Why CET Vietnam:
Studying the effects of development requires insight on how economic, political, and social changes affect society at every level, and your curriculum provides the framework to get you started. Build a multidimensional understanding as you get to know the community around you—your Vietnamese roommate, internship colleagues, and even neighborhood shop owners.
Curriculum & Syllabi
You choose your courses from 3-credit elective options in Vietnamese Language, Development Studies, and Public Health, combined with a 2-credit internship component, to meet the recommended 8 credits.
Your internship consists of class and placement components that add up to a minimum of 100 hours total for 2 credits.
You can these 3-credit core courses, taught in English:
You are placed into one of these 3-credit courses:
- HC/LANG 100 Beginning Vietnamese
- HC/LANG 150 Elementary High Vietnamese
- HC/LANG 200 Intermediate Vietnamese
- HC/LANG 250 Intermediate High Vietnamese
- HC/LANG 300 Advanced Vietnamese
Are you a heritage learner? We can accommodate you! Language classes can be tailored to meet the specific needs of Vietnamese language heritage speakers.
In Vietnam, you delve into topics that are relevant to all emerging nations—environmental degradation, public health infrastructure, inclusive development, the consequences of colonialism, the effects of traditional gender roles. Study these issues in the classroom, then see them firsthand during field-based components. 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?
You’ll share a room and bathroom with a local roommate at the CET program house in District 1—the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The program house is your home in the big city, filled with classmates and other local roommates to chat with or share a meal. Your neighborhood is largely residential, with many local families around. And within a 5-minute walk, you can find everything you need—24-hour convenience stores, smoothie shops, small restaurants, pharmacies, and supermarkets.
Your roommate is a local student handpicked by the program’s resident director. Want to learn which neighborhood hangout has the best Vietnamese coffee? Whether to take a bus or flight for your weekend trip? Need to know which apps to download to navigate the city efficiently? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city, as well as someone who can provide perspective on modern Vietnamese culture.
Eating in Ho Chi Minh City
For meals, choose from hundreds of nearby restaurants, cafés, and street vendors. Local dining options range from simple to fancy, and include Vietnamese, American, and other international cuisine. Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Pick up ingredients at the supermarket after class and teach your roommate the secret to making your favorite meal.
Ho Chi Minh City 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. No matter where you are, you see the many decades of change all around you in Vietnam.
Activities & Excursions
Around Ho Chi Minh City
Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore HCMC and Vietnamese culture. Make traditional handicrafts for charity. Settle in for movie night on the guesthouse rooftop. Play a pick-up soccer game with roommates. Follow a local expert on a food tour of the historical city center. And there’s even more to see on your own—hunt for the best banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) with your roommate, stroll the Botanical Gardens, or get a group together for a night of karaoke.
Away From the City
Witness changes brought on by development firsthand (by boat and on foot!) as CET faculty teach you about disappearing traditional trades and the flight of youth from rural to urban areas. Head to a cacao farm to learn about efforts to revive the industry, then go on a food tasting tour. Explore sustainable tourism in the region after watching the sunrise over the floating market. Reflect on your time in the Mekong River Delta over a campfire on the last night. It’s a full weekend and it’s on us—just pack your bags.
Summer 2021: $7,990
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We help you land the internship and make sure you’re prepared. And after you get started, we stay in close touch with your host organization to provide support all semester long.
We arrange for you to live in the guesthouse with a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
We process your standard visa in Washington, DC, and cover the fees for you.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
You receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and UEH at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.
- Open to students from any US college or university
- GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
- Open to all levels of Vietnamese, from absolute beginner to advanced to heritage learner
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
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.