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Program Overview

Teach English in Vietnam, and you could explore Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the jungle, and the beaches of one of the world’s most biodiverse and interesting countries.

You’ll never be short of adventures in Vietnam, with its rich mixture of cultural influences. The nation’s roots intertwine with China, France, Japan, the United States, and include hints of Hindu culture. You’ll experience this cultural smorgasbord in many ways, from the echoes of French colonialism in the boulevards of Hanoi with the delight of baguettes and coffee at a sidewalk café, to Indian influences in the distinctive, spicy native cuisine.

The story of Vietnam is one of energy and reinvention. From a troubled past marked by geopolitical conflicts, Vietnam has in the past decade achieved one of the most impressive economic growth rates in the world. It now enjoys a promising position on the international scene, and the rising economy is fueling more interest in education.

Teach abroad in Vietnam with CIEE, and you can:

  • Explore cities and the countryside by motorbike, the country’s main mode of transport
  • Visit stunning sights, including Phong Nha-Ke Bang, the most magnificent cave in Southeast Asia; Cuc Phuong National Park, home to some of Asia's rarest wildlife; or Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its unearthly scenery
  • Be part of improving and expanding English language education
  • Plant seeds of linguistic and cultural understanding that set students on a path toward success in international business and diplomacy


A rewarding job opportunity that includes:

  • Confirmation of your teaching assignment before you depart
  • Salary to cover living expenses and the opportunity for overtime
  • Rent-free accommodation during your first month in Hanoi
  • A pre-departure, 150-hour professional CIEE TEFL certification course
  • Visa assistance and reimbursement of visa processing fees
  • One-way airfare to Vietnam (up to $670)

Teaching programs that deliver more, including:

  • A three-day orientation in Hanoi, with:
    • Survival Vietnamese lessons
    • Vietnamese cultural lessons
    • Cultural excursions in Hanoi
    • A TEFL-methodology workshop taught by experienced teachers

Assistance to make your journey easier, including:

  • Pre-departure guidance to help you:
    • Find the right program
    • Apply online for Teach Abroad
    • Complete visa paperwork
    • Prepare for your experience with valuable professional development
  • A program guide and handbook
  • 24-hour in-country emergency services via our partner organization, Amslink English Center
  • International medical insurance and 24-hour worldwide assistance with CIEE iNext


CIEE teachers are placed in the country’s bustling urban center, Hanoi, in the northern region.


The capital of Vietnam and its second-largest city, Hanoi is a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western influences, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. Largely unscathed from decades of war, it is now going through a building boom, making it one of the more rapidly developing cities in Southeast Asia. Yet unlike many metropolises on the rise, Hanoi is evolving gracefully, harmonizing the old with the new.

Preparation and Support

You'll see the CIEE difference can be clearly seen in the quality of our offerings and the diversity of the cultural exchange opportunities we provide. Our unmatched preparation and comprehensive support are carefully designed to make your journey easy, enjoyable, and successful.

Your CIEE program fee covers all the essential elements, including:

  • Confirmation of your teaching assignment before you depart
  • 150-hour TEFL Certification – a $1,000 value
  • Assistance preparing for your trip
  • An in-country orientation program
  • Continued emergency assistance
  • International medical insurance and 24-hour worldwide assistance with CIEE iNext
  • Visa advice and processing fees
  • A Lonely Planet guidebook

Before you leave

We'll make sure you have everything you need to teach abroad confidently, from visa guidance to details about your job to sound advice on how to settle into your new teaching position.

Enrollment in a Teach Abroad program includes an online course designed to help you build a framework of practical, cultural, and professional skills. You also can call us with any questions – our knowledgeable staff is ready to help.

The program fee also includes a 150-hour online TEFL certification course through CIEE TEFL. This world-accredited course will give you the skills and knowledge to arrive at your placement ready to teach with confidence. Learn more about CIEE TEFL.

Traveling to Vietnam requires an entry visa, which will be converted to a work permit during your first few months in the country. You’ll need to gather the necessary paperwork to support your work permit application, and send your passport and supporting visa application to the Embassy of Vietnam in order to obtain an entry visa. We’ll guide you through the process and you will be reimbursed by your Vietnamese school for the visa and work permit processing fees.

When you arrive

CIEE understands that it can be overwhelming to land in an unfamiliar country with an extended stay ahead. You’ll have many questions. We’re here to help and make you feel welcome!

When you arrive, CIEE Vietnam program staff members will pick you up at the airport. Then you’ll join your fellow participants for a three-day orientation before you head off for your assignment. During this time, CIEE will take care of your housing accommodations and most meals. There are fun cultural excursions, training seminars, and training in Vietnamese to help you get started on your adventure.

Your orientation will include:

  • Survival Vietnamese language and cultural lessons
  • TEFL teaching methodology and teaching practice to reinforce your pre-departure certification course
  • Cultural tours and excursions


You will be saying in accommodation provided by your school for your first month in Vietnam. After one month, you will be responsible for securing your accommodations. During orientation, we’ll provide advice on how to find housing. We’ll also help you locate a place if you need assistance. In Hanoi, housing is very reasonably priced and not difficult to find.

iNext travel insurance

There’s enough to think about when you travel overseas. Peace of mind when you travel is priceless, and CIEE provides it by including insurance as part of every Teach Abroad program. U.S. resident participants are covered by iNext, which supplements your private insurance to cover the cost of accidents and unexpected medical attention while abroad. The policy also offers emergency evacuation coverage with 24-hour worldwide assistance.

Learn more about iNext

TEFL certification

CIEE TEFL courses are a terrific way to get ready for your teaching adventure! Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence that makes this journey even more rewarding, both for you and those you teach. Our cutting-edge coursework is conducted online, so you can participate from almost anywhere.

Accredited by the World TEFL Accrediting Commission, our 150-hour TEFL certification course ensures that you:

  • Get feedback on your progress, along with fellow classmates in an interactive environment led by a single tutor
  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching of nonnative speakers
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Can create appropriate lesson plans in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Practice your new skills with a 20-hour teaching practicum

The CIEE TEFL 150-hour certification course is included within the Teach in Vietnam program fees.

Learn more about CIEE TEFL.

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