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January HD 495 in Vietnam

January Term in Vietnam: Experiential Learning at Duc Son Orphanage

Program Highlights:

CSUSM students will join Professor Elizabeth Bigham to engage in a short-term fieldwork experience in Hue, Vietnam.  This service learning will enable students to engage with the community through public health education, educational assistance, and special community projects.

We anticipate including a few local cultural activities to students in addition to service learning and course work.  Some activities range from trips to Hue's beautiful beaches to historic pagodas, tombs or citadels.  As a UNESCO World Heritage site, there is much to see and do in this meaningful city.

Academic Calendar:

December 31, 2013 - January 20, 2014

Academic Focus:

HD 495: Human Development students will earn 3 units credit for HD 495: Field Experience, logging 90 hours of service learning throughout visits in the region, primarily at the Duc Son Orphanage in Hue.

Primary Faculty Contact:  Professor Elizabeth Bigham, 

Language of Instruction: English


Upper-division standing in Human Development.  Please see faculty contact for meeting additional course prerequisites.


All program participants will be placed in shared rooms at local hotels.  Depending on hotel type, breakfasts may be included.  Additional meals can be made at the orphanage's restaurant or in the surrounding city.  Volunteers will have all of their basic needs met including comfortable beds, indoor plumbing, and showers.  It is important to note that living conditions might be very basic in comparison to American standards, but will always place emphasis on safety, cleanliness, and a friendly environment.  


$2,100 + $882 Extended Learning Fees

All fees include HD 495 Field Experience, shared accommodation and partial meals, medical insurance, and visa fees.  Airfare and personal expenditures are NOT included in the program cost.

We estimate these additional costs as follows:

  • Airfare:  $1,400
  • Meals & Personal Expenses:  $300-$500    

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We may also be able to arrange a group flight through a local travel agent.  Please stay tuned for details.  Please be sure to read the fine print concerning change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, etc. before booking.  Whenever possible, book directly with an airline. 

To Apply:

Fill out the application below and return to Global Education, Craven 3200 with your $300 non-refundable deposit no later than Monday, October 21.  Only cash or checks made payable to CSUSM will be accepted.  Space is first come, first served.
Final payment of $1,800 is due no later than Thursday, November 21 to the Office of Global Education.  Only checks made payable to CSUSM will be accepted.

Attend the pre-departure orientation held by your faculty to get acclimated to program goals and features.

Vietnam January Term Application:

  • January Term in Vietnam Application
  • Medical Disclosure
  • Air Travel & Hold Harmless Statement
  • Personal Conduct Agreement
  • Vietnam Student Contract

Attend an info session: 

Thursday, September 26, 12-1 in University Hall 100