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Air, Oceans and Land: The Physics of Climate Change in Vietnam

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014-15 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4468
SAU Course Equivalency: BIOL 223, Special Topics in Biology (four credits)
Instructor: Dr. Terrence Flower and Dr. Kim Ha, St. Catherine University
Course Requirements: Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
Dates: Jan. 3-Jan. 24, 2015 (NOTE: SAU Spring semester begins January 14)
Location: Vietnam (Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho)
Price: $6,675-$6,975 (subject to change)

Program Description

This is a course on the Physics of Climate Change to be taught in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Changes in the Earth's atmosphere and oceans provide a symbiotic approach to modeling climate change for the planet. The weather, El Nino, Asian Monsoon variations, droughts, and floods are processes that contribute to better understanding climate change. These variables enable us to model and predict long term conditions that affect and are affected by the evolving atmosphere and ocean as well as the carbon cycle.

We explore these variables and model the changing climate with computers as we travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, observing, recording and modeling the climate as we travel north to south from the Gulf of Tonkin to the South China Sea and the Mekong Delta. We usually think of the Antarctic when we mention climate change. But recognizing that the greatest concentrations of water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere are in the tropics and the Mekong Delta and South China Sea make the Vietnam location very favorable to developing climate models.

What is Included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals not covered by the program fee - approximately $570
  • Personal baggage fees

How to Apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 3: Turn in a completed Liability Form to the Center for International Education.
Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by November 1. Submit your payment to the Center for International Education. Make checks payable to St. Ambrose. Or pay online with a credit card.

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

Application and payment details

  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1. 
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.