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CSUF: MATH 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 10/18/2017 12/30/2017 01/21/2018
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Residence Halls
Areas of Study:
Business Administration, Economics, Mathematics Class Standing: Freshmen, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction:
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CSUF Faculty:
Lee, C.
Program Description:


MATH: Vietnam - Winter Session 2018 

Gate in Vietnam

Program Description:
The Winter Session study abroad program will take place from December 30, 2017-January 21, 2018 primarily in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted on the campus of Vietnam National University, with tentative weekend excursions to Ha Long Bay and Sapa. Students will register for MATH (Course 135) for the duration of the Winter Session period.

The course will be taught on the VNU campus, from January 2-19, 2018, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am-1:00 pm.

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: December 30, 2017 – January 21, 2018 (3 weeks) 
Sat, Dec. 30 - Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam Thurs, Jan. 11 - Class meeting (9:30 am -
1:00 pm)
Sun, Dec. 31 - Onsite orientation & Welcome/New Year's Eve Dinner Fri, Jan. 12 - Class meeting (9:30 am -
1:00 pm)
Mon, Jan. 1 - VNU Tour & class meeting (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) Sat, Jan. 13 - Tour Natural caves on the Ngô Ðong River: Tam coc, Bích dong & Bái Ðính, also known as the "inland Ha Long Bay"
Tues, Jan. 2 - Class meeting (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) Sun, Jan. 14 - Tour Buddhist Temple, Thien vien Trúc Lâm, Yên Tu
Wed, Jan. 3 - Class meeting (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) Mon, Jan. 15 - Class meeting (9:30 am -
1:00 pm)
Thurs, Jan. 4 - Class meeting (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) Tues, Jan. 16 -  Class meeting (9:30 am -
1:00 pm)
Fri, Jan. 5 - Class meeting (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) Weds, Jan. 17 - Class meeting (9:30 am -
1:00 pm)
Sat, Jan. 6 - Ha Long Bay Excursion Thurs, Jan. 18 - Class meeting (9:30 am -
1:00 pm)
Sun, Jan. 7 - Ha Long Bay Excusion Fri, Jan. 19 - Class meeting (9:30 am -
1:00 pm)
Mon, Jan. 8 - Class meeting (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) Sat, Jan. 20 - Farewell Dinner
Tues, Jan. 9 - Class meeting (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) Sun, Jan. 21 - Depart from Hanoi, Vietnam
Weds, Jan. 10 - Class meeting (9:30 am - 1:00 pm)  

Program Highlights
  • Earn 3 units of CSUF credit.
  • Fulfill Lower-Division Core Requirement in Mathematics 
  • The required course is instructed by a CSUF faculty member and will count towards your degree.
  • Spend 3 weeks in Hanoi, Vietnam learning about the country's profound history and rich culture.
  • 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.

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 Number
MATH 135 - BUSINESS CALCULUS - Class hours: 09:30 am-1:00 pm M-F (Jan 02-19)
Fulfills: Lower-Division Core Requirement in Mathematics 

Prerequisite: Passing MATH 115 or MATH 125 with grade C or better; co-requisite: None

Course description:  Survey of differential and integral calculus with applications, including derivatives, integrals and max-min problems.

Materials, Activities, and  Evaluation: Business Calculus, 2nd edition by Qian and Messer with WebAssign
Course activities will include lecture, discussion, homework, group-based problem solving, and exams. Student  evaluation  will be based  on class participation, group activities,  homework, and  exams.

Daily Class Topics  
Jan  2 - Limits Jan  11 - Growth & decay models, Amortization
Jan 3 - Derivatives Jan  12 - Area under a graph & anti-derivatives (Exam 2)
Jan  4 -  Differentiation techniques & higher-order derivatives Jan  15 - Integration techniques & properties
Jan  5 - Max/Min and applications Jan  16 - Surpluses & continuous money flow models
Jan  8 - Sketching graphs with derivative information (Exam 1) Jan  17 - Probability, expected values, normal distributions
Jan  9 - Max revenue, min inventory, marginals, elasticity Jan  18 - Differential equations & functions of several variables
Jan 10 - Exponential & logarithmic functions and derivatives Jan  19 -  Review (Final exam)

Dr. Wylie Ahmed
Dr. Charles Lee
Computational Mathematics, Fluid Dynamics, Aerospace Engineering

The focus of Dr. Lee's research is in computational applied mathematics with emphases in control, fluid dynamics, smart material structures and telecommunications. He teaches a variety of courses in applied mathematics, and also collaborates with scientists at the Aerospace Corporation and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on several research projects.



 Students will stay in VNU dormitories and will commute to the VNU campus each day by bus or taxi.  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: $700 (does not include airfare, student passport & visa, or meals not included in program)
The program fee will cover lodging for 3 weeks in Hanoi and during the weekend excursions, ground transportation in Vietnam for all program field trips, tours and non-optional excursions, on-site support from host university, welcome and farewell meals, 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
  • CSUF Winter Session 2018 tuition and fees
  • Books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Transportation not indicated above, for example dormitory - VNU campus daily commute (approx. $1/day by bus) is not included in the program fee.
  • Additional meals 
  • Additional fieldtrips not included in the program 
  • 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
  • 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. 18, 2017 Application Status Notification
Oct. 20, 2017 Student Commitment Deadline
TBD Program Payments Due
TBD Online Program Forms Due
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation

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