Study in Vietnam
Immerse yourself in the culture of Asia’s fastest-growing economy. Vietnam’s unique S-shape gives the country over 2,140 miles of picturesque coastline and borders with China, Laos, and Cambodia, making for a unique cross-cultural influence in Vietnamese life. Be sure to try pho and coffee for the authentic Vietnamese experience!
Choose Your Program

Get to know Vietnam up close through an immersion program! Over the course of the year, you’ll live with a volunteer host family, attend a local public or private high school, and engage in the life of your new community.

2025 Fall Trimester Late August Mid-November $14,995
  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Australia Area Representative while on the program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Exchange students will be placed in public or private high schools at the year level and class schedule as determined by their host school. Most students will not be placed in the final year of high school, and attendance recognition is solely at the discretion of the school in which you are enrolled. Exchange students are expected to actively participate in school. While schools can vary, they follow a national curriculum that includes the following subjects: Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Science, and Technologies.

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early-mid December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

After arrival in Australia, students will attend a virtual arrival orientation. Semester students will also be invited to attend a virtual mid-year and re-entry orientation. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

New Zealand Tour: Held during either the April or September school breaks, students will have the exciting opportunity to visit New Zealand at an additional cost. While exploring the land of “Kiwis,” students will take in the extraordinary views, beautiful landscapes, and culture.

  • 2025 Fall Departure: Students born July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2023.
  • Students who exceed this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
Study Abroad Participants
What to Expect

Xin chào! Come explore the endless beauty of Vietnam! Vietnam is packed with biodiversity. Though the country is very small, it is home to 16% of the world’s species and is the 16th most biodiverse country on the planet. Nature and marine life play a big role in Vietnamese culture, economy, and activity.

Family is a huge part of Vietnamese culture – it is common for three generations to live under the same roof and for extended families to live in the same community and share resources. The Vietnamese place a huge emphasis on heritage and ancestry, and often honor ancestors with festivals and traditions. The biggest cultural event is without a doubt Tết, or the celebration of the Lunar New Year! Families gather with food and music to celebrate the coming of spring and honor their heritage.

Outside of bonding with your host family and attending school, you’ll have no shortage of things to do! Soccer is the country’s most popular sport, but students also participate in badminton, wrestling, volleyball, and more. Beach sports and other pastimes are also common, set against the backdrop of the iconic blue waters of the Vietnamese coast.

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Vietnam:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund

Applications for fall 2025 programs must be submitted by March 15, 2025 for review.

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include visa fees and related costs, personal spending money or school-related costs such as books, school trips, and uniforms (if required).

Have questions or want to learn more about YFU Study Abroad Programs?

“I would recommend the exchange program to anyone who is considering it. It will change your life and make you think differently about yourself and the world around you. You’ll gain a second home and another family, which is something you’ll never forget. I’m happy to answer all of your questions and concerns! ”