Program Overview

Make the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City – still known to many as Saigon – your home this summer. Study in English at a contemporary university with Vietnamese classmates and international faculty. Your three weeks in Southeast Asia will expose you to the country’s history, vibrant food, and diverse entertainment it is known for in the region. Vietnam’s central location in Southeast Asia makes it a great hub for visiting nearby destinations like Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos or continuing to discover Vietnam in places like Hanoi and Hạ Long!

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
May 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • RMIT Buddy to help you adjust to your school and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Modern university in a bustling city ready to be explored
  • 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.

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

Single bedrooms in shared apartments, or single apartments in apartment buildings in residential areas of central District 1 or District 3.  

Apartment amenities:

Fridge, microwave, wifi, TV, aircon, mini kitchen, toilet, bathroom, double bed,  desk, chair, internet, weekly cleaning, all linen and utensils included.

Local Life

  • Climate: The hottest days are in April and May, with the coolest December to March.
  • Entertainment: Unlike the gentle & classic beauty of Ha Noi, 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 flavours, 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 excursions. This program includes one day excursion as well as a city tour. 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

An Introduction to Contemporary Vietnamese Fine Art
Vietnam’s relatively recent emergence onto the international art scene reflects its rapid cultural, economic and technological change. This study tour will direct your own learning by identifying and investigating the cultural, historical, and contemporary aspects and practice of contemporary Vietnamese art.

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.

Vietnamese Photography Studio: Ho Chi Minh City through the Lens
In this Study Tour, you will develop photographic ideas and skills by investigating the cultural, historical and aesthetic qualities of modern Ho Chi Minh City. Your knowledge and personal approach will be developed through active engagement with the city, including gallery visits, excursions and on-site projects. Reflection on the many aspects of your study experience will inform your own photographic collection, produced during your immersive time in Vietnam.

Vietnam Urban Architecture: Learning from HCMC
The built environment of Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most dynamic laboratories of architecture and design. It’s fast-growing, super dense, and has a fascinating emerging architectural scene built on a culture of intimate scale, material texture, and engagement with the natural environment. In this course you will be immersed in the city, observing it closely and speculating on its future through design projects. You’ll be part of a team of designers in an intensive studio producing a catalogue of your creative observations and visions for the city, from fine lanes to high rise. Meet architects working in this environment and see the street life that makes it so rich.

The 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.

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

Program Support

Meet 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.

Ongoing Support

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

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 2018
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    June 24 (Estimated)
    June 24 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 25 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 13 (Estimated)
    July 14 (Estimated)

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

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