Hue is one of Vietnam’s most lively cities. You’ll find adventure around every corner and have the chance to immerse yourself in local culture. From Hue, you can explore national parks, experience Vietnamese nightlife in the coastal cities, kick back on tropical beaches… there’s more to do than you’ll have time for.

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 and graduates from all over the world, giving the house a social atmosphere.

The house is located in a lively tourist district in the centre of Hue and is within walking distance of the famous imperial city.

Some of the city’s best bars, markets, temples, and street food vendors are a stone's throw from your front door.

The house itself offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city, with a beautiful garden and a swimming pool for good measure.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire clinical placement — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leave.Catering 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

Before your clinical placement begins, our team in Hue will take you to visit your placement hospital. The informal tour will help you get a feel for your new environment. You’ll meet your supervisors and other key department staff while you’re there.
You’ll see the in-country team in the hospital throughout your placement. They’ll come and visit you on the wards, making sure everything is running smoothly.
We assign and inform your supervisors well before your placement starts. Aim to build a relationship with them and you’ll see what the local healthcare system is like through the eyes of a local practitioner.
We’ve got all bases covered, offering you support at every level throughout your clinical placement in Zambia.

Medical Electives in Vietnam

Placements in Hue

Medical Electives

On a medical elective in Vietnam, you can choose to get experience in a range of departments. These include OBG, internal medicine, A&E, and general and orthopaedic surgery. You can also spend time in oncology, which offers particular insight. Modern medicines are greatly respected, but unregulated in many areas. For instance, there have been cases of children suffering from arsenic poisoning having been given contaminated baby formula. Chronic malnutrition is relatively common in paediatric patients, and there are huge volumes of patients involved in RTAs. Hue is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a medical elective in Asia. As of 2024, you can also rotate in our partner hospital's dermatology department. 

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Midwifery Placements

Our partner institution in Hue, Vietnam is a university teaching hospital, making it the perfect place to undertake your clinical placement. Alongside nurses, medics and fellow midwives and midwifery students, you’ll get first hand insight into a Vietnamese OBG department. From pre and postnatal care to attending and assisting in live births, you’ll see exactly how local professionals use ingenuity to deliver care with limited resources. Seeing how traditional Vietnamese culture influences local practices will be a highlight.

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Physiotherapy Placements

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 can 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 how an impressive level of care is provided, despite resource limitations.

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Biomedical Science Placements

Choose Hue for your biomedical science placement and you could get specialised lab experience in areas like microbiology, haematology, and immunology among others. Our partner university hospital even hosts a Medical Science degree, so local staff are experienced not only in practising but also in teaching the discipline. Time in oncology could prove particularly insightful, and you can see the results of a lack of regulation in cases like arsenic poisoning in infants who have ingested unregulated baby formula.

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Nursing Placements

The 3000-bed university teaching hospital we’ve partnered with in Hue is the perfect place to undertake your nursing placement. You can choose to spend time in a range of departments — the emergency department, paediatrics, psychiatry, oncology, the reproductive endocrinology and infertility centre, and the center for gastrointestinal endoscopy among others. The Vietnamese traditional medicine department is eye-opening, and you’ll see how traditional techniques complement more contemporary practises.

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Paramedic Science Placements

Paramedic science placements in Vietnam are fascinating as 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 RTAs and trauma, and even unfamiliar diseases. Many patients travel in from some of Vietnam’s most rural areas, so the patient demographic (and the conditions they present) will be mixed.

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Radiography Placements

Our partner institution in Hue is a university teaching hospital where you can learn what it’s like to practice 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 a lack of equipment imposes. This will teach you how to be resourceful in ways you might not have previously considered.

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Pharmacy Placements

A pharmacy placement in our partner hospital in Hue will highlight the limitations poor funding places on the pharmacy provision. The resource gap is particularly notable when it comes to pharmacy as a discipline — certain medicines have extremely limited availability, while others are non-existent. This has an obvious impact on patients in that they don’t have access to crucial medicines that could help them recover. 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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Deepen your experience in Vietnam by spending a week living with a local family in a riverside village surrounded by rice paddies.

You’ll spend your mornings in the local healthcare centre where you’ll see how staff use traditional medicine alongside modern practices. Hop on the river ferry one morning and you can visit the district hospital to see how secondary care is delivered.

Each afternoon presents you with a new adventure - cycle to a nearby beach through stunning tropical landscapes, try your hand at the ancient craft of kite making, learn about centuries-old farming and fishing techniques, and more.

VILLAGE Experience

"I have felt supported at every point. All of the staff, both in the UK and Vietnam, have been so lovely and accommodating".

Olivia Sharpe, University of Birmingham 2024

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"You experience the cultural differences first-hand and quickly develop professional relationships with local staff"

Joseph Shaw, University of Nottingham 2024

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"I didn’t expect to develop so many friendships with so many of the local doctors and nurses. I learnt so much at the hospital and enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

Aurelie Parent, Erasmushogeschool Brussels 2024

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"I was introduced to the beautiful culture and people of Vietnam while learning about different approaches to medicine."

Jordyn Watson, University of Queensland 2024

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"If you are ever considering embarking on a healthcare experience in another country, do it you won’t regret it…"

Alana Clark, James Cook University 2024

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Work the World organise supervised medical electives and clinical placements for the following disciplines: 1. Medical  2. Nursing 3. Midwifery 4. Physiotherapy 5. Radiography 6. Pharmacy 7. Dentistry 8. Occupational Therapy 9. Paramedic Science 10. Biomedical Science


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


Hue is one of Vietnam’s most lively cities. You’ll find adventure around every corner and have the chance to immerse yourself in local culture. You can explore national parks, experience Vietnamese nightlife in the coastal cities and kick back on tropical beaches.