Tips: How to Study in Vietnam on a Budget

Studying abroad is a rewarding and life-changing experience for every student. Not only do students have a chance to pursue a better quality of higher education and boost personal growth in a foreign country but they also enrich cultural experience incomparably. Nonetheless, not all students have enough finances for an adventure study abroad. To study abroad on a budget, Vietnam may be an ideal destination for wanderlust-itching students to look for. 

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With such rapid economic growth, Vietnam is among the 10 fastest-growing Asian economies, opening the most extraordinary opportunities for students to learn from studying small-scale agricultural  production processes to understanding its overloaded healthcare system to exploring unique business ventures in tourism, hospitality, and information technology. 

Vietnam is a fairly cheap destination for travelling, studying, and living compared to most other countries in Asia. It is also filled with friendly people, affordable accommodation, cheap, healthy, and tasty food, and stunning landscapes that make it a standout choice among Southeast Asian study abroad destinations. In fact, Forbes ranked Vietnam as the cheapest place to travel in 2017. Consequently, international students can be confident to study in Vietnam with a saving budget. 

Here are some tips to make sure you are able to study in Vietnam on a budget, and do not miss out on a single ounce of fun!

  1. Live like a local

The cost of renting a room in Vietnam is around $200 – $300 per month as homestay options with fully provided security. In different ways, it costs up to $300 – $400 per month for a serviced apartment. 

For FPT students on a budget, they can consider living in a dormitory with other international students at a more affordable price. The cost for dormitory rooms is often ranged $100 – $150 per month. 

Compared to many other Asian countries, it doesn’t cost much and it is worth exploring the opportunity to see how students can minimize the cost of accommodation. 

2. Eat like a local

A typical meal in Vietnam costs around $1.5 – $4, and that includes plenty of components like rice, a protein dish (pork, beef, fish, egg, etc.), vegetables, a bowl of soup, and occasionally a refreshing cup of Vietnamese iced tea. International students can find food easy because of its variety of choices, for instance, Vietnamese noodles with crab paste broth (pho, bun rieu) and noodles with pork chop (hu tieu), which often cost the same amount of money or less for a serving.

There is also an abundance of internationally known fast food chains around for students to choose once they are getting tired of Vietnamese food such as Pizza Hut, Domino Pizza, KFC, Alfresco, etc. that will cost around $5 per serving. Some restaurants sell Halal, Indian, Thai, Italian, Singaporean, and Korean dishes at affordable prices. 

Students can find the other option to look for good local restaurants or trendy foods by installing popular food apps on their phone. These apps are all available in English. 

3. Commute like a local

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The majority of Vietnamese people ride a motorbike to commute, but for international students, they are recommended not to ride a motorbike in Vietnam without a temporary Vietnamese motorcycle license. 

Nevertheless, there are some other ways for international students to commute like a local while studying in Vietnam. 

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Public transportation – In major cities of Vietnam, using public buses is a plausible choice for affordable and safe rides. Students can travel as far as 30 kilometers with only 25-50 cents (6.000 VND – 9.000 VND). 

For FPT’ international students in Hanoi and Da Nang, they will be provided a monthly public transport ticket by the university if they request. 

Ride-Hailing Apps – Ride hailing apps have become popular in Vietnam’s major cities these days. People tend to use ride hailing apps to get around cities because of its affordability, security and convenience compared to using traditional taxis. There are a wide range of services for students to choose from basic motorbike rides and car rides to luxury cars and share car rides, and ride-hailing apps like Grab, Go Viet and Bee. These apps offer insurance for the driver and their passengers during every drive. 

4. Fly like a local (whenever possible)

Like all other overseas students, students often take advantage of this opportunity to travel and explore the beauty and different cultures of countries around the world. Foreign students who are studying abroad in Vietnam are the same. If international students want to travel within Vietnam to nearby countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia or China, they can fly with the most popular budget airlines like Vietjet, Jetstar Pacific, AirAsia and Bamboo. 

They can also use different search engines like Kayak, Cheapflights, or Expedia to find the cheapest fares. Once they find the cheapest airline and the dates with the cheapest fares, go straight to the airline’s official website and book their tickets. 

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