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CSUF: EDUC Winter Session in Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2018 10/15/2017 10/23/2017 12/16/2017 01/19/2018
NOTE: Classes will begin on the CSUF campus during Winter Session A on 16 December 2017, and end on 19 January 2018; the Vietnam portion of the course will be taught on the VNU campus, from 3 January, 2018 – 13 January, 2018. Application deadline was extended to October 15, 2017
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Residence Halls
Areas of Study:
Education Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior
GPA requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction:
College of Education Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CSUF Faculty:
Ambrosetti, D., Tran, N., Waller, P.
Program Description:

Education in Vietnam, Winter Session 2018 

Gate in Vietnam

Program Description:
The Winter Session study abroad program will take place from primarily in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted on the campus of Vietnam National University (VNU), with tentative weekend excursions to Ha Long Bay and Sapa. Students will register for (EDSC 320 Adolescent Development)  for the duration of the Winter Session period.

Classes will begin on the CSUF campus during Winter Session A on 16 December 2017, and end on 19 January 2018; the Vietnam portion of the course will be taught on the VNU campus, from 4 January, 2018 – 13 January, 2018.

The CSUF class will benefit from guide services provided by a CSUF Alum living in Hanoi.  In addition, the class will be supported locally by VNU staff.

Program Dates & Itinerary: 4 January 2018 – 13 January, 2018 (2 weeks) 
  • Thurs, Jan. 4 - Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Fri, Jan. 5 - Onsite Orientation & Welcome Dinner
  • Sat, Jan. 6 - Ha Long Bay Excursion
  • Sun, Jan. 7 - Ha Long Bay Excursion
  • Mon, Jan. 8 - VNU site visit with teacher candidates & lunch with partners
  • Tues, Jan. 9 - Class meeting
  • Weds,  Jan. 10 - Site visit to Hanoi secondary school, classroom observations, & lunch with partners
  • Thurs, Jan. 11 - Site visit to secondary school Hanoi environs, classroom observations, & lunch with partners
  • Fri, Jan. 12 - Class meeting & Farewell Dinner
  • Sat, Jan. 13 - Depart Hanoi, Vietnam 

Program Highlights
  • Earn 1 or 3 units of CSUF credit
  • The required course is instructed by a CSUF faculty member and will count towards your degree.
  • Spend 2 weeks in Hanoi, Vietnam learning about the country's profound history and rich culture.
  • Conduct practical field and site visits to educational institutions throughout Hanoi.
  • Participate in many cultural and educational tours during free time, such as a tour of the Museum of Vietnamese History, the Museum of Ethnology, Buddhist and Daoist Temples, the Han Nom Institute, and many more.
  • Study with students at Vietnam National University and build international relationships.
  • Tour of Ha Long Bay

Information Sessions
For more information about this program please visit any of our information meetings below held in: Location TBA.

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Course and Faculty 

Course Options
Enrollment in one of the two courses is required during the spring 2018 semester; there is not Winter Session enrollment for this program:

EDSC 320 - Adolescent Development, 3 units

Biological, cognitive and socio-cultural development of adolescents. Contexts of adolescent development, including family, peers, school, work and leisure. Health and safety issues of adolescents. 

Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1.
Corequisite: None

Materials, Activities, and  Evaluation: TBD


EDSC 499 - Independent Study, 1 unit

Daily Class Topics  
Jan  2 -  Jan  8 -                  
Jan 3 -  Jan  9 - 
Jan  4 -  Jan  10 - 
Jan  5 -  Jan  11 - 
  Jan 12 -
Dr. Wylie Ahmed
Dr. Debra Ambrosetti
Professor, College of Education

Research Interests: The effects of sociologically based issues (e.g. race, class, gender) on student learning; middle school curriculum and organization; and diversity and multicultural education the public school.

Education History:  Ph.D. Social Foundations: Sociology of Education, State University of New York, Buffalo; M.S. Curriculum Development and Instruction, State University of New York, Fredonia; B.S. Education (Second Major in English and Linguistics), State University of New York, Fredonia

Credentials Held: New York State Certification in N-6 Pre-School and Elementary School; 7-12 English; Secondary Certification in English from the state of Rhode Island



Students will stay in VNU dormitories.  Accommodations will have a reliable wireless internet connection and all standard amenities. Confirmed participants will receive further information about housing arrangements.

Costs & Financial Aid

Program Fee: $600 (does not include airfare, student passport & visa, or meals not included in program)
The program fee will cover lodging for 2 weeks in Hanoi and during the weekend excursion to Ha Long Bay, ground transportation in Vietnam for program-related activities, all program field trips, tours and non-optional excursions, on-site support from host university, including translator services, welcome and farewell meals, and lunches on field trip days, and international travel insurance. 

The program fee is based on a minimum student enrollment. If the student enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students.

Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee
  • Books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Additional meals 
  • Additional field trips not included in the program 
  • Meals not indicated above
  • Personal expenses 
Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.

Passport & Visa
You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders require a tourist visa to enter the country of Vietnam.  Find visa and entry information here.

Non-US passport holders should inquire with the Vietnam Embassy about visa requirements for their country of origin.  Please click here for embassy contact information.

Application & Deadlines

  • Good academic standing
  • Undergraduate, Graduate and Credential Program Students
  • Valid passport and visa; see above section
  • Completed online program application
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Completion of prerequisite, as described above

Deadlines and Important Dates

Oct. 15, 2017 
Regular Decision Online Application Due
Oct. 23, 2017 Application Status Notification
Nov. 1, 2017 Student Commitment Deadline
Oct. 1, 2017 Class trip to Little Saigon (California)
Sept., Oct., Nov. 2017 Program Payments Due - Exact dates TBD
Nov. 3, 2017 Online Program Forms Due
Dec. 12, 2017, 4-6pm
Location TBD
Pre-Departure Orientation
Jan. 3, 2017 or earlier Depart U.S. to Vietnam
Jan. 4, 2017 Students must arrive on this date to airport in Hanoi Vietnam

Contact Us
Course-related Questions: Professor Natalie Tran, Ph.D. -
Online Application Questions: Study Abroad Office -