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  • Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Fairfield applicants only
  • Courses Approved
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Spring 2019 05/15/2018
08/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 12/01/2018
02/01/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/01/2018
02/01/2019 TBA TBA
Year 2019-2020 12/01/2018
02/01/2019 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Dormitory
Minimum GPA: 2.80 Class Eligibility: Junior, Sophomore
Credit Type: Transfer Credit External Students: No
Internships: No Service Learning: Yes
Great for these academic disciplines: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Economics, English, History, International Business, International Studies, Literature, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:


Loyola University Chicago's semester program in Vietnam provides students with the opportunity to experience and learn about the social, cultural, political and economic dynamics shaping contemporary Vietnam.  Students participating in this program will immerse themselves in Ho Chi Minh City through a service or internship placement while also having an opportunity to see much of the rest of Vietnam and Cambodia as well during academic excursions. 


Total coursework is 12-18 credit hours. All courses are 3-credit-hours unless otherwise noted. UNIV 292 is the only required course.

  •     UNIV 292 The Culture and Politics of Development in Contemporary Vietnam (Required) - This course allows students to explore the concept of development and its impact on average Vietnamese through a service-placement in the local community or an unpaid internship with a local business. See the list of possible service sites.  Customized internships are available in a wide range of businesses and industries.  Fulfills the CORE Promoting Civic Engagement Values Area. Cross-listed with ANTH 361, ASIA 297, INTS 278.

Students will live at a guesthouse centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City in double occupancy rooms that are comfortable and clean. Each furnished room includes a private bathroom, small refrigerator, television and phone. The rooms are serviced daily, including basic cleaning and laundry picked up (for those students using the inexpensive laundry service). Rooms are air conditioned by wall units, typically run only when people are in the room.  Students will have the option to live with a Vietnamese roommate from Loyola’s partner institution in Ho Chi Minh City, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH).  See photos of the program housing.

Although students on the program will not have a traditional meal plan, there are many options with regards to food.  Located within close proximity to the dormitories are dozens of student-oriented "canteens" and family-run restaurants, both of which serve reasonably-priced and delicious meals for groups or individuals.


Students will experience Southeast Asia's geographical beauty and cultural diversity on the following academically-oriented excursions.

Cu Chi
  • Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn how many Vietnamese in this area experienced the war with the United States.
  • Tour the Wild Life at Risk animal rescue station and learn how an NGO is helping protect rare species.
Mekong Delta  
  • Spend the day learning about sustainable farming, conservation and biodiversity from ecologists at an agricultural research center.   
  • Visit a temple and hear from leaders of Cao Dai, a religion created in Vietnam.
  • Spend an evening eating food and listening to folk music unique to the Mekong Delta.
Central & Northern Region
  • Visit temples and tombs from the ancient Cham society at My Son.   
  • Learn about Vietnam's last imperial dynasty on a tour of the former capital of Hue.
  • Experience Vietnamese nationalism at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum in Ha Noi.
  • Enjoy a variety of other sites and experiences in these two dynamic regions of Vietnam.
  • Compare Vietnam with its neighbor to the west during this 4-day excursion.
  • Visit two of Cambodia's national treasures: the Royal Palace and Angkor Archeological Park.

This program is currently not accepting applications.