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  • Locations: Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Quarter
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Program Information:

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Location Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, Ha Noi, and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Academic Term Summer Quarter (Full Term) 2018
June 18 – August 17, 2018; Students will be abroad July 8- 29, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,700
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites TWRT 120-121 or TCORE 101 AND TWRT 200. Students must have earned a B or higher in these courses.
Program Directors Annie Nguyen and Abby Murray
Program Manager Courtney Kroll |
Priority Application Deadline

Extended Application Deadline
January 31, 2018
February 15, 2018 
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General Students will engage in readings from both American and Vietnamese writers, discussing Vietnam, its culture, history, and current events and will be able to visit many of the sites referenced in these texts. Through site visits, students will have the unique opportunity of seeing firsthand how American intervention impacted Vietnam and will learn of growth and change in Vietnam by living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest, most metropolitan city.
Visas Travel visas of up to 60 days are available for US citizens. Students who are not US citizens should contact the Vietnamese consulate for more information and should contact

Program Description

This program will immerse students in the land and culture of Vietnam, a country with significant historic ties to the US. Students will engage in readings from both American and Vietnamese writers, discussing Vietnam, its culture, history, and current events and be able to visit many of the sites referenced in these texts. Students will be spending most of their time in Ho Chi Mihn City where guest writers and poets will be invited to work with them on site. Students will also engage in excursions from the city. Students will have the unique opportunity of seeing firsthand how American intervention impacted Vietnam, through visits to the nearby Cu Chi tunnels, Ha Long Bay, which was bombed more than any site in Vietnam, and other sites of historic significance. They will also learn of growth and change in Vietnam by living in Vietnam’s largest, most metropolitan city and visiting the country’s capitol, which also houses the country’s ethnographic museum.

Under the Creative Nonfiction course, students will examine critical texts on creating nonfiction and literature of place. Students will engage in writing travel narratives, personal discovery memoir, and reviews of experiences in country. They will also create a reflection of what studying abroad offers and how it has impacted them.

Under the Poetry course, students will read, discuss and create poems that demonstrate an understanding of poetic technique as well as a writer’s role as witness. Students will experiment with poetic form while examining their identities as citizens of a country at war, looking closely at the impact of conflict in American and Vietnamese culture.

Under the Literary Publishing and Editing course, students will collaborate to produce several online publications of their polished creative works. Students will read and discuss contemporary literary publications and apply learned techniques to generate their own published work, which will showcase their experiences abroad as students and artists.





Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, Ha Noi, and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam


Students will share Airbnbs. in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, an area that is rife with museums, cafes, markets, and more and will have the opportunity to engage with local residents through schools and community centers nearby.

Field Trips

Students will visit Cu Chi tunnels, Ha Long Bay, which was bombed more than any site in Vietnam, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and other sites of historic significance.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Successful completion of TWRT 120-121 OR of TCORE 101 with a B or higher. Preference: Successful completion of TWRT 200 with a B or higher.


15 UW Credits


TWRT 287: Creative Nonfiction - 5 credits

Students in TWRT 287 will first develop an understanding of creative nonfiction and its many forms by analyzing texts in this genre. Texts will center on the experiences of travel and of being “other,” and will focus on Southeast Asia and Vietnam. Students will then engage in a writers’ workshop, developing 4 different essays/articles that will review and reflect on their personal experiences and discoveries while traveling to and in Vietnam. For inspiration, students will participate in excursions and field experiences that will expose them to various facets of life in Vietnam and journal on these experiences. Students will receive feedback from instructor and peers and develop a final portfolio of work.

Learning goals include:
TWRT 287 Builds narrative and descriptive skills in several genres of creative nonfiction, including the personal essay, feature articles for general trade magazines, or the literary essay. Includes reading of models and writers' workshops to provide feedback on drafts. Students will be assessed by the production of a final portfolio of work that has been workshopped and revised.

