SIT Study Abroad: Vietnam - Culture, Social Change and Development

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Examine economic and social development in the cultural context of Vietnam, one of Asia's most dynamic and rapidly changing countries.Observe international and local NGOs such as Oxfam and Vietnam Union for Science and Technology Association (VUST... read more

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April 11, 2024 Embrace The Unkown!
i learned how to travel around SEA and live with another family and bridge language barrier and be grateful - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Best Choice Ever
I was hesitant about going to Vietnam, but I LOVED it! I felt like I learned so much and the SIT staff was so valuable in helping me to acclimate and build community and experience Vietnam. I could not recommend this program more, and the four months I spent there were some of the best of my life. I felt like I learned and exper... - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
Not only did I learn academically from my classes and excursions, but also experienced a lot of personal growth that I did not ever picture myself having. I left my semester abroad with new friends, family, and experiences that I will never forget. I am truly not the same person I was when I left in February. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the culture and history of Vietnam. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Living in Vietnam provides a unique backdrop for learning about the developing/eastern world, especially from an American perspective. Immersing yourself in any foreign culture will undoubtedly change how you look at things, refine your world view, and give you a strong connection to the culture you're a part of. All of this hap... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a better understanding of Vietnam- historically, economically, and culturally. I learned so much about the diversity of Vietnamese culture, and I am glad I explored the country of my heritage through this program. I personally gained a stronger connection and a newfound love for Vietnamese people and culture. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much from studying abroad in Vietnam! I learned a lot about Vietnamese culture, family values, the economy, gender norms, education systems, food production, environmental policies, and international relations. Besides what I learned in the classroom and through experiential learning, I learned to be more independen... - Barnard College View Entire Review
June 29, 2023 It Was Amazing
I learned a lot about navigating different dynamics in a cohort, as well as the local culture in Vietnam. My time abroad opened my perspective to new ideas that I would have not been able to have at my home institution. I also became more independent and started thinking in a different way about my life and what I wanted to do. - Emory University View Entire Review
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I learned about a culture completely different than my own, a difficult (but rewarding) language, how people my age think about their society and fill their free time, and how our perception of Vietnam (especially regarding the Vietnam War) is biased and based on stereotypes that do not represent the Vietnamese people. - George Washington University View Entire Review
SO worthwhile - i learned a lot about development and how complicated it is and actually learning that in a vietnamese context was super beneficial i also learned a lot about myself and became a more independent person - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the complex history and culture of Vietnam, and the struggles of a country going through rapid transition. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. So special to have the opportunity to live and explore and begin to understand a culture that is so different yet beginning to resemble my own. I learned so much about Vietnam's history and culture, as well as a ton about modern society from host family and friends. I gained a personal relationship with th... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned about my heritage while discovering more about myself as an individual. My time abroad was very worthwhile! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
My study abroad experience taught me to be more patient and allowed me to learn about myself in a completely novel environment. The program was amazingly well-developed and the local staff were incredibly helpful. This experience has made me realize how much of the world there is to see and has made me want to go abroad again ... - Carleton College View Entire Review

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Examine economic and social development in the cultural context of Vietnam, one of Asia's most dynamic and rapidly changing countries.

Observe international and local NGOs such as Oxfam and Vietnam Union for Science and Technology Association (VUSTA), an umbrella organization for research and professional associations. Experience Indigenous music, arts, dress, and traditions. Visit the capital city of Hanoi, the cradle of Vietnamese civilization. Explore Hue, Vietnam’s last imperial city and home to the Forbidden Citadel and its tombs. Trek to the Phong Nha cave system and see the oldest karst mountains of Asia, formed 400 million years ago. Experience the unique landscape of Ha Long Bay, where more than 1,600 islands of different sizes are clustered around this UNESCO World Heritage site. Live with a Vietnamese host family in Ho Chi Minh City, the program’s base, and assist in a community-led service project.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Vietnamese
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: 1) Once your scholarship application is started, you will be asked to provide SIT with the name and email address of a financial aid counselor at your home institution, or the general email address of your financial aid office. This is very important as it allows SIT to consider any financial aid that may be available from your home institution when reviewing your scholarship application. 2) Add SIT’s school code (008860) to your FAFSA form. 3) Your scholarship application is complete and ready for review when SIT has your FAFSA and the financial aid information from your home institution. Confirm receipt of all required financial aid information with the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Office (studyabroad.scholarships@sit.edu or 802.258.3503). 4) If you do not receive an award decision notification from SIT before the billing due date, please know that your scholarship application was not complete.

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