Choosing a college can be a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider! Location, tuition, size, program offerings… the list continues. If you’re looking for a college in Vietnam, there are a few extra things you’ll need to consider. This blog post will discuss some of the most important things to consider when choosing a Vietnamese college. Let’s get started!
1. Tuition and Fees at a Vietnamese College
Compare the cost of tuition and fees at different Vietnamese universities. Usually, universities funded by the government offer much more reasonable tuition fees than international or private colleges. Look into scholarships and grants the Vietnamese government or the school provides. Aside from good GPAs, the qualifications would also require extracurricular credits or community service experiences. Determine whether or not you can afford living expenses while studying overseas (if applicable). Fortunately, the cost of living in Vietnam is fairly low, and you can always find accommodations, food and drink options, as well as leisure activities at any budget you have.
Decide which city or region you would like to study in. Most major universities and colleges in Vietnam are located in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. However, you can also look into Da Nang, Hue, and Can Tho. Most cities in Vietnam have significant tropical climate features, but you might come across chilly winters in the Northern areas.
Big cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi offer low bus ticket prices to support students, as long as you can provide your student’s ID card (or other proof of studying in a college) upon getting on the bus.
3. Size of School
Though most schools in Vietnam are pretty crowded due to the young population here, choosing a comfortable school can help you acclimate yourself to the new environment more easily. Less crowded colleges are also able to provide more quality facilities to students.
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4. Academic Programs
Make sure the school offers programs that interest you. Vietnam colleges provide a wide range of majors, from STEM to liberal arts. Most of the time, the school is named after what they are most specialized in (for example, the University of Economics or the University of Social Sciences!). You can also join multiple online forums to learn about the school before applying.
Double-check that the school offers degrees recognized and accepted by employers in your field of work. Some universities have partnerships with other international schools. As a result, they can grant you a valid degree outside of Vietnam and opportunities in international student exchange programs. If there are, find out if you can apply. If you are looking for inspiration for your application to study abroad, check out compassion essays by Samplius to get some ideas in your application. Excellent papers can facilitate aspiring students to get into the program of their choice overseas.
5. Campus Life at a Vietnamese College
Talk to students and alumni online or in person to get an idea of campus life. It’s worthwhile to consider what activities or events interest you most (e.g., sports, music, movies). Another driving factor in choosing the right campus for you is whether its student organizations align with your goals and interests.
Ask yourself: What type of atmosphere am I looking for? How do I want to spend my time when attending classes at college? Look into the availability of campus housing and determine if it is a good fit for you. Most campuses in Vietnamese colleges are pretty small and standard. To surround yourself with a more dynamic environment, look for international or private schools.
6. Accommodations and Food Options
Find out if the school offers on-campus accommodations, what type they are, and what the food options are for students. Typically, the food inside the campus (if there’s any) is pretty basic, but there are plenty of cheap and tasty Vietnamese food options for students around the area. Consider the cost of living off-campus vs on-campus (e.g., utility bills, monthly rent payments, etc.). and decide which would be more economical. The accommodation at a Vietnamese campus is usually a shared dormitory with a curfew. They might not allow cooking inside the room so if possible, visit the campus and eat there for a day to see if it could work for you.