Study Abroad: Vietnam

Learn Art, Make Art and get away from the well-trodden path to explore Vietnam an ancient land of enchanting beauty! Immerse yourself into an all-encompassing experience through a course that provides you unique insight into Vietnamese art and culture.  Vietnam’s history dates back to over 4000 thousand years bringing together a cultural blend that can be experienced in its pagodas, local cuisine, and continuing practice of Confucianism. During your time in Vietnam, you will share experiences with local students, artists and chefs.  You will become a local as you walk the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. This program offers an insider’s view of the local arts community through exhibition openings, private gallery and museum tours as well as food tastings in some of the most exotic restaurants of South East Asia.  These encounters will challenge all of your senses!

Location: Ho Chi Minh City
• City Hall (1908 French, decorated by Ruffier
• Reunification Palace (Reconstructed in 1966, Architect Ngo Viet Thu)
• Museum of Vietnamese History (1927 French, it documents the evolution of Vietnam’s various cultures; the Dong Song Bronze Age, Southern Chinese Funan, Cham, Khmer and Vietnamese).
• Ho Chi Minh City Museum (1866 French Colonial, contains pictures of the Wars amongst other displays such as the flat-bottomed boats)
• Notre Dame Cathedral (1828 French Colonial)
• Thien Hau Pagoda – Dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, The Sea Goddess (18th century Chinese)
• Phung Son Tu Pagoda – Dedicated to the God of Happiness and Virtue (1914)
• Lacquer factory
• Independent private art galleries

Location: Hanoi
• Old Quarter (This area was one of the main resistance centers against the French colony, it contains a remarkable example of six hundred year old architecture and lifestyle)
• Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Soviet Architectural Influence 1945)
• Fine Arts Museum (Beginning with 10,000-year-old Dong Noi Stone carvings to the Post-Impressionism of current day)
• Temple of Literature Van Mieu (1076 built under the reign of King Ly Thanh Tong)
• Women’s Museum (Exhibitions focus on the female dress of various ethnic groups)
Prof. Parvez Mohsin (Director of St. John's University Art Gallery) E-mail
Cathy Lancellotti (Assistant Director, Center for Psychological Services; Director Vietnamese Initiatives) E-mail