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International Educational Experience in Vietnam

Application Information for: HoChiMinh City (HCMC) - Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (M1s only)


  • To enter Vietnam, you will need a valid passport with at least six months validity remaining and a Vietnamese visa, a visa
    exemption document, or a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival. You may obtain a visa or a visa exemption document
    from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate prior to traveling to Vietnam. To obtain a written approval letter to enter, you must
    contact a travel agency prior to departure. U.S. citizens have reported unscrupulous travel agencies taking advantage of travelers
    and charging extremely high fees upon landing.
  • Please be aware that Vietnam has two fees: 1) the visa fee and 2) the visa processing fee. The visa fees are sometimes posted
    on the Vietnamese Embassy's website, but U.S. Embassy and Consulate officials have received reports of processing fees
    varying from one applicant to another and from one issuing entity to another. The US State Department has brough this concern
    to the attention of Vietnamese officials, but the problem persists.
  • Please read the entire US Department of State information re: travel to Vietnam:
  • Vietnamese Embassy Website visa application process:

Application Process

Application Information
They can accommodate 3-4 students
There is no language requirement

Application Fees

There is a $300 USD application fee that is not refundable.

Rotation Information

Available to SOM summer between M1 and M2.

Infectious Diseases or Internal Medicine


Application Process

  • A statement of Purpose - clearly state your education status (year, school), specialty, date and duration of placement in Vietnam;
  • A letter of recommendation from the Dean of the SOM (We have these for you);
  • A current CV
  • A copy of your passport


A non-refundable application fee of $300 USD PAID UPON ARRIVAL


If you do not already have a passport, I would encourage you to start that process. Here is the link to the US State Department website that addresses passport applications:

More Information About Vietnam

Please read the entire US Department of State information re: travel to Vietnam:



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Last modified: Sep 24, 2019