Education is an important issue for expatriates and Vietnamese alike, and HCMC has a wide variety of first-rate international and local schools.

For the expatriate community, education in HCMC is generally only necessary for a few years. Parents tend to choose a curriculum which will be accepted world-wide so that their child may easily return to his or her home country (i.e. US, UK, Australia, Japan, Korea) or travel to any other country which accepts the chosen curriculum.

International Schools in Vietnam

Conversely, a number of Vietnamese parents choose international schools for a variety of reasons. The key motivation seems to be overseas universities which require an international education, enhanced job prospects and career paths, an international learning environment, interactive, open-form learning, and the wide array of extracurricular activities (art, music, swimming, etc.) available.

Positively, the value of international school education has improved exponentially over the past five years. This is reflected in the quality of their buildings, technology, and equipment but more importantly in the excellent teaching staff attracted to HCMC. Salary packages have improved dramatically and Vietnam now compares well with other Southeast Asian countries. On average, a school’s salary expenditure alone is between 75% and 92% of the total budget.

In addition, some international schools are audited annually by their “home” countries to ensure that strict standards are maintained.

In order to receive an international education, you must be prepared financially. Tuition fees vary greatly, but schools with a more advanced English curriculum range between US$10,000 and US$15,000 per year. In addition to tuition fees, expect to pay extra for enrolment, placement, uniforms, extra-curricular activities, transportation, and lunches. Even if you have no qualms with the tuition and fees, there is still no guarantee that the best schools will admit your child, keep the selection process and long waiting lists in mind when choosing.

Vietnamese Schools

Vietnam’s complex educational system includes pre-school, general education, vocational training, language schools, college and post-graduate education. Both state and private institutions and educational programmes are available throughout the city.

If you want your child to experience an authentic Vietnamese education, they can attend a Vietnamese school upon completion of a Vietnamese language test (often pending an interview with the school headmaster). International students who do not speak Vietnamese may participate in some master's programmes available through Vietnamese universities in cooperation with international ones.

The leading advantages of Vietnamese schools are lower fees, a sense of hard work, respect, and discipline. However, the lack of student-to teacher interaction and extra-curricular activities is often criticised along with the teacher centred learning method which places emphasis on rote memorisation and a heavy workload.

Education in Ho Chi Minh City

ABC International School

ABC International School

The oldest international school in the city (founded in 1995) to remain under family ownership, the ABCIS retains a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Recognised as an outstanding school by the UK Government, it offers the UK curriculum, International IGCSE and A Level qualifications. Students thrive in a rich academic environment, are immersed fully in English, and participate in a wide ...

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Saigon South International School

Saigon South International School

"At SSIS we begin with those ideas that bind us together, our core values of the pursuit of Academic Excellence, a grounding in a Sense of Self, a commitment to Dedicated Service, the striving for a Balance in Life, and a heartfelt Respect for All. These unite us as a school and are at the center of everything we do. ...

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The American School (TAS)

The American School (TAS)

The American School is a school with a short history but with a long list of accomplishments. From Early Childhood through grade 12, TAS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our school provides a caring, student-centered environment where the values of tolerance, appreciation and respect for individual differences are highly prized. Our professional faculty ...

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The EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS)

The EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS)

The EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) is a Nobel Talent school (NEN) located in Thao Dien, District 2. EIS is a fully accredited IB World School, authorised to teach all 3 programmes of the International Baccalaureate curriculum (PYP, MYP, DP) to students ages 2-18 years. English is the language of instruction throughout the school, but students in ...

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VietNam Australian International School

VietNam Australian International School

Established in 2004 and licensed by the Vietnamese Government, Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) is a private school group within the national education system offering a K–12 education programme. At present, VAS is offering educational services to some 5,000 students from K through 12 at 6 campuses in Ho Chi Minh City. After 2 years of implementing the Cambridge International ...

