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  • Locations: Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Winter School
  • Restrictions: Only Study Overseas applicants may apply through GLAS
  • Budget Sheets: Winter School
  • Please read the Program Description for how to apply.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Tour Number of Units' Credit: 03
Academic Level: Undergraduate Study Tours: Governing Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of the Professions (Business and Economics), Faculty of the Professions (ECIC), Faculty of the Professions (Education)
Funded Places Available: Yes - Short program
Program Description:

IDP in Vietnam 2019
Applications have closed for this program. The details listed below are for information only and may be subject to change in 2020. Applications for the Winter School 2020 intake of this program are expected to open in March 2020. 

Available to all University of Adelaide students. Students of the Bachelor of International Development are particularly encouraged to partake in the Study Tour.

This course offers students an opportunity to develop methodological and practical skills in the context of a 17 days study tour to Vietnam - one of the most interesting case study countries for scholars of international development in Southeast Asia. During the course, students will gain an enhanced understanding of Vietnam's aid architecture and the specific contextual challenges of development there. The study tour is built around a series of case studies, in which students meet development professionals from a range of government and non-government organisations, and visit organisations managing real development projects. Students will apply their theoretical knowledge to evaluate these case study projects with relation to core development priorities and best practice methods.
This program is run collaboratively between the University of Adelaide and Scope Global, an Adelaide-based project management company that specialises in International Development across the Asia-Pacific.

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This program in Vietnam begins on Monday 8 July and ends on Wednesday 24 July.
NOTE: Before applying for this program please note the following critical dates. 

Pre-departure sessions
Once selected for this program students will need to enroll in DEVT 3004EX Vietnam Study Tour and are required to attend the compulsory pre-tour workshop/seminar on Wednesday 12 June (10am-4pm in Barr Smith 2052) and the post-tour seminar on Friday 2 August (1pm-3pm in Napier LG23). Attendance at these seminars is a compulsory requirement for being accepted into the Study Tour and for being able to pass DEVT3004EX.

Students will be in twin share accommodation during the Study Tour. If students want a single room they must advise this by Sunday 16 June. The possibility of an own room is subject to availability. The extra cost will be advised upon request. 
If there are students would like to room with please advise by Sunday 16 June, otherwise you will be paired with someone of the same sex at random. There will be no prevision to change roommates once the tour has commenced.

Travel Dates
Students will be responsible for booking their own flights into Hanoi. Students are to arrive on Sunday 7 July for start of program on Monday 8 July morning and depart from Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday 25 July. Students will need to arrange their own entry visa for Vietnam.

Information Session

 An information session will be run on Tuesday 02 April from 12pm-1pm. This session will be held in Engineering South, S112


Total estimated program cost is AU$3,200-3,400.

Please note: the price might fluctuate up by 10% depending on meeting the required student numbers of at least 26 students.

This estimated program cost will include internal airfare (Hanoi to Hue, and Hue to Ho Chi Minh City), ground transport, all accommodation (3 star hotels, twin share), all tours and entry to all cultural sites, a local guide/interpreter, 4 hours of language classes, a contribution to the work of the development organisations included on the tour, and some meals. Follow the link for the program fee cost breakdown.

Please note that University of Adelaide tuition costs apply for the enrolled course DEVT 3004 - Vietnam Study Tour.

Financial Assistance:

Thanks to the New Colombo Plan, eligible domestic students may receive up to AU$3,000 to subsidise this program. Please visit the Study Overseas website for New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Eligibility requirements.
Eligible students may access up to AU$8,149 of funding from an OS-HELP loan.

Comprehensive Travel insurance is provided free of charge by the University of Adelaide for students receiving credit for this study tour.

Course Content

Lecture topics:

  • Vietnamese History, Culture and Politics
  • Community forestry and sustainable livelihoods
  • Community-based Development and Tourism
  • Mass Tourism as a Path to Development - Pros and Cons
  • Urban development
  • Gender and Development
  • Climate change and development: the Mekong river delta

Examples of site visits:
  • Students will visit a range of government and non-government organisations that work in various parts of the development sector in Vietnam. Some will be large, international organisations, others are smaller, community-led groups.
  • Students will also visit relevant cultural sites which will aid in their understanding of the underlying social, cultural, historical and political conditions that have contributed to the development context in contemporary Vietnam.
  • Students will visit Hal Long Bay, UNESCO World heritage site; and local Vietnamese communities.

NOTE: Students are advised that a reasonable level of fitness is required as we will be walking through the country side when we visit local sites. We will travel by boat on a few occasions, and there is much bus and plane travel. Students need to declare in their applications any pre-existing medical conditions and/or allergies. A health management plan may be required for your health and well-being. This information will be private and confidential and will not impact on your consideration into this program.

Academic Credit

If students pass all the assessment and attendance requirements, they will receive 3 units of credit for DEVT 3004EX Vietnam Study Tour.

Eligibility and Selection

This program is available to all University of Adelaide students, regardless of their Faculty. Students must have:
  • Completed at least one semester at the University
  • Space for 3 units of credit in their study plan

For an application to be considered, students must:
  • Fully complete their Global Learning Application System (GLAS) application online by answering all questions.

Students will be assessed on their:
  • GPA and understanding of development issues (relevant degree)
  • Interpersonal and cross cultural skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a foreign environment
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team setting

If selected, students must attend compulsory pre-departure and post-study tour seminars, and any other lectures prior to the departure as outlined by the academic in charge (Dr Thomas Wanner; Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts).

Applications and Deadlines
  • Check your eligibility for this program against the criteria above.
  • Make your application by clicking 'Apply Now' above, on or before the deadline.
  • Deadline for application submission: Sunday 12 May, 2019.
Applications have closed for this program. The details listed below are for information only and may be subject to change in 2020. Applications for the Winter School 2020 intake of this program are expected to open in March 2020. 

Further Information

For information about the logistics of Vietnam study tour, such as accommodation, travel and so on, please contact Kelly Payne from Scope Global.

For information about DEVT 3004EX Vietnam Study tour and the academic content including assessments, please contact Dr Thomas Wanner.

For information about applications, finance and administration, please contact Study Overseas.
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Please read the Program Description for how to apply.