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Vietnam: Culture, Social Change & Development

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Program sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

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.

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Program Requirements


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Home stays (in Ho Chi Minh City) along with guesthouses, hostels, and small hotels. Meals throughout the program period are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $24,712

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $22,272

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Airfare: $800
  • Local travel: $375
  • Books & supplies: $50
  • Personal expenses: $1,125
  • Visa: $90

Total: $2,440

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated SIT programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your published program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an SIT program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to SIT to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your SIT program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • SIT Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after SIT has confirmed the payment.
  • SIT Scholarships: If you were awarded an SIT scholarship, it will disburse to your CAESAR account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

SIT Financial Forms

You are required to complete the SIT Letter of Financial Responsibility.

Because SIT will bill Northwestern directly for your program fee, you are not required to complete the Proof of Aid form or the Transferable Funds Information Sheet. You may want to discuss the SIT Power of Attorney form with SIT and/or your parent to determine whether that form might apply to you.

If you have questions about whether another SIT financial form is required, contact Krista Bethel.

Other SIT Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from SIT for your program's tuition or room/board.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to SIT.

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