Second and third year undergraduate students studying English Language programmes and enrolled on modules Sociolinguistics (ELAN2001), Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control (ELAN3023) and Language, Mind and Culture (ELAN3022), as well as MA English Language Teaching students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 40 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.
DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.
For anyone who wishes to understand the nature of the modern world, Vietnam is a perfect destination. This trip aims to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which culture, language, and history intersect through experiencing a country which has emerged from colonialism and conflict, and the ideological struggles of the 20th Century, to become a major player on the world stage. Students will experience a city which has moved from colony to battleground, and emerged as a vibrant, thriving business centre, and which still remains utterly distinctive, a meeting point of East and West and one of the most exciting cities in the world today.
This trip will be run in cooperation with one of Vietnam’s major universities, Ho Chi Minh University for Technology and Education, and we aim to combine academic and cultural activities during our time in the country. We hope to allow DMU students to attend classes with HCMUTE students, to offer an introductory workshop in Vietnamese, and to allow students from the two countries to socialise and experience the city together.
Students will have the opportunity to combine academic activity in cooperation with students from HCMUTE, and to meet them outside class, when they will be given a local’s perspective on the city. a number of cultural activities are also plan to run during the visit , which may include (indicative content only):
- a walking tour of the city, taking in areas of historical, cultural, and social interest, from the colonial relics of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Hôtel de Ville to the Cao Dai Temple, the Jade Pagoda, and the Reunification Palace
- an evening eating at Turtle Lake Market, offering a chance to try one of the world’s great cuisines
- learning about the Vietnam War from the perspective of those who had to live through it, with visits to the War Remnant Museum and the Cu Chi tunnel network
- experiencing a uniquely Vietnamese art form at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre
- taking in the panoramic views of the city from the Saigon Skydeck, located on the 49th floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower, one of the city’s great landmarks and a symbol of Vietnam’s rebirth as
an economic powerhouse of the modern world.
Travel and accommodation
Travel and accommodation will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.
- Trip-specific enquiries – Keith Scott – firstname.lastname@example.org
- General enquiries – #DMUglobal Office – email@example.com
Until 30 June 2021 ‘British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days (inclusive of dates of entry and exit) without a visa. 24 other countries are also exempt and do not require a visa to enter Vietnam for the duration of the trip.
Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements on the Vietnamese Embassy website.
- Departure date: Saturday 2 November 2019
- Return date: Saturday 9 November 2019 (+1)
- Estimated cost of flights, accommodation and transfers: £850
- Students will also be required to pay for: cultural activities, food & drink and visa
- #DMUglobal bursary: £400
- Deadline for application: Wednesday 29 May 2019 9am