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.

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American International School

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The EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS)

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Australian International School Vietnam

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Saigon South International School

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Fosco International School

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Schools Of North America (SNA)

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Saigon International College

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VietNam Australian International School

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German International School (IGS-Deutsche Schule)

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AVSE-TESOL (Australia- Vietnam Skills and Education)

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Montessori International School

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Canadian International School (CIS)

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Kanata

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Apu International School

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Asia Pacific College

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Center For Vietnamese And Southeast Asian Studies

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Apollo

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Clever Learn (Ama)

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Global English

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British Council

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Idecaf

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Universal English Center (UEC)

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Goethe Institut

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VUS

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Acet

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Forward

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Vietnamese Language Studies (VLS)

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Saigon Vietnamese And Japanese Language School

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Ila

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Vietnamese Language Garden

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Dong Du

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KinderStar Preschool

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Saigon Kids Early Learning Centre

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The International School (TIS)

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International Primary School

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Little-Angels International Preschool

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Little Genius

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