TWRT 270: Poetry Writing - 5 credits

Students in TWRT 270 are introduced to the craft and process of poetry writing from initial draft to advanced revision. Texts and lectures explore current writing styles and poetic forms, as well as the relationship between poetry, identity and the writing of witness, particularly as it applies to the lasting impact of the Vietnam War. Students discuss poetic craft, assigned writings, and share work with other class members in a workshop setting. The course culminates in a polished collection ready for publication, including 10-15 poems that demonstrate an understanding and practical application of discussed terms and techniques.

Learning goals include:
Students thoroughly read, analyze and discuss traditional and contemporary poems while making respectful inquiries about literature and its cultural significance that demonstrate a sense of maturity and intellectual curiosity. Students identify principles and techniques applied in assigned readings and write original works that experiment with these concepts. Students workshop the poetry of their peers, considering carefully the practice of delivering constructive criticism and receiving commentary on their own work.


TWRT 365: Literary Editing & Publishing - 5 credits

Students in TWRT 365 will explore practices of literary editing and publishing in the context of contemporary small press publications. Readings examine history, aesthetics, funding, promotion, layout, and other issues faced by literary journals in print and in emerging online media. Student assignments reflect practices of literary editors and require collaborative work in a creative setting. This course is graded credit / no credit only.

Learning goals include:
Students cultivate a comprehension of contemporary literary publications and competence in creating their own (from conceptualization to execution). Students also demonstrate proficiency in evaluating literary work and making editorial decisions about publication, including revision and presentation. This course requires students to develop confidence in editing and effective communication with collaborating peers.



Annie Nguyen

As a writing professor for more than 10 years, I've had the pleasure of working with students from diverse backgrounds and with varying skill levels in composition and creative writing. I have enjoyed helping them find their voices and following their growth.

My work tends to focus on the needs of first year writing students. The transition to college writing can be challenging for many students, who may also be facing challenges adjusting to college life in general. I try to help students not only excel in the writing classroom, but also in their college careers. Recognizing the importance of students' lives beyond the classroom, I helped pioneer the Accelerated Learning Project, a national model that addresses the needs of developmental writing students using a concurrent (rather than sequential) order of classes.

I also have a profound interest in global education, with a research focus on Asian culture and literature. For three years, I oversaw a Global Studies initiative to help faculty develop courses for study abroad and to recruit students. I have led 120 students on study abroad programs across Europe and Asia and was awarded a NEH Bridging Cultures grant to infuse Asian studies into the general curriculum. My course design work includes a spiritual autobiography course and a writing course that focused on Eastern and Western philosophies to develop a response to, "What is happiness?"

In addition to my work in higher education, I have also worked as a grant writer and program manager for several high-impact local, national, and international nonprofit organizations for the last 17 years. I have managed volunteers and staff members, coordinated fundraisers and special events, and facilitated the grants process from cultivation to project reporting and renewal. Through various leadership roles, I have forged partnerships with other national and local organizations and cultivated sustaining private and government sources of funding.

Abby Murray 

My top priority in teaching writing is community accessibility beyond the college classroom; I am driven by the impact poetry has (and can have) in off-campus communities, particularly the underserved and underrepresented. My research is primarily in war literature and the poetry of soldiers and veterans, as well as the neuroaesthetic brain functions that compel poets to engage with literature the way they do. I also study mid-twentieth century German poetry, and for the past three years have been poetry editor for Harpur Palate and director of the Binghamton Poetry Project. My poetry, largely narrative, looks honestly at military life in America and what it means to be a citizen of a nation at war. Interdisciplinary arts are incredibly important to me; I am a violinist and teach Suzuki method violin lessons for children, and I enjoy learning veterinary science.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,700

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Some in-country meals 
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1200)
  • Food (about $15/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

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.
  • For UW Tacoma students, 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 UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid
  • For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling 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 the Office of Financial Aid
  • 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 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.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  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.
  • UW Tacoma students should consult the Study Abroad Scholarships website to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Student Fellowships can also help you learn about additional opportunities. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students should consult the 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. Here 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.
  • UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students can attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website. Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • 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 attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus. 

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


The $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form 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 signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.