Discount Available for UM Study Abroad Trip to Vietnam

April 21, 2016

MISSOULA – University of Montana students now can save $500 until May 1 on a field-based Wintersession study abroad trip to Vietnam.

The trip, offered through UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, the UM College of Forestry and Conservation and the Environmental Studies Department at UM, gives students the chance to expand their knowledge of climate change and Vietnamese culture.

The Wintersession in Vietnam program provides students with 24 days of hands-on study of the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change in a tropical, developing nation. The program offers six upper-division or graduate-level credits, and students combine academic work with service-learning projects, field trips and homestays.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet Vietnamese students, officials, nongovernmental organization workers, researchers, farmers and community members in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho City, the Mekong River Delta and throughout national parks and coastal areas.

The trip is led by UM Climate Change Studies Program Coordinator Nicky Phear. Phear serves on the Climate Smart Missoula Leadership team and has taught and spearheaded academic programs at UM for the past 13 years. She also has led climate change education programs to Bhutan and Vietnam. Phear recently earned the 2016 Clean Energy and Empowerment Education Award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The total program cost is $4,450 plus airfare, which includes the academic program and credit fees, in-country lodging, transportation, translation services, cultural events and some meals. Students who apply by May 1 pay only $3,950 plus airfare.  

For more information on the program or to view applications, visit


Contact: Caitlin Sager, Wintersession in Vietnam program coordinator, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965,