ASCL Developing Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City (Fall Term +)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Program At a Glance

Terms Offered



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Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages


Students enrolled in Developing Vietnam will explore the vibrant and exciting field of Vietnamese Studies.  Our explorations of various aspects of Vietnamese society, culture and politics will be linked by a focus on the theme of development in contemporary Vietnam.  We will adopt an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates methods and insights from History, Environmental Studies, and Film and Literary Studies.

The format of Developing Vietnam is different from that of other Dartmouth study away programs.  Students admitted to this program will enroll in two courses: ASCL 70.22, a one-credit course offered in Hanover during the regular fall term (September-November); and ASCL 59.04, a one-credit, three-week intensive course that will take place in Vietnam during the December winter interim period.  Both courses will be counted as fall term courses.  Students must enroll in and successfully complete ASCL 70.22 in order to be eligible for ASCL 59.04. In addition to these 2 courses students should have a total of a 3 or 4 courses for the fall term, a 4 course term is reccommended. 

This innovative program is based on Dartmouth's partnership with Fulbright University Vietnam, a new liberal arts university in Ho Chi Minh City.  During the fall term, faculty at Dartmouth and Fulbright will each offer courses on Vietnamese Studies with similar learning goals and content.  During this time, students from the two universities will work in joint Dartmouth-Fulbright teams to design a research project related to one of the topics they are studying.  Then, during the December winterim period, the Dartmouth instructors and students will travel to Ho Chi Minh City for three weeks of intensive research collaboration and co-learning with their Fulbright counterparts.  During this time, the joint teams will conduct their field research and present their findings to their instructors and their peers.

For more information please visit the program website.


Fall Term + Academics

Each Fall Term + Program (one course w/short off-campus program) will begin with 2 or more meetings of the course during the fall term in Hanover and be substantially delivered as a short off-campus program of approximately three weeks in length in the late-November to mid-December timeframe.  Each Fall Term + off-campus program will qualify for one Dartmouth course credit and it is expected that a Fall Term + Program course will serve as a student's fourth course for the fall term. 

Your D-plan for the fall term will indicate R since you will need to be in residence for the fall term to be eligible for the Fall Term + Program. It is not possible, at this time, to combine the Fall Term + program with an off-campus program in the fall term.  Students enrolled in a Fall Term + Program course are subject to the same withdrawal policies associated with any fall term course.  



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ASCL | 59 | 04:
Intensive Foreign Study in Vietnam

Please note, participating students will need to take ASCL | 70 | 22: Developing Vietnam: History, Environment and Culture in the fall term that immediately precedes this program as ASCL 59.04 is a direct continuation of the coursework done in ASCL 70.22.


To be eligible for participation students must have taken at least one ASCL course (or a non-ASCL course with significant Asian Studies content) prior to the start of the program, in addition to ASCL 70.22.


Students will live in shared, self-catered apartments/flats equipped with kitchen facilities for preparing meals. Students should expect to share a bedroom and bathroom with other students. All students committed to this program will complete a housing preference form for shared housing and roommate placements. The housing community is approximately a ten-minute walk to campus and includes Fulbright undergraduate students which will provide additional opportunities for the Dartmouth and Fulbright students to interact with each other. 

The program will incorporate multiple-day excursions which may include the Cần Giờ mangrove bioreserve, a walking tour of the Phú Mỹ Hưng New Urban Area (the privately developed neighborhood in which Fulbright's campus is located).  In addition, we anticipate offering a weekend trip to the Mekong Delta province of Bến Tre.  Students will already be familiar with the environmental histories of these places from their work in the earlier course.


Fall Term+ Tuition & Fees

Please note that the tuition and fees you pay to the college for the fall term will include the Fall Term+ course associated with this off-campus program.  There will be additional room and board costs billed to your student account associated with the off-campus program.  These fees, in addition to any estimated out of pocket expenses will be eligible for financial aid for those students who qualify.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term.

All costs, including airfare and spending money, are considered when determining the cost of an off-campus program. Any costs more than a typical term in Hanover are met with additional Dartmouth Scholarship Funds.  If you have a work expectation for the term, this will be replaced by scholarship funding for programs that span the entire term. We do not replace work expectations for our Fall Term + (GSA) programs as students are in Hanover for the 10 week term and remain eligible to work.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane tickets and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how-- a visit to the Financial Aid Office is often advisable.  For more information please also review the study abroad section of the financial aid website.

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