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Clever Learn (Ama)

Clever Learn (Ama)

AMA has its origin from AITMA (American Information Technology & Management Association dating back to the 1960s in the USA). As a long-standing educational non-profit organization specialized in providing Business Management training for international enterprises, AITMA has cooperated with Cambridge Academy to conduct a variety of researches and experiments on English training to international students in different cities such as ...

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Rmit International University Vietnam

Rmit International University Vietnam

RMIT University Vietnam is an Asian campus of Melbourne-based University RMIT - Australia's biggest tertiary institution. RMIT Vietnam offers programs from business and management to design and micro engineering, and boasts an impressive range of extra-curricular activities that encourage students to break new ground in their areas of interest. Read on to see how we keep our University running like ...

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KinderWorld International Kindergarten

KinderWorld was one of the first International Kindergartens to commence operations in Vietnam. The KinderWorld Group has been offering high quality international education in Asia since 1986. KinderWorld International Kindergarten (KIK) provides Pre-school education for children from 2 to below 6 years. Our curriculum is designed to develop children’s social skills as well as to provide a strong foundation in ...

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Little Genius

Each Class will be kept small(10-15) with an expatriate teacher leading the class with the assistance of a local teacher. This ensures an optimal environment in which young minds learn and develop.Based on international curricula and assessment, the LGK promotes thinking and knowledge - along with a respect for cultures, family and individuals.LGK Program is an effective literacy program aimed ...

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Little-Angels International Preschool

Little-Angels International Preschool

Children are the most dear to Parents and it is important that they are left in the care of a secure and safe and a welcoming environment. Our programs vary to fit the needs of Parents and their child. We provide high-quality full-time or part-time childcare and kindergarten services for children 04 months through 5 years. Activities are scheduled but ...

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SmartKids International Child Care Centres

SmartKids International Child Care Centres

SmartKids offers a warm, safe and child centred environment; a foundation for life through playful learning and enjoying situations different from home. We focus on the holistic development ( combining Montessori, Steiner and Reggio Emilia philosophies) optimized for young children’s development, where indoor and outdoor “learning through play” are key. SmartKids is a Childcare Centre for children of 18 month ...

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International Primary School

International Primary School

IPS provides an international standard of education for Vietnamese and foreign students from grade 1 to grade 5 with a stimulating studying environment, high quality teaching practices as well as health care equal to many other high schools all over the world. IPS provides an excellent educational environment for students and encourages students to study with self-awareness and without inhibition. ...

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KinderStar Preschool

KinderStar Preschool

KinderStar is the largest kindergarten in HCMC with a 900-student capacity, established by passionate educators who are dedicated to providing a bilingual kindergarten which meets international standards in both facilities and quality of education. Their insistence upon the best quality equipment and care, together with an enthusiastic and determined approach to meet the changing needs of our community remains an ...

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The International School (TIS)

The International School (TIS)

Promotes a well-rounded education which aims to develop students’ morality, knowledge, physical fitness, and aesthetic at the international primary level with Vietnamese approach.

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Saigon Kids Early Learning Centre

Saigon Kids Early Learning Centre

Established in 1996, Saigon Kids was one of the very first International Childcare Centres to open its doors for expatriate children in Ho Chi Minh City. From our early days, it was always our aim to create a small, friendly, homely environment. After more than 18 years of establishment, our original aim remains unchanged. With this in mind we have ...

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Schools Of North America (SNA)

Schools Of North America (SNA)

The International Schools of North America was established in 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. SNA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a US based accrediting agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education. WASC is responsible for the accreditation of schools, colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, and the Asia ...

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British International School Vietnam HCMC

British International School Vietnam HCMC

Primary Campus 43 – 45 Tu Xuong, D3. Tel: 3932 0210 225 Nguyen Van Huong, D2. Tel: 3744 4551 Secondary Campus 246 Nguyen Van Huong, D2. Tel: 3744 2335 The British International School (BIS) is a selective, independent and co-educational day school providing a British style curriculum for aninternational student body. Established since 1997, BIS is the largest international school ...

