Our Health Electives in Vietnam for international students in medicine, nursing, public health and other health sciences offer a variety of preclinical, clinical, global health and research opportunities at Vietnamese hospitals and host organizations. Placements are tailored to your qualifications and interests. Clinical rotations are particularly available to final-year medical students who desire to meet their medical school elective abroad requirements.
Host sites include university teaching hospitals, other selected urban and rural hospitals and health centers, as well as public health-related NGOs.
Custom placements are available year-round, with flexible durations (minimum 4 weeks).
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
- Work with Asian colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Gain new insight through a unique Asian perspective on healthcare in developing countries.
- Explore the progress and challenges towards development of an Asian success story.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
This course enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement experience. Qualified students are placed with a local hospital or organization in one of various fields, including, among others, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, allied health, oral health or mental health. Students are matched with host organizations according to their level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific placement plan is developed in advance of each stay. Students benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify professional and personal values, strengths and interests
- Describe disease processes, gender disparity, transitional epidemiology and emerging health issues
- Develop realistic diagnostic and management plans for local patients
- Appreciate how culture influences patients’ perspectives on health, disease, and the healing process
- Demonstrate strong communication and interactive skills for dealing with patients and other members of the health care team
- Discuss societal and environmental issues as they affect specific patient groups
The interdisciplinary training focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), storytelling, and career development with special emphasis on international careers and networking.
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in medicine, nursing, public health and other health sciences. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Clinical rotations are available to final year students only. Professionals are welcome to apply as well.
Course requirements and student evaluation
- Course participation and engagement (40%)
- Weekly reflective journal or blog (15%)
- Placement report (15%)
- Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)
4 academic credits are available from our main U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
The Asian Dragon, as it is frequently called, is a major development success story that has experienced remarkable rates of economic growth since the start of 1986 massive political and economic reforms. It is now a middle-income country with a poverty rate of less than 10%, massive influx of foreign investment, and booming modern cities.
The program is set in Central Vietnam with its culturally and historically rich UNESCO World Heritage sites Hue and Hoi An, the gateway city Danang, its pristine beaches and the breathtaking Central Highlands. Placements are typically located in Hue, a small university city, also admired for its exquisite food.
Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.
- Placement and supervision at a host organization
- Pre-placement orientation
- Weekly interdisciplinary training session (typically first four weeks)
- Weekly meeting with the internship supervisor
- Accommodation – either in a host family with breakfast and up to 5 dinners per week (what to expect) or at a local guesthouse with breakfast
- Personal meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the host family or guesthouse
- 24/7 emergency support by GEI staff
Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, health insurance, transportation outside of the orientation days, meals outside of the orientation days and the homestays, academic credits, personal expenses and other extras.
1 academic credit per 50 hours is available at an additional fee of US $125 per credit from the U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
Thuy, our Vietnamese Country Manager, is the main coordinator for clinical rotations and other health placements in Vietnam. She has a Master’s degree in Gender & Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and previously worked as Vice Director of the Center for Social Research and Development in Hue. She also gained experience as a Visiting Lecturer in different parts of Vietnam.
(minimum 4 weeks)
Starting at US $2,390
- 4-week placement: US $2,390
- Every additional week: US $390
1 credit per 50 hours
- Program flyer: PDF download