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Visa in Vietnam

Incoming students will need a Business (DN) Visa (Single-Entry) which allows any person to enter Vietnam for interning or working up to 90 days. Please let us know if you would like it changed to multiple-entry. The visa application requirements and procedures are different depending on students’ nationalities, however, generally you will be asked to provide the following documents when applying for a visa at any foreign embassies or consulates of Vietnam (click here for the Directory of foreign embassies and consulates of Vietnam):

a. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months at the date of entry and with at least one blank page available for the Vietnam visa

b. Vietnamese visa application form (click here for the online visa form)

c. Passport photo(s) taken within the last 01 year and 4 x 6cm in size

d. An official letter of acceptance/invitation from the Vietnamese host school/company

e. A proof of tuition fees payment (usually for study in Vietnam applicants who wish their host schools in Vietnam to sponsor their visa applications only)

*Important Note: Students interning at NGOs in Vietnam can get a different type of visa with the support/sponsor from the NGOs.

Length of Stay & Visa Fee

Vietnam visas are generally issued for single or multiple entries with a validity of up to 3 months or 1 year depending on the approval from the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

You will also be asked to pay the visa fee upon the submission of your visa applications at the Vietnamese embassies or consulates. Check out the following table reference on visa to Vietnam fees

Types of visaFee
Single entry visa ( 1- 3 months) 25 ->45
Multiple entry visa (1 month) 65/td>
Multiple entry visa (3- 6 months) 95
6-month to 1-year visa 135

Processing Time

Visas to Vietnam are usually processed from 5 to 14 (2 weeks) business days. The process might be longer depending on the foreign embassies and consulates of Vietnam. It is also possible to ask for rush or emergency visa service with additional fees.

*Important Note:

In case you cannot collect your visa at the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country, it is possible to do it at the Immigration Checkpoint in one of 3 international airports in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City upon your arrival and with a special approval letter.

Visa Extension

In case you cannot get your visa valid for your desired duration when applying in your home country, it is possible to get it extended after you come to Vietnam. This can be done by Vietnam Immigration Departments in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City, and you are suggested to ask your host schools/companies to support or sponsor your visa extension.

Visa Exemtion

Vietnamese residents overseas can get a visa exemption certificate to visit Vietnam as instructed in this link For students with other original nationalities, you might want to check out this link to know if you can visit Vietnam without visa for a certain period of time:

More Information

Useful link: http://www.myvietnamvisa.com/

Please contact our Program Coordinator for further Vietnam visa information and instruction on how to apply for a visa to Vietnam or if you would like us to do it on behalf of you.

I did have a bit of trouble with my original internship, but the Abroader team was very supportive and active in ensuring I got the best experience and helped me switch to a different company. My new company became a place where I learned about company life and got to work on independent projects. It was also great to have the local buddies with us, as they went around town and did different activities with us. The local buddies definitely made my experience here more fun and made it easier for me to acclimate to life here. Also, going around Ho Chi Minh City was actually much safer than I had imagined, and people here are usually very friendly to help out foreigners. My time here went by very quickly, and my summer experience of growing, learning, exploring, and lots of eating is definitely one I will remember!

Jamie Kim

Communication internship ,PRINCETION UNIVERSITY

I was very impressed with how organized ABROADER Vietnam was in preparing my internship in Vietnam. The Skype meetings before coming to Vietnam made me feel confident about my safety and expectations during my internship. The Program Coordinator met me at the airport, even though my flight arrived at 1 a.m. The orientation was very thorough and outlined expectations from both myself and the University of Economics HCMC – where I would be working as an intern. During the summer ABROADER checked in with me often to see how I was doing. They even came down to Ho Chi Minh City a few times to visit the other interns and me. Whenever I had a problem, they were always available on Facebook and did their best to resolve it. It is clear that ABROADER Vietnam is a reliable organization that cares about its participants.

IAN ROHR

International Relation Internship ,Tulane University, U.S.A

The best thing about ABROADER Vietnam was being able to plan events with other interns and with local buddy. I depended on these events to originally get out of my shell in Vietnam while I was adjusting to the new language and culture. Especially with being able to offer perspective on Vietnamese culture with schooling, media/entertainment, government, and with great local attractions in Ho Chi Minh.

