Vietnam, a republic made famous, or perhaps infamous, by the Vietnam War, is much more than a country ravaged by combat. Making up the eastern and southern part of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia, the beautifully varied terrain of Vietnam may evoke images of bluish-green waters, a lush countryside, and fascinating limestone islands… things not usually seen on the pages of a textbook.
Pioneers in technology, famous Vietnamese include Andre Troung, the inventor of the microcomputer, as well as graphic designer Bui Tuong Phong. Touches from the neighboring countries of China, Laos, and Cambodia also play a part in Vietnamese literature, art, music, and dress.
Local customs are largely influenced by the dominant religions of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. And with family and community at the center of its traditional ideology, Vietnamese culture is not lacking for richness and charm.
Loyola University Chicago's semester program in Vietnam is a unique opportunity for students to experience and learn about the social, cultural, political and economic dynamics currently shaping contemporary Vietnam. Students participating in this program will immerse themselves in Ho Chi Minh City through a service learning placement and have the opportunity to explore many other cities and landscapes in Vietnam and its neighboring country Cambodia through planned academic excursions.
View Vietnam Pre-Approved Course List
NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only
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Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alicia Peña
All students will reside in a Vietnamese student dormitory centrally located in District 10 of Ho Chi Minh City. Each room includes a private bathroom, a small refrigerator, desks and dressers. Rooms are air conditioned by wall units that typically run only when people are in the room. Reliable Wi-Fi is available throughout the dormitory. Facilities include a cafeteria, a fitness center and study rooms.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. The Program Fee will be assessed by and paid directly to Loyola University Chicago. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to apply for a Vietnamese student visa. Students will receive information from Loyola University Chicago with instructions and documents needed for the visa.
Loyola University Chicago organizes a variety of exciting field trips each semester at an additional cost. Trips focus on the cultural, historic, and political importance of the cities visited through tours and museums, among other activities. To see and read more about the program excursions, visit the Loyola Vietnam Center's Excursion page