Program Overview

Make the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City – still known to many as Saigon – your home this summer. Study in English at RMIT Vietnam, a contemporary university with Vietnamese classmates and international faculty. Your three weeks in Vietnam will expose you to the country’s history, aromatic food, and diverse entertainment. Vietnam’s central location in Southeast Asia makes it a hub for visiting nearby destinations like Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. You should also check out other Vietnamese cities including Hanoi and Ha Long!

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
May 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Highlights
  • RMIT Buddy to help you adjust to your school and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Study in an affordable unique location
  • Centrally located for traveling to more of Southeast Asia
  • Art, humanities, and business options for a variety of students
  • Distinct culture with a fusion of Chinese, Japanese, French and American
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.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

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.


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. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

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.

GPA Requirement

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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

At RMIT University Vietnam, South Saigon campus, choose from the following courses during your Summer in Vietnam program. Click on each link for a full PDF about the course.

Contemporary and Traditional Vietnamese Fashion Studies
In this study tour, you will be introduced to the blend of modern and traditional fashion and culture that inform the thriving and contemporary fashion scene in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You will be introduced to a unique range of resources that will inform the process of creating your own version of the traditional Vietnamese costume the ‘Ao Dai’. Following an initial research phase, you will then design your own Ao Dai, before visiting fabric markets and silk suppliers, and having your unique design crafted by a local tailor. The Study Tour will also include visits to local fashion brands and stores, manufacturers, museums (including the Ao Dai Museum), workshops and lectures at RMIT University.

Innovation and Commercialization
In this course you will undertake a process that integrates comprehension and skills of entrepreneurship, innovation, commercialization, and strategic management with your basic prior knowledge of accounting, finance, statistics, marketing, and sales. Students will learn how to evaluate a business opportunity and develop it through the various stages of commercialization towards an operational business model for early-stage enterprises. Using case study, project management, and a launch/marketing game approach, students will apply an entrepreneurial process; examine business strategy and the development of markets, products/services, business models, financial performance and measurement design.

 

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.

Alexandra Woolner
Manager of Programs - Asia, Pacific, and Africa

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

Learn more about Alexandra

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

I believe that RMIT Vietnam gave me a lot this year! First of all, the chance to get to know another culture and another country by arranging tours and helping me discover Ho Chi Minh City. RMIT allowed me to meet amazing students and exchange experiences, emotions and stories with them. I’ve never experienced the emotions and feelings that I’ve felt during my time at RMIT Vietnam. The campus is welcoming and definitely a pleasant place to study and do sports!

J. Smith, Marketing

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
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    Arrival
    June 28
    Departure
    July 20
    PRICE
    $3,990

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

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

SAVE $500 off any 2019 Vietnam program with the promo code VIETNAM500 on your application. Apply by your chosen term’s application deadline to be eligible for this offer!

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:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • 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