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Program Description

Overview


Video courtesy of RMIT University Vietnam

Quick Facts

  • June 15th is the priority review deadline for spring applicants and February 1st is the priority review deadline for fall applicants.  If space remains after this deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills
  • Choose between one of two campuses in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi)
  • Courses available in business, communications and marketing, design, finance, management, and technology
  • Teaching staff come from a wide range of countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and the UK
  • Eligibility requirements: must have completed 2 full-time semesters (24 credits) at ASU with grades posted at time of application, cumulative ASU GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • The competitiveness of this program is considered low.  Contact the International Coordinator for more details.

Location


RMIT Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh City skyline

RMIT Vietnam Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market

Location Details

Located in South East Asia, Vietnam occupies the south of the Indochina Peninsula with the shape of an elongated ‘S’. A tropical country, Vietnam has diverse scenery: from soaring mountains to white sandy beaches, from tropical forests to mysterious caves.

Vietnam is also where you can find a feast of history and culture. Vietnamese culture is distinct: a fusion  of Chinese, Japanese, American and French cultures.

The country is divided into three areas: North Vietnam, Central Vietnam and South Vietnam. While the North is known for its old and historic capital, Central Vietnam is famous for its spectacular beaches and lagoons. Coming to the South, you will encounter dynamic Ho Chi Minh City’s modern life. Living and studying in Vietnam will you an opportunity to explore a unique, historic, exotic, yet rapidly developing country.

RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Photos courtesy of RMIT Vietnam

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. 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 Withdrawal Policy

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.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

Curriculum
Take a variety of courses from different departments as long as you meet the pre-requisite requirements and the course is not full.  All courses are taught in English.  You must enroll in a minimum of the equivalent of 12 ASU credit hours.

Academic Opportunities/Restrictions

Course Restrictions Academic disciplines are different on the Saigon South Campus and the Hanoi Campus.  The Hanoi campus has more limited academic options and applications are assessed by RMIT on a case-by-case basis.  Be sure to check when/where the course is offered.
Course List from previous semesters Click here
Course Syllabi from RMIT-Vietnam  1. Click here
 2. Search for a course
 3.Click on the course code
 4. Scroll all the way down
Submit an RMIT Syllabus for Evaluation Click here
Evaluated Courses (may not be offered during your term of study) Click here
 
Academic Culture

Please note that though this program is in Vietnam, RMIT is an Australian university and the courses will be taught with Australian pedagogy.

Academic Schedule
Term Dates (estimated) Semester 1 (Spring): early March-early June
Semester 2 (Fall): late June-early October

Semester 3 (cannot participate)

Click here for the academic calendar.
 
Course Registration Timeline During application process.
Course Registration Process Students select at least 6 courses during the application process.  These are evaluated for pre-requisites/course availability by each department and provided approval or denial.  
 

Course Levels, Credits & Grades

 
  RMIT-VIetnam ASU
Course Levels 1000 Level Lower division
2000 Level Lower division or Upper division (Courses will be evaluated based on content).
3000 Level Upper division
Credit All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.
Click here to view how credits and grades at RMIT-Vietnam will convert to ASU credits and grades.
Grades
 




RMIT Vietnam students in lib
Video and photo courtesy of RMIT University Vietnam
 

Housing

RMIT Vietnam housing

RMIT Vietnam SGS housing

Program Housing

Living on campus is often hailed as the ultimate in university experiences. On the Ho Chi Minh City campus, you can do it in style, in a studio apartment that gives you privacy to make the most of your study and quiet time, or in a shared apartment that reduces your costs and expands your social scene. With two air-conditioned restaurants, four cafes, two large outdoor cafeterias, a convenience store, a stationery shop, a gym, a taxi rank, and 24 hour security, you'll have everything you'll ever want or need at your fingertips if you choose to stay in the student accommodation on Saigon South campus. 

Please note that on-campus accommodation has a curfew and does not allow guests.

You can read more about on-campus accommodation costs, options, and policies here.

In Hanoi, you can find a single or shared apartment ranging from USD $1300-$1700 per semester.

Students who want to live off-campus need to arrange their own accommodation, but advice and assistance are provided from RMIT. When living off-campus, students should be prepared for a daily but affordable commute by taxi or motorcycle taxi.

Photos courtesy of RMIT University Vietnam

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 Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services 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

Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee 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.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.
 

Funding

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. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/01/2020
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: June 15th is the priority application deadline for spring. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 02/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: February 1st is the priority application deadline for fall. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: June 15th is the priority application deadline for spring. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** 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