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Vietnam Encounters

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study abroad in Vietnam this summer to experience the rich history and culture through a program made up of walking lectures, an independent travel documentary project, and international collaborations with Vietnamese students in Hue.

Hue is a city in central Vietnam that provides world-famous cultural, historical, and natural landmarks to provide the basis for study. From the airport to your hotel in Hue and in between, many people speak English so getting around without Vietnamese is not difficult. English is the second language of choice, required for most government workers and absolutely essential for tourism industry people.​ 

This program is led by Professor David Biggs of UC Riverside, whose focus is the Vietnam War's environmental legacy. He has led this program several times for UC Riverside students.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study


Most students participate in the Beginner Class - a class aimed solely at teaching students some useful phrases to try out on their own, around town. Students with some speaking ability are organized into a separate course designed to give them more practice with literate Vietnamese (extended vocabulary, basics of Vietnamese writing and reading).  Students with more advanced language can use this instructional time in one-on-one tutorials to examine an area of interest such as literature.​​


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Summer :  
late June to late July










Students stay in single rooms equipped with air-conditioning and wi-fi located two blocks from the Hue Imperial Palace.

Extracurricular Activities

The program includes many field trips that may include the Hue Imperial Palace, Royal Tombs, Phu Cam Cathedra, Hindu Temples as My Son, Bach Ma National Park, and the worlds largest cave - Hong Nha Cave. Field trips are included in the program fees.

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world.

This program is led by a UC faculty member who provides local support.  Hue University's Learning Resource Center provides on site support to students.

Course Opportunities

​All UCEAP students participate in two upper-division courses.


Encountering Vietnam (5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units) allows students to experience things most students only read about. The "lectures" in this course are not sit-down lectures. Instead, each lecture involves some preparatory reading, a trip to a place, meetings with people there, and discussion. Unlike campus-based history survey classes, this course is organized around a series of trips to world-famous cultural, historical and natural landmarks. On the afternoon before each trip, students receive an info packet with a mix of popular and scholarly readings or copies of primary historic materials (usually about 30 pages) to prepare for the next day's trip. The next day, usually in the morning, we head out! Some trips are multi-day trips and involve travel to several sites.​ This course also includes the language component. This course has an interdisciplinary focus and is offered under history, anthropology, and South and Southeast Asian studies.

Independent Special Study  (4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units) focuses on experiential learning and brings UC students together​ with local students to work together in creating a short travel documentary film. No prior film-making experience needed! The course uses basic software that comes with most PCs and Mac, has tutorials, and discusses the project weekly. The primary intellectual goal is for students to integrate methods of research, interviewing - oral history, storytelling, travel narrative - into an entertaining short film. The subject areas for this course will vary depending on the student's project.


9 quarter/6 semester units required; two courses; letter grade only.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

This program includes an independent study course. Additional internships, research, and independent study are not available for this program.

Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (passport, student visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Selected program excursions and activities
  • Books and other incidental expenses (laundry, cell phone, etc.)
  • Local transportation
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission. UCEAP.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: