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CSUF: HUM 350 Winter Session in Dalat, Vietnam
Dalat, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Nha Trang, Vietnam (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Session
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CSUF Department/Faculty-Led
Financial Aid:
HSS Study Abroad Scholarship
Housing Options: Hotels
Areas of Study:
Language Prerequisite: None Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction:
College of Humanities & Social Sciences Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CSUF Faculty:
Grant, S.
Program Description:

HUM 350: Contemporary Vietnam: Culture, Commodities, Change, Winter Session 2018 
Nha Trang

Program Description:
The Winter Session study abroad program will take place from December 28, 2017 – January 18, 2018 primarily in Dalat, Vietnam with a brief portion of the trip spent in Ho Chi Minh City and a weekend excursion to Nha Trang. 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 – namely rural/urban and traditional/modern.

We begin with a historical background of Vietnam during the colonial and subsequent Indochinese and American war periods before introducing students to the contemporary complexities of Vietnamese culture. We will examine present-day Vietnam from the perspective of commodity production and consumption and culture change as it manifests in the south-central highlands of the country. Equally important, students will learn the significance of cultural sensitivity and anthropological sensibility that are necessary tools for students from all majors when traveling in a country undergoing rapid economic and cultural transformation. They will employ these skills through several service learning opportunities in Dalat and regular interaction with local Vietnamese university students. 

Dalat Street Food

Program Dates:
Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Thursday, January 18, 2017 (three weeks) 

Tentative Schedule:

December 28, 2017 Depart from LAX
December 30, 2017 Arrive to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
December 31 New Year's Eve in Saigon
January 1, 2018 Travel Day: Saigon to Dalat
January 2-5, 2018 8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Class
1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Service Learning Opportunity
January 6-7 Cultural tour activities in Dalat
January 8-12 8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Class
1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Service Learning Opportunity
January 13-14, 2018 Weekend trip to Nha Trang (Tentative - subject to change)
January 15, 2018 Class wrap-up
January 16, 2018 Travel Day: Dalat to Saigon
January 16-17, 2018 Cultural tour activities in Saigon 
January 18, 2018 Depart Saigon; arrive LAX

Program Highlights

  • 2 1/2 weeks in the highland mountain town of Dalat
  • Weekend excursion to the coastal fishing town of Nha Trang
  • Develop lifelong relationships with Vietnamese university students through cultural and English language exchanges
  • Receive 3 units of upper-division GE credit
  • Farm-to-cup coffee tours
  • Service-learning opportunities with local agricultural organizations and farming communities
Information Sessions
For more information about this program please visit any of our information meetings below held in: Location UH-242.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 11:30am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 3:00-4:00 pm
Monday, April 10, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Monday, April 17, 2017 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

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 a comfortable hotel or guesthouse (comparable example: near the city-center of Dalat. Accommodations will have a reliable wireless internet connection and all standard amenities. 

Costs & Financial Aid

Program Fee (TBA)
The program fee will cover lodging for 3 weeks in Dalat and while visiting Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang, internal roundtrip airfare Dalat-Saigon, ground transportation in Vietnam, all program field trips, tours and non-optional excursions, international travel insurance and most morning meals. 

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 $45.  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

Sept. 15, 2017 
Regular Decision Online Application Due
Sept. 22, 2017 Application Status Notification
Sept. 27, 2017 Student Commitment Deadline
Sept. 29, 2017 
Oct. 27, 2017
Nov. 24, 2017
First deposit of $300 
Second payment of $300 
Remaining balance  of (Amount TBD) 
*Total program fee is based on an estimated 15-17 students 
TBD Online Program Forms Due
Sept. 11, 2017, 4:15-5:30 pm or 

Sept. 19, 2017, 4:15-5:30 pm

Location TBD
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 -

This program is currently not accepting applications.