Design-centred Vietnam

Location: Vietnam
Dates: 7 - 26 January 2019
Eligible students: Undergraduate students, in particular interior design and architecture students. Students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply. Postgraduate students may participate but they will not get any credit points for their participation.
Unit code: MFP20002
Cost: Approximately $2800 (scholarships may be available)
Applications: Open – closes on 31st August


This study tour is an opportunity to discover design-centered Vietnam, where some of the world’s most interesting processes of architectural and design changes, and urban renewal are currently taking place.

Explore the layered culture and everyday life of Hanoi’s Ancient quarters, French quarters and new urban areas. Discover Vietnam’s historical and contemporary interaction with and adaptation to Chinese, French, American, the former Soviet Union’s and global influences. Enhance your cultural awareness and visit some of Vietnam’s renowned heritage sites, including Ha Long Bay, Cu Chi Tunnels and Temple of Literature.

Visits will also be made to local and international practices in architecture and interior design where students will undertake project work.

What is covered

  • all local and inter-state transport and flights
  • shared hotel accommodation in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including breakfast
  • Temple of Literature entrance
  • Museums of History, Ethnography entrance
  • day trip to Halong Bay
  • day trip to Cu Chi Tunnel/Cao Dai Temple or day trip to Mekong River
  • four group dinners
  • travel insurance.

What is not covered

  • international airfares to and from Vietnam
  • HECS or unit fee
  • personal expenses
  • lunches and most dinners.

Information sessions

To learn more about this program, please attend one of the following information sessions:

Date Time Venue
15th August 2018 10.30am - 11.30am BA 708, Hawthorn campus
16th August 2018  2.30pm - 3.30pm SPW 114, Hawthorn campus
20th August 2018 2.30pm - 3.30pm BA 705, Hawthorn campus

Information on credit points and unit code

Credit points awarded: 12.5 points

Unit: MFP20002

Swinburne will enrol you in MFP20002 as a summer semester unit. Students enrolling in the Study Tour are exempt from one subject, from either a minor sequence or the co-major, or an elective and a theory-related unit. Please contact the tour leader for more details.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected:

  • on the basis of a personal statement (max. 250 words) that outlines how the tour may benefit their studies or future career and what they can contribute to the tour to make it a success
  • academic merit, and/or
  • an interview.

Note: This study tour involves travel in and around public spaces and on transportation systems. This travel may require students to carry their own luggage and equipment; some site visits will require walking on local streets. Disability access will not always be available.

How to apply

Please submit the following documents no later than 31 August 2018:

  • online application
  • approved study plan

Students may be required to attend an interview with the academic involved in the program.


Phuong Dinh
t: (03) 9214 6012.