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International Students

Information for Prospective Students from Vietnam

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Welcome to the country page for Vietnam, which contains specific information for Vietnamese students interested in studying at SOAS.

Contact

Laura Hayes is the International Officer for Vietnam and is happy to answer any questions you have about applying to, and studying at SOAS.
Please contact l.hayes@soas.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4031
SOAS staff regularly visit Vietnam.
Future dates and locations can be found here.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits.

Undergraduate

The Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc) is not acceptable as an entry qualification for SOAS. Applicants from Vietnam would be expected to offer, either instead or in addition, one of the following:

  • A foundation course. The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees at British universities.
  • 3 A-levels
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • At least 5 'Group A' Advanced Placement subjects (see the College Board and UCAS websites)
  • A University of London External Programme qualification
  • A year of university study from another institution

Please see the individual undergraduate degree programme descriptions for specific course requirements. Information about how to apply can be found on the undergraduate admissions pages and on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website.

Postgraduate

To be considered for admissions to SOAS Masters programmes, we require a master's Degree/Thac si with a grade of 7.0 (Good). We may also consider a four year bachelor degree/Bang tot ngheip dai hoc with excellent grades (8.0) on a case by case basis. For further information please contact Laura Hayes or Masters Admissions (mastersadmissions@soas.ac.uk).
In addition to the above minimum entrance requirements, you should also refer to the individual programme entries in the postgraduate prospectus or on our postgraduate admissions pages, which may have additional requirements.
Research applicants would normally be expected to have completed a Masters qualification equivalent to a UK Masters degree from a good university.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate they meet SOAS’ English Language entry requirements.

For students who do not meet the exact entry requirement SOAS offers excellent Pre-Sessional and Summer English language courses which can help to achieve the required language proficiency.

Foundation Courses

Those applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements or would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree, could consider applying for one of the foundation degrees offered at the SOAS IFCELS centre. Students can improve their English while studying academic courses in an area of their choice, including Development Studies, International Business, Media and Communication and International Politics.

In-Country Representatives

SOAS works with the following representatives in Vietnam. Please contact our representatives directly for further information and assistance about studying at SOAS and making an application. 

Compass Education
HCMC Head Office
07 Tran Quoc Thao, Ward 6, District 3
HCMC
Tel: (84 8) 39 302 374 / 39 302 375
Contact

Compass Education 
Ha Noi Branch
106 Pho Hue, Floor 4, Hai Ba Trung District
Ha Noi
Tel: (84 4) 39 440 413 / 39 440 414
Contact

ISC-UKEAS
5th Floor, 35 Mac Dinh Chi St, Da Kao Ward, District 1
HCMC
Tel: (84 8) 3824 6622
Contact

ISC-UKEAS
Ha Noi Central
1st Floor, Phu Dien Building, 83A Ly Thuong Kiet
Ha Noi
Tel: (84 4) 3941 1906
Contact

ISC-UKEAS
Ha Noi West
62-64 Tran Thai Tong, Cau Giay
Ha Noi
Tel: (84 4) 3792 5288
Contact

Scholarships

SOAS offers a number of scholarships and bursaries and there are other external scholarships.

The prestigious Alphawood Scholarship is available to students resident in Vietnam. Eligible courses of study include programmes within the Department of History of Art and Archaeology and MA South East Asian Studies and MA Asian Pacific Studies where the major course relates to Southeast Asian art.

Employment Opportunities

If you apply for a visa before you arrive in the UK then you should be eligible to work part-time or volunteer during your programme of study. This visa will allow you to work part-time during the term (up to 20 hours a week) and any number of hours during the vacations. However, you should check before you apply for a job that your visa will allow you to do this particular kind of work.
Please be aware that to meet immigration rules for students, you have to show that you have enough money to support yourself during your studies without needing to work. For comprehensive advice on working in the UK, please visit the UKCISA website: www.ukcisa.org.uk

SOAS Careers Service

The SOAS Careers Service can help you to find volunteering opportunities and can provide information and advice on finding paid employment during your studies and after graduation.
There will be a number of jobs (both voluntary and paid) within SOAS itself (for example, in the Students’ Union or cafe) and you can look out for these opportunities through the Careers Service or via the Students’ Union.

Alumni

If you have any questions for an alum of SOAS currently living in Vietnam then you can contact Adam McCarty (SOAS Lecturer 1996-8), adaminhanoi@gmail.com

Useful Links

The British Council is the British Government's international organisation for educational and cultural relations. Their Vietnam website is designed for those seeking information and advice on education and contemporary arts in the UK.

Education UK is produced by the British Council to help international students interested in a UK course or qualification.

UKCISA - The UK Council for International Students Affairs provides information on many aspects of studying overseas, including visas and working while studying.

The UK Border Agency also has up to date information on immigration and visa requirements.

UCAS - The Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study must be made.

College Board is an organisation aimed at helping international students find courses and universities in the UK.