University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Vietnam/Laos LEAD

Program Dates January 02, 2018 - February 02, 2018 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Vietnam and Laos will provide great locations for a civic engagement, leadership-focused study abroad experience. In Vietnam our locations will be Hanoi and Hoi An in northern Vietnam; in Laos our location will be Luang Prabang. In the LEAD 411: Leadership Dynamics course, you will get a firsthand understanding of how culture impacts leaders and the leadership process. Questions we will address: How does culture define how people interact? Does one leadership style work in all cultures? Do American leadership theories apply abroad? In LEAD 400: Leadership for the Common Good, you will learn about direct action organizing, consensus organizing and coalition building as you develop leadership development workshops and civic engagement projects.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related events and excursions, some meals, in-country transportation and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Vietnam nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Bangkok. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
LEAD 400: Leadership for the Common Good (3 credits)
LEAD 411: Topics in Leadership Dynamics (3 credits)
UNIV 370-164: Study Abroad - Vietnam/Laos LEAD (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Estimated Program Fee$3,000.00$3,000.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$5,258.00$9,006.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,500.00$1,500.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Audrey Helfman
Faculty Director
Public Policy and Administration
186B Graham Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2017

Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Interest Meetings:
03/09/2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, MEM 124
03/15/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, PRN 234
04/11/2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Gore 208
04/18/2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 217 Gore

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.