May 11-June 3, 2012

Led by Dr. John Dirkx and another faculty leader TBD. Trip specific questions should be directed to the trip leader at  

The central focus of this study tour is the educational system of Vietnam. Vietnam is a beautiful country with a rich cultural tradition, stretching over centuries and reflecting its dynamic and complicated history.  The population consists of 54 different ethnic groups spread across different regions of the country. Over a three-week period, we will visit selected institutions within the North, the Central Highlands, and the Mekong Delta in the South . 

The purpose of this study tour is to provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about the educational structures and processes of education in Vietnam, the cultural, economic, and political contexts in which these structures and processes are embedded, the efforts at educational reform that characterize the current educational landscape in the country, and how these efforts relate to internal social and economic development, as well as international influences arising from globalization. 
Our focus will include institutions representing primary, lower secondary and upper secondary education, as well as community colleges, universities, and vocational centers. We will be visiting with administrators, teachers, and students, as well as observing selected classrooms across these various sectors. Participants will also have an opportunity to share with our host institutions perspectives on education within the United States or other countries represented on the tour. We will also use food and cultural icons and sites as means to deepen our understanding of the history and culture of the country. 

 Our major host cities will include Hanoi in the North; Hue in the Central: and Can Tho, and Ho Chi Minh City in the Mekong Delta. Participants will stay in two and three star hotels within these respective cities. 

The study tour experience will include three pre-departure meetings that are intended to prepare us for our educational, social, and cultural experiences in Vietnam, and one post-return meeting to debrief the experience.




2011 Vietnam Photos