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  • Locations: Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Hue, Vietnam; Quang Tri, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public, Non-Degree Seeking
Type of Program: Faculty-led Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Dispatches from Vietnam

Dispatches from Vietnam: Stories of War and Peace

"Dispatches from Vietnam: Stories of War and Peace" will draw from the Ken Burns documentary, "The Vietnam War," to debut on PBS in September 2017. Much of our time in country will be devoted to understanding the American war, as it is known in Vietnam, from the point of view of the Vietnamese, and to finding and telling stories that help Americans better understand contemporary Vietnam.

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS in September 2017.

Program Details

Credits Offered


  • Communication (COMM) 370: Feature Writing
  • Communication (COMM) 374: Political Journalism
  • History (HIST) 387: Topics in Global History
  • Honors (HNRS) 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad


This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. 
Application Checklist


Double or triple occupancy in hotels.

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3287

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Guided tours and field experiences
  • Breakfast every day, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Accommodation
  • In-country travel 
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Travel Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Some meals/snacks
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary*

Day 1 Wed.Jan.3 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Thurs. Jan.4 Intro to South Vietnam/Meet USSH students/faculty, journalists
Day 3 Fri. Jan.5 Backpack Journalism/exercise with USSH students
Day 4 Sat. Jan.6 The War in Vietnam/War Remnants Museum
Day 5 Sun. Jan.7 First Impressions/Cu Chi Tunnels/Discussion
Day 6 Mon. Jan.8 The US perspective/U.S consulate
Day 7 Tues. Jan.9 Travel Day/Travel to Hue
Day 8 Wed. Jan.10 The DMZ/Quang Tri
Day 9 Thurs. Jan.11 The DMZ/Quang Tri/Project Renew
Day 10 Fri. Jan.12 Welcome to N. Vietnam/Travel to Hanoi
Day 11 Sat. Jan.13 The War from Hanoi POV/Hoa Lo/Kiem
Day 12 Sun. Jan.14 Understanding Vietnamese culture/Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Day 13 Mon. Jan.15 Vietnam Today/Joint project with AJC
Day 14 Tues. Jan.16 Writing Day
Day 15 Wed. Jan.17 Depart HCMC/Debrief
Day 16 Thurs. Jan.18 Farewell and Departure for United States
 *Instructors reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed. Syllabus available upon request.

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Directors

Mary Beth Marklein

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.