CET Vietnam

Video and Photos

Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh
Sa Pa Travels
Sa Pa Travels
Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnam photos
Vietnam photos
AO Show
AO Show
Farewell Photo
Farewell Photo
Flower Street
Flower Street
At a waterfall!
At a waterfall!

About

Looking to experience international development in action? On top of engaging electives and Vietnamese language classes, CET Vietnam gives you the chance to roll up your sleeves and dive in with a customizable curriculum. Interested in research? Want to intern at a local non-profit? You get to decide. Multidisciplinary courses, taught in English, provide background knowledge for hands-on experiences, and challenge you to look for broader applications of the theories you learn. You'll also live with a Vietnamese roommate to bring cultural immersion into your home life, too. No matter your choice of curriculum, your classes get you out the door and learning in the city and Vietnam—you'll even have a 9-day Traveling Seminar to bring development themes to life. All CET Vietnam programs are open to students of all majors and language levels, including heritage learners.

Highlights
  • Development studies in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City
  • Customizable Vietnamese language instruction
  • Internship or guided research opportunities
  • Out-of-classroom learning & assignments
  • Traveling Seminar to North & Central Vietnam and an excursion to the Mekong Delta

Questions & Answers

Reviews

94%
based on 17 reviews
  • Academics 7.7
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 8.9
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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad in Saigon, Vietnam

My experience studying abroad in Vietnam was great. I took Vietnamese language classes, classes on Vietnam's development and public health, and had a service learning placement at a local NGO. Both CET staff and Vietnamese language teachers were extremely helpful and nice. I learned a lot both inside and outside of the classroom. What I experienced and observed during daily life in Vietnam was explained by what we discussed in class and vice versa. My service learning placement was a terrific experience, I had the opportunity to interact with Vietnamese staff and volunteers. We exchanged knowledge and I gained professional experience. My day to day life consisted of going to classes, studying with friends, frequenting the nearby alley for lunch, and exploring Saigon's markets and parks. I had the opportunity to experience other places in Vietnam as well, thanks to the traveling seminars and personal traveling during spring break, in which I went on a trekking trip. The food was delicious and inexpensive. I had to buy water and be careful of petty theft, but overall felt very safe in HCMC. A wonderful program and wonderful country that opened me up to so much new knowledge, experiences, and possibilities.

What would you improve about this program?
A little bit bigger enrollment. I liked the small program, but a few more students would be beneficial.
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Loan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Vietnam Experience

I would usually have one or two classes a day. Vietnamese language classes were intensive and three hours three days a week. The teachers from VLS were all very friendly and welcoming. The classes taken with CET were also very interesting and really helped me to adjust to the new environment I found myself in. For meals, my friends and I loved to go to the small restaurants in an alleyway nearby CET. The food was always delicious but you do have to be wary of the quality of water. The workload was not too stressful so we had plenty of free time to explore the city. There are many fun small markets and stores to check out. One of the highlights was definitely spring break when my friends and I travelled to Sapa and Ha Long Bay. One difficulty we encountered was theft. When walking on the street, one has to be very careful because someone will probably try to steal your purse or phone. It is important to be aware and cautious.

Response from CET Academic Programs

Thanks for taking the time to write a review on your CET program! It's always wonderful to hear about your experiences abroad and is invaluable to us as we help new students make the most of their study abroad experience. Please stay in touch! Join our LinkedIn group; follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; and feel free to contact us if you'd like to discuss any aspect of your experience further. -Shelley Jessee, CET staff