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  • Locations: Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam; Cat Ba, Vietnam; Dalat, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: January
  • Budget Sheets: January
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

This January Term, Applied Policy Field Study looks at one of the world’s most rapidly growing countries through the lens of ecological economics. We will focus on whether and how relationships between human and natural systems produce outcomes that are sustainable, just, and efficient. Through field visits, experiential learning/citizen science, and interaction with policy, development and environmental practitioners, students will see these relationships in all their complexity and use problem-based learning to gain skills in evidence-based policy analysis.

Announcements IconAnnouncement

January Term programs are not being offered in 2022. Information about January Term 2023 will be posted when available.

Location IconLocations

The program begins in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), includes a day trip to the Mekong Delta, stopovers in Dalat in the central highlands, and Cat Ba Island/Bai Tu Long Bay, and concludes in the capital city of Hanoi. Along the way students will learn from business, NGO, and policy leaders as well as farmers, foresters, fishers, and workers for whom sustainability issues are most salient. The program includes cultural, heritage, and nature-based tourism experiences as well as unscheduled time for further exploration. Excepting a “phinal pho” on the streets of Hanoi pre-departure, breakfast will be included each day of the program. Some lunches and dinners are also included.

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Courses IconCourse

LPPS 5550: Global Field Experience: Ecological Economics in Vietnam

This course is open to graduate students and to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduates. Students who successfully complete LPPS 5550 will earn three credits in the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy.

Faculty IconFaculty

Spencer Phillips, Ph.D. |

Spencer Phillips is a practicing ecological economist and founder of Key-Log Economics – Vietnam (Hanoi) and its sister consultancy in Charlottesville. At UVA, he has taught natural resource policy, intermediate microeconomics, ecological and environmental economics, and GIS for public policy.

Ngo Thi Minh Huong, Ph.D.

Ngo Thi Minh Huong teaches human rights, labor, and international law at Vietnam National University-School of Law. She is also co-founder of the Center for Development and Integration, a Hanoi-based NGO focused on inclusive growth, good governance, and labor rights.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will stay in centrally located hotels in Saigon and Hanoi, an ethnic homestay in Dalat, an ecolodge on Cat Ba Island and, for one night on Bai Tu Long Bay, aboard ship.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.


Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. This program typically involves navigating a variety of urban terrains and modes of transportation. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport and visa in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. Students will receive more information about the visa application process after acceptance into the program. International students should consult the immigration website of Vietnam for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.