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.

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:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, February – May


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

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Three-week homestay in Ho Chi Minh City.  Other accommodations during the program include guest houses, hostels, and 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.




Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Information

Program Link:

SIT: Vietnam Culture, Social Change, and Development