 
1/6/2017 Tour of Kuala Lampur City including Batu Caves, National museums, etc. Visit Petronas Twin Towers, the world's largest twin buildings
1/7/2017 Depart for Singapore via bus
Arrival at Singapore hotel and check in
1/8/2017 City tour: botanical gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), world's largest aquarium, the SEA Aquarium Singapore, city tour, China town and Little India
1/9/2017 Depart for Wet Market and cooking course
Final Dinner
1/10/2017 Depart for Singapore airport for JFK Airport, USA

For questions regarding the program, please contact:
Dr. Juline Mills:       
Dr. Rosa Mo:          
Professor Chris Gentile:

For questions regarding the application process, please contact: 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Intersession 2018 10/10/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.