Program Overview

Expect an experience rich with history, vibrant food, and diverse entertainment in Ho Chi Minh City, a place that has become one of Vietnam’s key cultural, trading, and education hubs. Modern Ho Chi Minh City is an experience of dizzying contrasts, delicious street food, temples and war memorials, and people from all over the world. Interns will join the fast-paced workforce and acclimate to Vietnamese working culture: rise early, grab coffee and some breakfast on the way to work, take a break at noon to nap, go out for dinner with colleagues or friends, and head to bed before midnight. This internship is a great way to show a potential employer you can think, work, and live outside of the more traditional countries, AND have a great time doing it.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 15 | March 15
Fall: June 15 | July 15
Avg Course Load
U.S. credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Vietnamese
  • Ho Chi Minh City is a safe city, with a stable political climate, and a fast-growing economy
  • Immigration hub in Southeast Asia for job-seekers from Japan and China
  • The rise of social enterprise in Vietnam has left it with the nickname "Start-Up Nation"
  • 50% of the businesses in Ho Chi Minh City are women-owned
  • Vietnamese companies generally have a 1-hour lunch break where everyone takes a nap
  • Excursions like trips to the Mekong Delta or a Vietnamese cooking class
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

Below are a few sample architecture internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

Design Intern at Local Design Company
Have an opportunity to initiate an idea from concept to design development and construction! Other tasks include preparing presentation materials and full set of technical drawing and coordinating with the internal design team and external consultants, vendors, and contractors to ensure quality project delivery.
Architecture Intern
For this position, interns will contribute to architectural design projects by assisting with design development, compiling data, and performing elementary computations. Responsibilities include working in a team environment with project managers, project architects, and interior designers on active production projects, contributing to other designs, and marketing efforts.
“Green” Building Intern at an Architecture Firm
Environmental awareness is at an all-time high all over the world! For this internship you will be working as an environmental consultant for businesses’ building designs. Your main tasks will consist of analyzing and evaluating designs, and ultimately you will get to review and edit businesses’ design applications and ensure they meet the requirements for achieving green building certification.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Life in Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of life in Vietnam, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Vietnam.

Housing Options

Interns will live in single rooms, in shared apartments with other CISabroad participants or other international students and interns. You’ll share a kitchen and usually a bathroom with 1-2 other people so you can cook your own food or head outside the building to find many restaurants and cafes. Each room comes with basic furniture, wifi, and the kitchen has cooking supplies.

Local Life

  • Climate: The hottest days are in April and May, with the coolest December to March.
  • Entertainment: Unlike the gentle and classic beauty of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh is a dynamic city with a number of entertainment forms, day and night.
  • Passion for Food: Studying and living in Ho Chi Minh City is a good chance to experience not only Pho (traditional soup) and Com Tam (broken rice) but also many diverse flavors, from restaurant food to street food.

More About Ho Chi Minh City

Once was called the Pearl of the Far-East, Saigon Gia Dinh (later renamed as Ho Chi Minh City) has never failed that title. Ho Chi Minh City's architecture and lifestyle represent special Vietnamese traits with contemporary touch of American and French characteristics. These days, the city is one of Vietnam's key cultural, trading, and education hubs. And its central location in Southeast Asia is perfect for visiting nearby destinations like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, and Malaysia.

For anyone with a passion for food, studying and living in Ho Chi Minh City offers you the opportunity to experience not only Pho (traditional soup) and Com Tam (broken rice) but also many diverse flavors, from restaurant food to street food. In order to experience the best tastes of street food, you need to know the right places, and the easiest way to do that is getting recommendations from your Vietnamese “buddy,” a local student who is matched with you and will help you acclimate to your new home.

Ho Chi Minh is a dynamic city with a variety of entertainment, day and night. Learn about the history of the city by visiting its famous museums, or simply take in the local culture through strolls through the parks or stops at the many coffee shops. The City’s nightlife is thriving as well. From night markets to clubs to street food stalls, you’ll always have something to keep you busy. And, remember, you’re studying in the tropics! Just over an hour’s drive from Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau offers a relaxing experience on the beach.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Go underground to see the impressive network of tunnels used by Vietnamese soldiers against colonial French powers and during the Vietnam war. More than just a hideout, these tunnels were a way of moving about secretly and were equipped with kitchens, living quarters, and underground hospitals. A must-see!

Mekong Delta

Meet at the mouth of the Mekong where one of the world’s longest rivers meets the South China Sea. The river is home to more than just fish – the Mekong basin is one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. Explore the natural and human-made beauty at the delta, from the rice paddies to the floating markets and pagodas.

Market and City Tour

Orient yourself to your new city! Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is known for its vibrant and buzzing pace. Take a day and see some of what it has to offer. Tour old colonial architecture like the Notre Dame Cathedral (yes, Vietnam has one, too!) or Old Post Office and bargain your way through some of Southeast Asia’s best street markets.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Internships Program Manager

Travel Tip: Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Learn more about Michelle

Thanh Nguyen
Site Director in Vietnam

Travel Tip: Be open minded with the new culture, cuisine, lifestyle etc. You can learn a lot through exploring, adapting and respecting new a culture, a new country. Be well prepared and planned to avoid culture shock in the first few days. Nowadays, there are many travel blogs, food review shows etc. that you can check as a pre-departure information then explore yourself later and have your own stories.

Learn more about Thanh

Student Feedback

Little did I know that I would learn more about myself and the world than anything I could ever learn in a classroom. Being abroad for four months gives you the chance to not only see the touristy places, but also the small details of life that make up the culture in Barcelona.

Lillian Redpath, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

The CISabroad program with School for International Studies in Barcelona gave the best bang for my buck! At a very affordable price, housing; overnight trips with accommodations, transportation, and meals included; cultural and language exchanges; a cooking class; and competitions for tickets to cool things to do around Barcelona were all included. The teachers at SIS are absolutely incredible and many of the classes are related to the history of Barcelona so we go to go on a lot of class trips. Overall I highly recommend CISabroad and particularly this program.

Jamie Dietrich, University of Tampa

I wanted to immerse myself into the culture and really get a feel for what it was like to live there. I met people and experienced so many things that gave me an opportunity to live a completely different life.

Kylie Freitas, Bay Path University

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 15
    May 16
    July 10 | August 7
    $4,790 - $5,690
  • Summer 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    June 13
    August 7 | September 4
    $4,790 - $5,690
  • Fall 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    September 12
    November 6 | December 4
    $4,790 - $5,690
  • Fall 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    July 15
    October 10
    December 4

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.


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Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Orientation in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Intro to Vietnamese language during orientation
  • Multiple excursions depending on the length of your program
  • Internship Placement and support
  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing (homestay)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program