Connecticut College students will travel to Hanoi during the Spring 2019 semester for the 18th SATA Vietnam program. The host institution will be the Vietnam International Education Development Center (VIED). The program will be led by Art History and Architectural Studies Professor Joseph Alchermes.

Housing and Cultural Immersion

Students live in a foreign-student residence hall 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.

The program features several short field trips over the course of the semester and a Spring break trip.


VIED retains a number of English-speaking faculty to offer two courses exclusively for the SATA students:

  • Vietnamese language and culture
  • Vietnamese history. 

Students will also be required to take the following courses with Professor Alchermes:

  • AHI 215 Hanoi: Place and Memory
  • AHI 414 Pilgrimage East and West

The core content of these courses involves building design and decoration and devotional practice on the one hand, and on the other urban development shaped by changing historical conditions and ideology.

There might also be an opportunity to pursue an independent study. All majors are welcome to apply.


Students are expected to leave as a group in mid-January. While in Hanoi, they will follow an academic calendar similar to that of Connecticut College.

The SATA Vietnam 2019 program includes international round-trip travel, room and board in Vietnam, and all group field trips.

Students interested in SATA Vietnam 2019 should contact Professor Alchermes,, or the Office of Study Away.