Applications open by early-August for the following January Intersession term.
Application Deadline: October 1
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now
" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.
You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, be proactive and begin your passport application
today. No matter what, you MUST have your passport by early October.
Program may fill before deadline; therefore, early application is strongly advised
This program represents an ongoing partnership between the University of Arkansas and the College of Rural Development (CRD) of Can Tho University, as facilitated by Peacework, Inc. The unique program that takes place during January Intersession provides students with an exciting approach to learning through service and international development in a rural village in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. The projects include “service learning” activities – we learn about “how business works” in rural areas of the Mekong Delta where the cultural, historical, economic, political and ecological effects on business activities are all facets of study. The course is experiential, project-driven, and anchored in active involvement with real-world challenges; the focus is on application of theoretical and academic concepts by engaging in an international community development project designed to achieve sustainable economic and social development. Students will work in the small, rural village of Hoa An which is also home to the CRD. As our partner, students from this college will join teams of UofA students to work side-by-side to address the many challenges this community faces. This will include work in local schools, with projects at the university and with community leaders as well as with individual families. Students develop and lead these projects giving them a truly unique experience to immerse themselves in the community, gain true cultural understanding, and develop leadership skills in a challenging environment.
Projects are currently being planned for business students. These projects requires intensive commitment from students to work diligently and with an open mind toward cultural awareness. The expectations are high, but the reward is a deep understanding of the challenges of working in a developing country, an amazing cultural immersion and the experience of leadership and accomplishment as students work creatively to face unexpected roadblocks in their work. This opportunity to live and work in a developing country moves the student beyond “seeing the sights” and gives the opportunity to truly experience local culture while participating in a service-learning experience that not only benefits students, but also the community. Business students (majors and minors) are encouraged to apply. Faculty leadership for the Global Community Development in Vietnam program comes from Steve Kopp of Walton College of Business.
Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5
or better at the time of application
Display an academic record demonstrating maturity
This service learning programs requires participants to undergo background checks. Be aware that failure to submit the proper documents may result in your inability to participate in the service learning study abroad program. Background checks must be cleared prior to the start of the service learning activity. (If you are approved to participate, your study abroad advisor will provide you with more information regarding this process).
Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours*
by the beginning of the program abroad. *Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
Credit Issued By
: University of Arkansas
Courses (select one):
WCOB 230V – Walton College Study Abroad (Special Topics)
WCOB 330V – Walton College Study Abroad (Special Topics)
Business majors and minors at all levels are encouraged to apply. Talk with your Academic Advisor to see which course you will enroll in and how it fits into your degree plan.
The business project will allow students to apply what they know and work with the Vietnamese to improve business practices that can help the entire community. The local economy of the Hoa An community is very dependent on aquaculture and rice farming. However, this area faces many challenges from overfishing, reduction in biodiversity, rising sea levels, and the upstream damming of the Mekong River. What are the short-term and long-term needs of the people here? How can businesses grow, but also be cognizant of the meaning and importance of sustainability? Learn more about the business team at this site
U of A students reside in the on-campus housing of Can Tho University. This is dorm living, with a small cafeteria and convenience store next to the dorms. All meals and lodging are included. A short commute each day to the Hoa An rural campus takes us to the heart of the "Rice Basket" of Vietnam. We work directly with Vietnamese students, faculty and local farmers from Hoa An.
Excursions may include visits to the following locations: Historic Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Floating markets of the Mekong River & Phu Quoc Island.
The Vietnamese students from our partner university plan cultural exchange activities, including visits to religious and historical sites. On the last night in the village of Hoa An, the Vietnamese students held a farewell festival – this included the preparation of local foods, music, U of A students wearing ceremonial clothing, etc.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
For additional information about courses or program content, contact the faculty leader:
|Steve W. Kopp, PhD
Department of Marketing
Sam Walton College of Business
For assistance with the hogsabroad application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc.,
contact the Office of Study Abroad (479-575-7582).
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
Vietnam CommDev_Info Sheet.pdf
"I have always thought that it is important to see the world, to meet new people, and to experience new cultures. By doing these things, I am able to see the world from different viewpoints than if I had just stayed in my comfort zone. Therefore, when I heard about the Community Development in Vietnam program that combines travel, learning, and service work, I knew that this was the program I wanted be a part of."
"My first thought about this project was, without a doubt, I have to do this! There is so much I have learned from other students as well as from my own experiences by being in a foreign country. I was expecting to get an once in a life experience and I believe I returned with more than that."
INDEPENDENT STUDENT BLOGS
Hailey Pullin, summer 2015
Thea Winston, summer 2015