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  • Locations: Da Nang, Vietnam; 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
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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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.

Prerequisite: GBL 148. 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.

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.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.

Tentative Itinerary

  • 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.

Eligibility & Application Deadlines

The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.

See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. 

  • February 28, 2017:  All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
  • March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 
  • 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline.  All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 
  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins.  The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins.  Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28). 
  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins.  New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
  • September 4, 2017:  Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs.  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
  • September 14, 2017:  Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs.  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.

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.

Pre-departure Course: GBL 148

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure 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 pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

Course Description

To prepare for our course in Vietnam, we need to learn more about the country. Unless we increase our understanding of the people, history, culture, religion, government, economy, and business of Vietnam, we will squander the Winter Term opportunity and waste our investment. It is just as important to learn more about each other. As we shall see, Vietnam will be a fundamentally different environment for us. In order to adapt successfully, we need to learn how to work together and develop trust between us.

Course Goals

1. Learn more about each other.
2. Learn more about Vietnam; specifically its people, history, culture, religion, government, economy, and business.
3. Learn more about the specific places we will be visiting: Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Preparation for the fall semester course will involve reading a book and selected articles as well as viewing documentary videos during the summer.

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 pre-departure 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 date, time, and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will take place on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m., dates and location to be announced.

Cancellation Policy

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

Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
  • September 4 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • September 15 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
  • October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
  • October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
  • Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at or 336.278.5300.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.


Costs for study abroad 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.

Additional Links

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!

For More Information 

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

Program Leader 2: Ifeoma Udeh
Assistant Professor of Accounting
2075 Campus Box, Koury Business Center 207A

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

WT17 Vietnam 2

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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/03/2018 01/22/2018
  • March 6: Priority period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, March 16: Priority deadline.
  • March 28: Decision date; Change period begins.
  • March 30: Rolling period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, Aug. 31: Study Abroad final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 14: Study USA final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here.

    ** 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.

    Indicates that deadline has passed

    This program is currently not accepting applications.