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  • Locations: Dong Ha, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; Hue, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Fact Sheet:
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Affiliated Department: CHID Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
UW Credits: 12 Estimated Program Fee: 4600
UW Program Director: Christoph Giebel UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey
UW Program Staff Email:
Program Information:

Location Hue, Viet Nam
Academic Term Summer A-Term
06/18/2019 - 07/24/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,400
Credits 12
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Christoph Giebel |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2019
Extended Application Deadline March 3, 2019
Information Sessions January 22, 4:30 in PDL C101
General The eighth iteration of a very highly rated, 5+-week program, combining academic learning about Viet Nam with cultural excursions and a "service" component in partnership with the NGO PeaceTrees, focused on UXO-alleviation and sustainability in vulnerable communities.

Program Description

In the summer of 2019, 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 wars–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 Viet Nam, 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 playing 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 eight 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.





Hue, Viet Nam





Prerequisites and Language Requirements

None. Some moderate physical labor required during engaged community learning portion of program. Rest breaks and proper hydration in the hot and humid summer climate are essential.


12 UW Quarter Credits


CHID 470: Understanding Contemporary Viet Nam (2 credits) I&S

Much coursework for this class will take place during Spring '19, 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 include:
See above; attendance and active participation in building a learning community and good group cohesion is mandatory.

HSTAS 265 / JSIS A 265: The Viet Nam Wars (5 credits) I&S, Diversity

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 include:
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: S.E. Asia Study Abroad: Engaged Community Learning (5 credits) I&S, Diversity

Students will work with PeaceTrees Viet Nam 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 include:
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.




Christoph Giebel
Assoc. Prof., JSIS / History


Graduate Student TA (TBD)




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,400

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $350 CHID Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,000 - $1,300 for trans-Pacific flights, depending on airline and route. All domestic travel is already covered in program fee. After-program travel from Hue to departure airport is not included and will vary by individual.)
  • Food (Food is much cheaper than in the USA. Breakfasts are served in the hotel. About a third of lunches and dinners are already covered by program fees. For the remainder, plan $1.50 - $5 per meal. Overall, program participation may save money compared to usual living expenses in the USA.)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Additional Info

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