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  • Locations: HoChiMihn City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Cost: January Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Subject Areas: Finance Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:

Emerging Financial Markets – Vietnam

JT23 Vietnam

Program Highlights
  • Experience Ho Chi Ming City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam’s financial capital.
  • Study economic and financial development of one of Asia’s most dynamic and rapidly-growing countries.
  • Learn from Vietnamese experts about the financial markets and the economy of Vietnam.
  • Learn first-hand by visiting banks, financial institutions, stock exchanges, and key government agencies in charge of the financial sector.
  • Factory visit to manufacturing companies to learn about the functioning of the vibrant export-led economy.
  • Visit major cultural attractions in Ho Chi Minh City and experience Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta.
  • Visit a Vietnamese community and learn about their culture and cuisine.
  • Prerequisites: FINC 310
  • Fulfills: FINC 490 / earn 4 elective credits towards business major              

Course Description
The course gives students a broader perspective on global financial markets with special reference to the emerging market of Vietnam. The main contents of the course include the Vietnamese economic, monetary and financial system and policies, Vietnam's transition from a socialist to a market economy; structure, players, and operation of the banking, bond, stock, insurance, real estate, commodities, private equity, wealth management, and currency markets and industries in Vietnam; Vietnamese financial sector regulatory regime; the role of Vietnam's manufacturing and trade in the global economy and financial markets; foreign direct and portfolio investments in Vietnam; and issues and challenges facing the Vietnamese economy and the financial markets. The course engages students in readings, lectures, and presentations delivered by both the instructors and Vietnamese academics and industry experts, and field visits to financial companies and intuitions, manufacturing firms, and ports for experiential learning. Students will also engage in significant intercultural learning activities through visits to the most iconic and important cultural sites and events in Vietnam to understand the dimensions of Vietnamese culture and their influence on society, business, finance, and economics. 
Program Structure
This program includes two pre-travel sessions, 13 days of company and site visits in Ho Chi Minh City, and one post-travel session.

Location and Dates
January 6    Depart MSP
January 7    Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
January 19  Return to MSP
Research paper 40%
Group Presentation 25%
Cultural reflection journals 20%
Course participation 15%
Housing and Meals
Students will share twin hotel accommodations. Some meals are included.
Click on the Program Cost link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.

Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2022
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2022
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.

For more information
On course content, contact the program directors:
Prof. Lalith Samarakoon,
Prof. John Spry,

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |

This program is currently not accepting applications.