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  • Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Computer Info Systems (CIS), Honors College (UHC), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Management (MGT), Marketing (MKT)
Minimum Required GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: COB
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:
STFD Vietnam


This program integrates and addresses the significant impact of cultural, economic, political, infrastructure and population variables in global marketing management.  Students will explore marketing and management issues and marketing and management implications in a cross-cultural perspective.  Influential business perspectives are recognizing the important trend of emerging/surging Asian countries such as Vietnam; and recognizing the new trend of migrating production from China to Vietnam due to rising labor costs.

Program Fee: $3,870

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • CIS 397
  • IDS 397
  • IDS 297
  • MGT 747
  • MGT 760
  • MGT 447
  • MKT 796
  • MKT 774
  • MKT 596
  • MKT 474
  • MKT 394
  • UHC 350
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Courtney Pham
Senior Instructor         
Marketing Department


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Study Away Preparedness
TBD Orientation & Overview
TBD Country Snapshots
TBD Global Distribution/ Branding
TBD International Travel Preparedness
TBD International Travel Preparedness
Program Itinerary   
May 24 Depart Springfield for Vietnam.
May 25 Air travel.
May 26 Arrive in Vietnam.
May 27 Free Day.
May 28 Morning:  In class exercises with the local students to compare and contrast the culture and lifestyle of two countries.  Each student will spend the afternoon shadowing a local Vietnamese student.
Afternoon:  Pair up with local student to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, and local malls.
May 29 Visit local Manufacturing Plant.
May 30 Visit to U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. Politics and Foreign aid. Activities of domestic and foreign aid organizations (governmental and non-governmental) – successes and failures. (US Department of State)
May 31 Free morning to explore. Depart in the afternoon for Bangkok, connect flight to Paro, Bhutan.
June 1 Arrive in Paro.  Drive to Thimphu. Rest of afternoon to explore.
June 2 Full day sightseeing around Thimphu city. Lunch will be served at Folk Heritage Museum.
June 3 Travel to Punakha.  stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas.  Next embrace the highlight - Punakha Dzong, a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, with rich Buddhist collections. You will also visit  Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan). 
June 4 Drive from Punakha to Paro (4 hours drive)  visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Next go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and ends at a local farm house, where you can chat with local people, see how they live and may taste some homemade wine..
June 5 This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. If in good weather, you'll see a great distant view of Mt. Chomolhari.
June 6 Drive to Paro Airport and depart Bhutan for Bangkok.
June 7 Depart for the United States.
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD Focus Group

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.

This program is currently not accepting applications.