Vietnam: the best schools for expatriate children


Vietnam is the thirteenth most populous country in the world with a large majority of Vietnamese fluent in Vietnamese, the territory's official language.

It also has a small percentage of Francophones and a growing number of fluent English speakers.

The education system in Vietnam

The Vietnamese education system begins when children are between 5 and 7 years old. As in many other countries, kindergarten is not compulsory, although it is an option chosen by many parents. It is followed by primary school (5 years), middle school (4 years) and high school (3 years). On average, Vietnamese finish school between the ages of 17 and 19. University in Vietnam lasts between 4 and 6 years, depending on the career chosen. The main universities in the country are Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Ho Chi Minh City National University and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.

There are private and public schools. However, public schools are not entirely free, students have to pay a very low entrance fee. The same goes for universities and especially public ones which have a lot of prestige but it is not easy to enter. To access higher education, Vietnamese must pass a national exam to graduate and then pass various entrance exams to study at any institution.

Despite the great challenge of education for a large number of people in this country, the coverage of the system is good, even in rural areas. However, the country still faces the challenge of educating a large part of its population since 37% have no education. To this end, Vietnam has defined a long-term strategy and invested 21% of its GDP in education in order to improve the situation in this area.

Several schooling options are available for the children of expatriates in Vietnam. In particular, there are several French schools and English and American international schools and even an Australian university. Choosing the best school for your child will depend on their academic ability, their age, the number of months or years of expatriation and the choice of language aimed at choosing a French or English-speaking school.

International schools in Vietnam

There are different French schools in Ho Chi Minh which is a very young and dynamic city with a more favorable climate than in Saigon. The International French Lycée Marguerite Duras is approved by the French Ministry of National Education, Saint Ange school, Antonia school and much more.

You will find a comparison of schools and complete file on that will help you make the right choice for your child's education.

They are very popular there. Students earn university degrees that are recognized and respected around the world. Vietnam is a welcoming and dynamic society which offers students a unique cultural experience in a beautiful environment.

In the world ranking published by the OECD Four years ago, based on science and math, Vietnam was ranked 12th while the United States was tied for 28th.