Cambodia – Vietnam

2020 registration opens early April:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 10AM to 4PM: Vietbodia, Costa Rica, and Japan

After April 4th, registration will be open to all programs by appointment only. To schedule one, email Luli at Luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

 

Cambodia & Vietnam 2020: Their Place in American History

READ THE GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the 2020 Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
This is an interdisciplinary service-research program. During the spring semester, students are introduced to features of Cambodian and Vietnamese culture and history, with their relevance to recent American history and America’s involvement in the Indochinese conflicts. The trip portion of this program will take students to Bangkok, then to Vietnam to learn about the importance of the US-Vietnam War, its historic roots, the influence it has had on shaping current foreign policy decisions, and today’s relationship between Vietnam and the US. The Vietnam trip will take students from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south, visiting key cultural/historical sites in Vietnamese history and the major wartime sites of the Vietnamese-American conflict. The group will then travel on to Cambodia, where students will work with local school students and teachers-in-training on service-research projects, with extensive visits to the temples of Angkor Wat for an in-depth study of the unique art of the Khmer Empire.

Make an educated decision! Check out the March 20, 2019 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the Cambodia & Vietnam program HERE!

DESTINATIONS:
Bangkok, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, home of the great Angkor Wat Empire complex.

DATES:
May 6, 2020 – June 8, 2020

LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:

3–Moderate

APPROXIMATE COST:
The estimated cost of the program is $1,700 and will include accommodations, airport transfer, entrance fees to cultural tours, visas for Cambodia and Vietnam, breakfasts, service learning experience, tour guides, and transportation between cities included in the trip. It does not include the $175 non-refundable study abroad fee, FIU tuition for the course credits, round-trip airfare between Miami and Bangkok, most meals, personal expenses, our guide gratuities, passport and visa fees, and other necessary documents as well as vaccinations, if needed.

HOUSING:
Students participating in the Honors College Cambodia and Vietnam Program will be housed in comfortable local hotels with WiFi readily available..

COURSES/CREDITS:
Cambodia & Vietnam: Their Place in American History
Spring 2020 (on campus): IDH 4007 (3 credits) Thursdays, 8:00AM-10:30AM
Summer A 2020 (abroad): IDH 4008 (3 credits)

The program fulfills one year of Honors credit requirements (6.)

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Harry Roberge – hroberge@fiu.edu.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Harry Roberge, a Vietnam War veteran working as an interpreter and translator for the Army during the war, has been living and working in SE Asia for 18 years. He has traveled extensively through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia. He is currently directing an NGO sponsoring the education of underprivileged Cambodian children. He has spent the last 7 years introducing people to SE Asian history and culture by acting as a guide for small groups wishing to get an inside view of the uniqueness of each country, its people, culture, and the role these countries have played in the geopolitical history of the United States, the Soviet Union and China. As the facilitator for the Honors Vietnam-Cambodia Study Abroad Program, he has introduced FIU students to the region’s beauty, cultural aspects and history through lectures, movies, literature and music. He has also supervised the service project of the program, through which students teach English to future Cambodian teachers at the teacher training college in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

How do we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis!

Follow these instructions:

  1. Get clearance to do the program from one of our Honors Academic Advisors. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (brenluna@fiu.edu) or Patric Hambleton (phamblet@fiu.edu.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (gdelena@fiu.edu.) Call 305-348-4100 and ask for an advising appointment. Indicate it is regarding Study Abroad. You must have an advisor’s clearance when you go see Luli to secure your spot!
  2. Bring to DM 233 a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY) made out to FIU. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in your program of choice. It is non-refundable, and constitutes a serious commitment to the program
  3. You will apply online, get a receipt, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a contract.
  4. The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $175 (possibly $195) administrative fee. It will be posted along with your second payment, and they can be paid together.

Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:

Schedule of Payments:

 
1st Payment*
2nd Payment*
3rd Payment (**)
 
*Non-refundable*Non-refundable**Non-ref. if canceled after Feb 14, 2020
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Sat, June 1, 2019
$600
Thu, Aug 1, 2019
$500
Tue, Oct. 1, 2019*
$400
$1,500
Cambodia-Vietnam
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$700
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$500
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$500
$1,700
China
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,000
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$800
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$700
$2,500
France
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,100
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$1,000
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$1,000
$3,100
Italy
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,100
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$1,000
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$1,000
$3,100
Japan
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$900
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$700
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$700
$2,300
Spain
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,000
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$1,000
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$600
$2,600
United Kingdom
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,200
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$1,200
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$1,000
$3,400

*Non-refundable
**Non-refundable after February 14, 2020

After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your 3 payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor). In order to make sure the payment goes toward the program and NOT cover other balances you may have, we strongly recommend you pay in person. Make sure to tell the cashier you are paying your Honors Study Abroad program, and which one it is (E.g. Honors Japan program, Honors UK program, etc.) The charges will be posted to your my.fiu.edu account approximately 21 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.

