SIT Study Abroad programs are small, theme-based, and utilize an experiential, interdisciplinary curriculum. Classroom instruction and field study are incorporated into each course. Program components form a logical progression whereby students advance from a structured learning environment to a more independent one. The semester culminates in the completion of the Independent Study Project (ISP) during the final month of the program.
Students in the Culture, Social Change, and Development program examine current trends in Vietnam firsthand. Through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and complementary educational excursions led by academic and community experts, students learn about Vietnam's history, social characteristics, and recent economic development trends. Intensive language study, learning activities with Vietnamese peers, and a meaningful homestay further facilitate deep cultural immersion and cross-cultural learning. During the program's educational excursion in the Mekong Delta, students engage in a community volunteering project, an integral part of the program.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
- View information on course offerings for the Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development program.
- Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
Fall Semester: Early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: Early February to Late May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad 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.
SIT offers need-based scholarships to students studying on SIT programs, including a Pell Grant Match Program. Students apply for scholarships at the time of application to SIT.
Host families provide a safe and welcoming environment, allowing students to experience the different facets of Vietnamese home life firsthand. Many students consider the homestay experience to be one of the most meaningful parts of the program.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by SIT Study Abroad.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the semester programs.
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Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who 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 SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2020||09/12/2019 **||Rolling Admission||02/01/2020||05/15/2020|
|Fall||2020||02/13/2020 **||Rolling Admission||09/01/2020||12/14/2020|
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.
Early Action Period: October 8 to 11:59 p.m., November 14. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 3 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.
Revision Period begins December 3. Students that applied Early Action and are assigned the status "revise and resubmit" or are waitlisted may revise and resubmit their application, submit a change form in Global Commons 360 to switch into an open program, or defer their application to the spring term.
Rolling Period: December 6 to 11:59 p.m., February 13. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by March.
The deposit refund deadline has been EXTENDED to June 1. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.
|Spring||2021||09/10/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.
Early Action Period: Apr. 7 to May 7. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 26 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.
Rolling Period: May 26 to Sept. 10. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by Sept. 10 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.
Applications lock on deadline day after 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants must click “submit” in their application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time to meet the deadline.
All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit refund deadline, Nov. 5. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.
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