Diversity & Inclusion in Vietnam

At the CET Vietnam program, students typically attend classes for about 3 hours/day. Class sizes range from 2 to 12. Class lengths can range from 60 minutes to 150 minutes. Back-to back classes and classes over 60 minutes contain short breaks. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 1 hour of homework for every hour in class. A low-distraction test environment, extra time on exams, note-takers, audio recordings of lectures, and modified deadlines are available for students with documented need. Language exams are usually taken by hand, without use of computer. Other classes are often assessed through final projects, which usually involve computers.

Internships are optional and offer varied work environments and require varied tasks. Interns typically work 3 hours/day, 3 days/week. Distances and modes of transportation to internship sites vary. Private transportation to and from internship sites can potentially be arranged for a student with documented need.

Classes and group meetings are held in the CET Center, located in District One of Ho Chi Minh City, on upper floors of a building with elevator access. Bathrooms are not wide enough to be accessed with a wheelchair.

After class and on weekends, there are mandatory academic activities and optional trips to nearby sites and other cities. Excursions may involve urban walking, rural hiking, biking, and/or going up and down stairs. Excused absences are available for students with documented need. Only a few public buses in Vietnam provide wheelchair accessibility. Sidewalks are usually uneven and crowded. Typically only some major street intersections provide curb cuts and light/sound signals. Traffic tends to be unruly.

Students share double occupancy rooms in a guesthouse with a local university student of the same gender. Each room includes a private bathroom and a small in-room refrigerator. As with the classroom building, bathrooms are not wide enough to be accessed with a wheelchair. The guesthouse includes an electric tea kettle, but not any true kitchen facilities. Students are not able to prepare their own meals at the guesthouse. Single rooms or alternative rooming arrangements may be available for gender non-conforming students or students with other documented need. The guesthouse has a small step at the entrance, and a small ramp could be placed at the entrance if needed. The guesthouse is about .1km from the classroom building.

A variety of health facilities are available in Ho Chi Minh City, with very limited Western mental health counseling services.

Students may make use of a variety of athletic facilities around Ho Chi Minh City at their own expense. Options include a running track, jogging in large parks, swimming pools, soccer fields, and private gyms.

Past students have found Jewish and Catholic religious community groups with whom to worship, and it may be possible for students to worship with other religious community groups. Limited approvals for class absences due to religious holidays are available, but must be requested from program staff in advance.

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