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CIS Australia - Arts and Culture in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
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CIS Australia - Arts and Culture in Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Program dates: 23 June - 20 July 2019
CIS application deadline: 26 April 2019
Duration: Approx 4 weeks
Type: Non-exchange only

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Program Description
Part of the Melbourne-based university, RMIT Vietnam brings to the heart of Asia a globalised study environment and a world-renowned education. Your classes will be taught in English but you will be immersed with local Vietnamese students. Vietnam and RMIT are both known for their hospitality, and the students at RMIT are always keen to meet other international students from around the globe. With over 60 student-run clubs and societies, students will have the chance to be involved in a huge range of activities, including sports and fitness, various activities and events on campus, volunteer programs and more!

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Academic Information

Level: Undergraduate
Language:  English
Relevant subject areas: Innovation & Commercialisation, Vietnamese Photography Studio, Contemporary and Traditional Vietnamese Fashion Studies
Credit points: 3 US Credits

View all course information on the CIS website.
Applying for academic credit
This program is available on a non-exchange basis only. If you wish to receive academic credit towards your University of Sydney course you must have approval from your faculty prior to departure.
How to apply for academic credit.

Useful Information 

Local Overview
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial landmarks, including the Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thành Market.

HCMC is a city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with great energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle there, and visitors cannot help but tag along for the ride. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage blends these two worlds into one exciting mass.

Host institution
RMIT University Vietnam, South Saigon campus, is an Asian campus of Melbourne-based university RMIT – one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious universities. Established in 2000, RMIT was the first international university in Vietnam. RMIT Vietnam’s campus is a purpose-built, contemporary educational facility with education quality governed and assessed to Australian standards. The University is home to more than 6,000 students, primarily local Vietnamese.

The university is located in the education district of HCMC, about 7km from the city centre (about a 15-minute taxi ride or 25-minute bus ride) and offers programs from Business and Management to Design, Photography and Fashion.

Participants on this program will be provided with either a single bedroom in a shared apartment or a single apartment, pending availability. We suggest students accept their CISaustralia Program Offer early to secure their place and accommodation. Apartments are modest, but always safe, clean and in good residential neighbourhoods.

View full accommodation details on the CIS website.


Program fee: $4,999AUD
Program fee includes:Tuition fees, CISaustralia support, pre-departure guide and session, Transport card (1,500 Yen), airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times), accommodation, orientation, health and medical insurance (if requested), city tour, at least one full-day cultural excursion or equivalent, local Vietnamese student buddy program, sports and recreation facilitie, CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support 

Scholarships: Scholarships for this program are still being finalised. Check this page for updates in 2019.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, some meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

Student Experiences

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How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (April/May) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.
If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at

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