Cambodia & Vietnam: Their Place in American History

Two semesters (Spring on campus & Summer abroad), 40 days, 7 cities

From $3,900 $2,900 (airfare not included) | Payments as low as $700                       

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   Structure: Two Semesters

   Activity Level: Moderate

Travel Portion:

: Tuesday, May 7

End: Saturday, June 15
Price (airfare not included): $3,900 $2,900


Why participate?

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.

Course focus

  • History, Culture, & Art of Vietnam & Cambodia
  • English as a second language (ESOL)
  • Community impact
  • COURSE SYLLABUS: 2024 Syllabus

Program information

  • Spring B 2024 (on campus): IDH 4007 (3 credits) - MMC, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00AM-10:30AM
  • Summer A 2024 (abroad): IDH 4008 (3 credits) - May 7-June 15, 2024

Program highlights

  • Boating overnight in Halong Bay
  • Touring the Grand Palace of Bangkok
  • Connecting with Vietnamese university students
  • Walking through history in 9th-14th century Angkor Thom
  • Educating future teachers in Cambodia the English language at Provincial Teacher Training College

What is included

  • One-way flights within program
  • 1 overnight ferry
  • 39 nights in handpicked accommodations
  • ## breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Expert Program Director
  • 24/7 support from Program Director
  • 15 tours with local guides
  • Service-learning experience (20+ service hours)
  • Admission to Wat Po, Phnom Penh, Tuol Sleng Prison, and so much more

What is not included

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • $195.00 Education Abroad administrative fee (OEA Fee)
  • FIU in-state tuition (6 credits, $205.57 per credit)
  • Passport, visa, and other necessary documents
  • Personal expenses

(#) = number of nights; airplane = flight; squiggle line = boat; dot = overnight stop


  • Day 1-3: Travel to Bangkok

    Students are expected to arrive in Bangkok on day 3 of the program where they will have an orientation and locals tour

  • Day 3-5: Bangkok

    Tours of Grand Palace Bangkok, Wat Po, Jim Thompson House, Ayuthaya, Bang Pa, and Bangkok River

  • Day 6-8: Hội An

    Flight to Da Nang, Vietnam; bus to Hội An, Vietnam; town tour & free day

  • Day 9-10: Hue

    Travel by bus from Hội An to Hue, Vietnam; city tour

  • Day 11-13: Hanoi

    Flight to Hanoi, Vietnam; cultural exchange with Vietnamese University students; city tour

  • Day 14: Halong Bay

    Overnight boat tour of Halong Bay with lunch and dinner included on board

  • Day 15: Travel to Ho Chi Minh City

    End of overnight boat tour; return to Hanoi, Vietnam and flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Day 16-17: Ho Chi Minh City

    Highlights include tour of Ho Chi Minh City, visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, and cultural exchange with Vietnamese university students

  • Day 18-19: Phnom Penh

    Flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia; City Tour of Phnom Penh, Tour of Tuol Sleng Prison & Choeung Ek Killing Fields

  • Day 20: Travel to Siem Reap

    Travel overland from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia by bus

  • Day 21-38: Siem Reap

    While being based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, FIU Honors students will be completing service learning by developing lesson plans and teaching Cambodian future-teachers the English language at the local Teacher Training College. Each day, FIU Honors students will meet with their students to prepare them to become better English teachers and speakers. During this time, FIU Honors students will have six free days. Additionally, there will be visits to Angkor National Museum, Angkor Thom complex, Ta Phrom (Tomb Raiders Temple), students’ home villages, Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei temple, APOPO landmine clearing project, Artisans d’Angkor workshops, and Roluos Group of temples

  • Day 39: Return to Bangkok

    Flight to Bangkok, Thailand from Siem Reap, Cambodia; overnight stay at hotel in Bangkok

  • Day 40: End of Program

    Check out of hotel in Bangkok; end of program

Program Director

Cory Fairfield


Cory Fairfield, MA has been part of the FIU community for over a decade, starting his academic journey at Florida International University and successfully completing both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. Currently working towards an Ed.D in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, Cory's dedication to education is evident in his ongoing pursuit of knowledge.

In 2017, following his Master's degree, Cory transitioned into a full-time role at FIU, initially working at OneStop Enrollment Services before finding his place in Academic Advising. Currently serving as CARTA's Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, Cory is committed to supporting academic success.

A graduate of the Honors College, Cory has a global perspective that goes beyond the classroom. He has participated in programs that include Honors in Costa Rica and Honors in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, as well as study abroad ventures to the Bahamas and Germany. These international engagements reflect Cory's interest in cultural exchange and diverse learning experiences.

Join Cory on his educational journey as he continues to contribute to FIU and beyond, driven by a genuine passion for learning and a desire to make education accessible and impactful for all.

Contact Professor Fairfield

2024 Payment Schedule

1st Payment (Deposit)*

2nd Program Payment*

3rd Program Payment Education Abroad Fee*

Spring B 2024
In-State Tuition

Summer A 2024
In-State Tuition

2 Weeks After Interview


December 1


February 1


March 1


March 12


May 14


*Payments are non-refundable & non-transferrable

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