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Vietnam and Cambodia: Social Work and Community Health Services - Undergraduate Program
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Phnom Pehn, Cambodia; Siem Reap, Cambodia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Best Fit Majors: Social Work
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: Neal Newfield
Program Description:


Vietnam and Cambodia: Social Work and Community Health Services - Undergraduate Program
This course will examine issues related to assessment and intervention in community & mental health in Vietnam and Cambodia. 

Students will travel to Vietnam and Cambodia for a four week period.  While in Vietnam students will participate in an institute on community health issues for social service workers.  They will participate in workshops together with their Vietnamese, Cambodian and Lao counter parts and social service workers from Vietnamese and Cambodian agencies.  Subjects of these workshops vary. 

While in Vietnam and Cambodia students will have the opportunity to visit social service agencies in Ho Chi Minh City, An Giang Province, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the surrounding areas that address community health issues.  Participation in the institute and visitations at agencies provide students with a window into the world of what it is like to be a social/community health worker in Vietnam and Cambodia.  A multi-national institute on social work also brings into focus culture bound professional perspectives, concepts, and the challenge of transposing these ideas and techniques into something useable in a different culture.  Additionally, U.S. participants will become familiar with the language, culture, politics and history of Vietnam and Cambodia so that contemporary community health issues can be better contextualized.


City: Ho Chi Minh City

Country: Vietnam

Population: 8.224 million

Information: Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial architecture, including Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the neoclassical Saigon Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thanh Market.

Places of Interest:
Gia Long Palace

City: Phnom Pehn

Country: Cambodia

Population: 1.502 million
Information: Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, is the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the country. At the city’s heart is massive, art deco Central Market.

Places of Interest:
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

City: Siem Reap

Country: Cambodia

Population: 230,714

Information: The resort town of Siem Reap, in northwestern Cambodia, is gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th-15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag. Giant, mysterious faces are carved into the Bayon temple at Angkor Thom.

Places of Interest:
Angkor Wat


Program Course Details:

Undergraduate students in social work may use this course to meet six credits of elective in social work.  Undergraduate Students who are not social work majors will also receive six credits for taking this course.  Credits earned may be applied toward electives if permitted by their program. There are no prerequisites for this course.


Dr. Neal Newfield

For more information, please contact Dr. Newfield at


Program Cost $ 5,300
WVU Course Credit
Round-Trip Airfare
Programmatic Academic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer Hub at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes

Useful Links:
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2018 06/16/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.