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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


Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete a Northwestern 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. 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 Costs: 

Fall 2018: $24,179

Billed by Northwestern: $21,559

Estimated additional costs: $2,620

  • Airfare: $805
  • Local travel: $375
  • Books & supplies: $50
  • Personal expenses: $1,125
  • Visa: $90
  • GeoBlue: $175

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