Student Life supports Fulbright University Vietnam’s mission and core values by providing a diverse and inclusive campus and residential environment where students are encouraged to test and refine the knowledge, skills, and values they are acquiring in their classes. In partnership with students and through dynamic, student-centered programs and services, we empower students to develop their abilities to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and demonstrate competencies worthy of future leaders and change makers in Vietnam and the world.
Student Life will accomplish this mission by:
- Providing opportunities for students to learn, reflect, adapt, become contributing members of society, and have fun.
- Providing a safe, innovative environment where the students, faculty, and staff can gather to engage, live, and grow while nurturing a culture that supports diversity, inclusivity and accessibility where the student’s voice and presence matters.
- Providing shared experiences that promote belonging and connectedness with a mutual respect for the unique contributions of each individual.
- Providing resources to promote a healthy lifestyle and build a culture of well-being.
- Providing guidance and support for students to maximize their potential growth in a holistic manner.
- Providing a variety of co-curricular activities to complement the classroom education and enhance students’ lifelong learning skillset.
Orientation is such an important occasion, where new students are preparing for the transition into University. At Fulbright University Vietnam, Orientation is designed to support and prepare our students – and their families – to gain a unique experience and get off to the best start possible for this new journey. New Student Orientation is a week-long experience with various activities, which will provide necessary tools to become a successful student, critical information for responsibilities and some of the challenges as a Fulbright student, as well as resources for academic support, leadership, social, and community service opportunities.
Beyond the preparation for students to be ready for the first day of classes, Fulbright focuses on student development in a holistic manner as well. During Orientation besides the fundamentals, we also include some innovated program related to personal and career development such as career orientation, boundaries and expectation settings, communication etiquette, reflection session, etc. These programs will help to shape student success and enhance the college experience at an early stage.
One of Fulbright University Vietnam’s distinct qualities is its tight-knit, inclusive, and engaging residential community. In the 2020/2021 academic year, Fulbright students are staying at The Waterfront, M1, 2, 4 Nguyen Luong Bang street, Tan Phu ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Students are encouraged to live in the Residence to fully experience the liberal arts university model.
We provide a clean and safe living space in furnished apartment units with convenient proximity to campus. Each student apartment has an assigned Residence Advisor (RA) or Student Residence Advisor (SRA). Our main priority is to ensure that students are provided with an opportunity to have a community of peers, experience mutual respect with roommates and flat-mates, learn social responsibility in a personal context, get involved with the many University-wide activities available, and enjoy a safe and supportive living and learning environment.
However, we understand the disruptions COVID-19 brings to our community. As an educational institution, we strive to make our best effort to protect the health and safety of our students and our community as well as to help our students’ families better adapt to unanticipated economic changes in the face of the current social scene. Whereas previously all undergraduate students were required to reside on campus, it will now be your choice whether to live on campus, to reside with family, or to secure a private residence.
Whatever our students’ decisions will be, Fulbright is here to provide them all the support they need.
As Fulbright University Vietnam has modified residential requirements, living at the residence is now your decision to make. However, Student Life still provides support for students who choose to live off-campus. The accommodation service will be a reference source in which students can find information regarding rental housing. There are 4 main parts:
- Type of accommodation: General information about different types of accommodations. This aims to give students vision and narrow down choices to which option best suits their choice. We also provide information and contact for available, reliable agencies; and some references: Facebook groups, websites, etc.
- Budget: Overview of Fulbright Residence – The Waterfront for student reference: location, type of accommodation, service, costs, etc, comparison between Fulbright Residence and private housing, and some miscellaneous fees students should be aware of when renting private accommodation.
- Preferred areas: Suggested areas that suit best for a student of Fulbright: location, safety, districts, etc.
- Things to keep in mind: Common questions about services, needs, the process of viewing, and searching for private accommodation.
You can access our accommodation service resources here.
At Fulbright, we believe that what students learn outside the classroom is just as important as what they can learn inside. Student Life activities, including student clubs and residential life support, anchor the experiential learning opportunity beyond the academic pillar, while enhancing the academic experience by complementing in-class content with co-curricular activities.
Some programming may include, but not limited to:
- Student-run clubs and/or interest groups: These forms of student activities offer a way for students to come together—with guidance from staff and faculty advisors—to pursue their passion, strengthen our community, exercise the values of teamwork and collaborations, and provide spaces for bonding and fellowship to strengthen the Fulbright community’s social fabrics. They can focus on thematic or programmatic areas of interest, such as debate, diplomacy, LGBTQI rights, health and wellness, arts and music, and more. One the left is a list of recognized student clubs in 2018-2020. They are recognized by the Office of Student Life following a proposal and review process.
