Study Food and Sustainability Abroad in Vietnam this Summer​

The Critical Studies on Food Systems and Sustainability program in Vietnam makes extensive use of the whole country as a site.  Vietnam is an extraordinary country, filled with a remarkable history and culture, and a visual feast for the eyes.  Students 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. Students 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. All site visits are in support of the courses and include encouragement to practice Vietnamese conversation. The program is designed, promoted and managed by Gustolab International: Food Systems and Sustainability.

Learn more about the 2020 summer program​


4-week Full Immersion Program.


June 28  – July 24, 2020  


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.


  • 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)

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


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.

2020: $5100.00.


Professor Le Hung Anh. See bio ›


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Student testimonials

“Thank you Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability. You were nothing but patient with us and delivered a “deeper” learning experience. It was tasty too!” Student from Hobart and William Smith Colleges “Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability was a very interesting experience supported by a helpful and patient staff, with a lot of savoir-faire.” Student from Negocia Chamber of Commerce Previous Next


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