CSU in Vietnam

International Field Experience in Management

March 12-20, 2016 Spring Break (canceled due to low enrollment)

VietnamProgram Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand about international cultural (and corporate culture) differences in Human Resources practices, Labor Management, Unions, Organizational Development / Organizational Change, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and general Management practices in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City). Students will be immersed in a variety of cultures and visit universities, corporations, and cultural sites. These experiences will provide students with insight into how Asian countries view current Management practices from various perspectives, allow students to see how similar or different these practices are from North American and western cultures, and to define how cultures can progress within the rapidly changing world. This course will extend the knowledge gained in undergraduate or graduate Management courses by providing students the opportunity to experience Southeast Asian culture, with specific emphasis on international HR/OD practices and to gain a working knowledge of cultural differences.

Academic Program

All participants will be required to enroll in a 3-credit spring 2016 course, either MGT 493 (undergraduate) or MGT 686 (graduate). Prior to leaving for Vietnam, students will give a team presentation on the country and a company; final papers will be due April 29th. Teams will conduct secondary data collection and collect relevant data during the trip (primarily through qualitative, interviews and observational research).  Once abroad, graduate students may pose questions to host companies that are related to HR and Management practices, and undergraduates will learn their material at a more advanced level through this interaction with graduate students. Firms will be chosen based on their global mindset. Potential companies may include: 

  • Nike (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Ernst & Young
  • HR2b (an HR consulting firm)
  • American Chamber of Commerce
  • The National Economics University
  • Vietnam National University (Hanoi)

There will be time for visits to various cultural sites (e.g., Saint Joseph Cathedral, the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnel, Mekong Delta boat ride).

There will be three (3) pre-departure lectures and meetings on Friday, January 15th, February, 12th, and March 4th from 5-8 PM. Location is TBA. Please contact Dr. Gallagher for the syllabus.

Proposed In-Country Daily Itinerary 

  • Saturday - March 12th - Depart Cleveland to Hanoi
  • Sunday – March 13th - Arrive in Hanoi (Free Day)
  • Monday, March 14th - Morning City Tour / Afternoon Dinner and Orientation
  • Tuesday, March 15th – Morning Company visit / Afternoon University Visit
  • Wed., March 16th – Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Afternoon City Tour
  • Thurs., March 17th – Morning Company visit / Afternoon Cu Chi Tunnel Visit
  • Friday, March 18th – Morning Company visit / Afternoon Company Visit
  • Saturday, March 19th – Morning Mekong Delta Exploration / Farewell Dinner
  • Sunday, March 20th – Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Cleveland


Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. At the time of application, the applicant must have completed at least two semesters at CSU if a first year student and at least one semester if a transfer or graduate student. The applicant must not have an unpaid balance on their Treasury Services account and no infractions of the Student Code of Conduct which would prevent successful participation on the international course.  Course is closed to AMBA, GAMBA, MAMBA, or EMBA students. Minimum of 12 participants is required for this course. VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION OR PROOF OF AN IN-PROGRESS APPLICATION.


The program fee is estimated at $3,750* and includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations- double occupancy
  • All breakfasts
  • In-Country transportation
  • Two group dinners; three lunches
  • A logistics coordinator and translator throughout the program

The program cost does not include CSU tuition for the required 3-credit course in spring 2016. To view the current tuition rates, please visit the website of the Office of Treasury Services ( Students should budget an additional $300-$400 for lunch, some dinners, souvenirs, and free-time entertainment.  Additionally, students are personally responsible for passport or visa fees and health insurance.  *Note:  The costs may change slightly due to increases in airfare and/or the exchange rate. 


A program deposit of a $250 is due at the time of application, no later than Nov 13. Deposits are made directly into the program account. Once accepted on the program, there will be two payment deadlines:

  • $1,750 will be due on December 18 (payable directly into the student's CampusNet account)
  • $1,750 will be due on January 19 (payable directly into the student's CampusNet account)

You make payments toward these additionally program charges just like you would for tuition, electronically through Campusnet or by cash/check through the Cashier’s desk in Main Classroom (MC 115) or by mail.

If your program fee is not paid in full by the deadline you may be removed from the program but retain the responsibility of the charges.

Financial Aid

Students may use spring financial aid to pay for program fees and tuition (except for the $250 application deposit which cannot be deferred). Spring financial aid awards may be increased due to the increased cost for the semester. Students can explore this and other options and seek advice on applying for private loans through FASTCHOICE by meeting with a Campus 411/ All-in-One Enrollment Services representative in MC 116.
If you have any questions about using financial aid toward the study abroad cost, please contact the CISP who will need to see a print out of your spring 2016 financial aid award indicating enough money to cover all spring tuition plus the program fee for Vietnam.


Please see the website of CISP for information about the CISP Study Abroad Scholarship. The scholarship application and recommendation forms can be downloaded from the website.

Do I need a Visa?

Yes, U.S. passport holders, traveling for tourism or as visitors require a visa. The CISP will faciliate this process as part of the pre-departure steps. Please make sure that you have a valid passport. If you have any questions regarding visas, contact the CISP.


The program application and deposit receipt are due no later than Nov 30th (newextended deadline)  in the Center for International Services and Programs, MC 412.  To make the program deposit of $250, take the program application and your payment to the Cashier’s Desk in the First Floor of the Main Classroom (MC 115). You will receive a receipt that you must turn in with your application.

PDF icon MGT 16 ApplicationFILLABLE.pdf


Dr. Vickie Gallagher
Associate Professor, Department of Management
Monte Ahuja College of Business, BU 443

Julie Good
Education Abroad Manager
Center for International Services and Programs
Main Classroom Suite 412