I am taking four classes and an internship for credit this semester. It is really strange transitioning to the semester system, I don't have any projects or tests til week 8! I think the classes should be easier in general than classes at UCSB. All of them have a midterm, final, paper, and presentation, only one of them has weekly homework. Also A's start at 80%!
Tuesday through Thursday I'll walk to class, it takes about 25 minutes, but there is plenty to look at and loads of market stalls are set up on the sidewalk if I want to buy some fruit or anything else on the way to class. I have been getting lunch on campus most days. The cafeteria has some of the cheapest food in Bangkok and it is very easy to order because they have pictures and Thai students are always willing to help me communicate what I want.
Tuesday 9-12 Thailand in the International Arena (Its a mix of history and economics)
Tuesday 1-4 Thai Cuisine (we learn about food and we will get to cook a few times this semester)
Wednesday 1-4 Thai Media and Society (Great class because the instructor is a total comedian and tells lots of stories)
Thursday 1-4 Thai Policy (My favorite class because the instructor is very engaging and seems really smart)
The class culture is very different. Class always starts 10-15 minutes late and we get a 20-30 minute break which really helps make the three hour classes bearable. The majority of the students in my classes are international students but there also a few Thai students in them. In Thai Cuisine about half of the students are Thai, and they talk the whole class. They don't even try to be quiet and will even pick up phone calls. This is so strange, most of us have spent a whole class on facebook at one point or another, but not a whole three hour class just chatting with friends. Another difference is that classes can be rescheduled for weekends without much notice. It hasn't happened to me but some of my friends have had to cancel their travel plans because an important class was rescheduled for a weekend.
I went to a Thammasat rugby game this weekend. It was awesome! The game was easy enough to understand, the Thai students got really into it, and the cheerleaders were entertaining too.