Vietnam University Partners Program

  • Asian students and graduates at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    As Vietnam continues to experience unprecedented economic growth and social development, it faces an increasing need for workers with the knowledge, skills, and international experience necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

    For more than 50 years, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has specialized in providing thousands of international students with the help and support they’ve needed to earn American undergraduate and graduate degrees from one of IUP’s AACSB-accredited business programs.

    Now, IUP is partnering with a number of Vietnamese universities to provide Vietnamese students with those same opportunities through IUP’s Vietnam University Partners program (VUP). The goal of the program is to build deep, long-term relationships between IUP and its Vietnamese university partners in order to enhance the learning experience of their American and Vietnamese students.

    The VUP program is based upon the success of IUP’s current international university partnerships, which offer undergraduate and graduate business degree programs in China, India, the Middle East, and Europe.  Students in those programs are able to significantly reduce the cost of earning full, American business degrees by spending part of their studies at universities in their home countries, and part of their studies at IUP’s campus in the United States.

    International IUP students smiling for the cameraWhile VUP program partnerships are flexible and customizable by IUP and its Vietnamese university partners, IUP’s current international university partnerships include some combination of the following:

    • Dual Degree Programs, in which students from IUP’s Vietnamese university partners spend the first one, two, or three years of their college careers studying at their home universities in Vietnam, and the last two or three years studying at IUP’s campus in the United States, at the conclusion of which they receive both a full degree from their home university in Vietnam and a full degree from IUP;

    • On-Site Master’s in Business Administration Programs, in which students from IUP’s Vietnamese university partners earn a full, American MBA degree from IUP by spending three or four semesters studying in classes taught by IUP’s American faculty on-site in Vietnam and, for their MBA specialization, one or two semesters studying at IUP’s campus in the United States;

    • Summer Study Abroad Programs, in which IUP students travel to Vietnam during the summer to study at the campuses of IUP’s Vietnamese university partners, and Vietnamese students travel to the United States during the summer to study at IUP;

    • Visiting Professorships , in which professors from IUP and its Vietnamese university partners teach accelerated courses during summer or winter breaks, with Vietnamese professors teaching at IUP and IUP professors teaching in Vietnam;

    • Faculty Exchanges , in which professors from IUP and its Vietnamese university partners swap roles for one entire semester or academic year, with Vietnamese professors teaching courses at IUP, and his or her counterpart at IUP teaching the same courses in Vietnam;

    • Research Collaborations , in which professors from IUP and its Vietnamese university partners collaborate on international research and publishing; and

    • Student Exchange Programs, in which students from IUP study at the campus of one of IUP’s Vietnamese university partners for one or more semesters, and in which Vietnamese students study at IUP’s campus in the United States for one or more semesters.

    Dr. Henry WebbThe Executive Coordinator of the VUP program is Dr. Henry Webb, Associate Professor of Business Law at IUP. Dr. Webb lived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 2007 to 2011, during which time he taught business law and other law and business courses at RMIT University Vietnam. He is married to the former Dinh Thi Bich Thao, of Tan An, Long An, Vietnam, and their six-year-old son, Cousteau, was born in Ho Chi Minh City. Dr. Webb speaks, reads, and writes Vietnamese at an intermediate level and has a lifelong interest in and respect for Vietnamese culture. Dr. Webb earned his BBA degree from the University of Mississippi, his MBA degree from the University of Georgia, and his Juris Doctorate from the Lewis and Clark Law School.

    AACSB Accreditation

    The Vietnam University Partners program is part of IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

    About IUP

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    Support Resources for International Students

    International student in a classroomHaving hosted international students for more than 50 years, IUP has a wealth of support resources available for its international students.

    • The Office of International Education assists more than 1,000 international students each year from more than 60 countries with all aspects of their studies at IUP.

    • The American Language Institute at IUP provides high-quality English language instruction for international students to help them achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.

    • SkillZone provides free academic support for all international students at IUP, including help with presentation and communication skills, study strategies, managing classroom expectations, understanding academic integrity expectations, group discussions, and GRE and GMAT examination preparation.

    • Student Organizations: IUP currently has more than 230 active student organizations representing the diverse interests of the IUP student body. Many students in IUP’s international business programs are very involved in the Asian Studies Club and International Business Association organizations, for example.

    Other Support Services

    IUP offers a number of additional support services to its international students, including:

    Contact Information

    Dr. Henry Webb
    Executive Coordinator, Vietnam University Partners Program
    Associate Professor of Business Law
    Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    664 Pratt Drive, Room 322-D
    Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701 USA
    Phone: +01 724-357-4547
    Skype: henrywebb