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  • Locations: Dong Ha, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; Hue, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Ha Noi, Hue, Hoi An, and Dong Ha, Viet Nam
Summer A 2017
June 14 – July 19, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee NEW : FEE REDUCTION! $3,900 (including $350 CHID fee)
 Credits 12 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Christoph Giebel
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Tue 1/17 at 4:30, Padelford C101
Thurs 2/9 at 4:30, Padelford C101
Mon 2/13 at 5:00, Thompson 317
  General A repeat program with a long history of very high student evaluations that combines academic study, cultural immersion, and service learning. Focus is on understanding challenges to central Vietnamese communities posed by lingering legacies of war.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

In the summer of 2017, the Comparative History of Ideas program once again will sponsor a well-established study abroad program led by Christoph Giebel (UW, Int'l. Studies/History) to explore the legacy of war and ongoing rebuilding efforts in Viet Nam. More than 40 years after the end of the war, areas of central Viet Nam, where much of the fiercest fighting occurred, still must deal with the war’s after-effects. Environmental, community health, and socio-economic challenges stubbornly remain and defy quick solutions. Students will learn how war—so easily started—will have grave impacts for generations even after their formal end.

Our group of 16-18 students will first pursue cultural-historical studies in dynamic Ha Noi and serene Hue to firmly contextualize and historicize what is commonly called the “Viet Nam War.” In partnership with PeaceTrees Vietnam, a Seattle-based NGO working on land mine clearance and sustainable environmental/community restoration in Quang Tri Province, we will then engage with, and learn from, lowland and remote upland communities near the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and participate in rebuilding and reforestation projects. We will be visiting former battlefields such as Khe Sanh and there gain hands-on experience in how areas cleared of explosives at long last enable sustainable agricultural projects and safe play and learning environments for children.

Besides these activities and learning goals, pursued in one of the most stunningly beautiful areas of Viet Nam, we will also critically examine concepts of “helping” and “service learning,” their ethics and pitfalls, and contemplate our position in a world defined by stark inequality in power and resources.

Professor Giebel has directed seven Comparative History of Ideas programs in Viet Nam, all of which have received uniformly enthusiastic student evaluations. Ability to speak Vietnamese is not required, and students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply.


Ha Noi, Hue, Hoi An, and Dong Ha, Viet Nam


Because the program moves often, hotels are the best option for lodging. We will continue using the same three-star hotels that we have used on previous programs. Three-star hotels with security guards, lockable rooms and alarm systems.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

As mentioned above, the program is well suited to the needs of Asian History and International Studies majors, but also appealing to students interested in the Comparative History of Ideas, Social Work, Public Health, Environmental Studies, Human Rights, and post-war development. Students from all areas of study have participated successfully in this program. Among these students tend to be a significant number of 1.5 to second generation Vietnamese-Americans, for whom the program can help strengthen existing ties between Seattle and Viet Nam.


12 UW credits


CHID 470 (2 credits)

Much coursework for this class will take place during Spring '17, but the credits will apply towards the summer quarter. Participants will build background knowledge on Vietnamese traditions, culture and society, as well as on post-war legacies, the rebuilding work still needed, and current trends in Viet Nam. We will critically examine the ethics and pitfalls of overseas service. Students will develop their own Community Engagement Project to complete during the summer program.

Learning Goals: 

See above; attendance and active participation in building a learning community and good group cohesion is mandatory.

HSTAS 265 (5 credits)

Recent Vietnamese history and struggles for independence and national unification vis-a-vis French colonialism, Japanese occupation, American intervention, and internal divisions. Covers historical roots and contemporary contexts of revolution and war, objectives and motivations of participants, and the enormous human costs. Emphasizes socio-cultural changes and wars' legacies.

Learning Goals: 

Thorough understanding of causes, strategies, and framing of conflict through engagement with multiple perspectives of conflict parties. International and historical contexts of wars. Critical skills and historical thinking emphasized. Assessment through exams, assignments, class discussions, final written project.

CHID 475 (5 credits)

Students will work with Peace Trees Vietnam and residents of Quang Tri Province on designing and implementing a community development project, most likely involving the building of a playground for local kids and/or a tree planting project. For more information about Peace Trees Vietnam, see

Learning Goals: 

Lasting environmental, economic, social consequences of war in specific local communities. Challenges of addressing and alleviating these in sustainable ways. Strategies of implementation and challenges faced by NGO. Highly experiential, hands-on course requiring mandatory attendance and active participation, engagement & reflection.

Program Directors & Staff

Christoph Giebel, Department of International Studies, Program Director

PhD in Vietnamese History, 30+ years of experience in Viet Nam

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,900

Estimated Program Fee of $3,900, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $10/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,300 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
CHID Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,550 July 7, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Please see the CHID website for information on the CHID Fee withdrawal policy: