SPEA in Vietnam

Study environmental sustainability in Hanoi, with excursions to the beautiful countryside

Spend three weeks exploring Vietnam’s urban and natural environmental conditions in the age of globalization, while completing three credit hours at an Honors level. You will be joined by students from the Hanoi University of Science.

Learn more about the SPEA in Vietnam program

Check back in the fall for summer 2018 dates.

E482/V482/S482 - Environmental Policy and Management in Vietnam (3cr.)

Program Director: Rajendra Abhyankar

As one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, Vietnam faces abundant job growth, city expansion and increased access to higher education, health care, and internet access. However, this explosion of economic growth has also led to policy concerns regarding human health and the environment.

This course will explore issues of environmental sustainability in the context of Vietnam’s rapid economic growth. Join with students of Hanoi University of Science, to learn about threats to environmental quality, ecosystem health, and biodiversity, and about policy and management options to manage these threats. Explore Hanoi urban environments, agricultural practices in rural areas, and protected area management at Tam Dao National Park and the MeLinh Biodiversity Research Station. Your instructors include experts in policy making and conservation, and you will also meet with members of the national government, agricultural experts, and resource managers. Field trips will provide experience in scientific, cultural, political, and historical issues of the region.

This course carries Honors credit with the Hutton Honors College and SPEA Honors Program and is open to undergraduate students only. Non-honors students are welcome to apply, but will be held to the same standards as other students. Juniors and seniors are preferred; sophomores are welcome to apply.

In Hanoi, you will stay at the Army Hotel in a double-occupancy room. The hotel has free Wi- Fi, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool.

Please note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

Summer 2016 SPEA in Vietnam Program Fee: $1,700*

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Vietnam is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for any food not included in the program and other incidentals.


In the past, all SPEA in Vietnam participants have received a flight scholarship to cover the cost of travel to/from Vietnam. However, the status of a flight scholarship for summer 2017 is currently pending. Check back soon for additional details.

The SPEA Abroad Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.