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  • Locations: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Hoi An, Vietnam; Hue, Vietnam; Mekong Delta, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Course Description



This course will take you to five different cities in the ancient and culturally-rich country of Vietnam. We will learn how Vietnam developed politically and economically after a long and difficult war. You will learn about Buddhism and its role in the religious life of Vietnamese people. We will also learn why multinational companies are currently building factories in Vietnam, manufacturing goods, and creating jobs in that country. Vietnam is rapidly becoming a tourist destination. With its beaches and new hotels, cities like Nah Trang are attracting visitors from all over the world. You will learn about the booming hospitality industry in Vietnam and why name brand hotel companies such as Sheraton, Hilton, and Novotel have built new hotels in this location.

Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Society or Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement. Counts toward Asian Studies minor.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 148

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting time, date and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Wednesdays from 05:30-07:10 PM. Location TBA.


Additional Course Information

Most Americans associate Vietnam with a war that was long, costly, divisive, and ultimately unsuccessful (for the U.S. at least). However, that war ended over 40 years ago – nearly two generations ago. Since then, Vietnam, one of five communist countries in the world today, has launched a new effort to become a “socialist-oriented market economy.” This course provides a first-hand look at that economy and the rich traditional culture in which it operates.

Students will spend three weeks in Vietnam, beginning in the north (Hanoi), traveling to the central part of the country (Da Nang and Hoi An), and ending in the south (Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon). Along the way, students will visit Buddhist temples, local universities, and a variety of businesses both small and large. They will walk the streets of vibrant cities – one, Hanoi, unlike anything in the U.S. and another, Ho Chi Minh City, with much in common with New York or Chicago or other large American cities. Each location will strike students with its unique character, pace, and rhythm. Students will sample native Vietnamese food, including spring rolls, pho (noodle soup), and the famous banh mi sandwich. In addition to sampling the food, students will take cooking classes to learn how to make their own native Vietnamese dishes. While in Vietnam, students will bargain with street vendors as they purchase authentic Vietnamese goods, whether to put them to use or to take them back to the U.S. as souvenirs. As they travel from the north to the south of Vietnam, they will see with their own eyes the beautiful and enchanting geography, from the evocative Halong Bay to the coasts of Da Nang to the jungle-like interior of the Mekong Delta.

As a result of the three weeks of visits and experience, students will learn about a culture, an economy, and a way of life different from their own – but fascinating and bursting with potential.

Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.


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Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 4 - January 26, 2019.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is Atlanta (ATL). 
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



  • Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, and local Business
  • Halong Bay
  • Danang and Hoi An – Local silk factory, NGO sponsored local organic farm
  • Saigon - War Remnants Museum, Opera house, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Ben Thanh Market, and large furniture factory.
  • Mekong Delta - Boat trip and overnight homestay

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


Program Leader 1: Todd Stonitsch
Assistant Professor of Finance
2075 Campus Box, Koury Business Center 252

Program Leader 2: Jongwan (John) Bae
Assistant Professor of Finance
Koury Business Center 251
2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

Elon's winter term study abroad program is one of the best opportunities I have taken advantage of as a student. I had never thought I would spend a month in Vietnam, but now can't wait to go back and visit. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I feel I have ever had, and with so many other countries to see and become immersed in I hope to go abroad again before I graduate.
     — Haley Burniston, Winter 2013
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/04/2018 01/22/2018
NOTE: See the Deadlines Webpage for Winter Term 2019 information.
Winter 2019 09/03/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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