Having achieved one of the greatest GDP growth rates in Asia, overhauling education in Vietnam is a priority of the government. Focus is to improve the public’s general knowledge, nurture talent and train high quality human resources. For the last two decades the system has been undergoing a process of internationalization so pace can be maintained with the rapid economic growth. There are three types of institutions of higher education in Vietnam:
- The University: a multidisciplinary establishment that makes various fields of study and has research facilities.
- Senior Colleges: these have a narrower curriculum, at times with just a single study area.
- Institutes: these too have a narrower area of study, they may also house specialized research facilities.
Additionally there are vocational schools, junior and community colleges and professional secondary schools. In total there are approximately a total of 163 universities and 223 junior colleges. There are also a number of foreign universities offering study in areas such as Information Technology, and English as a Second Language.
Short term study programs include Cultural Immersion Tour programs that take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong delta, beaches and surrounding jungles. Such programs run throughout the year, typically lasting up to two weeks. It is even possible to have packages tailor made to suit personal schedule and desired destinations.
Other study programs in Vietnam include integrating classes with interning or volunteering activities. Generally students spend mornings attending classes and the afternoons in working with the locals to gain full benefit of leaning of the country’s culture. The classes only have two to four students with one teacher for greater individualized attention and it is possible to get transferable academic credit.