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Building for Peace in the Wake of War

Ha Noi, Hue, and Dong Ha, Viet Nam

Term Offered: 
Minh Mang Tomb near Hue, Viet Nam
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
June 13, 2012 to July 18, 2012
Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2012

In the summer of 2012, the Comparative History of Ideas program will sponsor a study abroad program led by Christoph Giebel (UW, Int'l. Studies/History) to explore the legacy of war and ongoing rebuilding efforts in Viet Nam. In partnership with PeaceTrees Vietnam, a Seattle-based organization working on land mine clearance and environmental/community restoration in Quang Tri Province, our group of 12-18 students will pursue historical studies in Ha Noi and Hue and participate in a community-building project with local people in Dong Ha, near the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Because the program moves often, hotels are the best option for lodging. We will continue using the same two-star hotels that we have used on previous programs.

  • CHID 498: Understanding Contemporary Viet Nam (2 credits)
  • HSTAS 265: The Viet Nam Wars (5 credits)
  • CHID 475: S.E. Asia Study Abroad: Engaged Community Learning (5 credits)

Note: We recommend that you check with your academic advisor to see how these courses can count toward your departmental requirements.

Total Program Fees: 

*Please note that this does not include UW Study Abroad (IPE) Fee ($275), airfare (approximately $1800), food (about $20/day), Study Abroad Insurance ($37/month), other health expenses/immunizations, and personal spending money.

Make sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal page for information on paying for your trip.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible programs are at least 8 weeks long. Because the CHID Viet Nam program is 5 weeks, you would need to arrange to do independent study in Viet Nam for three weeks after the end of the program in order to be eligible. Contact the CHID International office or Professor Giebel if you are interested in designing an independent study component.