Why Pre-College in
Dive into development and global health, examining challenges from multiple perspectives. Your core course introduces you to the main themes and issues within these fields, while your surroundings are a case study of globalization at work. After you’ve covered the basics, design and execute a hands-on project to present to the class.
Coursework & Syllabi
You take one course that explores the program’s theme and are placed into your appropriate language class level for a total of 4 credits. Explore the details of each course within each syllabus below.
This course introduces you to the complex world of development and global health. You’ll examine basic macro-level themes and topics within the field, as well as use Vietnam as a case study to evaluate these issues within the context of a developing country. You’ll then choose a topic on which to design and develop a project (with a group or individually) to present to your class. Classroom study is supplemented by excursions and site visits.
- DEVS 125 Introduction to Development and Global Health
3 credits | 45 hours
You are placed into a 1-credit language course that includes supporting vocabulary for success in your thematic course and life in Vietnam. This class also incorporates activities outside the classroom for active practice in the real world.
- LANG 105 Beginning Conversational Vietnamese
1 credit | 15 hours
- LANG 205 Vietnamese Language Tutorial
1 credit | 15 hours
Dig into Development
Your curriculum introduces you to the essential macro-level themes, terminology, and issues within the world of development and global health. Explore how these models and concepts are applied within a developing country, using Vietnam as a case study. Then after you’ve got a grasp of the basics, take on a group project. Present on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals or take on the effect of globalization on traditional livelihoods in Vietnam. This academic deep dive is up to you.
Classroom Meets City
After your morning classes, you might:
You’ll share a room and bathroom with a local roommate at the CET guesthouse in District 1—the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The guesthouse is your home in the big city, filled with classmates and other local roommates to chat or eat with. 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.
Experience Campus Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language…you’re in for a summer of learning. But with round-the-clock support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
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. Don’t forget to check out the che (sweet soybean desserts) or a fresh smoothie on your way home!
Ho Chi Minh City is an unpretentious city that embraces both the old and the new. While exploring the city’s 24 districts, you’re as likely to stumble across a modern art space as you are a Buddhist temple. Have dinner on a rooftop restaurant with your cohort. Attend a traditional water puppetry show. Take in the buzzing energy of the local food market. With that kind of juxtaposition, you couldn’t ask for a better environment for studying international development.
Out and About
Experience a real Vietnamese-style café and try a fresh avocado or mango smoothie. Partake in the national Vietnamese pastime of karaoke. See and explore the sprawling Củ Chi tunnels that run beneath the city. Go out for a bowling night with classmates. Every summer the program offers different activities that let you explore Ho Chi Minh City, the local culture, and learn outside the classroom.
Meet the Mekong
2019 Summer Fees
Summer Fees: $5,850
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in an apartment or sharehouse. On-site staff live in the same building for round-the-clock support.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You’ll receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, but not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
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.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
Questions? Get in touch!
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.