International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City
There are over 30 international schools in Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding area, with 10 British schools, 11 IB schools in Shangai and 9 American schools. Most are English speaking and some are bi and multi-lingual.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s largest city with a population of around 9 million. The city is famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War and for its 19th Century colonial French landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, entirely built from imported, French materials, Central Post Office, designed by French architect Alfred Foulhoux but is often mistakenly credited to Gustave Eiffel, Hotel Continental, City Hall and the Opera House. Ho Chi Minh City is modern metropolis with some impressive modern design and architecture including the Bitexco Financial Tower and the soon to be constructed Fulbright University and Central Park developments.
In spite of its size and bustling streets, Ho Chi Minh City is a safe and friendly city. Vietnamese people are very helpful, welcoming and open. They are happy to become friends with people from other parts of the world and love to practice their English. The Vietnamese love children and enjoy meeting them, taking pictures and sometimes sniff kissing them.
Although many Vietnamese people speak English it is very useful to learn a few basics. Some of the older generation, in particular, do not speak any English so they appreciate any efforts that you have made to learn Vietnamese.
Entertainment and dining out
There are a plenty of theme parks and lush gardens around the city and a variety of air conditioned, indoor entertainment options, suitable for all ages, at the numerous shopping malls and arcades. Vietnamese food and drink is healthy, fresh, flavourful and cheap. Children are welcome in cafés and restaurants and some even have their own playrooms or outdoor play spaces. Food stalls line the streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market. Evening entertainment options include acrobatic, dance, and music performances, numerous bars, craft beer houses, night clubs and a growing English comedy club scene.
There is an extensive bus service around the city and a Metro system under construction. Taxis and Motorcycle Taxis are cheap and plentiful. Footpaths can be crowded with people and even motorbikes so getting around the city on foot, or with a pushchair, can be tricky. Parents with young children often use slings and carriers. Rules around car seats, and even seatbelt use, are very lax so if you wish to use a car seat in taxis you will have to carry your own with you. Some shopping malls will store them at their information desk or offer short term storage options.
Where to live
Ho Chi Minh City covers a large area and is divided into 24 districts. Twelve of these districts are numbered, seven have names and five are suburban districts further away from the city centre.
District 1 (Quận 1) is the bustling heart of the city and has every modern convenience close at hand in addition to many of the major tourist attrations from Nguyen Hue Street with its long, pedestrianised promenade to the Bến Thành Market. District 2 (Thao Dien), 10km away across the Saigon River but only around 15 minutes commute into the city, is a little quieter than the rest of the city and full of nice places to walk and lovely shops and restaurants. This is a very popular area with international families. District 7 (Quận 7), less than an hour's drive into the centre of the city, is also a popular area with expats and is home to the huge Phu My Hung urban area. This planned city has been designed with wide, tree lined roads and footpaths with a combination of high rise apartment buildings, townhouses and villas and plenty of shopping malls, restaurauts, cafes, parks and even has its own riverside golf course and a driving range. Phú Nhuận, 7km and 20 mins drive into the centre, is convenient for the airport and good for families looking to live outside the usual expat zones. This area is popular with local families, has a great selection of bars, cafés and restaurants and more affordable, spacious apartments and alley houses.
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Read British International School Ho Chi Minh City reviews
The British International School Ho Chi Minh City offers a British style education to the international community of Ho Chi Minh City leading to qualifications that are recognised, valued and respected around the world in universities and institutes of further education. Our three campuses all have first class facilities resourced to the highest level and staffed with dedicated, skilled and committed teachers, ensuring that BIS education is amongst the very best available anywhere in the world.
BIS HCMC teachers are typified by their dedication and commitment, and our continuing professional development means that we make the best use of contemporary educational practices. You will find that BIS is a very welcoming community and new students very quickly feel at home here.
The happiness and contentment of our students is of utmost importance to us: the academic success that we have achieved here comes about through rigour, hard work and discipline, but also through a very strong pastoral element that accompanies the emotional development of The British International School Ho Chi Minh City students.
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International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) encourages a balance between academic achievement and the development of the whole child. Learning and individual student growth in a safe and caring environment is at the centre of all that we do as a school.
Students across all grade levels set goals and teachers track individual student academic progress. In supporting students to reach their full potential and become independent and self-reliant individuals, we provide daily time for mindfulness, encourage positive emotions, have social and emotional counselors and other specialist student support services teachers. Beyond the classroom there are genuine opportunities for students to develop artistic, cultural, sporting, creative, outdoor and leadership skills that will serve them well today, as well as going forward into the future.
