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CSUF: HUM 350 Winter Session in Dalat, Vietnam
Dalat, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Nha Trang, Vietnam (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter Session
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Program Type:
CSUF Department/Faculty-Led
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Financial Aid:
HSS Study Abroad Scholarship
Housing Options: Hotels
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Language Prerequisite: None Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 2.5
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College of Humanities & Social Sciences Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
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CSUF Faculty:
Grant, S.
Program Description:
Program Description:

HUM 350: Contemporary Vietnam: Culture, Commodities, Change, Winter Session 2019 
HUM 350 Vietnam
Program Description:
The Winter Session (2019)  study abroad program will take place from January 1, 2019 – January 19, 2019 primarily in Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat, Vietnam with short excursions to the Mekong Delta and southern coast. Students will register for HUM 350 under the title “Contemporary Vietnam: Culture, Commodities, Change” for the duration of the Winter Session period. This course complements the contrasts students will see and experience in-country – contrasting landscapes, food-ways, work environments, and cultures.
Contemporary Vietnam begins with an online (via Titanium and recorded lectures) exploration of the historical background of Vietnam during the colonial and subsequent war periods before introducing students to the contemporary complexities of Vietnamese culture. While in Vietnam, we will examine the present-day from the perspective of commodity production and consumption and culture change as it manifests in the south-central highlands  (Dalat) and urban financial center of the country (Ho Chi Minh City). Equally important, students will learn the significance of cultural sensitivity and an anthropological sensibility that are necessary tools for students from all majors when traveling in a country under

going rapid economic and cultural transformation. They will employ these skills through several service learning opportunities in Dalat and through interaction with local Vietnamese university students. 
HUM 350 Vietnam

Program Dates:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – Saturday, January 19, 2019 (three weeks) 

Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, Mui Ne/Phan Thiet (optional excursion to Mui Can Tho)

Tentative Schedule (all dates 2019 and activities subject to change):
January 1 Depart from LAX (Los Angeles)
January 3 Arrive in SGN (Ho Chi Minh City)
January 4 City orientation and tour — meet with university students
January 5-6   Optional weekend activities
January 7-10 University of Culture, HCMC engagements
January 11-12 Mui Ne/Phan Thiet activities
January 13  Travel day — Dalat 
January 14-17 Service-learning in Dalat (coffee and agriculture immersion)
January 18 Travel day — HCMC 
January 19 Depart from SGN (Ho Chi Minh City)/Arrive in LAX 

*** Note: there will be an online class component (Titanium) prior to departure on January 1, 2019

Program Highlights

  • One week exploring agricultural development and change in the highland mountain town of Dalat
  • One week exploring the rapid growth of an urban hub - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Short excursion to the beach and fish sauce production region of Mui Ne/Phan Thiet
  • Develop lifelong relationships with Vietnamese university students through cultural and English language exchanges
  • Receive 3 units of upper-division GE credit
  • Service-learning opportunities with local coffee farming communities and student organizations
HUM 350 Vietnam
Information Sessions
For more information about this program please visit any of our information meetings below:

*Info sessions will be held in-person and via ZOOM. Please email Dr. Grant ( for ZOOM link.
Info Sessions
Friday, September 7th from 2:00-3:00 @ MH 426C

Course and Faculty

HUM 350: Contemporary Vietnam: Culture, Commodities, Change
Vietnam has long lived in our popular imagination, represented visually as a space of “traditional” Asian culture disrupted by war. Of course, Vietnam cannot be characterized solely by historical rupture, spectacular film and photography, or even contemporary representations – a bustling urban metropolis (Ho Chi Minh City), a quaint mix of modern and traditional (Hanoi), or an idyllic isolated beach front (Nha Trang). This course delves into a deliberately big question: what is contemporary Vietnam? This study abroad program represents an effort to convey some of the richness and complexity of Vietnam through hands-on experiences and explorations of daily life. Students will also explore how Vietnamese experience and understand modernity in the context of culture, commodities, and change.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the anxiety and hope surrounding development projects and questions of environmental sustainability. These questions can be approached from multiple disciplinary and personal perspectives and this course is designed to embrace diverse student backgrounds, skillsets, and career ambitions. 



Dr. Laichen Sun
Dr. Sarah G. Grant 

Program leader and Assistant Professor of Anthropology Sarah G. Grant has over a decade of experience conducting research on the coffee industry in Southeast Asia with a particular emphasis on the south-central highlands of Vietnam. She is excited to introduce students to this lesser known and “off the beaten track” region of the country. 


Students will stay in comfortable, minimalist accommodations with private bathroom and wi-fi connection  (e.g. An An Hotel:

Costs & Financial Aid

Costs - See Program Budget Sheet
Estimated Program Fee (based on min. enrollment): $1325 (single) | $1200 (double)

  • All in-country lodging and transportation
  • Program related activities
  • Some meals and unlimited bottled water

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

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.  Approximate cost $36.  Visa process and requirements to be confirmed, once the group participants are confirmed.

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

Deadlines and Important Dates

May 30, 2018 Early Bird Application Deadline 
June 4, 2018 Early Bird Application Status Notification 
July 1, 2018 Early Bird Commitment Deadline
Sept. 14, 2018 
Regular Decision Online Application Due
Sept. 17, 2018 Application Status Notification
Sept. 24, 2018 Student Commitment Deadline

July 1, 2018
July 30, 2018
September 14, 2018
Early Bird Applicant Payment Deadlines
First deposit of $500 
Second payment of $500 
Remaining balance  of (Amount TBD) 
*Total program fee is based on an estimated 15-17 students 

Oct 5, 2018
Nov 2, 2018
Nov 30, 2018
Regular Deadline Applicant Payment Deadlines
First deposit of $500 
Second payment of $500 
Remaining balance  of (Amount TBD) 
*Total program fee is based on an estimated 15-17 students 
TBD Online Program Forms Due

Mandatory Class Meeting

*Attendance is required one of the scheduled meetings
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation

Contact Us
Programming-related Questions (e.g. payments, enrollment, etc.): Abigail Segura, Study Abroad Program Coordinator -
Course-related Questions: Professor Sarah G. Grant, Ph.D. -
Online Application Questions: Study Abroad Office -

HUM 350 Vietnam

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