Study abroad in Vietnam

Vietnam is an extraordinary country, filled with a remarkable history and culture, and a visual feast for the eyes. The summer Critical Studies on Food Systems and Sustainability program in Vietnam makes extensive use of the whole country as a site.  

During this program, you will encounter and visit more of the country and its features than most travelers.


We will study at museums, historic and religious sites, markets, restaurants, and farms, ethnic minority villages, local academic institutions, as part of regular site visits.


You will learn sufficient Vietnamese to travel independently and to converse on food-related topics.


We will interview experts in the Vietnamese food industry, from growers to chefs, as well as experts on the crisis of rice production, food security, food hygiene, and food quality.

  Three courses are available. They are:

  • Paddy Rice Production in Vietnam (3 credits)
  • Sustainable Farming in Vietnam, An Introduction to the VAC System (Gardens, Ponds, Domestic Livestock) (3 credits)
  • Vietnamese Language for Food and Culture Business (up to 3 credits)

All site visits are in support of the courses and include encouragement to practice Vietnamese conversation.


Students and professor visit a site in Vietnam

Program details


DURATION: 4-week full immersion program



WHEN: June – July, exact dates TBA



WHERE:  Multiple locations in Vietnam, including Bac Ha and Mai Chau in the north, Danang, Hoi An, and Hue in central Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong delta in the south.

CREDITS: Up to 9 credits, work with your home university study abroad office to assure full credit.



ELIGIBILITY: Students interested in Vietnamese culture, language, or business. Prior language study is not required. Professionals and graduate students in food or environment-related fields are encouraged to enquire.



PROGRAM SUPERVISOR: Professor Le Hung Anh. See bio ›


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