Cambodia – Vietnam

Each study abroad program fulfills one year (6 credits) of Honors credit requirements.

Registration works on a first come, first served basis!

2022 Cambodia & Vietnam: Their Place in American History

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.

View the video of the Cambodia & Vietnam / Costa Rica Study Abroad Honors Hour held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

COURSE SYLLABUS:
2022 Syllabus

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

DATES:
May 3, 2022 – June 5, 2022

LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:

3–Moderate

APPROXIMATE COST: The estimated cost of the program is $1,850 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 $500 non-refundable Honors College administrative fee, the $195 non-refundable OEA 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 2022 (on campus): IDH 4007 (3 credits) Thursdays, 8:00AM-10:30AM
Summer A 2022 (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.