Studying abroad is always everyone’s dream because of its not only helping them boost personal development but giving a great chance to experience new cultures. However, financial backgrounds might be a challenge for many students who desire to have an adventure abroad. Vietnam, on the top 10 fastest-growing economies globally according to a recent report announced by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), is a new ideal study abroad destination for wanderlust-itching students to gain international experience on a budget.
1. Safe environment
Vietnam is a long-stretching, beautiful, historically and culturally rich and amazing country. It is even a safe place attracting a lot of foreigners to come to Vietnam for travel, work and study in terms of its economic and political stability. By evidence from the corona virus epidemic, Vietnam is proud to be a country quickly preventing the spread of the new corona virus and successfully curing all infected patients in a short time.
In conjunction with the enhancement of public awareness and the tight control of media coverage from the Ministry of Health, Vietnam is absolutely confident to be a safe destination to come.
2. Ideal budget destination
Vietnam is a fairly cheap destination for traveling, studying, and living compared to other Asian nations. It is also filled with friendly people, affordable accommodation, 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.
Living expenses in Vietnam depends much on people’s lifestyles, yet it is considered as such affordable compared to living in neighboring countries and developed countries. The annual living expenses are ranged from US$3,000 to US$5,000.
3. International – standard education
Vietnam is on the way of pursuing accreditation for more education programs and offering a broad range of programs which are taught in English in many higher education universities and institutions. This creates an international learning environment for Vietnamese students to improve their English and skills for future integration. In addition to the fast growing economy and globalization, building the international education strategy attracts international students to come and study in Vietnam, making the country come closer to multi-cultures and integration.
According to the latest update of Vietnam Government Portal on education (August 5th, 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. As an example, accordingly, FPT University is the leading IT training university in Vietnam that has received many prestigious awards for training quality and recognized as a member of international education associations.
Furthermore, FPT Education is proud to be one of the most globalized education groups in Vietnam with regard to offering international standard education through the alliance with the top universities ranked in the Top 1000 World Universities by QS & Times Higher Education (University of Greenwich & Swinburne University of Technology). Consequently, international students find a better alternative by choosing Vietnam to approach international-standard education and get an international degree with such an affordable cost.
4. Vietnamese cultural & multicultural experiences
As one of the most dynamic emerging countries in the Southeast Asia region, Vietnam is recognized as a hub for foreign business investment, creating a vast number opportunities to contribute to the economic development of the country. In parallel, it is a historical and traditional country instilled with a deep respect for the land, the sea and its ancestors. The age-old beauty of the country through the well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas and unique museums attracts more and more foreigners to come and live in Vietnam. Such a plenty of foreign companies and international restaurants from different countries such as Japan, South Korea, China, France, countries in South Asia and many more have presented in Vietnam, making it become a multicultural community.
In Vietnam, international students particularly have a chance to enjoy Vietnamese cuisines that make up an important part in deeply reflecting its culture beside their home country’s cuisines. Apart from the cuisines, there are cultural activities that make international students feel the culture. The biggest and the most cultural holiday is the Lunar New Year Holiday. They can also join other popular holidays in the world with Vietnamese people such as New Year, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.
5. Welcoming environment
Vietnam is known as the land of smiles because of Vietnamese people’s friendliness and hospitality. Wherever foreigners go in Vietnam, they will be welcomed with the first word and a friendly smile by the local “Hello”. Vietnamese people are willing to receive foreign friends and visitors, either pre-arranged or unexpected, and give them warm welcome.
In Vietnam, it does not prevent foreigners from having a great time with their new Vietnamese friends even though they do not speak the same language. Instead, they will support and learn from each other.
By consequence, international students do not need to worry about studying abroad in Vietnam without speaking Vietnamese language and having Vietnamese friends or relatives.
As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Vietnam has modern infrastructure services these days. In particular, signs of prosperity range from new SUVs and transportation scales to gleaming office buildings, shopping malls along with a range of services, luxury apartments and high-end boutiques such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and more on the crowded streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh cities. The development of infrastructure makes international students easier, faster, more convenient and less expensive to consume and travel around Vietnam when studying abroad here.
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