Through the SIT: Vietnam Culture, Social Change, and Development program Whitman students can study economic and social development in the cultural context of Vietnam.  Students examine critical issues such as intense urbanization, changing family and marriage patterns, sustainable resource management and integration with global networks.

Faculty Adviser:

Melisa Casumbal-Salazar, Assistant Professor of Politics

Fields of study:

Vietnamese language and Interdisciplinary studies related to Vietnam


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to live in a culture very different from one’s own and to adjust to the living conditions of the developing world.

Language Prerequisites:



16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Change (3 credits)
Economic Reform and Development (3 credits)
Vietnamese Language (3 credits)
Field Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credits) or Internship and Seminar (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Interns are placed with government agencies and NGOs that work in various fields including geopolitics, civil society, environmental and natural sciences, and humanities.


Four-week homestay in Ho Chi Minh City.  Other accommodations during the program include guest houses, hostels, or small hotels.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, February – June


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Information

Program Link:

SIT: Vietnam Culture, Social Change, and Development