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Vietnam River

You must complete an application for both Marquette and Loyola by March 1. Please make sure to do the applications simultaneously. There are details below on how to complete both applications. 

Loyola University Chicago's semester program in Vietnam is a unique opportunity for students to experience and learn about the social, cultural, political and economic dynamics currently shaping contemporary Vietnam. Students participating in this program will immerse themselves in Ho Chi Minh City through a service learning placement and have the opportunity to explore many other cities and landscapes in Vietnam and its neighboring country Cambodia through planned academic excursions.


Loyola University Chicago's semester program in Vietnam offers a wide variety of courses taught in English in business, the humanities, and social sciences, with a special emphasis on courses related to Vietnam. Total coursework is 12–18 credit hours. All courses are 3-credit-hours (unless otherwise noted) and are offered during both the Fall and Spring semester (unless otherwise noted). Additionally, students are required to take SOCL 264 for a service learning placement or IBUS 370 for an internship placement.

Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of "C" or higher is earned.

A list of past course approvals can be found on the Evaluated Course Equivalencies website for this program.


All students will reside in a Vietnamese university (Bach Khoa) residence hall centrally located in District 10 of Ho Chi Minh City. Each room includes a private bathroom, a small refrigerator, desks and dressers. Rooms are air conditioned by wall units that typically run only when people are in the room. Wi-Fi is available throughout the dormitory. Facilities include a shared common room near the residence hall rooms, a canteen where you can purchase meals, a convenience store for snacks, etc., a fitness center, and study rooms.

Each student will have two other American roommates on the top floor of the Vietnamese residence hall. However, students will be partnered up with a Vietnamese university student at Bach Khoa University. These cultural partners are trained to help students navigate Ho Chi Minh City and will contribute to the overall student experience by providing cultural and social insight. They will also plan and participate in student activities such as group dinners, in-country excursions, and social outings. In the past, Vietnam Center students and their Vietnamese partners have made lasting friendships that give both students a new perspective on the world.

Although students on the program will not have a traditional meal plan, there are many options with regards to food. Located within close proximity to the dormitory are dozens of student-oriented "canteens", family-run restaurants and street vendors, all of which serve extremely affordable and delicious meals.


Please refer to the Fall Budget Sheet or Spring Budget Sheet.


Ho Chi Minh City is located in the south-eastern region of Vietnam.  The metropolitan area, which consists of the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, Thu Dau Mot, Biên Hòa, Vung Tàu, Di An, Thuan An and surrounding towns, is populated by about 10 million people, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam.  

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