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Singapore International School

Singapore International School

The KinderWorld Group, founded in 1986 in Singapore believes in offering a combination of Eastern values with an International outlook on education. Our first Pre-school centre was opened in Singapore and to-date, the KinderWorld Group has grown extensively in Vietnam providing education for students from Pre- Nursery up to and including a University Foundation Programme under the brand names of ...

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Asia Pacific College

Asia Pacific College

"Vietnam is considered having the most rapid and sustainable growth in the Asia Pacific region. Even before becoming the 150th member of the WTO, the country’s 80 million people had strong appeal to foreign investors. The world accruing into Vietnam also means that the demand for highly qualified human resources training standards has become a challenge for our country’s education. ...

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Kanata

Kanata

Centre for students who want to study the Korean language, with a range of courses for both students and workers. The school has close connections with Korean schools and universities.

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International School Saigon Pearl

International School Saigon Pearl

The International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a world-class Elementary School for children aged 18 months to 11 years old offering a full American school curriculum in Vietnam. Our ethos is centered on building caring relationships with each child and family. Our approach enables us to understand the abilities of each child and recognize their parent’s ambitions. Our academically rigorous ...

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Saigon Star International School

Saigon Star International School

Saigon Star International School delivers the globally respected English National School Curriculum. Currently we cater for children from the ages of 2 to 11, providing them with a high quality education, delivered by fully qualified and highly dedicated staff. The school has a plan in place, to expand into Secondary Education by 2017. Saigon Star provides an identical academic curriculum ...

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Renaissance International School Saigon

Renaissance International School Saigon

"Welcome to the website of Renaissance International School Saigon. Whether you are an existing or prospective member of our community, or simply interested in learning more about our school, I am sure you will find the various pages and sections of our website informative and helpful. Our school is one of the leading schools in Saigon and has developed an ...

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ABC International School

ABC International School

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German International School (IGS-Deutsche Schule)

German International School (IGS-Deutsche Schule)

On the 19th September 2012, former Federal Minister of Economy Philipp Rösler officially opened the youngest German school abroad. In July 2012 the doors opened for the first time for 31 children in kindergarten, primary and secondary school. The basis for IGS as a school of cultural exchange for Vietnamese and German students is from the "Hanoi declaration" between German ...

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VietNam Australian International School

VietNam Australian International School

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The EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS)

The EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS)

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The American School (TAS)

The American School (TAS)

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Australian International School Saigon

Australian International School Saigon

If you are considering the Australian International School (AIS) for your child’s (or your own) education, then it is natural that you will want to know something about the School. This website should give you a sense of the School’s character and of the range of activities that go on here. AIS provides an international education for children from Kindergarten ...

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Saigon International College

Saigon International College

Founded in 2005, SIC is the first Vietnamese government international school. It has a collaborative arrangement with the Western Australian Government School Curriculum and Standards Authority (formerly known as the Curriculum Council of Western Australia) and delivers the Western Australian curriculum for all Year 11 and Year 12 students.

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Saigon South International School

Saigon South International School

"At SSIS we begin with those ideas that bind us together, our core values of the pursuit of Academic Excellence, a grounding in a Sense of Self, a commitment to Dedicated Service, the striving for a Balance in Life, and a heartfelt Respect for All. These unite us as a school and are at the center of everything we do. ...

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Lycee Francais International Marguerite Duras

Lycee Francais International Marguerite Duras

Ancient Ecole Colette, founded in 1977. French official school programme. Infrastructure includes a restaurant, areas for the students to take a break, green spaces, football installation, sport centre, swimming-pool, modern IT equipment, and advanced labs. Travels and discovery tours are regularly organised for the students to discover and get to know Vietnam a little better.

