Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.
This program explores economic, political, and cultural survival in the face of human and natural challenges, by experiencing a region that has witnessed the rise and fall of civilizations, change and resilience. We will visit two countries and compare as we travel through history and across geographies that include the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam, and the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will see firsthand how rising sea levels affect not only coastal cities, but the inner regions of the Mekong Delta and Cambodia, and how adaptation strategies, both new and ancient, can help solve flooding challenges. We will learn from local citizens and leaders on innovative ways in which they confront current challenges in their daily lives. At the same time, we will enjoy the rich cultures and histories of these countries, with unique culinary traditions and beautiful human and geographical landscapes.
Open to any major!
Undergraduate and Graduate credit offered!
1 credit hour during Spring B online course to prepare for onsite experience
3 credit hours as summer onsite course: June 2 – June 20, 2020
Two countries: Cambodia and Vietnam
Four cities: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), My Tho, Con Quy, Angkor Wat
Space is limited. Apply early!
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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HO CHI MINH CITY (historically known as SAIGON):
Ho Chi Minh City is known for its French Colonial landmarks (such as its Notre-Dame Cathedral) made entirely of materials imported from France. Formerly known as Saigon, the “Fall of Saigon” marked the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975. Students will enjoy the intersection of culture, history and commerce that is intrinsic to the largest city in Vietnam. This is the starting point for our journey within the Mekong Delta, only a four-hour drive away from Ho Chi Minh City.
My Tho is a market town nestled on the north bank of the Mekong River. River traffic is busy with a variety of transport, from elegant sampans to cargo boats, between the riverbanks and islands. Students will see firsthand how climate change is affecting all three crop seasons, and the livelihoods (and lifestyles) of people who live in this lush environment.
An area near Ho Chi Minh City, up until the 1960s, Con Quy was a wild, uninhibited river area of dense grasses. As Con Quy became developed, by farmers and bee-keepers (the honey has a rich characteristic flavor), ecotourism activities were encouraged. Students will experience how local knowledge has helped adaptation to rising sea levels.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia, has been described as a “hydraulic city” for more than a thousand years. Students will see first-hand how water, which was central to the development of Angkor Wat, is now damaging the region’s infrastructure as climate change impacts increase.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on 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 Withdrawal Policy.
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.
Students must be in good standing for their degree program
2.5 or higher GPA for undergraduates
3.0 or higher GPA for graduate students.
This program is an excellent fit for students taking courses with the School of Sustainability, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Earth and Environmental Studies, Sustainable Tourism, Political Science, Global Studies, Engineering, Business. However, any major is welcome in this transdisciplinary course, as long as the theme and location is of interest!
One Spring B online pre-departure course requirement (1 credit hour)
One summer study abroad onsite in Cambodia and Vietnam for summer credit (3 credit hours)
Courses will be: SOS494/SOS598/GTD 598/FIS494: Cambodia & Vietnam: History, Rising Seas & Resilience
Brigitte Bavousett, Instructional Professional
School of Sustainability
Wrigley Hall (WGHL) room 221
Brigitte Bavousett is the ‘first-ever’ graduate in the United States with a degree in Sustainability. She has taught ASU study abroad programs in Cuba (2017 & 2018) and Costa Rica (2019). Brigitte is happy to team with Prof. Parmentier as we explore Cambodia and Vietnam with our students.
Mary Jane Parmentier, Clinica Associate Professor, MY
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Interdisciplinary B, B366C
Office phone: 480-727-4518
Prof. Parmentier teaches courses in global development, and has led over a dozen study abroad programs for ASU to many countries, including Morocco, Spain, Greece, and Ecuador. She looks forward to facilitating this cross-cultural learning adventure in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Students will share rooms in small, boutique hotels, and homestays.
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.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. The Cambodia and Vietnam: Countries of Historic Resilience Facing a Future of Rising Seas program includes a boat trip to a floating village in Cambodia. Participants will be required to embark and disembark from the boat on a number of occasions, to traverse potentially uneven terrain during stops, and to possibly navigate small confines. This program may also include a great deal of walking.
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 Cambodia, most public places and public transportation are not accessible. Persons with disabilities will face difficulties with Cambodia’s sidewalks, rest rooms, road crossings, and tourist areas. 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 Cambodia, same sex marriage is not permitted and public displays of affection are generally frowned upon (for couples of any sexual orientation). While Cambodians are relatively tolerant toward foreigners, LGBTQIA Cambodians routinely face discrimination and harassment, especially outside major urban areas.
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. For example, in Cambodia, there have been reports of sexual assaults in the vicinity of bars and possible date rape drugs being used to incapacitate female travelers.
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. For example, in Cambodia, the population is ethnically homogenous, so some students may experience more attention, comments, and questions, both positive and negative.
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 ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is$4,280.
Program Fee includes: ASU tuiton for 3 credits, all accommodations, excursions, cultural events, program-related transportation, some group meals, ASU faculty support and international health insurance.
Not included: ASU student fees, international airfare, passport, books, additional meals, independent travel, and other personal expenses.
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.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. 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.
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
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.