- For more detailed description, please visit the student intranet.
- Detailed descriptions of the (1) new student group recognition process, (2) renewing student recognition, (3) funding & even planning process and (4) payment and claims are available on the student intranet.
- To learn more about student-led activities, please visit Fulbright Community.
- Activities organized by the Office of Student Life, including residential life activities, student affairs related programs, life skills or professional development, wellness, health and safety workshop (mental health, first aid, self-defense, etc.).
Code of Academic Integrity
The Code of Academic Integrity plays an integral role in the transformative educational experience provided by Fulbright. It makes possible an atmosphere conducive to the development of the total person – one’s intellect, emotions, spirit, and ethics – through learning experiences. Furthermore, the Code creates a climate of mutual trust, respect, and interpersonal concern, where openness and integrity prevail among students, faculty, and staff.
Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct will set out the standards of conduct expected of students and student organizations in their non-academic pursuits.
The University’s conflict resolution processes are based on Restorative Justice principles, and those principles are used whenever possible. The processes are educational, rather than criminal, and are internal to the university. They are designed to be developmental and community-based, rather than adversarial or litigious. Any encounter will first be dealt with as a possible educational experience using Restorative Justice, and thus reflect Fulbright University’s core values.
Residential Life Guidelines
We believe that a campus community in which students’ intellectual and social lives overlap can help enrich learning beyond the classroom. The Residential Life Guidelines help ensure a safe, supportive, inclusive, and engaging residential environment for all students.
Physical and Mental Health
The Fulbright Wellness Center envisions a healthy and vibrant environment that supports and empowers all to succeed through mental health wellness strategies. College is an incredibly exciting time for new explorations, new friends, and new interests. At the same time, it may bring out stress as students are trying to balance the demands of both personal and academic lives. The Center’s goal is to help students benefit fully from the college experience by supporting the personal, social, and emotional well-being of students. Various mental health wellness services are offered to students, including yoga and meditation classes, workshops on various topics (e.g., mental health first aid training, interpersonal skills, stress management, mindfulness training).
In addition, Fulbright Wellness Center provides a safe and confidential space for students to engage in a one-on-one Personal Development service, which is short-term individual counseling where students can further explore issues and changes in life that may affect their mental health with the goal to increase overall wellbeing.
Primary medical care and first aid is provided by the CarePlus medical clinic, just a few meters from the campus.
Safety and Security
Fulbright University Vietnam is committed to provide a safe environment for every one of the university community to learn, live and work; however, crime can still occur. Safety on campus is a cooperative responsibility between students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. Everyone should use common sense, exercise precautions and good personal safety habits to prevent crime and personal assault.
The University works with International SOS to provide a 24/7 helpdesk to provide students with medical, safety, and security advice, not just in emergency situations, but any time. Ensure you have the International SOS Assistance application installed on your iOS or Android phone.
International SOS Assistance App:
- IOS: https://apps.apple.com/vn/app/international-sos-assistance/id465662561
- Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.infostretch.iSOSAndroid
All students should also consider these guidelines:
- If you feel unsafe for any reason, speak to a staff member or building security staff immediately
- Secure your personal property and do not leave your personal belongings around
- Be alert of your surroundings at all times and avoid unfamiliar or dark areas
- Do not perform activities (such as operating machinery, or CPR) that you have not been trained for
- Walk in groups at night
- Inform your peers, or your RA if you are going to be out late and when you expect to be back
- Keep your room doors locked when everyone is out or at night
- Do not grant access into campus or residential houses to strangers
- Follow campus and Waterfront safety procedures
Discrimination and Harassment
Fulbright is committed to providing a working and learning environment that allows for the full and free participation of all members of the academic community. Discrimination and harassment of any kind undermine these objectives, violate the fundamental rights, personal dignity and integrity of individuals or groups of individuals and may require remedial action and/or disciplinary sanctions by the University including, where appropriate, dismissal or permanent suspension.
Course Enrollments and Fees and Charges Inquiries
Use of Campus and IT Facilities
To ensure a safe, supportive, inclusive, and engaging campus environment where the facilities work for the benefit of all students, faculty, and staff, the University requests the academic community to abide by the Campus Facilities Guidelines.
Raising An Issue or Making A Complaint
The faculty and staff of Fulbright University Vietnam strive to provide students the best possible experience. Of course, things don’t always work out as well as we would like. If you encounter some sort of issue that is negatively impacting your experience at Fulbright, we want to hear from you.
In more serious cases you may wish to make a formal complaint. Such cases may include discrimination, harassment, or bullying by another member of the community, theft of property, etc.
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