Parents, students and teachers work together as a vibrant community to solve problems within a framework of fairness and shared values. With over 50 nationalities represented on campus, each of us has an exceptional opportunity to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the philosophies of people from many different cultures. There is a busy calendar of events that helps all stakeholders in our community join together and enjoy each other’s company.
Read American International School reviews
At the American International School of Vietnam (AISVN) each student is prepared for leadership in our global community while maintaining a strong set of values based on their cultural heritage.
The AISVN student body is 90% Vietnamese and we are very proud to provide a rigorous international IB education sustained by Vietnamese family values.
Read FOSCO International School reviews
FOSCO International School (FIS) provides a high standard of skills-based, thematically structured, international education for Pre-School, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 to 6, with a total of 10 classes offered at present, and a recorded milestone of 210 students enrolled in the 2009-2010 school year.
FOSCO International School is located in District 3 on a one way street in spacious, pleasantly shaded grounds. Set well back from the road, the campus opens off a wide driveway, with safe and easy access for dropping children off at school each day.
The Kindergarten and Grade School are conveniently situated on the same grounds with ample room for further expansion.
Read Renaissance International School Saigon reviews
Renaissance International School Saigon is a medium sized family school with a close-knit community, experienced fully qualified teachers and great academic results.
We are a school that places the student at the heart of the learning process, we have an outstanding faculty recruited locally and internationally, we offer an excellent programme across the range of Early Years (from 2 years old) to Year 13 (up to 18 years old), our facility is first class and continually improved to enhance student learning.
Our students graduate to outstanding universities and colleges around the world.
Read British Vietnamese International School Ho Chi Minh City reviews
The British Vietnamese International School (BVIS) is one of the leading international schools in Vietnam. We are the only bilingual school in Vietnam that is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and with a licence to teach an international curriculum. BVIS has in its very short life already established itself as one of the leading international schools in Vietnam, and the only bilingual school in Vietnam that is fully accredited by CIS (Council of International Schools). The school’s fifth set of examination results this year prove that the school is delivering an excellent educational platform for our young people.
With our world class facilities and well qualified, experienced staff, we are well placed to ensure that students who join the school have the support and the expertise to help them reach their educational ambitions. We take great pride in the care and support we offer children at the school. This care extends right across the campus from Early Years Foundation Stage provision through to IGCSE and A Level studies. Our staff are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for your child and ensuring they are able to access the university and jobs of choice when graduating from BVIS. The internationally recognised British style curriculum coupled with traditional Vietnamese learning styles makes our school unique and a very special learning environment.
Only at British Vietnamese International School will your child experience a unique bilingual international curriculum, enhanced by collaborations with world-leading organisations such as MIT, Juilliard and UNICEF.
Read Saigon South International School reviews
Saigon South International School (SSIS) is one of the oldest international schools in Vietnam and has earned a reputation for its robust college preparatory program, excellence in teaching and innovation, and the infusion of Core Values into the program and the student experience.
These Core Values - the pursuit of Academic Excellence, a grounding in a Sense of Self, a commitment to Dedicated Service, striving for a Balance in Life, and a heartfelt Respect for All unite us as a school and are at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to the intellectual and personal development of each student, and we believe that our values will help prepare them for a purpose-driven life as a member of an increasingly globalized and changing society. We believe that a rigorous and challenging academic program is an essential preparation for the top colleges and universities around the world. At the same time, we are just as aware that international communities can be transient and we recognize the importance of offering a program which allows for the successful transition for our students to other elementary and secondary schools around the globe.
Read International School Saigon Pearl reviews
International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a world-class, purpose built Early Years and Elementary international school children 18 months to 11 years old in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Our teaching and learning approaches consists of the ISSP 4 Dimensions; Conceptual Learning, Inquiry Based, Skills Focused and Student Empowerment.
These support the development of the whole-child and provide a balanced education. We are proud to be the only international elementary school in Vietnam offering outstanding opportunities to our students, which include subject specialist classes; Art, Music, World Languages, Physical Education and an Innovation Hub incorporating STEAM, a Green Screen studio, Maker Space and Robotics. It is our firm belief that to deliver personalized learning through a comprehensive academic program, we must continue to provide learning environments that stimulate and engage young learners.
Our international curriculum and dynamic approaches to teaching and learning with American standards compliment our students transitioning to our secondary schools, International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) or ISHCMC American Academy.
