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This program is designed for business students with the aim of providing critical insight and valuable first-hand experience about Vietnamese culture, society, history, and business climate. Highlights of the study tour include:
9 days of activities in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) & vicinity
Lectures in English on Vietnamese economic, business and cultural behavior, provided by the faculty of Vietnam National University – International University and Vietnamese and international business leaders.
Company visits including discussions by business leaders.

LECTURES IN ENGLISH (TENTATIVE)
Vietnamese culture, society, and history: The determinants of Vietnamese business climate
Vietnamese economy, banking, and financial markets
Doing business in Vietnam: Foreign direct investment, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and partnerships
Vietnamese regional economy and economic zones

CORPORATE/INSTITUTION VISITS
Vietnamese companies: Shiseido Cosmetics, Vietnam Brewery, FPT Software

CULTURAL/TOURIST ACTIVITIES (all guided):
Ho Chi Minh City tour – The largest, most dynamic city in Vietnam
Boat tour on Mekong River – The longest river in Vietnam
Tunnels of Cu Chi – A famous Vietnam War Historic site

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Three undergraduate business credits (INBU 4951: International Study in Business).
Business students: Social/Ethical requirement (similar to MANA 3002 or PHIL 4330), IB elective, or Business Elective. This course satisfies the college requirement for the International Business class.
Non-business students: Must obtain pre-approval from their academic advisor.
**Full-time Undergraduate Students**: This class will be added to your spring semester schedule and will be a part of your full time tuition (no extra tuition). The course is INBU 4951, counting for Social/Ethical, an IB elective, or a business elective. It is okay to have two or more INBU 4951’s. 

DATES
One in-class meeting in January
3 online meetings in February and March
Saturday March 19 to Saturday March 26 Study tour in Ho chi Minh City – Vietnam (plan to leave for Vietnam one to two days prior to the March 19)
One online class and one in-class meeting in March and April
 

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Budget

Travel Cost (without international airfare): $900
(Note: Costs are based on the assumption that you are a full-time student and do not pay additional tuition for this class.)

This price includes:
Bus/train/boat transportation to various business and cultural sites during the travel period
Cost of admittance to class activities (e.g., tours and excursions)
Double-occupancy hotel for the duration of the study trip
2 meals per day

OTHER COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN ABOVE FEES:
International Airfare (around $1,250 to $1,400+)
Visa for Vietnam ($100)
Required MU international health insurance ($38)

Location

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.

From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of energy and discovery.

Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.

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