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  • Locations: Cam Ranh, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 11/15/2018
Rolling Admission 03/14/2019 03/24/2019

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Stacie Holloway Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

This 3 credit hour course, open to all majors, provides a comparative study of leadership from the perspective of culture and gender. Specifically, students will have the unique opportunity to learn about how leadership differs across cultures by studying about, visiting, and working with community members from the Raglai community in Vietnam during a three-day aid expedition. There will be the opportunity to discuss leadership from a Western/American perspective while speaking with Vietnamese students at the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City. While in Ho Chi Minh City, students will visit a number of historical sites, including the Reunification Palace and the War Museum, and learn how events including the Vietnam War have shaped the culture, traditions, and politics of contemporary Vietnam. The trip will end with a day-trip to the Mekong Delta, where students will travel via boat to the remote islands along the Delta to see first hand how communities leverage the natural resources of the area to survive.

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College is a time to challenge yourself and do the unexpected! Do both during Spring Break 2019 by traveling to Vietnam with 15 of your fellow undergrads!! Vietnam is a rapidly developing country that is full of natural beauty and incredibly friendly people. During our time in Vietnam, you will have an opportunity to explore three very different areas of the country: rural communities along the coast, the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh City, and the beauty and natural resources along the Mekong Delta. You'll also have the opportunity to engage in a 3-day service project in support of the Catalyst Foundation, which works to eliminate human trafficking in some of the poorest communities in the country. Together, the class provides a balance between service work, tourism, and relaxation (ocean front villa, anyone)! 
The class is open to ALL majors and has attracted a diverse set of students in the past (from engineers to psychologists; from freshmen to graduate students; from experienced travelers to first-time flyers). That diversity makes this trip especially exciting!

Finally, the class counts as an elective in the Organizational Leadership, BA Psychology, and Asian Studies programs. Additionally, it will have two BOKs associated with it (SE, DC) to incent non-ORGL and PSYC majors to take the class. It is also an approved class for those in the Lindner College of Business wishing to fulfill an International requirement.


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Who Can Participate?


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Academic Program and Course InformationVietnam Hope

All students in this program are required to enroll in OLHR3088: Exploring the Intersections of Leadership, Culture, and Gender in Vietnam or PSYC2097 - 005 for credits for Spring 2019. Students that have already completed OLHR3088 may have the option to take OLHR5000.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Stacie Furst-Holloway, PhD.,  is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the MA Psychology Program. She previously served (2009-2015) as the undergraduate director for Organizational Leadership and has taught in the program since 2006. She was the 2015 winner of the A.B. Dolly Cohen Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Cincinnati and teaches in the areas of leadership, human resources, and organization development. She is incredibly passionate about providing study abroad experiences to UC students. She has traveled with the Leadership Latte class (OLHR3089) to Guatemala and has led two classes to Vietnam (in 2016 and 2017). Nothing gives her greater joy than to hear students describe these classes as "experiences of a lifetime."

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Living Arrangements

We will stay in hotels in both HCMC and Phan Rang (Cam Ranh). In HCMC, we will stay in a 4-star hotel in District 1, which is similar to a 3-star hotel in the US. Students will stay in double rooms (each with a full bed). Rooms have all the amenities students are likely used to.

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Getting There

Fly out of CVG to SGN and return to CVG from SGN. Will also have one domestic flight between SGN and CXR. Students will have to get to and from CVG on their own. Transportation in Vietnam will be provided.

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Program Costs

2019 Program Cost: $35001

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Visa application/processing visa fee
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. For eligible students, this brings the total out-of-pocket cost per student to $2900.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Dr. Stacie Holloway
Department of Psychology, Edwards I 4130 P
McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
(513) 556-0176

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This program is currently not accepting applications.