Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Program: CET Vietnam: Development, Public Health, Environment
Duration: Fall or Spring


Program Overview

CET's Vietnam program is based in Ho Chi Minh City and includes excursions to the War Museum, the Women's Museum, Central Vietnam, and the Mekong Delta. Students spend a majority of each term in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam’s largest and most market oriented city.

CET arranges activities for students each week, including visits to cultural and historical sites, performances, museums and art galleries. Special dinners, excursions, and other events involve Vietnamese roommates and provide our students with more opportunities to share time with their Vietnamese peers.

CET students will travel on a ten-day study trip through north and central Vietnam, visiting the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum in Hanoi, other sites in the capital. In the central region, students explore the history and architecture of Hue and Hoi An, investigate archeological vestiges of the ancient Cham civilization in My Son and Danang, and visit the DMZ, Bach Na national Park or the Phong Nha cave complex.


Participating students receive the equivalent of four Clark units per semester (16 credits), provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Required core courses are Society and State in Contemporary Vietnam and the service project or independent study, taught in English. Students also study Vietnamese language. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.

Students must study Vietnamese language selecting either a standard or intensive course of study. Students may choose to participate in a semester-long service-learning placement. These students must also take the course International Service in the Developing World. Students may enroll in 1- 3 electives. All of the special topic courses are taught in English by American or Vietnamese faculty. Clark students must take 15-18 credits to receive a full-semester's worth of Clark credit.

Students also have an opportunity for a service-learning internship, gaining hands-on experience at a local organization. Placements may be fields of:

  • Public Health
  • Sustainable Living
  • Education


Housing & Meals

CET students live with Vietnamese roommates in a student guesthouse. Students should expect simple but comfortable conditions in the guesthouse, including air-conditioning, private telephones, and ample space. A cafeteria in the guesthouse serves selected meals, but students commonly eat with fellow students and roommates at the downtown area’s many diverse restaurants, cafes and stalls. Students also occasionally have group meals in Ho Chi Minh City and on study trips. CET recommends that you budget at least $6-8 per day for food.

Program Costs

Clark Spring Clark Fall CET Vietnam
Tuition $21,000.00 $21,000.00 $21,000.00
Housing $2,200.00 $2,700.00  $                2,700.00
Food $1,775.00 $1,775.00  $                1,100.00
Admin Fee $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00
Total  $24,975.00 $25,475.00 $25,800.00

Students will be billed for the cost of Clark tuition through their student accounts each semester. Housing, food and other program fees for excursions, on-site transportation, insurance or other fees may be billed directly by the program. There is a one-time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill.

Remember that there might additional fees for using books, supplies,clubs, gyms, computers, laundry, transportation, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check with your host institution to see if further information is available. Personal travel, non-academic fees, gifts or other personal expesnes are the responsibility of the student.

As they do at Clark, students should anticipate needing additional spending money. Costs for some items vary so widely, it is up to students to research costs for their chosen destination. These costs can include:


  • Personal expenses including personal travel
  • Transportation & Airfare (both getting to and from your site and any on-site travel)
  • School supplies or books
  • Passport, visa or residence permit
  • Insurance & immunizations

Application Information

In addition to Clark approval to study abroad, students must fill out the program specific application. Students should begin both processes at the same time.

1. Submit your CET application for CET- Vietnam: Public Health and Service Learning.
2. Select the desired program and click on the "Apply Now" tab
3. Create a login and password (you do not need to submit the application fee)

All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CET Vietnam program requirements.

Additional Resources

Any information on this page is subject to change.