English, International, IB
Read Saigon Star International School reviews
At Saigon Star International School we provide a safe and supportive learning environment, and every opportunity for children to be successful both as learners and as contributors in a changing world.
We are proud to be the first and only international school that is accredited with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in Vietnam; a curriculum which we believe helps us to achieve our Shared Vision, embrace our community’s wide diversity and foster a love for lifelong learning. At Saigon Star, we supplement the IEYC (International Early Years Curriculum), the IPC and the IMYC (International Middle Years Curriculum) with the English National Curriculum.
We provide specialist teachers with expertise in Sports and Swimming, Music, Performing Arts and Mandarin. All of our teachers arrive fully qualified or licensed, with at least 3 years experience from their home country. Our aim is to provide all of our teachers with consistent, high quality professional development opportunities that positively impact our learners and ensures longevity in our journey together.
Read International School Ho Chi Minh City - American Academy reviews
International School Ho Chi Minh City - American Academy (ISHCMC - American Academy) is a leading American curriculum secondary school in Ho Chi Minh City, inspiring and challenging students aged 11 to 18 years old to achieve personal excellence. Our highly qualified and dedicated teachers are student-focused, committed to developing each child’s unique interests, abilities, and ambitions.
This approach creates a culture of achievement in our close-knit community of over 300 students, demonstrated in our graduates’ U.S. $1m scholarship fund to overseas universities. Above excellence in academics, our vision commits us to empowering our students to reach their potential across all endeavors – in the arts, sports, technology, and elsewhere.
Read Vietnam Australia International School reviews
Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) is a private school group with the national education system offering K-12 education programmes. At present, VAS is offering educational services to nearly 9,500 students from K through 12 at 7 campuses in Ho Chi Minh City.
At VAS we understand that nothing is more important and valuable to a child than having an opportunity to obtain a sound education that enables him or her to be successful in the future. We are very proud to offer such foundations. We apply some of the most updated teaching methods to provide students with profound cultural and core knowledge alongside practical life skills and life values.
We also aim to create a comfortable and friendly environment where every student can experience and express kindness, love and respect and are supported appropriately to make the most of their natural abilities.
Read Horizon International Bilingual School - Ho Chi Minh Campus reviews
Horizon International Bilingual School (HIBS) is one of Vietnam’s well - known international and bilingual schools, with 2 campuses located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HIBS provides effective learning from Kindergarten right through to Cambridge Advanced level, for over 500 students from around 25 countries, aged between 2 and 18 years.
The School follows the Bilingual Programme based on Ministry of Education requirements and Cambridge International Examinations. Horizon International Bilingual School is committed to ensuring that students and parents have the confidence that they are receiving the best intellectual, physical, emotional, moral and social preparation for their future.
Read The ABC International School reviews
ABC International School HCMC is a family owned school based in the South of the city. It has now been in operation for 23 years and currently has approximately 800 students. We are equally proud of the student centred focus that our family heritage encourages and the outstanding academic achievements that are a product of this.
Our key objective is to ensure students meet their full potential both personally and academically. It is a well recognised fact that it is only when children are safe, secure and happy that they can truly reach their potential.
Read Lycée Francais International Marguerite Duras reviews
Lycée Français International Marguerite Duras of Ho Chi Minh City is a public establishment approved by the French Ministry of National Education. It is part of the AEFE network which brings together more than 522 schools, colleges and lycées established outside France, in 137 countries, and which offer education in accordance with the requirements of French National Education programs.
It is the only one approved in Ho Chi Minh City to pass the exams of the National Diploma of the Patent and the Baccalaureate. Since the start of the 2010 academic year, the lycée has had new and equipped buildings over more than 24,000 m², specially designed by an architectural firm . 1,200 children are enrolled in school, from the small kindergarten section (from 3 years old) to the Terminale class of the Lycée.
The Lycée Français International gives itself all the means at its disposal to ensure children the best chances of academic success and promote their development.
Read European International School Ho Chi Minh City reviews
With possibly the most convenient location for Thao Dien families, European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) is the only tropical boutique international school in the area, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum of studies for children aged 2-18, and benchmarked to UK standards.
Our vibrant single-site campus is a place where students, teachers and parents of different backgrounds interact freely with each other within a home-from-home, tranquil village atmosphere. With 45+ nationalities represented, EIS offers a truly diverse ‘melting pot’ of cultures, where students are encouraged to find their unique voice, to pursue world languages, and to participate in all areas of school life.
EIS teachers, with over 12 years’ average experience are experts in their field. With a very low student-to-teacher ratio, particularly in the middle-high school sections of the school, students directly benefit from increased access to teachers.
