Important Notes:

The Orientation Week of Fall Semester (September 2019 – January 2020) will be organized in the week of 09 – 14 September 2019. Details of the program will be announced closer to the start of the semester.

Excursion activities are included in this Orientation Week (City Tour, Mekong Delta Tour). Please register for these tours using the following links:


  • Student Visa: Please contact IU Inbound Coordinator to be assisted as soon as possible.
  • Book the airport pick-up service (if needed)
  • Contact IU Coordinator for assistance on your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Book your return flight. Please note that International University does not support early examination, hence it is a must for you to sit final examination before flying home, otherwise you may fail your courses at IU. Please check our newest Academic Calendar for this final examination period.
  • Look for more information on your exchange program (Handbook for International Student can be downloaded here)
  • Prepare your finance for a semester abroad. It is advisable to carry a sufficient amount of money for your first month in Vietnam (approx. 350 USD for food and local transportation plus wide range of accommodation cost depending on types (may go up to 3,300 – 3,500 USD/shared apartment for 03 individuals or 750 USD/serviced room/individual, including 2 month-deposit and first month rental).
  • Consider purchasing overseas insurance if this is part of your home institution’s requirements (also highly recommended by IU – although this is not A Must from our side). However, please be aware that some medical services for foreigners at international hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City are very expensive.
  • Prepare appropriate adaptor for your electrical appliances (220V – 50Hz electrical power) (see more details on
  • Download useful apps to be able to use them right on your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (ie, currency converter, transportation (taxi, bus), etc) – see Table below.
  • International Fair, being organized for international students on exchange at IU, will be held in October annually. International students are invited to introduce their home university as well as their home country’s cultural values (food, national customs, etc.) to IU Community. If appropriate, please ask the Exchange Coordinator at your home university for promotional materials for such purposes.
Useful Apps
No. Name Description
1 Grab (for bike/car/taxi booking) Get a safe and reliable ride in minutes with Grab transportation booking service. With the largest pool of drivers in Southeast Asia, Grab offers the fastest transport booking service for taxis, private cars and motorbikes.
2 XE (currency exchange) With the XE Currency App, you can access live exchange rates, view historical charts, and calculate prices on your smartphone or tablet.
3 Foody (food exploration)

The application to “search” and “review” food locations in most of the provinces and cities in Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Nha Trang….

With the clear classification in Restaurant, Cafe / Ice cream, Bakery, Bar / pub & Karaoke. Foody has thousands locations, Reviews, Photos, which helps you easily find where to enjoy.

4 BusMap (bus numbers and routines) BusMap is created with the sole purpose of helping bus commuters to experience better and safer bus rides.
5 Airbnb App (hotel/place booking) Find travel adventures and new places to go far away or near to you, and access vacation home rentals, new experiences, and places to visit all around the world. Book everything for your trip, or start earning money as a host.



Students are responsible for arranging your own accommodation. However, IU, to its best endeavour, will assist incoming students to find appropriate accommodation. As soon as you are accepted by International University, you can ask ISSC to help you finding one.

There are four types of accommodation:

Please contact IU Inbound Coordinator for further instructions and details.

For more information: please click here for Serviced Room and here for Shared Apartment.


Medical insurance is important to protect students from expensive treatmentT in case of diseases, accidents during their time in Vietnam.

Students are responsible for purchasing medical insurance which covers medical and health services the whole time you stay in Vietnam. In addition, please consider purchasing travel insurance to avoid lost or damage of your personal property/luggage if you plan to travel domestically or internationally, to and from Vietnam. For travelling abroad, please contact the insurance agency to switch your insurance from basic to international, and to ensure it will be valid while you are overseas.


Before leaving for Vietnam, make sure that you have received the appropriate vaccination (especially against typhoid and hepatitis A). While most clinics and hospitals in Vietnam provide adequate health care, the quality for those in rural areas might vary. Also, be aware of food from street side vendors, where food hygiene cannot be guaranteed. If you suffer from diarrhea during your stay in Vietnam, please seek immediate medical attention.




Vaccine’s status in Vietnam:

·         Available

Preventative Measure:

·         Avoid contacting with live poultry and poultry markets

·         Exercise regularly

·         Wash hands with soap

·         Flu shots, which last about 4 to 6 months, are recommended


·         Drink plenty of waters

·         Eat fruit and vegetables everyday

·         Use of disposable tissues




Vaccine’s status in Vietnam:

·         Hepatitis B: Available

·         Hepatitis C: Non existence

Preventative Measure:

·         Avoid unprotected sex

·         Do not share your own needles, razors, toothbrushes to someone

·         Hepatitis B: can be prevented by vaccination and requires a series of three booster shots


·         Seek medical care



Vaccine’s status in Vietnam:

·         Dengue Fever: Non existence

·         Malaria: Medicine available

·         Japanese Encephalitis: Available

Preventative Measures:

·         Dengue Fever & Malaria:

There is no specific treatment or vaccination for dengue, so preventing mosquito bites using mosquito repellant is the best prevention, especially when in rural areas.

Always use a mosquito netting when sleeping

Avoid outdoor activities where many insects are most active

·         Japanese Encephalitis: can be prevented by vaccination


Seek medical care




Vaccine’s status in Vietnam:

·         Available

Preventative Measure:

·         Can be prevented by vaccination


·         Seek medical care



Vaccine’s status in Vietnam:

·         Typhoid: Available

·         Hepatitis A: Available

·         Travel Diarrhea: Medicine available

Preventative Measures:

·         Typhoid & Hepatitis A: can be prevented by vaccination

·         Clean hands with soap before meals

·         Be careful with drinking water (bottled or boiled is recommended)

·         Avoid the habit of drinking tape water

·         Ice should be safe in restaurants, but if you are not sure, do not use it

·         Be careful with uncooked foods, including vegetables and sashimi

·         Always eat at busy restaurants or street stalls. It means that the food is fresh and has not been sitting for hours without customers


·         Seek medical care

For Travel Diarrhea

·         Prevent dehydration  by drinking clean water & using oral rehydration salts (to replenish lost  fluids and electrolytes)

·         If it lasts more than 24hours, or does not get better after taking anti-diarrhea medication, or is accompanied by nausea, fever, cramps, or blood, you must see doctor immediately.