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AVSE-TESOL (Australia- Vietnam Skills and Education)

AVSE-TESOL (Australia- Vietnam Skills and Education)

Australia- Vietnam Skills & Education group, also known as AVSE-TESOL, is a reputable English Education group in Vietnam. The center offers a variety of English certificated courses including TEFL, CELTA and their famous brand-named certification TESOL. TESOL is qualified by the Australian Government. It exceeds the British Council standards and is equivalent to CELTA. During the course, you will receive ...

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Fosco International School

Fosco International School

In 1997, FOSCO (Service Company to Foreign Missions), launched an exciting initiative to develop the existing childcare and kindergarten services of Ho Chi Minh City and to provide a comprehensive, holistic, English immersion education option for children from 3 years of age. The Early Childhood and Kindergarten sections of our School have been operating since 1997 with only two classes ...

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Ecole Boule & Billes Binh Thanh and Phu My Hung

Ecole Boule & Billes Binh Thanh and Phu My Hung

Nurseries, kindergarten and elementary classes in Ho Chi Minh City.It has been nearly 10 years since the school “Boule & Billes” was created. It began as a small sized school that we developed with families.Originally a children’s nursery and drop off center and a place for after-school activities, with lunch provided 3-6 year olds, center was extended by offering kindergarten ...

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International School of Saigon

International School of Saigon

ISS was set up with the assistance of International Schools Services, www.iss.edu, a world leader in providing educational services to schools, educators, families and corporations. Our staff consists of fully qualified teachers with international experience whose goal is to educate your children to become creative, independent and competent learners. Our Curriculum is based on research that has been done throughout ...

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American International School

American International School

Established since 2006, American International School (ΛIS) has evolved well beyond simply delivering an American-based curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Embracing a philosophy that everyone learns, we successfully address overall positive development of each and every child. To nurture our positive learning environment, we foster a family culture. Every student, parent, staff and extended school community member is our ...

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Apu International School

Apu International School

APU International School is an American educational organization whose board members include heads of prestigious American schools, corporations and innovative educators. While studying at APU International School, both foreign and Vietnamese students enjoy the opportunity of participating in an international learning environment and communicating with professors from renowned schools throughout the United States. APU International School also provides students with ...

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Montessori International School

Montessori International School

The Montessori International School of Vietnam seeks to enable all its pupils to achieve their fullest potential by providing them with a nurturing and stimulating environment, and by being sensitive and responsive to their individual needs. The School strongly emphasizes the development of the child's qualities and skills that will help her or him become happy, confident and responsible individuals ...

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Canadian International School (CIS)

Canadian International School (CIS)

OUR VISION Creating an educated imagination. Developing a preeminent educational environment where students are offered the best opportunities to approach crucial knowledge and perfect standard characters for today’s advanced society. OUR MISSION The Canadian International School - Vietnam is an inclusive community committed to the development of future leaders. Built on academic achievement, service learning, global citizenship, inquiry, reflection, and ...

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Forward

Forward

Forward HCMC is a sister school to Forward in Taiwan, teaching both Chinese and English. Also runs training courses.

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Global English

Global English

Classes start at VND60,000 an hour (compared to other schools that have 100% native English teachers and charge VND120,000 an hour). The school also has a referral discount: if a student refers five friends – the student studies for free. Every teacher at Global English is a native English speaker, each of them also holds international teaching qualifications, have over ...

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Center For Vietnamese And Southeast Asian Studies

Center For Vietnamese And Southeast Asian Studies

The Centre for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies (CVSEAS) was established on 14 March 1990 by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). The school offers a range of Asian language courses, such as Thai, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

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OLS (Outerspace Language School)

OLS (Outerspace Language School)

Outerspace Language School was established by Dr John Lee using the reflected method that breaks language down into small units of sound which aids word retention. OLS has four course levels, including examination preparation.

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Universal English Center (UEC)

Universal English Center (UEC)

UEC employs the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) approach to teaching English. This method involves learning subjects such as math, history, geography, music, art and science through the medium of a foreign language. This method focuses heavily on functional language and favors fluency over accuracy. An effective CLIL lesson combines elements of: Progression in knowledge, skills and understanding related ...

