Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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  • Fall Semester - September - December
  • Spring Semester - Late January - Mid May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

The program, based at the University of Ho Chi Minh City, emphasizes independent field study as much as classroom learning. You will visit areas of the South, including the rice basket Mekong River Delta and sites associated with recent Vietnamese history. You will also travel north to Hanoi, the nation's capital, which has a very different flavor, visiting en route locations such as the imperial capital of Hue, the former U.S. military center of DaNang and the coastal town of Nha Trang.


Students will take the following courses: Intensive Language (beginning-advance) Culture and Development Seminar (A&S Category IV) Methods and Techniques of Field Study Seminar (A&S Category IV) Independent Study Project (A&S Category IV) The Independent Study Project mentioned above allows students to investigate and research their own topics of study. Students will develop a project in consultation with a program faculty member. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad. In this unique program you advance from a structured learning environment to a more independent one as the Semester progresses. Each component of the program leads you to a comprehensive understanding of the Vietnamese culture. The seven interrelated components are: Program Orientation, Intensive Language Study, Homestay, Culture & Development Seminar (including lectures, readings and discussions on Vietnamese History, Politics, Geography, Economics, Cultural Anthropology, Arts & Humanities, and field trips), Methods and Techniques of Field Study Seminar, Independent Study Project, and Program Evaluation.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.5
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Completed Host Institution Application Forms
    • Personal statement
    • Independent study project proposal
    • $50 Application Fee (payable to School for International Training)
    • Official transcript
    • 4 passport-sized photos
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • 2 letters of recommendation
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Accommodations during the program include homestays, guest houses, hostels, educational institutions, or small hotels. Home hospitality arrangements are facilitated to afford opportunities for optimal cultural learning.


Viet Nam, the new "Asian tiger" holds a pivotal place in contemporary U.S. consciousness. Recovering from decades of war and subsequent isolation, the country is opening rapidly to foreign business investment, diplomatic cooperation, and education exchange. Ho Chi Minh City, often still called Saigon, was the capital of the former U.S.-supported Republic of Viet Nam and is a vibrant commercial center with nearly four million people.