Students can experience a semester rich with history, vibrant food, and diverse entertainment in a place that has become one of Vietnam’s key cultural, trading, and education hubs — Ho Chi Minh City. Its central location in Southeast Asia makes it a great hub for visiting nearby destinations like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, and Malaysia. Study in English at a contemporary university with Vietnamese classmates and international faculty!
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Fall: May 15
Spring: November 1
- Avg Course Load
- 3-4 courses (12-16 U.S. credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Enjoy time with your “buddy,” a local student who will show you around
- International faculty members enrich your classroom experience
- Just over an hour's drive outside the city, you can visit Vung Tau beach for tan skin, fresh air and sunshine
- Vietnamese culture is distinct: a fusion of Chinese, Japanese, American and French cultures
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.
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.
The residential halls have single studio apartments, and multi-share accommodation in three and five bedroom apartments. All apartments are fully furnished and air-conditioned. Bedrooms come with an in-room safety deposit box, wireless connectivity to the University’s intranet, and a locally based printer. The accommodation is managed by our professionally trained, friendly residential management team, who are on site 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
You will share quiet reading and study spaces within the building, provided for the exclusive use of residents. There are kitchens on every level so you can cook your own meals, or alternatively enjoy dining with your friends at the varied food outlets on campus.
- 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.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
RMIT University Vietnam offers programs from business and management to design, fashion, and engineering. All CISabroad students will enroll in Culture and Context in Vietnam, an exploratory course designed to introduce students to Vietnam’s history, culture, and society.
When selecting your classes, use the RMIT online course catalog. You can choose from many different courses, but here are some tips for using this database:
- You can use either the course code lookup feature, or skip the first two boxes to browse all courses in a field of study
- Your level of study should be “Undergraduate” in the drop down menu
- Be sure to select the correct Semester term you are looking for. Semester 1 = Spring; Semester 2 = Summer; Semester 3 = Fall
- Under the “Campus” drop down menu be sure to select “Saigon South” so you aren’t reading about courses only offered in a different city!
To view the full course catalog online with more course options click here.
RMIT University Vietnam, South Saigon campus, is an Asian campus of Melbourne-based university RMIT, which is Australia's biggest university. Established in 2000, RMIT was the first international university in Vietnam. RMIT Vietnam’s campus is a purpose-built, contemporary educational facility with comparable standards to many U.S. campuses and is home to more than 5,000 students, primarily Vietnamese.
The university is located in the education district of HCMC, about 4 miles from city center (about a 15-minute taxi ride or 25-minute bus ride) and offers programs from business and management to design, fashion, and engineering. All CISabroad students will enroll in Culture and Context in Vietnam, an exploratory course designed to introduce you to Vietnam’s history, culture, and society.
RMIT’s facilities are comparable to many small “western” campuses. It has typical learning facilities like modern, smart classrooms, a library with both hard and e-copies of learning resources, and an academic support center. Additionally, to support the social side of attending university, there’s a large recreation complex, several food and coffee outlets (even a Subway on campus!), a campus health center, and intramural sports, clubs, and activities organized by the student union.
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
MANAGER OF PROGRAMS - Asia, Pacific, and Africa
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalJune 18 (Estimated)DepartureSeptember 22 (Estimated)PRICE$12,990
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalOctober 15 (Estimated)DepartureJanuary 27 (Estimated)PRICE$12,990
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalFebruary 18 (Estimated)DepartureMay 25 (Estimated)PRICE$12,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Interested in extending your stay? You could earn up to a $1,000 discount! Many students wish they could extend their time abroad. It’s often easier to do so before your program starts, rather than when you’re on site. From doing a full-year program to adding an internship or even combining two programs in different countries, there are many ways we can help you. Ask your global advisor for more info.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- On-site support
- Two day and one overnight excursion optional
- RMIT official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program