A Comparative Study Tour: Educational Reform and Inclusion in Vietnam

Two Vietnamese women cycling down a tree-lined boulevard.

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Program Summary

This comparative study tour will provide students with opportunities to explore educational practice and inclusive policy reforms in Vietnam with an optional extension to Thailand. Designed for educators, researchers, and professionals, this study tour will allow participants to translate their local knowledge to an international setting through a comparative framework that focuses on community engagement and inclusive education. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and study the leadership, educational structures, and delivery methods of education from preschool through higher education.


Vietnam: To meet the demands of its growing economic landscape, Vietnam has made efforts to overhaul its education system. In the summer of 2005, the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam approved the country’s new education law promoting inclusion by stating that learning is the right and obligation of every citizen and that every citizen has equal rights of access to learning opportunities.

Thailand (Optional extension): After the passage of the National Education Act in 1999 in Thailand, the education policy of the government was shifted to achieve the goal of Education for All. Yet inclusive education has been a longstanding challenge. Thailand is home to a diversity of languages and a large percent of the population does not have access to education in a language they can speak or understand. Children with disabilities continue to be educated primarily in specialized settings. An academic program is combined with a carefully designed 9-day study abroad experience in Vietnam with an optional 4-day extension to Thailand.

During the trip, students will


The goal of this study tour is to engage students in a local-global framework of inclusion through a study tour of inclusive social and education reforms in Vietnam and Thailand.


Develop intercultural knowledge and competence. Explore historical legacies and traditions of tolerance as precursors to inclusion. Expand local educational theory and knowledge to complex issues in global contexts (e.g., inclusion, education, policy analysis).

Learning Outcomes

Courses and Credit

Participants may register for credit or non-credit audit. For credit, participants register for an independent study with prior approval of the program faculty.

Schedule & Fees

January 2 - 10, 2018
January 11 – 14, 2018 (Optional Thailand extension)
$2395* double occupancy
$2795* single occupancy

* Includes RT airfare from Boston, all lodging, most meals, ground transport, tours, guides, and insurance

Thailand Travel Fees:
$795** double occupancy
$895** single occupancy

** Includes flight to Thailand all lodging, most meals, entrance fees, and ground transport.


Participants will pay travel vendor Colibri Boston directly for travel services and UMass Boston for tuition. Payment by check is preferred. A $35 processing fee will be charged for credit card payments.

Non-refundable deposit $750 due upon registration, payable to Colibri Boston. Final payment of the remaining fees is due by October 15, 2017.

To Apply

Enrollment is limited. Early application and deposit is recommended.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2017

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Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD
Professor and Interim Dean
College of Education and Human Development School for Global Inclusion and Social Development

Gerardo Blanco-Ramirez, EdD,
Assistant Professor Higher Education Administration College of Education and Human Development

Tour Operator: Colibri Boston

Request Information

For study tour information and to obtain an application, please contact:

Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD


Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.