Hanoi, Vietnam will once again be the campus for a small group of Connecticut College students during the Spring 2015 semester. This will be the 14th SATA program in the city of Hanoi. The program will be led by Bill Frasure, Professor of Government, and Don Peppard, Professor of Economics.

SATA Vietnam offers students the chance to become immersed in the life of a developing country whose history is intrinsically interesting and at the same time inseparably a part of major currents in world affairs. Colonialism and its aftermath, the Cold War, Confucianism and Communism, war and revolution, globalization: all are manifest in the atmosphere of Hanoi. SATA Vietnam’s academic program takes full advantage of its setting, which will enrich the education of students interested in the arts, history, cultural studies, economics, international relations, Asian studies, environmental studies, and American studies, among others.

More than 125 Connecticut College students have participated in SATA Vietnam programs. They have established a tradition of engagement, challenge and lots of fun.

Informational Meetings

The first SATA Vietnam Spring 2015 informational meeting will be held on November 20, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m. in Faculty Lounge-Blaustein building. The second meeting of the fall semester will be December 3, 2013, @ 6:30 p.m. in Faculty Lounge, Blaustein.

Posters and the Online Calendar will give notification of any additional meeting times and places throughout the spring semester.

For more information, students may contact professors Frasure or Peppard or the Office of Study Away, Fanning 113.


As in all SATA programs, each student's financial arrangements and obligations, including the comprehensive fee and financial aid, are the same as they would be if he or she were staying at Connecticut College for the semester. The SATA Vietnam 2015 program includes round-trip travel from New York, room and board in Vietnam, and all group field trips in Vietnam.

Students live in a foreign-student residence hall on a campus of Vietnam National University in single rooms with private bath, air-conditioning and a refrigerator. Multiple restaurants and cultural attractions of Hanoi are within easy walking distance; the city also has an extensive and inexpensive bus system for ease of travel throughout the metropolitan area.


SATA Vietnam promises to be both a challenging and flexible program that can be individualized to support a variety of majors. Therefore, students of all majors are encouraged to apply to this interdisciplinary program.

Students will have the opportunity to take four courses.

Required Courses
• Vietnamese History
• Vietnamese Language and Culture—6 credits

Elective Courses:
Professors Frasure and Peppard will each offer two courses. Of those four courses, students should plan to take two, but they may not take both ECO 406 and GOV 348.

GOV 348, International Political Economy
A general introduction to IPE using Vietnam’s integration into the global economy for illustration.

GOV 494g, Environmental Issues in International Politics
The seminar will address conflicts between economic growth and the demands of trade, on one hand, and pursuit of environmental quality, on the other. Frequent essays and presentations.

ECO 216, The Political Economy of Post-War Vietnam
This course covers the recent economic history of Vietnam and introduces students to the remarkable changes that have occurred since the economic reforms of 1986.

ECO 406, Political Economy Seminar
The course will consider a variety of texts on different aspects of political economy, with a focus on Vietnam.

Independent studies with CC faculty can be arranged according to the needs of the student's major.

Schedule, travel, excursions

SATA Vietnam 2015 students are expected to leave as a group mid-January, shortly before the start of the Spring 2015 semester. While in Hanoi, they will follow an academic calendar similar to that of Connecticut College.

Classes meet Monday through Thursday. In addition to classes, there will be day trips to local sites of historical and cultural interest, and at least two longer trips. A highlight of the program is a two-week spring break trip to sites in central Vietnam and a second trip to southern Vietnam and Cambodia. During the first trip, students will visit Hue, the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam; Hoi An, a quaint old fishing town; and Nha Trang, a lovely beach resort city. The second trip begins in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. In HCMC, students can sample life in the most modern of Vietnam’s cities and visit sites associated with the war in Vietnam. In Cambodia, students will see the capital, Phnom Penh, and also Siem Reap, the site of Angkor Wat and other ancient temples. Later in the semester, there will be a 4-day trip to the northern mountain town of Sapa. Students are encouraged to take occasional weekend trips to towns and villages outside of Hanoi.

The end of the semester, like the beginning, will closely coincide with that at Connecticut College. Students will be ticketed to depart Hanoi around May 11, 2015, for their return to the U.S. Students are free, however, to arrange for later departure or rerouting, subject to current airline rules and regulations, at their own initiative and expense.

Connecticut College students interested in SATA Vietnam 2015 should contact Professor Peppard, Professor Frasure, or the Office of Study Away in Fanning 113.