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International University, Vietnam National University HCMC


Program Snapshot

Study at Vietnam's premier English language university in the fast-paced, cosmopolitan city of Ho Chi Minh. International University (IU), established in 2003, is one of six member universities of Vietnam National University HCMC. IU’s small but growing size allows international students to play an active role in the student community. With diverse social activities, and programs being offered, international students have several opportunities to get involved in different community projects, explore the street life of HCMC, learn about Saigon history, and immerse themselves in modern Vietnamese culture!
Got questions? Contact an ISEP Student Ambassador who studied in this region.

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is one of the two largest cities in Vietnam and is the country’s economic, cultural and educational center. According to Lonely Planet, HCMC is "a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its pulsating energy." International University, located on the outskirts of HCMC, lies in the “University Village” about 45 minutes away from the downtown area. Depending on the needs of the students, different housing options (on-campus or off-campus) can be selected. Students can easily take buses to IU using different routes, including number 30 and 52.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
Fair chance of placement on ISEP Exchange for US and I-to-I students.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for US Applications / Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to June
Semester 1: September to January
Semester 2: January to June

Fast Facts
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (pop. 8 million)
Student Enrollment: 6,000 (undergraduate and graduate)
Language of instruction: English
University Homepage
Program Offerings
Official Facebook Page
IU SEaSA's page

Business Administration (business management, international business, marketing, accounting-- finance, and hospitality management)
Finance & Banking (finance-- banking)
Food Technology
Aquatic Resource Management
Electrical Engineering
Automation and Control System
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Logistic and Supply Chain Management
Information Technology (computer science, computer engineering, network engineering)
Biomedical Engineering
Civil Engineering

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Financial Engineering & Risk Management
Applied mathematics
Business Administration
Biomedical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Industrial System Engineering

Academic Notes
Business, Biotechnology, and Engineering are particularly strong fields.

Students can enroll in a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 24 credits per semester (between 4-8 courses). The typical student takes 4-5 courses per semesters with three hours per course per week. A term runs for 18 weeks. Students are assessed by assignments, class participation, mid-term exams, and final exams.

Transcripts will be sent to ISEP and then immediately be released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Transcripts are issued approximately six weeks after the end of the final exam period.

Language Notes
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: 79 iBT/ 550 PBT/ 213 CBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 6.0
Other tests accepted: None
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes.

Note: The host institution ultimately decides your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Hints for Researching Courses
Course descriptions can be found by clicking on the various faculty websites provided above. After getting to the Schools/Departments webpage, you should look for courses description under Academic tabs or look for each in each faculty’s student Handbook. If students could not find relevant course description, please have your coordinator contact International University’s Coordinator for further assistance.

Housing and Meals
IU is located in “University Village”, about 45 minutes from downtown Ho Chi Minh City. A housing stipend is provided to cover off campus housing, the most popular choice among international students. However, base on students’ interest, different housing options are also offered (on-campus or off-campus options). Keep in mind that rent prices increase as you get closer to downtown, so students might have to cover the difference with their own money. From the Thu Duc Campus, the students can find different bus routes to get back to the city centre with ease (link). Students receive a meal stipend which can be used to purchase food in food shops, restaurants, or in our canteen (you can check the menu for every day meal here)

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: VND $4,000,000 (~USD $200).

All students are required to attend the orientation, which covers topics such as: student email account, health care, student union activities, other academic, safety information. Students will also be introduced to Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnamese culture by visiting some historic sites throughout the city. Orientation is a great opportunity to meet new people and settle into life in Vietnam!

Airport pickup is provided. Please contact the ISEP Coordinator at International University for more information.

Student Activities
With the importance of student activities in mind, the Office of Student Services, the Youth Union, and Student Union organize many activities in order to create a healthy playground for IU students. With different clubs and teams, sharing different hobbies and interest (educational, social, arts, sports, and many other activities). To better introduce Vietnam to the world, each in-coming exchange students will also have a buddy – a Vietnamese friend – to be there walk with the students through all the differences and difficulties that they might face during their time in Vietnam.
Also, other camping trip, and outing activities will be held regularly, offering students with one of a kind traveling experiences, to explore the beauty of Vietnam.

International University, establish in 2003, one of the six member universities of Vietnam National University HCMC, is the first public university in Vietnam to use English as the primary language in teaching and research. Despite the small body of students, International University’s scale rapidly grows every year. As of 2015, we consist of 10 schools/departments, with 14 undergraduate programs, 9 graduate programs (7 at master level and 2 at Ph.D level).
Watch a video -- Welcome to IU.