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Loyola University Chicago Becomes the First U.S to Obtain an Educational License in Vietnam
Unique Study Abroad Program Launched for Undergrads
CHICAGO, February 18, 2011 – Loyola University Chicago has officially received extended accreditation to include a new semester-long study abroad program for undergraduates in Vietnam at the Loyola Vietnam Center. Loyola is now the first American university to obtain a license in the country for educational programs.
Loyola’s Vietnam Center is located in central Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City near the campus of Vietnam National University. The program provides up to 30 students the rare opportunity to personally experience the social, cultural, political, and economic dynamics of one of the fastest growing developing countries.
In 2007, Loyola started its Vietnam initiative by exploring a number of programming options focusing on four areas: English language instruction for medical personnel, business education, study abroad for American students, and nursing education for nursing faculty. In the summer of 2009, Loyola engaged in an experimental pilot program that involved eight students who took classes and worked on a service-learning project at Vietnam National University. The success of its pilot allowed Loyola to move forward and create more formal and permanent educational offerings. To read about these students’ experiences, visit LUC.edu/studyabroad.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to truly become global citizens by getting a deeper understanding of how other people in the world live through direct experience with them,” said Patrick Boyle, associate provost, Loyola University Chicago. “The program emphasizes really being immersed in Vietnamese society and learning firsthand about its fascinating culture.”
Coursework for the semester-long Vietnam program consists of 12 to 15 credit hours with courses focusing on business, humanities, history, and service-learning opportunities. Students can also choose from several electives, including Modern Vietnamese History, Women and Gender in Contemporary Vietnam, the Vietnamese Economy: Past and Present, and Humans and the Environment in Contemporary Vietnam.
“We chose Vietnam because it is a very rapidly developing country with a youthful population and relatively few U.S. universities working in Vietnam,” Boyle added. “Since we are the first U.S. university to have the license for educational activities, we have the opportunity to offer strong leadership and support as an international partner in the development of higher education in Vietnam. This partnership is extremely promising.”
Students in the program will live in a guesthouse located in the central area of Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City and have the option to live with a Vietnamese roommate from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Loyola’s partner institution in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City.
“It’s simply amazing taking part in a one of a kind program like this and I feel like a trailblazer as part of Loyola’s inaugural ‘class’ at the Vietnam Center,” said James Siegel, a Loyola student currently participating in the program. “Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City is such a dynamic and interesting place to experience. Through the program I also have educational trips planned to the Mekong Delta, Northern Vietnam, and Cambodia that will surely add to my already wonderful experience.”
For more information on Loyola’s study abroad programs, visit LUC.edu/studyabroad.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.