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Pre-Departure Preparation, Health Check-up, and Travel


Health Checkup: Prior to the Fellow's and Visiting Scholar's departure to the United States, VEF arranges for individual physical examinations and inoculation as required by the U.S. university at the S.O.S. clinic in Hanoi or in Ho Chi Minh City in order to meet the host university's health requirements for international students.

U.S. Government-sponsored Visa: VEF Fellows and Visiting Scholars enter the United States on a J-1 visa with a two-year home residency requirement under VEF's visa sponsorship, which continues throughout their academic program in the United States. VEF issues the Form DS-2019 for all Fellows, Visiting Scholars, and their dependents. VEF works closely with the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam to ensure that VEF awardees will be able to enter the United States prior to the start of the academic year.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO): To bolster the success of new VEF Fellows and Visiting Scholars and to meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program, VEF provides a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) for all VEF Fellows and Visiting Scholars prior to their departure from Vietnam. The postdoctoral Visiting Scholars are able to begin significant networking with VEF Fellows, which is expected to continue when both groups return to Vietnam. Furthermore, while differences in age and professional position typically exist between the Visiting Scholars and Fellows, both groups learn about the multitude of issues that an international student/scholar encounters when living in the United States and about how American academia works. The PDO is an important step in facilitating the new Fellows’ and Visiting Scholars' transition to American culture and to U.S. campus life. VEF organizes the intensive PDO in two sections:

  1. A team-building event focusing on challenging, outdoor experiential activities; and
  2. Formal interactive presentations focusing on cultural and academic issues. 

Settling-in Allowance: VEF offers a modest sum of money as a settling-in allowance to new VEF Fellows and Visiting Scholars. The allowance can be used as they wish to cover initial expenses such as ground transportation, temporary housing, personal bedding, and food.

Travel to/from the U.S.: VEF arranges and pays for the cost of economy air transportation for admitted VEF Fellows and Visiting Scholars to travel from their home to the major airport nearest their U.S. University and to return home after completion of the program.



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