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Applications being accepted for TIES program
in Vietnam

Note: The application deadline for this study-abroad program in Vietnam has been extended to Sept. 30, 2011.

RELEASED: June 8, 2011

HaLong Bay - Vietnam
The TIES Vietnam program received financial support from UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Commitment.

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Thematic Interdisciplinary Experiential Semester program currently is accepting student applications for the spring 2012 semester in Vietnam.

The group will consist of 15-20 students from a variety of disciplines and three faculty members: Dr. Maria DaCosta, professor of economics; Deb Freund, associate lecturer of biology; and Dr. Joe Hupy, assistant professor of geography. Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology and facilitator for the TIES program, will serve as facilitator, and two Vietnamese instructional faculty members also will participate.

Orientation will take place in Eau Claire from Jan. 23-26, 2012. The current schedule proposes departure for Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan. 28, with classes and breaks held intermittently until the group's return to Eau Claire May 13. The final deadline to apply is Sept. 30; early applications are encouraged.

According to Mahoney, studying abroad — particularly in a deeply immersive program such as TIES, can provide entirely new perspectives for students and truly enhance the university experience.

The TIES program offers a hands-on, block format learning environment in which students travel to a specific location and are immersed in a central theme taught by instructors from several different university departments over the course of a semester.

TIES Vietnam will bring together faculty from biology, economics, geography and political science in an effort to teach students about the rich cultural and geographic history of Vietnam. Each faculty member will teach a three-and-a-half-week project-based program concentrated on their subject. The program will collaborate with faculty members from the Vietnam National University and will include history and culture courses taught by local experts.

"Students will explore the northern mountains, learn about the hill tribes, examine the flora and fauna in both central and northern Vietnam, delve into the fascinating history of the country, examine the booming economy and learn about the physical and cultural aspects of the war in Vietnam," Mahoney said.

Courses to be taught are "Human-Environment Relationships of Vietnam," "Field Ecology and Conservation," "Economics of Vietnam and Pacific Asia," "Vietnam: Struggles for Independence," "History and Culture of Indigenous Peoples of Northern Vietnam" and "Vietnam: Expressions on Culture, Nature and People."

The pilot program, TIES Argentina, recently returned from what Mahoney said was a very successful semester.

"TIES Argentina has been a tremendous experience," Mahoney said. "We discovered very important aspects about the living-learning community and how to integrate with the local society, and about the proper way to distribute the resources needed for course work, field trips and personal time."

The TIES Vietnam program received financial support from UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Commitment. A year ago, the Student Senate and the UW System Board of Regents supported increasing the amount of differential tuition UW-Eau Claire students pay, with the new dollars going to fund Blugold Commitment projects that enhance student learning.

For more information about TIES Vietnam or to apply, visit the TIES website or contact Dr. J. Brian Mahoney at



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