Exchange to Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Hi, I’m HaiRun Huang and I am on exchange here at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, from January to May. The first thing that caught my attention is the way that people smile in this city. People here always seem to have a smile on their face and seeing this puts me at ease and makes me feel less stressed. Another pleasant thing about Thailand is the weather being so warm all the time; the temperature is around 30oC every day.
Our orientation was postponed due to the protest undergoing near the school area, and the welcome party was also cancelled due to the same reason, which was disappointing at first. However, as soon as classes started, I felt satisfied, especially when I had three professors from England, United States and Thailand, all of whom are very nice and friendly. Each professor made a lot of interesting examples when teaching the principles and theories because each of them have precious, in-field working experience dealing with businesses in Asia.
So far, I have made a lot of friends with other exchange students from Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. We also formed a small Chinese learning club at Chula because a lot of Chula students majoring in International Business are interested in learning Chinese. We figured out a time and place to help them practice Chinese and in return, we can also new things about Thailand from them.
The cafeteria on campus is quite spacious, and you can buy your lunch at a very low price of 30 baht, which is like $1 CDN. They also provide fresh fruits and have coffee shops, all of which are super cheap. In all, Thailand is a beautiful country and needs to be explored. I hope to see more of Thailand during my exchange term!