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Vietnam: Culture, Social Change & Development

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Sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Through SIT courses and an independent study project, students have the opportunity to observe firsthand the dynamic changes shaping Vietnam, a country that has emerged from decades of war and isolation to become one of the fastest-growing countries in Asia. Students also explore present-day culture, differences between rural and urban culture, differences between the ethnic majority Kinh and ethnic minorities, education, the role of women, the Vietnamese family, and differences between northerners and southerners.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Read Credit Enrollment requirements for information about maintaining a full-time course load while abroad. Read about Research Abroad for specific requirements for the program’s independent study project.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete a SIT application by the program's deadline

Languages: English, Vietnamese


Home stays (in Ho Chi Minh City) along with guesthouses, hostels, and small hotels

Program Costs: 

Fall 2015: $23,402

Billed by Northwestern: $20,310

  • Tuition: $14,890
  • Room & board: $2,860
  • SAAF: $2,560

Estimated additional costs: $3,092

  • Airfare: $1,300
  • Local travel: $375
  • Books & supplies: $50
  • Personal expenses: $1,125
  • Visa: $90
  • HTH: $152

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid for study abroad is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.