The Pitzer in Vietnam Summer Program will be located in Hue, a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802-1945. Located just south of the North Vietnamese border (DMZ) during the US-Vietnam War, the Hue region was a key area in the conflict. Situated on the Perfume River, its surrounding mountainous hinterlands are home to a large number of minority communities close to the Laotian border.
Students will take an intensive course in Vietnamese, a core course that allows them to explore a variety of topics in Vietnam, including but not limited to the legacy of colonialism, war and conflict in Vietnam, health care, minority communities, political structures, women’s issues, and environmental issues; live with local host families, and participate in an internship with a local non-profit organization. Half way through the program, students will travel north for a one-week study trip to the booming city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hạ Long Bay. For more information: http://pitweb.pitzer.edu/study-abroad/pitzer-vietnam-summer-program/