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  • Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 02/22/2023
02/25/2023 06/26/2023 07/07/2023

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Marcus Lam Disciplines and Core Offered: Graduate, Leadership Studies, Leadership Studies (LEAD), School of Leadership and Education Sciences Graduate
Program Advisor: Lindsay Allen - Program Type: Graduate- SOLES
Program Description:
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Location Course Professor Program Dates Pre-Abroad Session
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam LEAD 579i: Vietnam: Impact Investing and Civil Society Dr. Marcus Lam & Dr. Louie Nguyen Class activities run June 26, 2023 - July 7, 2023. Classes will be offered each day and attendance at all sessions is mandatory, given the condensed schedule.   
There will be 2 pre-travel sessions and 1-2 post-travel sessions. 

Course Description

LEAD 579i: Vietnam: Impact Investing (3 units)

As the Rockefeller Foundation posits, impact investing exists at the intersection between philanthropy and traditional investing and defined as, “delivering a financial return while doing good.” In the U.S. alone, Rockefeller estimates that impact investing is a nearly $9 trillion dollar industry. Globally, capital markets represent nearly $300 trillion dollars and advocates believe that at a minimum, 1% of this total can be shifted to impact investment purposes (in comparison, in the U.S., philanthropic dollars account for $390 billion and government spending for $3.9 trillion)
Vietnam offers a unique opportunity to examine the role of civil society, restorative justice, and higher education in a changing communist regime. The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) has only recently allowed for the development of independent civil society organizations (Sabharwal & Huong, 2005; Norland, 2007). Indeed, the “opening” of Vietnam for both foreign investments, international aid, and globalization presents unique challenges for the CPV in maintaining authority and control over social service provision, education of future generations, and most importantly, political and civic discourse. At the same time, it also presents opportunities for international and domestic Vietnamese civil society organizations to build ties with international aid organizations; to establish innovative educational institutions that leverage foreign and domestic investments to train a new generation of Vietnamese policy entreprene FUV is the result of a unique partnership between the US and Vietnamese government and is the first of its kind in Vietnam to offer a NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) accredited Masters in Public Policy degree, along with executive programs in leadership and management. 

*Graduate students in the Knauss School of Business, Kroc School, and the College are eligible to enroll in this course. Please email the Global Center to be included in our communications. 

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (reduced tuition rate of $880 per unit) $2,640
Program expenses (based on double occupancy) $1,940
Global Study Fee $400
Total (based on double occupancy and airfare not included) $4,4980

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is at the reduced SOLES Global tuition rate of $880/unit.
  2. TRAVEL EXPENSES are estimated at $1,940. The program fee includes on-site logistical items such as lodging, classroom rentals, speakers, some group activities, meals and transportation to class activities. If you apply and are accepted to this program then withdraw, any costs incurred on your behalf will be charged to your student account.
  3. GLOBAL STUDY FEE is $400. A non-refundable charge of $150 will be placed on your student account for all withdrawals after March 1st. Any withdrawal on or after March 8th, the entire $400 will be placed on your student account.
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs are built into the program.  Housing is provided from June 26 (check in date) to July 7 (check out date). Additional housing charges may be assessed if students drop the class after hotel accommodations are made on their behalf. Accepted students will be provided with further information regarding the group hotel and will be asked their housing preferences.
  5. AIRFARE is not charged to your student account. Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate.
  6. WITHDRAWAL/REFUND POLICY.  If at any point after enrolling in the program you decide that you wish to cancel your participation, you must submit written notification to the Global Center <>. A simple email will suffice. Students are responsible for all non-recoverable costs incurred by USD. The information on the cancellation policy can be found here: SOLES Cancellation Policy-Global Study Summer 2023. 

The application window for the program is from February 1st at 12:00PM to February 15th at 11:59PM. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 22. Further information will be provided to accepted students.  If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Visa Information

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa. Contact Lindsay Allen, SOLES Global Center Coordinator for an introductory letter and proof of insurance if required. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page. Visit the Embassy of Vietnam website for the most current information.

 Additional Questions

Lindsay Allen
Assistant Director
SOLES Global Center
University of San Diego
Phone: (619)260-5901


To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)