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
- Avg Course Load
- U.S. credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Vietnamese
Key Program Highlights
- 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.
Below are a few sample architecture internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
The adventures were insane and I couldn’t have done them anywhere else besides Costa Rica. And the people I met will forever hold a special place in my heart. I became so close with some students and my housemates, but I also met “Ticos” (Costa Ricans) that it almost broke my heart to leave them.
Traveling to Japan is an adventure waiting to happen and so long as you keep an open mind you will create more memories and friendships than you ever could have imagined. Through your classes, excursions, and walking around the streets of Tokyo you will experience the beautiful culture of Japan and leave with the wish to return to the great country again and again.
“Through CISabroad, I still have a few friends I made and we catch up till this day, which makes me so grateful for this experience.”
Your Support Staff
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.
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.
Summer 2019: Session 1
Application DeadlineFebruary 15ArrivalMay 16DepartureJuly 10 | August 7PRICE$4,790 - $5,690
Summer 2019: Session 2
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalJune 13DepartureAugust 7 | September 4PRICE$4,790 - $5,690
Fall 2019: Session 1
Application DeadlineJune 15ArrivalSeptember 12DepartureNovember 6 | December 4PRICE$4,790 - $5,690
Fall 2019: Session 2
Application DeadlineJuly 15ArrivalOctober 10DepartureDecember 4PRICE$4,790
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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