In the past few years, Vietnam has become an ideal budget destination for international students instead of Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand for numerous reasons such as international-standard education, cheap living cost and more incentive policies for foreigners.
Should international students study in Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand?
It is obvious that studying abroad is a dream for students, not only promoting personal growth but enriching cultural experience incomparable. However, not all students could have the chance to study abroad. One of the main reasons is financial difficulty. Instead of choosing developed countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia, the US or Japan, students could consider studying in South East Asia countries with acceptable costs like Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand.
Although these countries also have international-standard education, in the past few years, they also have some cons when studying there such as visa restriction for international students especially in Malaysia or still high living costs compared to other South East Asia countries. Luckily for all students who desire to hop on a plane to a foreign country and gain international experience on a budget, study abroad in Vietnam may be just what you are looking for.
Why Vietnam is an Ideal Budget Destination for International Students?
Vietnam (the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) is one of the most dynamic emerging countries in Southeast Asia region. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest and the sea to the east and southeast.
Vietnam is a fairly cheap destination for traveling, 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, among affordable study abroad destinations like Bali, Indonesia, Cambodia, Portugal, and Barcelona, Spain. But affordability isn’t all Vietnam has to offer.
Vietnam is also a fast-moving city with a high speed of internationalization and numbers of prospective educational and career opportunities, thanks to its recent economic growth. According to the World Economic Forum, the country is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia and home to two of the most dynamic cities in the world – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam has offered some of the most extraordinary opportunities for student learning such as small-scale agricultural production, cultural heritage preservation techniques and examining unique business ventures in tourism, hospitality, and information technology. From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, Vietnam’s higher education universities & institutions offer a broader and broader range of programs which are taught in English, aiming to provide international study environments for Vietnamese students as well as to prepare them English & skills for future integration. With the fast growth in the economy and globalization, leading universities and institutions have started to recruit international students to come and study in Vietnam, which make the country comes closer to multi-culturalization and integration.
Now you’re ready to study in Vietnam!
Established in September 2006, FPT University was the first private school established by the enterprise. Since 2013, the university has recruited internationally to study both full-time programs and exchange courses. Up to now, FPT University has had more than 300 international students studying full- time programs from different countries and regions in the world including Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nigeria, etc. In addition, in early August, FPT International Student Exchange Center (FISEC) of FPT University received about 80 international students coming to Vietnam for internships, cultural exchanges, English learning, and community experiences. Most students come from Thailand, Japan, Brunei, and South Korea. By the end of this month, the number is expected to increase to 100.
Vietnam is on the way of pursuing accreditation for more education programs. According to latest update of Vietnam Government Portal on education (5 August 2016), Vietnam has 62 internationally accredited programs nationwide by prestigious organizations namely ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology certification, USA), AUN – QA (Quality Assurance In ASEAN University Network), FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation), ISO 9001: 2008, etc.
In 2012, FPT University became the first university in Vietnam to be awarded a 3-star ranking by the QS World University Ranking System, equal to University of London South Bank (UK), Lobachesky University (Russia), etc. Especially, FPT University has attained 5 stars (maximum star level) for 4 criteria including Teaching with 100% curriculum from a foreign country. Training programs follow international standards such as ABET and ACM, as well as updated regularly.
In addition, FPT University has received many prestigious awards for training quality including Best 1000 Business Schools in more than 150 countries in the world by Eduniversal (USA).
In the list published by UniRank in August 2018, FPT University ranked fourth among nearly 70 top universities in Vietnam. Previously, in June 2018, FPT University is officially recognized as an Associate Membership of ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA). AUN – QA is a non-profit organization in Quality Assurance Training for ASEAN University to realize the mission of harmonizing educational standards and seeking continuous improvement of the academic quality of universities in ASEAN. On June 2016, the university became a member of ACBSP. On April 2017, it became a full member of the CDIO Association.
Especially, on June 18, FPT University (under FPT Education) was officially recognized as a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). As a member of AACSB, FPT University is recognized as a member of the world-class business education network. With the potential, internal strength and support of AACSB, FPT University will continuously improve the quality of education and training of business sectors, expanding cooperation and connection with its members and organizations all around the world.
FPT University is awarding 50 scholarships for students applying in September Intake 2019. The scholarship program aims to offer outstanding international students access to scholarship funds, attracting the brightest minds from across the globe. Learn more about the scholarship here.
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