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Urbanisation in Vietnam

A multi-disciplinary field school

Join a field school in Vietnam over your summer break and receive partial funding to conduct real-world research in the vibrant city of Hanoi. 

What: A 2.5 week field school in Vietnam over the summer holidays

Where: Hanoi (Vietnam)

When: Summer break, dates TBA

Who: Postgraduate students studying Medicine, International Development, International Public Health, Urban Planning, Urbanism, Heritage Conservation and Urban and Regional Planning. 

Why: Get out of the classroom and into the field! Explore Vietnam, boost your field research skills, travel as a researcher not a tourist, and meet students from other disciplines. The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) will contribute partial-funding to help with costs associated with your participation in this program. 

Applications for this program are now closed and will re-open in semester 2 2019.

About this program

SSEAC is offering a unique in-country experience to students interested in the relationship between urbanisation, environment and health. Travelling to the growing metropolis of Hanoi, students will explore how an increasing population impacts on the environment and health. Bringing together students from medicine, international development, international public health and urban planning, this program offers students an opportunity to develop their international research skills as well as work with interdisciplinary approaches to research and problem-solving.

This field school will be led in Vietnam by Associate Professor Greg Fox 
(Faculty of Medicine and Health), supported by the Woolcock Institute Vietnam, and SSEAC.

This field school includes a short Vietnamese language and culture course, lectures and seminars with key stakeholders, site visits, and discussions with local NGOs and government officials. In the final week of the program students will undertake an independent group research project, allowing them to hone in on topics of interest.

Important information

Students will cultivate knowledge of Vietnam and urbanisation in the local context of Hanoi. This program will expose students to challenges and rewards of working in interdisciplinary teams, and enhance your negotiation and communication skills. It will also allow students to develop insight into the challenges associated with critically analysing real-world situations and taking a holistic approach to problem solving.

To be eligible you must be:

  • Enrolled in a relevant degree and discipline program at the University of Sydney
  • Able to attend pre-departure training and be available for the entire length of the field school in Vietnam
  • Medicine students: This opportunity is open to Stage 1 students
  • Students from low SES backgrounds and those who have not undertaken exchange or field school opportunities in the past are particularly encouraged to apply (though this is not a prerequisite)
  • This program is open to both domestic and international students.
  • This course is an elective and does not form a compulsory component of any degree.

Students selected to participate in this field school will be offered a $2000 grant to subsidize logistics and travel costs. All students are covered by the University Student travel insurance scheme. Estimated costs for this field school, per student, include:


Anticipated costs (approx.)

Language training and cultural induction in country

160 AUD

Airline travel Syd-Hanoi

1000 AUD (depending on airline, time of booking etc)


30 AUD per day (share basis)=

510 AUD

Day-to-day costs within Vietnam (food, local transport, sundries)

Up to 50 AUD  per day= 800 AUD

Interpreter costs

180 AUD

Visa fee

135 AUD

Travel Insurance

N/A (covered by University travel insurance)


2885 AUD (estimated costs)

**Please note that the anticipated costs are intended as a guide. There may be additional out-of-pocket costs relating to this field school.

  • Students studying a Masters of International Development will take this program as an elective unit and will receive credit for one unit as negotiated with the Director of the Masters for International Development program.
  • Students studying a Masters of International Public Health will take this unit as part of their overseas field placement. MIPH students will also be required to undertake an additional 2 week placement in Hanoi prior to the program which will be organised in conjunction with Prof Merrilyn Walton. This means that successful applicants from the MIPH program should expect to be in Hanoi from 24 December 2018-24 January 2019 to fulfil the requirements of the overseas placement unit.
  • Students studying Medicine will undertake this program as an elective international experience between Stage 1 and Stage 2.
  •  Students studying Master of Urban Planning, Master of Urbanism, Master of Heritage Conservation and Master of Urban and Regional Planning may receive 6 credit points equivalent to a postgraduate general elective unit. Please note that these credit arrangements are currently pending full administrative approval.
  • Students are required to organise their own flights to and from Hanoi
  • Students are required to ensure they have an appropriate visa to enter Vietnam

Applications are now closed.