Explore Vietnam: Culture and Employability

Key Information


Application Deadline: 29/05/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Employability trips, Extra-curricular opportunities

Ref: 10008747


Departure Date: 15/11/24

Return Date: 24/11/24


£499 + £5 Carbon Levy: The total cost for students including flights, accommodation, transfers and programme fee. Students will be required to pay for: food, drink and a visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £1,400 (deducted from the total cost of the trip)


Accommodation: Shared hotel rooms booked by Pagoda Projects

Travel: Flights booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office - dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

Trip Lead: dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £499 (+£5 Carbon Levy) as a contribution towards the cost of travel, accommodation and transfers after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £5 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


All DMU undergraduate students that will be in their second and third year of studies in the 2024-25 academic year are eligible to participate in this opportunity. We particularly welcome applications from:

  • Students with a demonstrable interest in Vietnam and/or Vietnamese culture
  • Students interested in working overseas who wish to gain insight into the working world in South East Asia
  • Students who are performing well academically and would be considered excellent ambassadors for DMU

The maximum number of places available is 15. Two DMU staff members will be accompanying the group. Shortlisted students will be invited to a group interview to learn more about your interest and motivations in applying for this opportunity and outcomes will be communicated following the group interview. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


In cooperation with our partner, Pagoda Projects, DMU students will spend a week in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam participating in a programme intended to introduce students to the very best of Vietnamese culture and enhance employability skills in a South East Asian context. Students will take part in a series of guided events combining business discussions, company visits and interactive workshops with trips to popular tourists sites, an epic street food tour and a full day exploring the Mekong Delta.

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most exciting cities in Southeast Asia, with a wonderfully vibrant street food scene, cool cafes, local craft breweries, bustling markets and millions of mopeds, the city is a charmingly chaotic whirl of colour, culture and life. According to Lonely Planet ‘Saigon is a city of energy and discovery. Wander through alleys to incense- infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. 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 is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.’

What to expect?

The programme includes UK and in country airport, transfers, return flights, hotel accommodation (x2 sharing in single gender rooms), 24/7 in-country support, full orientation and welcome pack on arrival and admission to activities and events.

Your time in Ho Chi Minh City will begin with a detailed orientation where you will be briefed on the activities, cultural differences and expectations for the programme. During this session you will also be split into teams and allocated an interactive group project that you will be presenting at the end of the week to a panel of Pagoda Projects and DMU staff.

This exciting opportunity is open to students from all academic programmes and will include a mix of employability and cultural activities including:

  • An introduction to Vietnamese with a language crash course
  • A welcome lunch and walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Team building activity and Vietnamese coffee workshop
  • A visit to the UK Consulate to gain an insight into Vietnam-UK relations
  • Panel discussion covering the international start-up scene in HCMC with keynote speakers
  • A company visit to gain further insight into Vietnamese business.
  • War remnants museum visit
  • Ben Thanh market tour and street food tour
  • Day trip to the Mekong Delta & countryside
  • ÀỐ show at the Saigon Opera House

The cost of this opportunity is £499 (+£5 Carbon Levy) students will be required to pay this amount in two installments via the DMU online store. Students will also need to consider additional costs of any food and activities in the allotted free time.

To learn more about their experience of DMU students that have participated in the programme in the past, check out the video below…

Learning Objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of skills and competencies that enhance your studies and boost your employability. Through participation in this employability and cultural opportunity in Vietnam we expect that students will:

  • Improve critical thinking and problem solving skills and collaborate effectively as part of a team
  • Enhance communication skills, adaptability and resilience
  • Improve intercultural awareness and communication by experiencing a new culture
  • Gain valuable insight and respect for other cultures, beliefs, world views and practices.
  • Strengthen employability skills with international experience

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).