One of the first semester-long study abroad opportunities in Vietnam, the HWS program in Hanoi enables students to explore an ancient Asian civilization which is undergoing a dramatic process of transition and modernization. Students will begin intensive Vietnamese language instruction through VLS (Vietnamese Language Studies) in Ho Chi Minh City upon their arrival in Vietnam, continuing under the direction of faculty from VLS in Hanoi. An internship or independent study project is required.
Courses & Academic Focus
Students will take four courses while in Vietnam.
Fall 2021 Director’s Seminar: Introduction to Cultural Psychology
The purpose of the course is to encourage students to think about the way that culture influences human behavior, cognition, and emotion. Students will examine issues of cultural and ethnic group identity and bias/prejudice in Southeast Asia, focusing on Vietnam and its neighbors. Some topics of focus will include issues of post-colonialism, attitudes of and about Indigenous groups, ethnic and cultural identity and its development, and solutions to problems based in ethnic/cultural oppression and prejudice.
Vietnamese History and Culture
In this course, students learn about Vietnamese history, aspects of Vietnamese culture, and current social, environmental, and political issues. Students write papers based on presentations provided by local university faculty as well as practitioners and specialists from a variety of fields, and excursions organized by CET Academic Programs and Asia Academic Experience, our on-site institutional partners. A translator is provided when necessary.
Students will begin intensive instruction upon their arrival in Ho Chi Minh City and continue under the direction of faculty from VLS while in Hanoi. This course is designed to enhance the student’s ability to understand, speak, read, and write Vietnamese and follows an interactive and communication-oriented approach.
Internship/Independent Research project
Students will complete an internship arranged in collaboration with our institutional partner, Asia Academic Experience, or an independent research project overseen by a faculty member on the home campus.
This program is particularly well-suited for students studying psychology, anthropology, Asian Studies, and history, as well as those in the social sciences interested in the challenges facing rapidly developing societies. The opportunity to pursue an internship makes this program accessible to a wide range of students.
In Ho Chi Minh City students will be housed in double rooms in a guesthouse near the language school they will attend. In Hanoi students will be housed in double rooms in a residence operated by the Vietnamese Government. The facility is centrally located near markets and restaurants where students may take meals.
Excursions are an important part of the program because they give students the opportunity to experience different areas of the country. In addition to time spent in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, previous programs have visited locations including the Mekong Delta, the Central Highlands, the northern border area, Halong Bay, and coastal areas around Hoi An (an old seaport) and Hue (the imperial capital).
There will also be course-related visits to various cultural and historical sites in and around Hanoi including museums, national parks, craft villages, and Buddhist pagodas and pilgrimage sites.