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Development Studies in Vietnam

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  • City: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Instruction in: English
  • Students interested in: Asian Languages and Cultures; International Studies, Vietnamese Language
  • Intership Available!

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, students study the impacts of development and rapid economic growth and how this alters communities and livelihoods. Students engage with local residents and see firsthand how development is changing Vietnamese society, while gaining insight into how economic, political and social changes affect individuals. Students learn about issues such as social justice, political corruption, environmental degradation, gender roles, resource management, public health infrastructure, and colonialism.

Semester: On this 16-week program, students participate in the Traveling Seminar, a 9-day excursion exploring the north and central regions of Vietnam. Students can take up to 18 credits in courses including Development Studies in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese Language, Internship or Directed Field Study, and electives.

Summer: During the summer on this 9-week, 8-credit program, students will take Development Studies in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese Language, and take part in an internship.