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Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Program Description

The program provides four courses for both business and non-business students who may choose any combination of two courses.

The four courses are:

  • Business Analytics II (COB 291 – 3 Credit Hours) which is a required core course for any COB major
  • Special Topics in International Business (IB 298 – 3 Credit Hours)
  • Travel Studies Seminar (HIST 391 – 3 Credit Hours)
  • Chinese (CHIN 101, 102, 231, 300 and 397, each has 3 Credit Hours)

The courses of IB 298, HIST 391, and Chinese language courses will contribute to the requirements for the Asian Studies Minor. What students will experience and learn during the program will go far beyond any traditional classroom lecturing. The program offers incredible lifetime opportunities for participants to immerse themselves in the history, culture and natural beauty of Vietnam – a Southeast Asian country while learning to apply business analytics to global business operations. Each participant pays the supplemental program fee plus registers for six JMU credit hours for two classes. The program includes tours of multiple domestic and international companies, government agencies, and schools as well as tours of cultural and historical sites in the regions.

The major objectives of the programs are for students:

  • To experience "first hand" the tremendous changes, business opportunities, and economic growth of Vietnam’s economy. 
  • To meet JMU alumni in Vietnam, meet executives of companies and government officials to explore business and career opportunities in Vietnam. JMU has quite a few alumna working in Vietnam now.

*College of Business has scholarships for qualified students.

Location Description

Hanoi is located on the banks of the Red River, and is one of the most ancient capitals in the world. You can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre. A great place to explore on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences.


Ping Wang | | CIS/BSAN


We will stay in the foreign students' dormitory in the host universities. In general, two students will share one bedroom.

Students will have meal cards plus weekly stipend to cover all meals during the program.

Additional Items to Consider

  • All foreign visitors should apply for tourist visas to Vietnam.
  • There are no required immunizations for the short stays of less than a few months, and no required background checks when applying for visas.
  • In general, two students will share one bedroom in the foreign students' dormitory. The meal cards are for dining on campus only. We will get together for meals and dinners from time to time off campus or while we travel.
  • The program fees will cover each participant's health insurance, however, the program fees do not cover personal expenses, such as medical bills. Students may need to file medical claims to get their money back from the insurance company for their medical expenses.
  • Students need to pay for their own international travel to the program site and return to USA at the end of the program.
  • The amount of personal spending money needed besides the program fees varies.
  • Due to the special situation of coronavirus in China, it is required that none of the program participants travel to China before June 8th - the end of the study abroad program in Vietnam.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite for COB 291: COB 191 or MATH 220 and MATH 205 or equivalent. IB298 and HIST391 do not have prerequisites.

No foreign language proficiency is required.

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


COB 291: Business Analytics II (3 credits)

IB 298: Special Topics in International Business (3 credits)

HIST 391: Travel Studies Seminar (3 credits)

CHIN 101: Chinese 101 (3 credits)

CHIN 231: Chinese 231 (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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