Often overlooked as a study abroad destination, Vietnam is slowly awakening in its economic and social developments, reaching nearly 10% growths annually in its GDP. As a communist country, Vietnam had very limited foreign investments in the country. However, in recent years it has been more open about global trade, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Vietnam has a unique culture that is largely shaped by Chinese influence, the Hindu civilization and French colonization. Most of the Vietnam population consider themselves Buddhists.
After classes watch the pushbikes and school children dressed in ao dai walk by, and take a motorbike tour. Vietnam is not a place to expect a list of glorious tourist sites neatly printed on a brochure, it is a place to explore and slowly chew on the down-to-earth local atmosphere of the country. As a student, you can learn the history and struggle of the city by visiting some of the countries’ monuments and experience the vibrant Vietnamese culture through Hanoi arts. Other than the urban scene, Vietnam has some great nature sites for pastoral lovers. Visit some wonderful coastlines, bountiful mountains and magnificent rice fields. Although very different from Western societies, Vietnam’s charm will entice its guests and encourage them to appreciate and respect a culture very different from their own.
When to Go
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. From May to September and from October to April, the country is dominated by monsoon weather. However, the temperature remains relatively high throughout the year. The largest holiday of the year is Tet (a celebration of the lunar New Year), when families gather to eat dinner and play games.
Vietnam National University, Hanoi: Located in Vietnam’s capital, Vietnam National University, Hanoi is one of Vietnam’s oldest and most prestige education institutions. It consists of 10 colleges and faculties.
There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:
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Racial homogeneity is prevalent throughout most of Vietnam and its surrounding nations such as Cambodia, Laos or Thailand. As such, students who are not of Asian descent may garner some extra glances or stares, although most students have had positive experiences.
Kinh (Viet) 85.7%, Tay 1.9%, Thai 1.8%, Muong 1.5%, Khmer 1.5%, Mong 1.2%, Nung 1.1%, others 5.3%
Vietnam has its share of World Heritage sites, particularly in the north in Ha Noi or Halong Bay. Otherwise, capital city Ho Chi Minh is a filled with landmarks reminiscent of the Vietnam War from the tunnels of Cu Chi, to the Ho Chi Minh Masuoleum. Explore the Imperial City in Hue or take a trip to My Son, to see abandoned and ruined Hindu temples.
Vietnam is not a country many students choose to study abroad, which is unfortunate because it is home to some of the most hospitable people, tasty cuisine, and beautiful landscapes. Plus, it's one of the most budget-friendly locations, which is ideal for students in any field of study! Consider Vietnam if you're focused on Environmental Studies, Globalization or Politics.
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