PATRICK WEST

Environment Internship ,University of Notre Dame

Before, I didn’t really like my personality as I was a timid girl and afraid to speak up for myself. I am also a perfectionist and would like to spend as much time for preparation as possible before I do something. However, the internship in Vietnam changed that for me. Through interacting with my students and fellow interns I opened up a lot and become more outgoing. In my work, after going through some troubles with cultural difference, I realize one thing for myself that is: Preparation is not always good and if you don’t prepare you are given the chance to do things more freely and more out of the box, so next time even if you’re asked to do something when you’re not prepared “Just Do It

NANA MIHARA

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

The people at ABROADER helped me transition into moving to Hanoi and beginning my internship. They helped me find a homestay at this place called Bui Xuyen Viet Travel Coffee, which is a small coffee shop that is all about travel. I really love my home stay. The people are some of the kindest I have met in Vietnam and extremely helpful in helping me navigate through the city and experience a local perspective of life in Hanoi. As for my internship, the staff has been very supportive and encouraging. They have helped challenge me and encourage me at the same time to contribute in any way I can to the company. After only a few days there, I could tell that I would really like my co-workers. They are a young, energetic, and sarcastic bunch who truly care about the company. It definitely feels like a team at the office. I know that I can talk to them about any questions I may have, and they are patient in letting me learn along the way. The experience that I have so far at ABROADER has been helpful in get a better idea of what I want to pursue after I go back home to the U.S., and my experiences overall in Vietnam that were very much made possible by ABROADER are experiences that are invaluable and that I will cherish for a lifetime. Vietnam is a beautiful country, with its breathtaking nature and tropical beaches, there is no doubt about it. But what really makes Vietnam feel like home and a place that I have become fond of is the people, the friends that I have made along the journey.

NANCY VAZQUEZ

Marketing Intern ,University of California, San Diego, U.S.A

I am grateful to everyone who has helped organize my internship in Vietnam this summer. I am grateful to ABROADER for finding me the best placement that I could ever hope for and for being so caring, accountable and responsive during my whole internship duration. I am grateful to my supervisor and all the coworkers at my host organization for being so hard-working, responsible, encouraging and supportive. Without their kindness and support, my holistic learning experience while in Vietnam would not be that worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this internship in Vietnam program to anyone that is interested in doing an internship abroad.

BRYANT CHU

Culinary Intern ,Master’s Degree at Stanford University, U.S.A

There were definitely times during my internship that the cultural difference between Vietnam and Japan made my internship here challenging. However, I was able to be in a team of amazing people and I learnt to accept the difference of opinions within my team and be patient to avoid any conflict. For me, being in a harmonious team motivated me to be positive, work harder and be a more productive person in general.

REINA TAKAHASHI

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Joining this internship in Vietnam with SEND, I made a very important realization that is I can’t do everything on my own. The challenges presented during this internship got me to talk to other people, hear their ideas and craft up a conclusion. I learnt to cooperate with friends instead of struggling with any probem alone and we were able to find a solution to almost any problem that we encountered.

RYOSUKE ASAI

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

I am satisfied with the internship in Vietnam provided by ABROADER Vietnam. The internship placement was ideal and my local buddy was great. During the internship I worked at Ho Chi Minh Hospital of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. At the host organization, I was clear about the responsibilities & rules expected to accomplish & follow. I had a lot of supervisors who were all very caring. The doctors there were very gracious and explained a lot of cases to me; all in all I was well equipped to perform the job at my best.

ANDREW NGUYEN

Surgical Internship ,University of Oregon, U.S.A

Do my internship Vietnam, will be an unforgettable experience for me because reflecting back to the past 4 months staying in Vietnam I have learned quite a lot in Vietnam in terms of culture, people, work ethics and values, it grows me as a person to become a better person with the way I interact with people, working with them on a project and how to deal with problems whether big or small. At the end of day, people are people, they are not going to be your ideal circle of friends or co-workers that is going to go your way all the time, but what you can do is to make the best out of it and always end on a positive note :)

Derek

IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnics Singapore