Graduating IB Diploma students consistently achieve well-above the world averages, and have achieved acceptances into prestigious universities worldwide, often with significant merit-based scholarships attached.
EIS strives to provide an outstanding world-class education for students, evidenced by a full accreditation status with the Council of International Schools (CIS), while also providing extremely good value for money.
Being a medium-sized school, the school is large enough to offer a full range of educational opportunities, while also being small enough to provide the unique individual attention and care that each child deserves.
If you would like to explore how EIS can be a great fit for your family, please contact Admissions Office via (+84 28) 7300 7257 or [email protected]
Read Aurora International School of the Arts reviews
Aurora International Preschool Of The Arts is a school which follows a Reggio-Inspired philosophy. Fostering life-long learning in the Early Years of our children by supporting self-discovery, imagination and creativity. Our vision is Aurora as an Early Years setting which embraces each child as a competent and capable part of the community, immersed in a nurturing environment and surrounded by people who are fully invested in the development of the whole child. Our mission is to inspire and develop the potential in each child through child-led investigations and provocations, in an environment that fosters independent exploration, encourages social interactions and invites children to represent their ideas and reflect on their learning through accessible documentation.
Read EMASI Nam Long School reviews
EMASI Nam Long School EMASI group, a group of private schools with international-standard facilities that delivers Vietnamese national curriculum program using modern teaching methods from developed countries. EMASI stands for the strengths that the schools focus on: English, Mathematics, Art, Science, and Information Technology.
The schools offer intensive Cambridge English program in addition to Vietnamese MoET curriculum in order to provide dual language proficiency to students from age of 3 to 18. Nam Long is our new world-class campus, designed by one of the leading architectural companies. The facilities of the school demonstrate our strong commitment to creating exciting, vibrant, modern learning environment for our students that encourages their lifelong love for learning. EMASI Nam Long campus is located in the heart of Nam Long Resident Area in Tan Thuan Dong, District 7.
The convenient location of the campus allows resident parents and parents in the surrounding areas to avoid heavy traffic when going to and from the school. The school was designed with environmental concerns in mind, to provide a safe, secure and environmentally-friendly, natural place to learn and explore for its students and teachers.
Read EMASI Van Phuc School reviews
EMASI Van Phuc School is part of the EMASI group, a group of private schools with international-standard facilities that delivers Vietnamese national curriculum program using modern teaching methods from developed countries.
EMASI stands for the strengths that the schools focus on: English, Mathematics, Art, Science, and Information Technology. The schools offer intensive Cambridge English program in addition to Vietnamese MoET curriculum in order to provide dual language proficiency to students from age of 3 to 18. Van Phuc is our new world-class campus designed by one of the leading architectural companies. The cutting-edge design and the high quality of the school’s buildings and facilities demonstrate our strong commitment to creating exciting, vibrant, modern learning environment for our students that encourages their lifelong love for learning.
EMASI Van Phuc campus is approximately is based in the heart of the new residential development Van Phuc City, in the Thu Duc District. The convenient location of the campus is close to Go Vap, District 2, and Binh Thanh, which allows local resident parents to reach the school easily and without significant delays. The school was designed with environmental concerns in mind, to provide a safe and secure natural place to learn and explore for its students and teachers.
American, Vietnamese, IB
Read International School of North America reviews
International School of North America (SNA) Ho Chi Minh City is committed to achieving high standards in every area of school life. Our campus is very new and boasts an array of labs, music rooms, ICT suites, virtual golf rooms, art rooms and other specialized areas.
We nurture a community spirit at SNA where parents are actively encouraged to become involved in the vision of SNA and we also offer opportunities to everyone to volunteer to help raise funds for many of the local charities that SNA has become involved with over the years.
Read Australian International School Saigon reviews
At the Australian International School (AIS) Saigon we want our students to listen to the world around them, to hear it hum, and to grow into young people who are curious, reflective and want to make a positive difference to their world. AIS emphasises the development of each student’s academic ability and encourages well-rounded, confident individuals who aspire to achieve their potential.
No matter their cultural background and capabilities, students at AIS have access to a contemporary and comprehensive curriculum. By combining a rigorous curriculum, high expectations and an inquiry-based approach to teaching, students are encouraged and supported both to build their knowledge and, just as importantly, develop their critical thinking skills.
Through using real-world experiences, our approach helps children demonstrate their understanding, thus ensuring learning is deeper and more sustained.
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