Study Abroad in Vietnam

Amber Rich


Last Update:
October 4, 2012

Passport & Visa

We're sorry, but this program is currently not being offered.


Mekong River Delta

You must travel with a current passport with at least 6 months validity remaining from the date of application.

To Apply for a US Passport

All US citizens participating in the Vietnam Summer Program will need an entry visa and at least 6 months remaining validity (starting from the date of application) before their passport expiration date to enter Vietnam

To apply for a US passport you will need:

  • Official birth certificate

  • Two passport photos (2” x 2”) – in addition to those required for the program application

  • Photo ID

  • $110 application fee, plus $25 first-time processing fee

The closest place to the SDSU campus to apply for a US passport in person is:

College Postal Store
3426 College Ave
(619) 583-2793

You can also apply for or renew a U.S. passport at designated branches of the U.S. Postal Service. Forms and instructions are available at This process may take several weeks—sometimes months—so we strongly encourage you to apply early.


All program participants are required to obtain a three-month visa (but may choose either single or multi-entry), from the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wittenborn can provide some assistance with this matter. The visa application requires official approval from National Vietnam University, which will be obtained by Dr. Wittenborn.

Once the documentation from National Vietnam University is received, students should contact the Vietnam Embassy at The fees for a single-entry three-month visa is $120 and a multi-entry three-month visa is $150, plus the cost of two passport-style photographs. You should allow at least three weeks for processing. Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining from date when you apply for the Vietnamese visa. The Vietnam Embassy reserves the right to change their policies, procedures and fees effective immediately, without notice.