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A land with scenes of natural beauty and a culturally-complex population, ranging from dynamic megacities to hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and familiar. The traditional image of lush rice paddies and conical hats is here, but so are high-rise office buildings and ultra-modern shopping malls.

Vietnam is a country bursting with energy and forward motion. You’ll feel this in the activity on the streets, from the food vendors selling local delights such traditional “pho” to fruit smoothies, and the internationally renowned sandwich – a “banh mi”. You’ll see it in the gracious charm of the Vietnamese people as they welcome you to their homes and invite you to share their food and experience their culture.

Program Description


The study program “A Glimpse into the Soul of Vietnam: Culture, History, Arts, Music and more” (GSVN program) is hosted by Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM) as an effort to introduce the beauty of Vietnamese culture, arts, music, and history to international students. The program is operated by International Education Institute (IEI-VNUHCM), an affiliated unit of VNUHCM.

Participating in this program, students will be offered the unique opportunity to discover Vietnam by spending 14 days diving into Vietnam’s vivid history and culture, exploring the livable city life in Ho Chi Minh City through its perspectives of arts, music, cuisine, and attractive sites; learning about the Vietnamese wet rice culture through a two-day field trip to the Mekong Delta.

The GSVN program is uniquely designed and led by educational experts at Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City, offering a diverse assortment of lectures mixed with carefully designed field trips guided by academic experts, and fascinating hands-on activities/workshops. The practical-theoretical integration design of the program will ensure that the students will have a panoramic view of the thousands of years of Vietnamese culture in a short period and having fun at the same time.

At the end of each day, students are asked to write a 300-word reflective journal entry to enrich their learning experiences. On Day 13, students are expected to share their journal entries with their lecturers and course mates in forms of presentations/roundtable discussions. Overall, this two-week study program is designed to spark students’ deepest curiosity on the rich and beautiful culture of Vietnam.

Additionally, having an optional evaluation component, the program can be taken to fulfill a three-credit course. If students want to transfer their credits back to their home institutions, they are required to fulfill the program’s evaluation scheme.



All college students who desire to explore the world and are interested in learning about Vietnam and its culture, arts, music, cuisine and history are eligible.

The GSVN program is designed as a three-credit course. Students who wish to transfer the course credit back to their home university shall complete all evaluation components of the course, which are specified in the Evaluation and Grading section. Official transcript will be provided to the students upon request in two weeks from the last day of the program.



The program will be held two times in 2020:

Summer Program:

May 31 – Jun 14, 2020 

Application deadline: Mar 31, 2020

Payment deadline: April 17, 2020

Winter Program: 

Nov 1 – Nov 14, 2020

Application deadline: Sept 1, 2020

Payment deadline: Sept 18, 2020

Program Cost


Program Cost: $2500/student


  • In-country transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Lecture fees
  • Hands-on workshops/activities
  • Field trip fees
  • Administration fees for IEI-VNUHCM

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Vietnam visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals that are unspecified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, communication, snacks, and souvenirs

After receiving our approval email, please transfer your program fee of $2500 to the following bank accounts to confirm your participation in the program:

Account Name:VNUHCM – International Education Institute 
Account No.(USD Account): 1012 580 597
Address: Joint Stock Commercial Bank For Foreign Trade Of Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City Branch, 
Vietcombank Tower, 5 Cong truong Me Linh, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC.

Please provide the following details on Deposit slip or the Telegraphic Transfer (TT) Application:
* Student name
* Date of Birth
* Name of program: A Glimpse into the Soul of Vietnam

Evaluation and Grading


The GSVN program can be taken to fulfill a three-credit course. Students who wish to transfer the course credits back to their home universities must complete course quizzes and assignments.

Evaluation of Student Performance Weighted as Percentages of the Total Grade:

  • Attendance 10%
  • Multiple-Choice Quizzes 30%
  • Reflective Journals 30%
  • Group Presentations 30%
  • Total 100%

About Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)


Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM) was founded in 1995 according to the Government’s Decree No. 16/CP on the basis of the merger of nine universities in Ho Chi Minh City. Being a multidisciplinary, highly qualified and advanced center for post-secondary education and science – technology research activities and owing a unique operational regulation, VNUHCM has played a key role in the national higher education system.

VNUHCM’s headquarters are located in Linh Trung Ward, Thủ Đức District, Ho Chi Minh City. It currently has eight member units: University of Technology; University of Science; University of Social Sciences and Humanities; International University; University of Information Technology; University of Economics and Law; An Giang University; and Institute for Environment and Resources. VNUHCM also consists of 27 affiliated units that are responsible for facilitating academic and professional training, research, and technology transfer activity within VNUHCM. The close cooperation among the member and affiliated units generates a systematic power for VNUHCM accomplishing its mission to become one of the top higher education organizations in Asia.

VNUHCM is proud to be the home of the most talented team of scientists, researchers, and scholars of the nation. In total, there are more than 3.400 professors and associate professors and 1.300 Ph.D. holders working as full-time faculty for the University.

VNUHCM currently has more than 60.000 undergraduate students studying 138 programs/groups of programs related to technology, science, social sciences and humanities, economics, medical science. In terms of postgraduate education, VNUHCM offers 125 master programs and 89 doctoral programs.





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