CET Vietnam: Development Studies


Gain hands-on work experience at a local organization. Interested in Public Health? Sustainable living? Education? We can set up your internship at a non-profit or NGO that focuses on one of these areas. And better yet, you’ll leave the program with a service-learning internship portfolio in hand…perfect for touting on a résumé or showing off at a job interview.

Experience an Emerging Nation

In Vietnam, you’ll delve into topics that are relevant to all developing nations—environmental degradation, public health infrastructure, economic inequality, the effects of war. Study these issues in class. See them firsthand on site visits. Talk about them with your local roommate. Intern for organizations that do the work of trying to solve them. What questions will guide your exploration of Vietnam?

Vietnamese Roommates

Want to learn where to get real Vietnamese coffee? Tips on the best nearby beach? Feel like an evening of bowling and karaoke? Your English-speaking local roommate can help you go from visiting a place to living in a place. Your roommate might even invite you back home for dinner or a weekend away…a rare, insider’s glimpse of Vietnamese family life.

Another option for summer…Summer Community-Based Learning

arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/13/2018 08/12/2018 9 Weeks 8 $7,990
What’s Included
None March 1
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Your transcript will come from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Daily Life in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is a fast-paced city with laid back people—the perfect place to get to know Vietnam. Go to a water puppet theater performance. Find a hidden fashion boutique. Or plan an adventure: the mountains, highlands, deltas, and coastlines are calling.

Classrooms, Housing & Meals

You’ll attend classes at the CET Center, located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City…famous District One. The area is filled with markets, historic sites, and French era-designed buildings. You’ll share a room with a local roommate at a guesthouse a quick walk away from the CET Center. For meals, take your pick of nearby restaurants and cafés.

Intern + Study + Travel

We’ll help you land an internship at a local non-profit organization. Alongside the internship, you’ll take Internship: Bridging Theory & Practice, a course that supports your work by giving you context and space for group reflection. You’ll also take Development Studies in Southeast Asia and learn how issues like environmental degradation, public health infrastructure, economic inequality, the effects of war studied locally can give you context for the entire region. Courses take you out the door to see firsthand what you’re reading about in class. You’ll even head to rural Vietnam on a 3-day Traveling Seminar to live in a homestay and learn about the lives of the locals there. Finally, you’ll take Vietnamese language and learn how to chat with everyone you meet, from shop owners to internship colleagues.

Curriculum & Syllabi


You’ll work at your internship placement for at least 9 hours/week.

You also take this course:

VS312 Internship: Bridging Theory and Practice

2 credits for course + placement

Development Studies

You’ll take this core course on Development:

VS250 Development Studies in Southeast Asia
3 credits

Vietnamese Language

You are placed into one of these courses:

VL100 Beginning Vietnamese
3 credits

VL200 Elementary High Vietnamese
3 credits

VL300 Intermediate Vietnamese
3 credits

VL400 Intermediate High Vietnamese
3 credits

VL500 Advanced Vietnamese
3 credits

Are you a heritage learner? We can accommodate you!

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $6,590 goes to tuition & fees, and $1,400 goes to housing.


$7,990/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,400 for airfare and $400 for meals. Students typically spend about $400 on personal expenses, too.

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What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is bring your camera.

Housing with a Local Roommate

We arrange your housing in the guesthouse, and find you an English-speaking local roommate, too.

Internship Support

We don’t land you an internship only to walk away. We make sure you’re well prepared for your job, and we stay in close touch with your host organization…all semester long.

Traveling Seminar

Your Traveling Seminar to the Mekong Delta region is covered. You bring your luggage and your curiosity. We’ll get the rest.

Visa Fees

We process your standard visa in Washington, DC, and cover the fees for you.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Vietnam. We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the term, too.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Vietnam, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

Price Subject to Change

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.