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Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Government and International Policy Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Schar School of Policy and Government
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Regional Security Challenges

The World is Re-Orienting: Vietnam Residency

Winter 2019

World security and the Asia region is more important and strategic than ever before. In association with Vietnam International University Hanoi, this weeklong Executive style program will include lectures by Government officials, corporate executives, leading academics, ad visits to political institutions, and NGOs.  You will experience up close the booming frontier of Asia, and gain an in-depth understanding of  the opportunities and challenges facing  Vietnam and the region. 
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.  But, Vietnam is also at the forefront of this shift:  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).
While Vietnam has remained relatively conflict-free since its Cambodia days, tensions have arisen in the past between Vietnam and its neighbors, especially in the case of China since both nations assert claims to the Spratly Islands, an archipelago in a potentially oil-rich area of the South China Sea. Vietnam and Russia have declared a strategic partnership in March 2001 during the first visit ever to Hanoi by a Russian head of state, largely in an attempt to counterbalance China’s growing profile in Southeast Asia.  The U.S. has begun to push back against China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea and elsewhere. This is a new era for Vietnam–US relations, who are also cooperating in the defense arena to better respond to the uncertainty created by China’s newfound geopolitical assertiveness.

Participants in this class will earn not only 3 credits from GMU but also a Certificate of Completion from Vietnam National University.
Sponsored by the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University 


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including non-Mason students and interested community members.


Students will be registered for one 3-credit course during the spring semester.

Course Options

  • Government - GOVT 398: Study Abroad
  • International Commerce and Policy - ITRN 702: Special Topics in Study Abroad

Program Dates*

January 13-20, 2019

The dates listed above are the actual days that the program takes place in-country. Students are free to arrive early or depart late. Students who arrive before the program starts or stay after the program ends are responsible for their own accommodations and all other expenses associated with independent travel.

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi. Check-in to accommodations. Program orientation and group dinner in evening.
Day 2 A.M. Walking tour of the Old District.
P.M. Lectures on The History and Politics in Vietnam and the Vietnamese Governmental System by faculty from Vietnam National University (VNU).
Group dinner.
Day 3 A.M. Lecture on Security and Foreign policy by VNU faculty.
P.M. Lectures on Vietnamese Foreign Policy and E-Governance and Cybersecurity by Vietnamese politicians.
P.M. Discussion on Vietnamese and regional foreign policy with Vietnamese students.
Group dinner.
Day 4 A.M. Lecture on Environmental Policy by national politician
P.M. Lecture on Vietnamese Social Policy by VNU faculty
Free time in Hanoi and dinner on your own.
Day 5 A.M. Cultural visit and tour in Hanoi.
P.M. Visits to local government offices and community organizations.
Free time in Hanoi and dinner on your own.
Day 6 All day: Enterprise visit (ex. Chu Dau Ceramic corporation)
P.M. Gala dinner and closing ceremony
Day 7 A.M. Visit to Halong Bay
Day 8 Departures

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Winter 2019: $4300 for students who complete their application by October 7.

Price increases to $4600 after that date.

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, double-occupancy hotel rooms, breakfasts and lunches daily, several group dinners, excursions and entrance fees as described in itinerary, in-country ground transportation to all program activities, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Round-trip airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the program administrator.

Program Payments

Students on Schar programs must pay the advertised program cost plus an application fee in order to participate. These costs will be made in three payments (Application Fee + Deposit + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: All applications must pay the non-refundable application fee of $150. This payment is made through MasonAbroad once you open an application. This fee is not included in the advertised program cost.

Program Deposit: Accepted students must make a non-refundable program deposit of $1000. This fee is paid through the Mason Student Accounts Office. This deposit is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1000 you've already paid (Deposit). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact the Global Education Office to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Non-Mason Students: Non-Mason students must be admitted to the University and assigned a student number prior to making payments. Please submit the "Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form" during the application phase in order to begin this process.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Application Deadline:

Early bird: October 7, 2018
Regular: November 18, 2018


Application requirements:*

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Schar Program Administrator

  Michal Malur
Name Michal Malur

Academic Director


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.