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  • Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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We are not currently accepting applications for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics, Gender Studies, Independent Study, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology TCU Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

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Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development

Examine economic and social development in the cultural context of Vietnam, one of Asia's most dynamic and rapidly changing countries

Program Highlights

  • Live and study in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • See Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital with more than 1,000 years of history.
  • Interact regularly with Vietnamese peers.
  • Participate in a service project designed to assist a local community.
  • Examine economic and social development in one of Asia’s most dynamic and rapidly changing countries.
  • Visit indigenous K'ho Hmong, Dao, and Giay communities and learn about their cultures.
  • Trek and bike amid the flower, tea, and coffee farms of the lush central highlands.
  • Choose to conduct independent research or to complete an internship.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you.

In preparation for your Independent Study Project (ISP), you’ll be paired with a Vietnamese student to interview households in the Mekong Delta and NGOs in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnamese students tutor SIT students on the Vietnamese language and help them understand culture and social life outside the classroom. Both groups participate in cultural exchange activities, like teaching each other games, songs, and dances. During the ISP period, you’ll get translation help from your Vietnamese partner. This supports learning and aligns with the program’s philosophy that learning is not just about attaining knowledge, but experiencing life.

Sample topics:

  • Gender roles and sexuality in Vietnamese society
  • Food culture and organic farming
  • Healthcare and inequality
  • Colonial architecture
  • Heritage site management and conservation
  • Entrepreneurship and business development in Vietnam

SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

SIT Vietnam offers a wide variety of internship opportunities through its network of long-term contacts with government agencies and nongovernment and private organizations that work in various fields including geopolitics, civil society, environmental and natural sciences, and humanities.

Sample internship sites:

  • Supporting training workshops, micro-credit programs, and women’s empowerment at the Center for Community Health and Development in Hanoi
  • Doing innovative work with green living, public space development and restoration, and organic agriculture with the Action Center for City Development in Hoi An
  • Assisting ongoing projects on mental health, micro-nutrients and nutrition, policy advocacy, and social work at the Research and Training Center for Community Development in Hanoi
  • Providing support services to local nonprofits, international nongovernmental organizations seeking Vietnamese partners, and individual volunteers and philanthropists who are committed to building strong communities at LIN Center in Ho Chi Minh City

Key Topics of Study

  • Pressing issues caused by rapid urbanization related to the Doi Moi "Renovation" economic reform
  • Challenges of sustainable development and current strategies for new rural development in the Mekong Delta and Da Lat Central Highlands and different livelihood models in each region
  • Balancing efforts between economic development, job creation, and environmental protection and natural resource management
  • The effects of war, development, and tourism on Vietnam's rich but increasingly fragile cultural heritage
  • Changing gender relations and development pressures among K'ho, Hmong, Giay, and Red Dao ethnic minority groups in the Sapa mountains

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

All educational costs, including educational excursions

  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad




TCU Approved Programs

Credits

Credit returns as TCU credit that applies towards the TCU GPA and counts towards a student’s major, minor, core, or elective credit hours. As part of their application, students must have their courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form.

Students can typically find classes to satisfy major and minor elective credits; general electives; upper-division hours; and much of the TCU Core Curriculum, including FAR, HUM, SSC, HT, LT and RT. Semester students can also earn CA. It is harder to satisfy specific equivalencies for the major or minor and difficult to find NSC, MTH, OCO, and WCO. Students cannot receive CSV, GA, and WEM on these programs.
 
While abroad, students remain currently-enrolled, degree seeking students at TCU. Semester students enroll full-time in 12 – 18 credits. Summer students typically enroll in 3 or 6 credit hours.

Costs

TCU bills tuition and program fees for all TCU-Approved Programs to the TCU Student Account. However, students may need to pay CIEE, IES, or SIT directly for other incidental charges such as housing deposits, confirmation fees, textbooks or optional field trips.
 
  1. Non-Refundable Enrollment Fee: Variable. Paid directly to CIEE, IES, or SIT to reserve your space in the program.
  2. TCU Tuition: Semester students pay TCU block tuition. Summer students pay TCU tuition per credit hour. For current tuition rates, visit Costs & Refunds.
  3. Program Fee: Includes CIEE, IES, or SIT housing and insurance fees. It may or may not include meals or other items. Consult the program-specific on the CIEE, IES, or SIT website for program fee breakdowns and exact fees.
  4. Additional Expenses: For airfare, visa fees, meals, books, personal spending money and other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets are highly variable.

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements  

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA for semester programs, although some programs require higher GPAs
  • At least two semesters at TCU by the start of the program
  • Any additional requirements listed on the CIEE, IES, or SIT websites

Application Steps

  1. Click the "Complete Forms" button above to begin your Global TCU application. To continue working on an existing application, log onto www.global.tcu.edu and select the program from the homepage.
  2. Complete the Program-Specific Application found on the CIEE, IES or SIT website.
  3. Submit the Credit Approval Form to Reed 214. You can find the form on our How to Apply page.



This program is currently not accepting applications.