Registration will remain open from Monday through Friday (9:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full. Email Luli at Luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu to make an appointment.
For information about Study Abroad Scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at edabroad@fiu.edu.

For other questions, please contact Luli Szeinblum at 305.348.4100 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

HONORS COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD POLICIES

FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

Honors College Study Abroad Program

Student Eligibility and Participation Criteria

Academic Standing and Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs.

Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • Students without an FIU GPA: If space is available, freshmen in their first year who do not yet have an FIU GPA may apply for a Study Abroad program after their Fall grades have been posted. Students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.2 to apply. Transfer students, with or without a completed AA degree, must have a minimum 3.3 transfer GPA to apply.

Expected Graduation and Excess Credits

  • Participation in a Study Abroad program must not delay the student’s expected graduation date based on the FIU admission term/cohort.
  • Participation in a Study Abroad program must not cause the student to exceed the excess credit threshold. Students who exceed the excess credit threshold will not be approved for participation, even if participation in a Study Abroad program would satisfy pending Honors requirements.

Advisor Clearance

  • All students must obtain advisor clearance prior to securing a spot in a Study Abroad program.

Enrollment Status

  • Only active degree-seeking students will be allowed to enroll in IDH 4007.  Enrollment in IDH 4007 is a prerequisite to IDH 4008.

No exceptions will be made for the above criteria.

Study Abroad Policies

Note: IDH 4007 is the pre-trip class on campus, and IDH 4008 is the actual class abroad.

Payments:

  • Students that do not comply with the payment due dates stated on honors.fiu.edu/studyabroad, Schedule of Payments section, will be charged by the university a late fee of $100.00.
  • After the due dates there is a 2-week grace period when payments are still allowed (late fee still applies.) Missed payments after exactly those 2 weeks will result in being dropped from IDH 4007 or IDH 4008, depending on the time the payment was missed. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students are responsible to ensure that any payments made are applied to their study abroad program charges by checking their student account on my.fiu.edu at least 24 hours after the payment was made.  Students who do not comply will be dropped from the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students paying their program through a scholarship are responsible for their payments to be disbursed on time and in their entirety. If the payments were not completed by the deadline, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) of the situation. Students who do not comply with the payment deadlines will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Documentation:

  • Students must apply online at abroad.fiu.edu within 2 days of securing their spot. Otherwise, they will lose it.  Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • ALL Office of Study Abroad (OSA) required documentation for summer 2020 programs, must be uploaded to abroad.fiu.edu by December 1, 2019, 11:59pm, and for winter break session 2019-2020 programs (Honors Costa Rica) by August 1, 2019, 11:59pm. Students who do not comply with the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • The documentation required by OSA includes: Medical Form, copy of valid passport, Course Registration Form, and four questionnaires: 1) personal information form, 2) emergency contact form, 3) special needs form, and 4) financial information form.
  • The Medical Form is valid for only one year as of the date it is signed by a physician licensed in the United States and cannot expire before the end of the trip.
  • Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip.
  • Students that do not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above must instead submit proof that the passport application/renewal process has been initiated and must replace it with a copy of their actual passport no later than the end of IDH 4007. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 6, 2019 (AND JULY 26, 2019 FOR COSTA RICA):

ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 6, 2019 (AND JULY 26, 2019 FOR COSTA RICA):The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 16, 2020, 11:59pm, and November 4, 2019, 11:59pm respectively (final DROP date). Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

  • Students must clear any existing holds by December 1st, 2019, (and August 1, 2019, for Costa Rica.)  Students are responsible for ensuring that they have no new holds before they are registered in IDH 4008. Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Physicality:

  • Study Abroad programs can be physically demanding. Students must be physically able to participate in the programs.

Academics:

  • Students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs. Students that fail to comply will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded if the student cannot be enrolled.

Behavior:

  • Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Code of Conduct (https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-conflict-resolution/student-code-of-conduct%20/_assets/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), which results in loss of privileges and/or other sanctions that result in the student not being considered to be in good standing with the University (e.g., conduct probation,) are not eligible to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students studying abroad are expected to represent the Honors College and FIU honorably and maturely. The faculty director and/or staff are authorized to end the trip early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or whose behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct.)
  • By signing up to participate in a study abroad program, students are assuming all the above-mentioned responsibilities and are committing to comply with them without further notices.