CET Vietnam: Development Studies

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Customize Your Focus

Tailor your curriculum to your own academic interests. Choose how much Vietnamese language you want to study. Dive into engaging elective coursework in topics like epidemiology, diaspora studies, and media studies. Build your résumé with an internship at a local organization, or sharpen your analytical skills through our guided research track. You get to decide—how will you explore international development?
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See Development in Action

During your term, you’ll have multiple site visits, a Mekong River Delta trip and even a 9-day Traveling Seminar. You’ll meet with an anti-corruption organization doing work on the ground, speak to ethnic minority groups about the effects of tourism on their communities, and see firsthand how development is changing livelihoods dependent upon traditional trades. Your classes will give you content and these experiences will give you context.

Connect with Your Community

Studying the effects of development requires insight on how economic, political, and social changes affect individuals. You build this understanding as you get to know those around you in Ho Chi Minh City—your Vietnamese roommate, internship colleagues, and even neighborhood shop owners. Not only does this sense of community add to your experience abroad, it also enriches your perspective as you tackle subjects within development.

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Spring 02/13/2019 06/02/2019 16 Weeks 15-18 $17,490
What’s Included
None November 1
Fall 08/28/2019 12/15/2019 16 Weeks 15-18 $17,490
What’s Included
None May 1
Summer Learn More About the Summer Program

Your transcript will come from the University of Economics.

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $14,090 goes to tuition & fees, and $3,400 goes to housing and other related costs.

Spring or Fall

$17,490/ Semester

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,400 for airfare and $1,100 for meals. Students typically spend about $700 on personal expenses, too.

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 Seminar

We take you on a 9-day Traveling Seminar to North & Central Vietnam. You bring your luggage and your curiosity, and we’ll get the rest.

Housing with a Local Roommate

We arrange for you to live in the guesthouse with a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.

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.