During Summer 2019, Dr. Nathan Gehlert will teach a study-abroad course for students in John Carroll’s departments of Counseling and Psychology. Drs. Tracy Masterson and Martina Moore will also travel to Vietnam and participate in the course. The course will fulfill the requirement for CG563 Diversity Issues, or may be taken as an elective in the Department of Counseling or Department of Psychology. The course is an exciting opportunity to learn about issues related to multicultural counseling and diversity while experiencing an encounter of self and other in a foreign culture. The course will involve 12 nights and 11 full days in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), where we will be hosted by the Department of Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH). You may view this Google Slides presentation to see photos from the 2018 course. Please see the Application Page to apply to participate by Friday, February 9; questions about the course may be directed to Dr. Gehlert.

The 2018 course itinerary can be viewed here to give a sense of what the 2019 course will entail. Here are some preliminary highlights about the course:

  • Attend four days of combined class with psychology students at USSH to learn together in a multicultural setting. This component will be co-taught by a Vietnamese professor, Mr. Nguyễn Huỳnh Luân.
  • Visits to hospitals, schools, clinics, and for-profit centers to experience how the fields of counseling and psychology are developing in Vietnam.
  • Students will participate in a psychology conference to learn about various topics relevant to the field of psychology in Vietnam.
  • Cultural exploration in Ho Chi Minh City, including museums, markets, restaurants, and nightlife.
  • Visits to Buddhist Pagoda and Catholic Convent to learn about the role of religion and spirituality in a communist country.
  • Day trips to the Mekong Delta and Cu Chi tunnels.

The tentative schedule calls for students to depart Cleveland on Saturday, May 31 and return on Thursday, June 13 (actual travel dates may vary by +/- 1 day, depending on flight availability). The cost of the course is $4,490, which includes tuition and all travel costs – airfare, hotel, two meals each day, local transportation, entrance fees for cultural excursions and day trips, and Vietnam visa. Students are responsible for costs associated with obtaining a passport and any necessary vaccinations. Students on financial aid are encouraged to speak with the Student Enrollment and Financial Services office about aid eligibility during the summer term.