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PUF - French University Centre

PUF - French University Centre

Active since 2007, the French University Centre is the result of the cooperation between the governments of Vietnam and France. Its principle is simple: students have the opportunity to obtain the same degree as if they were studying in France while remaining in Vietnam. Three French universities are present: Paris VI, Bordeaux I, and the renowned University of Toulouse I, ...

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British Council

British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them on a worldwide basis. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff - including 2,000 teachers - work with thousands of professionals and policy makers ...

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Apollo

Apollo

Apollo Vietnam, founded in 1994, is the first fully foreign owned English language training company in Vietnam. We are proud to be an affiliate of International House – a well established and trusted name in English teaching. As per our slogan “Where the best become better”, Apollo continues to strive to maintain ourselves as the top class English teaching organisation ...

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Ila

Ila

ILA Vietnam is a foreign-owned education and training company. We offer a broad range of educational programmes and services, including: English language programmes for children and adults International test preparation Teacher training Corporate training Overseas study consultancy and placement services In 2013 we educated more than 35,000 students at ILA centres in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Danang and Vung ...

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Vietnamese Language Studies (VLS)

Vietnamese Language Studies (VLS)

Vietnamese Language Studies Saigon - VLS, formerly known as the Saigon Vietnamese Language School for Foreigners (SVLSF), was established in 1994 by Dr. Vo Xuan Trang as one of the very first Vietnamese language centers in Ho Chi Minh City. VLS is a leading professional institution specializing in teaching Vietnamese language and culture to international students. We take pride in ...

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Goethe Institut

Goethe Institut

"The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life. Through our network of Goethe-Institutes, Goethe Centres, cultural societies and reading rooms, alongside our examination ...

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Dong Du

Dong Du

Đông Du is a Japanese school that is open to anyone who wants to learn Japanese. There are six centres offering Japanese, and the school’s Lê Thánh Tôn centre also offers Vietnamese classes. The organisation helps students who want to live and study in Japan. Teachers are Japanese people having pedagogical degrees from their country.

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VUS

VUS

Mr. Pham Tan Nghia, VUS President - CEO: VUS’s mission is to provide the Vietnamese youth with a powerful and effective tool – English. VUS students have the opportunity to advance their knowledge, widen their vision and access international education to further develop personally and professionally and to contribute to the development of society. Through cooperation with the City University ...

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Vietnamese Language Garden

Vietnamese Language Garden

"Vietnamese Language Garden is a Vietnamese language School based in HCMC with 5 years prior history teaching ex-pats here as VFF Group. Our teachers speak and have learned, many languages themselves and are trained to focus on personalized instruction. We are, and have been, people who love to teach Vietnamese and help guide visitor, and long time residents, in the ...

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Idecaf

Idecaf

Located in the French Cultural Centre, this French language school teaches students the French language along with information about French culture. Exchange programmes are regularly organised with French students. The centre also helps students to study in France. Young Vietnamese interested to discover more about French culture can be part of several cultural events held throughout the year, and can ...

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Saigon Vietnamese And Japanese Language School

Saigon Vietnamese And Japanese Language School

Saigon Language School – SLS which was established in 2005 specializes in teaching Japanese language and Vietnamese language (for foreigners). SLS is one of the Japanese schools that are chosen by students for its prestige in Ho Chi Minh city. On three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012, we are honorable to become one of 30 educational and training centers of ...

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Acet

Acet

ACET opened in 2002 in both Hanoi and HCMC and is a partnership between IDP Education (www.vietnam.idp.com) and UTS:INSEARCH (www.insearch.edu.au), the language centre of the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). ACET delivers UTS:INSEARCH English courses which are designed to give students the skills needed in a range of different areas including General English, Academic English and IELTS Preparation so that ...

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Wall Street English

Wall Street English provides English language instruction to over 200,000 students worldwide in 28 countries. Part of Pearson, the global education company, they are dedicated to helping their students change their futures through learning English.

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