BMGT469C: The Global Business of Philanthropy in Thailand (3 Credits)

Program Dates

January 8-19, 2014 or January 8-22, 2014* First paid hotel night in Bangkok is Thursday, January 9.  First scheduled course activity is Saturday, January 11. Last paid hotel night in Bangkok is Saturday, January 18. A River Dinner Cruise on January 17 is the last scheduled course activity.


Bangkok, Thailand.

*Optional excursion:  For an additional fee, students are invited to participate in an excursion to Chiang Mai, departing Bangkok on January 19 for 4 days/3 nights.


Patricia Cleveland, Lecturer

Program Fee

$2,550 (without optional excursion to Chaing Mai for an additional approx. $500)


Complete online application



Admission of students with complete applications is on a competitive basis and application review will take place during the one week period following the “last day to apply” date (October 1, 2013). Admission notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.

Thais by culture and tradition are a charity oriented society and giving is a part of the way of life. One of the major aspects of Buddhism, the religion of most people in Thailand, is 'making merit’ through good deeds, including donating money. Non-government organizations (NGO’)s benefit from strong government support and Bangkok, in particular, is often chosen as the regional hub for organizations operating in Asia.

This course provides real life, hands-on international experience in the profession and practice of consulting, philanthropy and fundraising. Students will use the knowledge gained in the course preparation and in other undergraduate studies to affect the lives of people in an international community. This is a course that requires preparation, engagement and work on a service project while abroad.

Students will observe and assess current fundraising capabilities and operations of our client, Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities in Thailand (CCD-Thailand). Currently, CCD relies on the contributions of volunteer staff, including a small and dedicated board of directors in Maryland. Students will work with CCD to achieve their current goal of raising funds to build a vocational center for the students in the CCD’s Bangkok residential program.


  • Regular Program: Depart January 8, arrive January 9 Bangkok; depart Bangkok Jan. 19
  • Optional End Trip to Chiang Mai: Depart January 19, return home January 22
  • Free time to explore Bangkok and environs is built into the schedule, along with cultural tours and activities, for a balanced experience of the culture and people of Thailand in the context of our service mission in global consulting and philanthropy.


  • Priority acceptance will go to Smith School Global Fellows Program’ students who have completed BMGT 463F and BMGT 468P.
  • Non-fellows students will be considered for acceptance with consideration given to:
    • prior coursework or experiential background in service learning
    • demonstrated interest in and understanding of Asian cultures through prior coursework and/or work, travel, experiential learning programs etc.
    • Thai language proficiency is a special plus!


What else do you need to know?

EXACT PROGRAM DATES will be determined (if not already set) after the course is confirmed by the Office of Global Initiatives. Once accepted, students are advised, but not required, to purchase refundable airplane tickets to counter any inconvenience caused by a change in unforeseen circumstances. Oftentimes, students have made their travel arrangements through STA Travel, a discount student travel agency.

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared hotel room; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage.

Not included: personal expenses, most meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.

PAYMENT OF THE PUBLISHED PROGRAM FEE is divided into three separate charges that are collected accordingly:

(1) A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.

(2) Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.

(3) The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad's website for other Refund and Withdrawal rules.

Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.