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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam Mekong
Cathedral Ho Chi Minh


This program is a month long English-speaking internship program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where students are able to gain valuable work experience. The program provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Vietnamese workplace, visit ancient historical sites, and learn about Vietnamese language and culture.

Quick Facts

  • May 27 - June 24, 2020
  • Open to any major!
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Credit Offered!
  • Enhance your resume with valuable personalized internship experience in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!
  • English-speaking internships; no prior knowledge of Vietnamese needed.
  • Overnight trip to Mekong River Delta, Black Lady Mountain, Cao Dai Temple, Ben Thanh Market Tour, Cu Chi Tunnel Tour, War Museum tour, attend a business networking seminar and more.
  • Earn 6 college credits in 1-month
  • Honors projects available for non-internship course!

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Ho Chi Minh City cityscape
Mekong Delta River


Location Details

HO CHI MINH CITY (historically known as SAIGON)
Ho Chi Minh City is known for its French Colonial landmarks (such as its Notre-Dame Cathedral) made entirely of materials imported from France.  Formerly known as Saigon, the “Fall of Saigon” marked the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975.  Students will enjoy the intersection of culture, history and commerce that is intrinsic to the largest city in Vietnam.  

My Tho is a market town nestled on the north bank of the Mekong River.  River traffic is busy with a variety of transport, from elegant sampans to cargo boats, between the riverbanks and islands.  Students will see firsthand the livelihoods (and lifestyles) of people who live in this lush environment. The overnight to the Mekong River Delta provides a chance to cruise down the river in two places, while visiting local villages. We will also visit the Cai Rang floating market. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that no one should go to Vietnam and not experience.


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

From CRCC Asia: 

Students will receive guidance from CRCC Asia on the visa process for Vietnam after being accepted into the program. 

Further information of the Vietnam visa eligibility and process is available on:



Eligibility Requirements

  • This program is open to all majors.  This program is great for Marketing, Engineering, Leadership, and Computer Science majors!
  • 2.25 GPA (otherwise, letter of recommendation and a writing sample are required)
  • No prior knowledge of Vietnamese is needed!


Students choose TWO courses from the following options for a total of 6 credits:

Course #1: 
IDS 401: Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (125 hours of Internship)
IDS 484: Internship (135 hours of Internship)
OGL 484: Internship (135 hours of Internship)
OGL 365: Vietnamese Organizations (125 hours of Internship) (SB)
MKT 484: WP Carey Internship (135 hours of Internship)
OGL 584: Masters Internship

Course #2:
IDS 315: Senior Seminar: The Global Workplace (SB)
OGL 350: Diversity and Organizations - Spotlight on Vietnam (L & C)
IDS 499: Individualized Instruction
OGL 482: Pro-Seminar II (L)
OGL 598: Special Topics (for Masters students only)

Students will be responsible for pre-departure work.  This work will be available beginning May 18 and will be due prior to arriving in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Students may be eligible to earn SGS credit as part of their graduation requirements while on this program. In order to do so, students must contact their academic advisor as part of the application process to discuss this option. Students will not be awarded SGS credit retroactively.


Ho Chi Mihn City View

Summer Interns



Faculty Directors

Dr. Brent Scholar
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: USE 223 (Tempe)
Phone: 480-965-9047 or 480-420-4724 (cell)
Email: Brent.Scholar@asu.ed

Dr. Paula Veach
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: USE 226 (Tempe)
Phone: 623-258-9634

Brent Scholar
Paula Veach



Program Housing

ASU students stay in serviced apartments that are within walking distance of public transportation.  
Students will stay with one or two other students of the same gender.  Each person will have a bedroom and will share a bathroom, living room, and kitchen.  Apartments have air conditioning, internet access, and television.  Bed linens and towels are provided and are changed weekly. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Vietnam, most public places and public transportation are not accessible to persons with disabilities. Sidewalks, curb ramps, restrooms, road crossings, and tourist areas are not equipped to assist such individuals. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $7,145.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for six credits, housing in student apartments, orientation activities, site visits and cultural events, internship placement and visa services, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. 
Not included:
ASU student fees, airfare, passport fees, meals, independent travel, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program




Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/12/2020
Rolling Admission 05/27/2020 06/24/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.