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Program Description


Ho Chi Minh City Skyline

Singapore Skyline

With the move from a highly centralized economy to a more mixed, market-oriented economy since the mid-1980s, Vietnam has been on a rapid incline of economic growth, and continues that today as it integrates into the global economy. It is a leading agricultural exporter with export-oriented manufacturing and robust foreign direct investment. Learn about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in an emerging market economy in the economic heart of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. Experience the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s most populous city, including fascinating museums, delicious street food and elegant French colonial architecture. Learn about Vietnamese business and culture through company visits and cultural excursions both within and outside Ho Chi Minh City.
Singapore ranks among the preferred countries for finance and business for its strategic location, pro-business environment and stable political atmosphere. Despite its small size and few natural resources, Singapore is a powerful economic hub and international financial center, ranked by the World Bank as one of the easiest places to do business. Explore the Gardens by the Bay, ride the Singapore Flyer, or eat your way through Hawker Centre: there is plenty to see and do in this modern city!

Quick Facts

  • May 14 - May 24, 2020 - 5 nights in Vietnam and 5 nights in Singapore

  • Visit businesses in two very different locations to compare and contrast a developed economy and an emerging market

  • Enjoy cultural excursions in both Vietnam and Singapore to learn more about each location's unique culture

  • Earn 3 credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Location Details

Vietnam’s bustling largest city, Ho Chi Minh City is the chaotic and high paced hub of the Vietnamese economy. The past mixes with the future, from historic temples and modern high rises to street food stalls and classy haute cuisine. Having served as both the capital of French Indochina and South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City has played a key role in modern history and also has roots going back centuries. Tourism, agriculture, mining, finance, industry and trade all play a role in this fast growing and emerging economy.
Made up of a main island surrounded by 63 islets, Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: the most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), second-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading center and the second-busiest container port. Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. US citizens will need a visa for this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • This course is only open to students in W. P. Carey graduate programs in good academic standing

  • As part of the application, you will answer two short essay questions


Students will register during the spring registration period for the following course :

  • MGT 591: Doing Business in Vietnam & Singapore (3 credits)

*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. 

Course Format

The course work will primarily be based abroad during Post-Spring 2020 (May 14 - May 24). There will be some pre-work involving readings, videos and a small group project to prepare for the Vietnamese and Singaporean business contexts, and post-work consisting of a reflection paper. 

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Faculty Director

Dr. John Fowler
Motorola Professor of Supply Chain Management 
W. P. Carey School of Business

Support Staff

Jacob Powers
Assistant Director of Academic Services for Online MBA and Proflex MBA 
W. P. Carey School of Business


Singapore Chinatown


Vietnam motorbike traffic

Program Housing

Accommodations will be in shared rooms in a hotel, with breakfast provided daily.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Vietnam, most public places and public transportation are not accessible to persons with disabilities. Sidewalks, curb ramps, restrooms, road crossings, and tourist areas are not equipped to assist such individuals. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Singapore, while not always enforced, homosexual expression is technically prohibited by law. Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon in Singapore, especially between homosexual couples.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $3,270.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared hotel rooms, daily breakfast, welcome and farewell meal, company visits and cultural excursions, flight between Vietnam and Singapore, in-country transportation, ASU faculty/staff support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare to Vietnam from the US and from Singapore to the US, luggage fees, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • GPSA Travel Funding

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Post-Spring 2020 11/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2020 05/24/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.