CET Vietnam: Development Studies

Internships at Non-profit Organizations

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 an internship portfolio in hand…perfect for touting on a résumé or showing off at a job interview.

Travel as You Study

Your courses will lead you not only around Ho Chi Minh City, but to all around Vietnam and even all the way to Cambodia. On your three overnight Traveling Seminars, you’ll explore archaeological remains. You’ll visit with community members. You’ll learn about local trades. You’ll spend time on remote islands. And you’ll get a wide-lens perspective on development in Southeast Asia.

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?

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Spring 02/21/2018 06/09/2018 16 Weeks 15 $17,490
What’s Included
None November 1
Fall 08/29/2018 12/13/2018 16 Weeks 15 $17,490
What’s Included
None May 1
Summer Learn More About the Summer Program

Your transcript will come from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $14,790 goes to tuition & fees, and $2,700 goes to housing.

Spring or Fall

$17,490/ Semester

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,000 for airfare and $1,100 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.

Traveling Seminars

Your Traveling Seminars (all 3 of them) are covered. You bring your luggage and your curiosity. We’ll get the rest.

Housing with a Local Roommate

We arrange your housing in the guesthouse, and find you a local roommate, too.

Service-Learning 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.

Visa Fees

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

Course Materials & Transcript

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.


Need money? CET offers over $300,000 in scholarship awards each year. You can apply for a CET scholarship, or learn about other sources of funding, like Diversity Abroad or the Fund for Education Abroad.

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.