Although a lot of expats and foreigners work as English teachers in Saigon, it is still best to go to a legitimate English Centres to make sure that you’re really getting your money’s worth. A lot of Vietnamese take lessons if they want to work overseas, and of course, other nationalities are more than welcome to join in. Here’s a list of centres you can choose from:


226 Le Van Sy, Tan Binh District; +84 28 3991 2999

187 Vo Thi Sau, D3; +84 28 3932 6202

Price: VND200K - 220K/hr for an Academic English course

The centre offers UTS: INSEARCH (the language centre of the University of Technology Sydney) English courses including General English, Academic English and IELTS preparation so that students are able to function confidently and fluently in English in a study or work environment.


58 Pham Ngoc Thach, D3; +84 28 7307 0888

968 Ba Thang Hai, D11; +84 28 7308 8879

5B Pho Quang, Tan Binh District; +84 28 7308 9088

282 Le Quang Dinh, Binh Thanh District; +84 28 37305 5567

Price: VND25M/5-6 month course

Apollo, a member of International House, operates nineteen centres across five cities in Vietnam. It offers a wide range of classes teaching general, business and exam preparation English to young learners, adults and corporate clients. It also runs CELTA programmes and public teacher training courses for Vietnamese teachers.

British Council

28 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe, D1

1, Toa nha Viettel, 285 Cach Mang Thang Tam, D10; +84 1800 1299

Price: VND8.8M for an Academic English course

With offices in over 100 countries, the British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The Council is a non-profit organisation and is registered in the UK as a charity. The British Council offers a wide range of part-time English courses, which are specially designed to help adults or children of all ages and ability levels to learn, use and improve their English. The Council has multinational teachers and modern facilities that include LCD, DVD, TV, laptops, a library and self-study space. Students are also granted free access to online guides, printed handouts and library lending.


51 Nguyen Cu Trinh, D1; +84 28 7300 5587

146 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, D3; +84 28 7300 5587

Floor 5, Parkson Hung Vuong Plaza, 126 Hung Vuong, D5; +84 28 7300 1566

205 Nguyen Xi, Binh Thanh District; +84 28 7300 2425

321 Cong Hoa, Tan Binh District; +84 28 7300 1556

Price: VND9.062M/12 weeks (46 hours) for a Global English course, beginner level

First opened in 2000 and now with 37 centres around the country, ILA Vietnam is a foreign owned education and training company offering a broad range of educational programmes and services, including English language programmes for children (from 2.5 years old) and adults, international test preparation such as exam preparation (for IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC), corporate training, overseas study consultancy, and placement services. All students are level-tested by the teachers and placed in the appropriate level. A large majority of classes are for young learners. ILA requires its native English Speaking teachers to have a BA and a teaching certification such as the CELTA, and offers the course through its teacher-training department.


189 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, D1; +84 28 3925 9889

78 Vo Thi Sau, Da Kao, D1; +84 28 3820 6742

243-245 Khanh Hoi, D4; +84 28 3943 3416

135 An Duong Vuong, D5; +84 28 3830 5210

25 Nguyen Khac Vien, Tan Phu, D7; +84 28 7304 8979

444, Nguyen Chi Thanh, D10; +84 28 3957 5636

422 Phan Xich Long, Phu Nhuan District; +84 28 3995 9828

105 Cong Hoa, Tan Binh District; +84 28 3622 0257

Price: VND5.2M/60 hour TOEIC 500 course

The centre employs 50% overseas teachers and 50% Vietnamese teachers, with BAs or MAs in language teaching. It offers courses at all levels including children, teens and adults, and also does corporate training. It works in close collaboration with the City University of New York so that students benefit from advanced methodologies and can feel confident in applying to U.S. schools.

Universal English Center (UEC)

110-112-114 Hưng Gia 5, D7; +84 28 5412 3300 

Price: VND3M/two-month course

UEC is a fast growing English centre in HCMC’s D7 offering a range of classes from introductory courses to TOEFL test preparation. Staff consists entirely of native English speakers with BAs.

Wall Street English

21 Le Quy Don, D3; +84 8 6288 3566

Floor 5, Vincom Mega Mall Thao Dien, D2

Floor 6, Parkson Hung Vuong Plaza, 126 Hung Vuong, D5; +84 28 6288 3566

Floor 3, SC Vivo City, 1058 Dai Lo Nguyen Van Linh, D7; +84 28 6288 3566

Vincom Go Vap, 12 Phan Van Tri, Go Vap District; +84 28 6288 3566

Floor 3, Pico Plaza, 20 Cong Hoa, Tan Binh District; +84 28 6288 3568

Price: VND4M-5M/month

A member of the Pearson group, which is present in 28 countries, and only for adults (individuals and corporate), this non-traditional method mixes multimedia with, native English-speaking and certified teachers (BA and CELTA). There is a maximum of four students per teacher. With all their methods online, they work together on e-learning. Students are tested every time they study, then pass or have to start their lesson again. The programme offers 20 different levels, designed to meet the TOEFL and ALS requirements.

For information on language centres go to Are There Too Many English Centres in HCMC?