Electives in Hue

Nursing Electives

The university teaching hospital we’ve partnered with is the perfect environment to undertake a clinical placement. The diversity of departments you can get experience in is remarkable — A&E, paediatrics, psychiatry, oncology, the reproductive endocrinology and infertility centre, the centre for gastrointestinal endoscopy and more are open to you. The Vietnamese traditional medicine department is also open to you, meaning you can see how traditional techniques complement more contemporary practises. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.

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Medical Electives

In Hue, you can spend time in A&E, OBG, internal medicine, and general and orthopaedic surgery among others. Oncology is particularly insightful. Modern ‘Western’ medicine remains unregulated in some areas, so you could even see cases of arsenic poisoning in infants who have ingested unregulated baby formula. Vietnam sees a large number of tropical disease cases such as malaria and dengue fever. You may also see cases like chronic malnutrition in paediatric patients, and high volumes of patients involved in RTAs.

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Midwifery Electives

In Hue we’re fortunate enough to be partnered with a university teaching hospital, which means you can get an exceptional level of experience. Alongside nurses, medics and fellow midwives and midwifery students, you’ll get first hand insight into a Vietnamese OBG department. From prenatal and postnatal care to attending live births, you’ll see exactly how local professionals use ingenuity to deliver care with limited resources.


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Physiotherapy Electives

Based in a university teaching hospital, the rehabilitation department in our partner institution has decades of experience training physiotherapists. Under the supervision of local specialists, you’ll assist with the rehabilitation of a breadth of conditions. These could include everything from severe burns to paediatric spina bifida caused by the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn of how care is provided, despite severe resource limitations.

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Paramedic Science Electives

Paramedic science placements in Vietnam are fascinating. This is, in part, because traditional medicine is built right into the healthcare system. This means you’ll see how modern practises complement ancient traditions. In our partner hospital’s A&E department you’ll see cases like RTA’s and trauma, and unfamiliar tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever. Many patients travel in from some of Vietnam’s most rural areas, so the patient demographic is mixed.

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Radiography Electives

Our partner institution in Hue is a high-level university teaching hospital, delivering a breadth of experience when it comes to practising radiography in a low-resource setting. Much of the diagnostic equipment in the hospital is out of date, and some machines that better-funded hospitals might take for granted do not exist at all. While equipment may be lacking, local staff have adapted techniques to make up for the limitations imposed by a lack of equipment. This will teach you how to be resourceful in ways you might not have previously considered.

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Pharmacy Electives

Pharmacy placements in our Vietnamese partner hospital highlight the limitations poor funding places on the provision of medicine. The resource gap is particularly notable when it comes to pharmacy. Certain medicines have limited availability, while others are non-existent. This has an obvious impact on patients in that they don’t have access to medicines that you’re used to dispensing freely in the UK. Unique to our programme in Hue, you’ll also be able to observe traditional Vietnamese medicinal practices being used alongside more contemporary techniques.

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The Work the World House

The Work the World house is a big part of your experience in Vietnam, and your home away from home.

What's more, you'll live with other healthcare students from all over the world, giving the house a social atmosphere.

Our house in Hue offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city. The garden is beautiful, with a stream, an ancient wishing well, and a swimming pool for good measure.

The house is located in the centre of the Hue, within walking distance of the famous imperial city.

Cross the bridge over the Perfume River, and you can find some of the city’s best bars, lively markets, temples, and street food vendors galore.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Your in-country team will take you on an informal visit to the hospital before you start your placement. They’ll introduce you to key department staff — including your supervisors — and get you settled in. You’ll often see the in-country team in the hospital. They’ll visit you while you’re on placement, making sure things live up to your expectations.

Before you begin your placement, we assign your supervisors. Building a relationship with them allows you to see the local healthcare system form the perspective of a local practitioner.

We’ve got all bases covered and offer support throughout your clinical placement as and when you need it.


What's included?

  • Supervised hospital placement
  • Private catered accommodation 
  • Dedicated placement coordinator
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Language lessons
  • Airport pickup

*Prices below are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

Destinations 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Extra Week

Vietnam Hue

£1290 £1440 £1590 £1740 £1890 £350


You’ll see one side of the Vietnamese healthcare system during your city-based placement. The other, you’ll see if you choose to undertake this additional week in a rural setting with your official Work the World guide and interpreter.

In the mornings, you’ll head to the local clinic to learn how local professionals employ resourcefulness to get around a lack of equipment. Your afternoons will be filled with cultural activities that will immerse you in the rural way of life, like learning local traditions through participation, and cooking regional specialties.


"If you keep an open mind and accept that the culture is different, you will have an amazing time!"

Rita Luz, St George's, University of London 2019

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"In some ways it’s so similar to our services and procedures back home, yet in other aspects, it’s worlds apart."

Lily Bennett, Anglia Ruskin University 2019

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"I learnt the whole process on how to treat patients presenting with snake bites"

Paulina Paksaite, University of Bath 2019

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"It was amazing to explore the beautiful country with all of the new friends that I made during my stay"

Hannah Voss, University of Birmingham 2019

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"My experience in Vietnam was nothing like I expected, but everything I needed."

Kelly Turner, King's College London 2018

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