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Study Abroad

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Eligibility

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be of a sophomore standing at the time of attendance.

Academics

Total coursework is 13–19 credit hours. All courses are 3-credit-hours (unless otherwise noted) and are offered during both the Fall and Spring semester (unless otherwise noted), . You will be required to take SOCL 264 for a service learning placement or IBUS 370 for an internship placement. All students also must take UNIV 103 Seminar: Orientation: Encounters, which is a 1-hour seminar used to process the entire experience and introduce excursions.

There are two academic streams that students can explore at the Vietnam Center. Culture, Politics, and Development in Southeast Asia is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, while Global Business and Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia is available in the Spring. Students may take courses from either stream in the Spring semester.

Here is some additional information on these two exciting academic concentrations:

Culture, Politics, and Development of Southeast Asia

This specialization gives you an understanding of Vietnam and the region through courses in Southeast Asian history, political science, sociology, the arts, environmental studies, comparative religions, and the Vietnamese language. You will learn the growing importance of the region to the future of our world and discover the exciting personal opportunities that Southeast Asia provides you along the way.

 In addition, you will participate in a service learning experience* of 4-6 hours per week.  Service learning placements may include:

  • International NGOs
  • English language tutoring
  • Local health clinic
  • Vietnamese orphanage

Social justice and service learning are at the heart of the Vietnam Center’s mission, and participation in such an experience is an integral component of the Culture, Politics, and Development specialization.  These opportunities will allow you to engage with local residents in a meaningful way and have a positive impact on Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Global Business and Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia

This specialization is designed for students who want to understand business and entrepreneurship in an international context. Because of the increasingly global nature of commerce, no matter what industry, and Asia’s increasing importance across industries, Vietnam is a perfect laboratory for you to see economic development firsthand. Upper-level business courses in areas such as marketing, management, and entrepreneurship will allow you to explore international business at a deeper level.

 In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 15-week internship* in a variety of different fields with an international focus, including:

  • Market research
  • Investment management
  • Supply chain and logistics management
  • Hospitality
  • Consumer goods and services management

Equally as important as what you will take away from this experience is what you will give back in return.  Your internship will provide you the opportunity to grow personally and professionally as well as to make contributions to your internship site - to its vision and objectives as well as to your coworkers. You will also be eligible to enroll in courses from the Culture, Politics, and Development of Southeast Asia specialization to complement your business experience.

 *Previous knowledge of Vietnamese language not required for the service learning or internship experience.

 

Below are the courses offered per semester and if you click on the course title you'll be brought to a sample syllabus for the course.

Subject Area

Course Number

Course Title

Description

Cross Listings/Tags

Core Area/Pre-Requisites

Business

         
 

FINC 301

(Fall)

Intro to Business Finance      
 

SCMG 332

(Spring)

Operations Management    
 

ENTR 310

(Spring)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship    
 

MARK 201

(Fall)

Principles of Marketing Establish a basic understanding and appreciation of the theories and practices of marketing, and how marketing interacts with the entire business process.  
 

MARK 310

(Spring)

Consumer Behavior    
 

MARK 363

(Spring)

International Marketing    
 

MGMT 201

(Fall)

Managing People and Organizations Overview of management functions, fundamental principles of organization behavior, individual differences, motivation and leadership for beginning management majors.
 

MGMT 321

(Spring)

International Business Ethics   ECON 202
MGMT 201

Environmental Science

         
 

ENVS 281V

Humans and the Environment in Contemporary Vietnam Learn about environmental degradation in Vietnam as well as current sustainability efforts, especially those pertaining to forest conservation and biodiversity.   CORE Tier II Scientific Literacy

History

         
 

HIST 208V

History of Southeast Asia Since 1858 Course lectures will be supplemented with class visits to historic sights, museums and memorials. GIST CORE Tier II Historical Knowledge Area

Internship

         
 

IBUS 370

(Spring)

Internship in International Business  This is the required course for Spring semester internship students.  

Vietnamese Language

         
 

VIET 101

Elementary Vietnamese Beginning students will develop basic conversation, reading and writing skills.
 

VIET 111

Intensive Elementary Vietnamese This language-intensive course for beginning students covers twice the course material. (6 credit hours) College of Arts and Sciences 102 foreign language requirement.
 

VIET 252

Vietnamese for Native Speakers Native speakers will focus on developing advanced reading and writing skills.

Literature  

         
 

LITR 245*

Modern Vietnamese Literature: Asian Masterpieces Read and analyze Vietnamese literary masterpieces. GIST CORE Tier II Literary Knowledge Area

Political Science

         
 

PLSC 362V

Culture and Politics of Development Learn about the concept of development from a political lens in Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia. GIST

Sociology

         
 

SOCL 264

Contemporary Vietnam  As part of this course, all students will participate in a service placement at a community organization.
See the Service Learning Sites.
GIST CORE Engaged Learning requirement.

Theology

         
 

THEO 299

Religions of Asia Study Vietnam's major religious institutions, traditions and practices. GIST CORE Tier II Theological and Religious Knowledge

For information about how the Vietnamese language courses correspond with Loyola University Chicago, please click here.

*LITR 245 is eligible for Honors. Interdisciplinary Honors students can fulfill an area studies course requirement while studying at the Vietnam Center. Please meet with Dr. Claudio Katz, Director of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, to discuss your plan for integrating Honors into your Vietnam Center experience!