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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Area of Study: Government and International Policy Study Abroad Host: Schar School of Policy and Government
Program Description:

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Schar School of Policy and Government
Vietnam Residency Program

The program will be hosted at the Vietnam National University and will focus on regional security challenges and economic development.

Led by Robert L. Deitz who was Senior Councillor to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 until February 2009 and from September 1998 to September 2006 General Counsel at the National Security Agency where he represented the NSA in all legal matters. Professor Deitz has also held positions as Acting General Counsel at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Acting Deputy General Counsel, Intelligence, at the Department of Defense.

This residency program in Hanoi, Vietnam, takes you to the capital of Asia’s newest tiger. The start of the 21st century has witnessed a historic rebalancing of the world economy in favor of the world’s most populated region, Asia. At its core is the rise of China, which is now the world’s second-largest economy. Today one quarter of the world’s total manufacturing output is produced in China. As China’s economy matures and inevitably slows down, however, Chinese manufacturing has become less competitive in the more labor-intensive parts of the supply chain. In response, corporations are shifting this type of manufacturing to countries with lower wage rates. At the forefront of this shift is Vietnam:  a  dynamic  economy  in Southeast Asia Vietnam has seen continuous GDP growth, on average  6 per cent per annum, since first implementing free-market reforms in 1997 (the “Doi Moi” policy). For the past few years, multinationals from the US, Japan, South Korea and other countries have been ramping up their operations in Vietnam, building factories and launching joint ventures. 

Program Details

Credits Offered

  • GOVT 398: Study Abroad
  • ITRN 702: Special Topics in Study Abroad


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members including those who do not attend or work at George Mason University.


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Program Cost:

$4200* for students who complete application by October 8th.

*Price will increase after that date.

Note: since the credits for this program apply towards your spring semester, spring Financial Aid can be used to fund this program.


  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Accommodations 
  • In-country travel to all program activities
  • All lectures and seminars
  • Most meals
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary (.pdf)

Contact Information

Program Officer

Michal McElwain Malur

Academic Director

Bob Deitz

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.