#DMUworks in Vietnam – Employability in the Asian Century

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003097


Undergraduate students that will be in their second and third year of studies in 2019-20 are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places available is 28, and the minimum number of students required for this trip to go ahead will be 15. Two DMU staff members will be accompanying the group. We encourage all eligible students to apply, and particularly welcome applications from:

  • Students that are in receipt of hardship funding
  • Students that haven’t participated in #DMUglobal in the past
  • Students that may not have traveled much previously and can demonstrate the potential benefits of the experience

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.

Application process

More and more employers are asking for video applications as part of the recruitment process, and this #DMUglobal opportunity will offer students the chance to put in practice something they may be required to do in the job market. Thus, for this opportunity all students are required to submit a video application via this application link. As part of the video application process, students are recommended to:

  • Provide a brief personal introduction about themselves (this could include barriers you have overcome as part of your university journey)
  • Explain their interest in this specific opportunity and their motivations for applying
  • Summarise how they will benefit from the experience (referring to skill and knowledge development)
  • Submit a video that is approximately between 2-3 minutes in duration

Here are some tips and ideas for making a good video application….

  1. Plan before you film so that you have an idea of what you will say
  2. Think about the format that suits you best. This could be sitting in a room alone talking to your phone, being interviewed by a friend or even creating a video/slideshow with a voiceover
  3. Make sure your video is clear and audible
  4. Dress smart and behave professionally, as though it is a video application for a job
  5. Watch the video back and make any edits to ensure it is of a high standard


In cooperation with our partner, Pagoda Projects, this #DMUworks opportunity aims to give students an insight into the working world in Asia. Students will spend a week in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam and one of the most dynamic and fastest growing in South East Asia.

The exciting programme on offer will consist of a guided group project, focusing on employability skills in the Asian context. Students will develop their capabilities through a series of guided events, workshops and visits. The programme culminates with students presenting their progress to an expert panel.

Whilst in Ho Chi Minh City, the students will participate in a week-long programme that may include the following activities:

  • Crash course Vietnamese language class
  • Seminar and panel discussion with business leaders from a range of industries in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Teamwork exercises and group project leading to a presentation to a panel of experts
  • CV and interview workshop from a leading InternVietnam partner company
  • Workshop on communication in cross-cultural business environments
  • Seminar covering the international start-up scene in Saigon with keynote speakers
  • Factory visit to experience ‘made in Vietnam’ first-hand
  • Corporate networking event

The outcomes of our programme are students’ competencies in the following areas: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving; Oral/Written Communications; Teamwork/Collaboration; Digital Technology; Leadership; Professionalism/Work Ethic; Career Management; Global/Intercultural Fluency.

We also aim for participants to come away from the programme with some tangible elements which assist them as they become global graduates, such as guidance on producing an international-facing CV and a list of funded international graduate programmes in Asia.

Cultural activities

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most exciting destinations in Southeast Asia! Bursting with cafes, craft breweries, street food, markets and mopeds, the city itself is full of colour and character.

According to Lonely Planet 2018 ‘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.’

As part of the itinerary, students will have free time to explore the city independently, and there will also be a range of cultural activities provided, such as:

  • Welcome dinner and walking street tour
  • Cultural programme and city orientation
  • Saigon Street Secrets – guided street food tour of Saigon’s alleys
  • War remnants museum visit
  • Ben Thanh market tour and street food dinner
  • Exploring the Mekong Delta & countryside

What’s included

#DMUglobal will book all student flights for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the £299 contribution via the DMU Online Store within 14 days of receiving an offer of acceptance.

All programme fees and accommodation will be booked by #DMUglobal. Included in this package offered by Pagoda Projects is:

  • UK based pre-departure support
  • Visa advice and support
  • Comprehensive travel & health insurance
  • UK airport transfers
  • Full orientation upon arrival and welcome pack
  • Hostel accommodation (single gender rooms)
  • Airport-pickup and transfer in Vietnam
  • Transport to and from all activities
  • Admission to all activities and events
  • Support and guidance from their local team throughout the programme
  • Access to their exclusive alumni network

Contact details

Visa information

Until 30 June 2021 ‘British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days (inclusive of dates of entry and exit) without a visa. 24 other countries are also exempt and do not require a visa to enter Vietnam for the duration of the trip.

Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements on the Vietnamese Embassy website.

Further information and support will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it by Pagoda Projects. Please note, that students must cover the costs of applying for a visa independently, and are responsible for ensuring that they apply with sufficient time to receive the visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 2 November 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 10 November 2019
  • Total of flights, accommodation and programme: £1185
  • Cost to student: £299
  • Students will also be required to pay for: Food & drink and visa costs (if applicable)
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 15 April 2019 9am