Study Abroad

Marist ASAP - Asia Study Abroad Program

What will set you apart when you’re looking for a full-time job?  What can you do now, while you’re an undergraduate, to become competitive for a position that has an international component to the job?  What part of the world is experiencing high economic growth accompanied by the opportunity for talented, informed people to be part of that growth? 

Welcome to Asia.  Now how do you prepare yourself to take advantage of that opportunity?

Offered only in Spring, the Asia Study Abroad Program (ASAP) is a full semester abroad experience designed for business majors and minors seeking unparalleled insight into the world of international business. Students will be exposed to the world of international business through site visits, international programming, reflective cultural experiences, and contact with the local businesses and cultures of each country they visit.


In this traveling program, students will move with their cohort and professors between multiple countries over the course of the semester. Classes and activities integrate local contexts so students can learn about the peoples and cultures of Asia while examining regional and international business.

Past semesters* have included the following locations:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Myanmar
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Tibet (including Mt. Everest)
  • Vietnam

*The upcoming ASAP itinerary has not yet been finalized.


ASAP was a rankings winner in 2012, and program alumni frequently call it a “life changing experience.” ASAP consists of a full course load (12-15 credits) designed for students studying business. A defining feature of ASAP is that company visits are fully integrated into the curriculum; students will analyze each company they visit to learn its management and organizational structure, market position, marketing practices and strategy, production mix, innovation strategy, stock valuation, and long-term viability in the marketplace. Past program reviews can be found on



Marist College, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, Time, “The Princeton Review,” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and by “Barron’s Best Buys in College Education,” is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. In 2013, Marist was ranked 13th in the US among Master’s institutions for undergraduate study abroad participation.


Participants enroll in 12 to 15 credits (4-5 courses).  Courses are 3 semester credit hours. An additional course may be offered, if needed and feasible.


Imagine visiting General Electric to hear senior executives discuss GE’s strategy for entering the rapidly expanding Chinese aviation market. Or meeting with the Director of Johnson & Johnson Thailand to learn about J&J’s positioning in the Thai cosmetic and health care sector. Or sitting down with an entrepreneur in Hong Kong who will describe efforts to develop a market for biodegradable plastic made from corn. This level of integration is what truly sets ASAP apart, and is what will prepare students to work and compete in the world of international business.


Both Marist and non-Marist students may apply. Candidates must have a strong interest in international business and intercultural management. They must also want to experience diverse Asian cultures, customs, lifestyles, and to develop a nuanced world view. International travel and foreign language ability are not prerequisites, but intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, and flexibility are.


  • Students must be in good academic and judicial standing

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 at the start of the program

  • Sophomore level standing or higher at the start of the program

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited institution

  • Academic Advisor approval

  • A transcript of course work completed on the program is issued by Marist College.

  • A face-to-face, Skype, or phone interview with program staff is a requirement of the ASAP application.


General Information

Interested students should contact program Coordinator James Morrow-Polio at Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Application Notes

For more information, please see our Applications page.