DECEMBER 18, 2020 - JANUARY 2, 2021




Everyone’s lives have been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The altered academic calendar means that we are able, together with Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, to host winter programs in Vietnam for the first time.

These programs will be run separately, but hosted simultaneously, from December 18 – January 2, 2020.


What are the requirements to attend?

As always, FutureDocs Abroad is an honors only program, all attendees are required to submit GPA verification before the program begins.

High School students must have a 4.0 GPA current or cumulative, weighted or unweighted. For the summer 2021 program, attendees must also be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in 2021, 2022, 2023 or 2024.

College students have a 3.5 GPA current or cumulative, weighted or unweighted. For the summer 2021 program, attendees must be at least 18 years old by December 18, 2020, and enrolled in a four-year higher education program.

How can I be assured of safety and security?

FutureDocs Abroad takes safety and security very seriously. The program staff is always available to our students. Each student will have a dedicated chaperone as well as other staff members who will be available 24/7 throughout the program. If any student has a problem or concern, we’re always there to help and offer support.

As with travel to any international destination, general awareness, staying with the group as required by program policies, and guidance from our experienced staff will greatly reduce the likelihood of any safety concerns. All students will be trained on safety and security measures as well as plans of response should a safety concern arise, either locally or elsewhere within the country.

What does the Tuition include?

The Tuition for FutureDocs Abroad’s winter program is $6,800. It includes all program costs, international air travel, accommodations for the duration of the trip, chaperones, three daily meals, and your personalized FutureDocs Abroad Achievement and Leadership Certificate (mailed to you after the program), as well as any local transportation and international health insurance.

All international travel plans and accommodations will be arranged by the FutureDocs Abroad Team and are included in the Tuition.

Tuition does not include recommended trip cancellation insurance, domestic airfare to the departure location for international travel (or other domestic transportation methods), passport fees, vaccinations, health records or tests, spending cash for souvenirs or snacks or airline baggage fees.

What is the refund policy?

If the Student enrolls in the Program and the first payment for enrollment is processed on or before August 31, 2020, enrollment may be cancelled for a full refund of Tuition paid if the request is made in writing within 30 days of the first payment, regardless of whether that first payment is a full payment or partial payment. Refunds can take four to six weeks to process. Beyond 30 days of the first or full payment, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable, including all deposits and payments paid.

If the Student enrolls in the Program and the first payment for enrollment is processed on or after August 31, 2020, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable, including all deposits and payments paid.

Unless otherwise stated above, no monies shall be refunded to the Student. The Academies strongly encourages families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.

Will I need immunizations?

It is required that all students be up to date on all routine immunizations stated on the CDC website, including DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, MMR, and Varicella (Chickenpox). To access the clinical facilities in Hue, students are also REQUIRED to have a Typhoid immunization. Note: Immunization fees are not included in the tuition.

Will I need a passport?

Yes. Students will need a passport valid for 6 months after the date we return to the United States. The passport must have at least one blank visa page. We strongly advise students to check their passport expiration date or apply for their passport as soon as possible, as it can take four to six weeks to receive a new passport. Note: Passport fees are not included in the Tuition.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. Citizens of the U.S. require a visa to travel to Vietnam. Students should not apply for a visa on their own but should wait for instructions from the Admissions Team, as we will be applying for a specific type of visa. Note: Visa fees are not included in the tuition.

How do I arrange domestic travel?

Specific travel details, including flight numbers, travel times, and international airport departure location, will be provided to students no later than four months before the departure date. Students will need to arrange domestic transportation from their home to the international airport departure location and home again. Note: Domestic travel expenses are not included in the Tuition.

As a reminder, all international air travel, local transportation, and hotel accommodations will be arranged by FutureDocs Abroad, and are all included in the Tuition. Students’ international flights will be reserved as a group, along with the flights for the FutureDocs Abroad Team, who will accompany students on flights from the U.S. to the program location and back.

What if I get sick or injured during the program?

If a student becomes ill, is injured, or requires medical treatment during the program, the chaperone to whom the student is assigned will bring the student to the emergency room and remain with them while parents are contacted immediately. Students will receive the best possible medical care on a VIP basis.

FutureDocs Abroad requires all students to submit emergency contact information and disclose medical conditions, allergies, dietary restrictions and/or special needs, prescriptions, etc., before the program begins so that if it becomes necessary for the student to go to the hospital for any reason, our team has all this important information on hand.

Who will chaperone us during the program?

Students will be chaperoned by a team of staff experienced in managing student programs. Chaperones accompany students on the international flight, stay in the same overnight accommodations, and accompany them on cultural excursions off campus, in order to be available 24/7 to students.

How will we “get around” during the program?

Since Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, its facilities (where most of the FutureDocs Abroad sessions will take place), and the local hotel accommodations will be within close proximity of each other, students will travel with their small groups and chaperones to and from program activities via private, scheduled transportation, or walk if they are close by. Private motor coaches will be arranged for any excursions or activities that take place outside the area.

What will I need to wear?

Students will be asked to wear scrubs and a long white lab coat for all sessions at the hospital and medical facilities. For weekend excursions and time off from the hospital, students should pack comfortable/casual clothes. A full suggested packing list will be provided to students after acceptance.

Will we be split into small groups during the program?

Students will be split into small, more intimate groups for the program itself so they can participate in more activities, as well as experience a more hands-on approach.

Can I earn college credit?

Because of the incredible educational value and unique nature of FutureDocs Abroad, students who attend have the opportunity to earn two (2) college credits offered by New Charter University. These optional credits are available for an additional cost and upon completion of additional coursework.

The credits may be transferred to the college or university the student ultimately attends, subject to that university’s transfer of credit policies. The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions is at the discretion of the receiving college or university. Students wishing to transfer New Charter University credits to another institution should check first with that institution regarding its policy on transfer credit.

Full details on obtaining college credit can be found here.

Are there any other expenses I will be responsible for?

Students may want to bring pocket money for their own personal expenses, shopping, personal care items, etc. ($250-$300 should be more than adequate). In many countries, Visa and Mastercard are more widely accepted than American Express or Discover Card. Parents should ask their credit card companies about their international transaction fees and alert them of the student’s international travel plans beforehand to avoid security holds.

Where will we stay during the program?

Arrangements will be secured for students and chaperones to reside in a local hotel during the program. The hotel will be safe and comfortable with modern amenities including A/C. Student accommodations will be single-gender and double occupancy.

Strict curfews will be enforced for students throughout their stay. Each student will be assigned a specific chaperone to report to. Students will be chaperoned at all times when outside the care of the staff at the medical center and hospital. Parents may contact chaperones directly if they cannot reach their child for any reason.

Where is the program located?

Information on our Summer 2021 programs will be released in June 2020, including the locations of each program.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, and you would like to speak directly with one of our Admissions Team, please call us toll-free at 888-986-6563 or send us an email at


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