EducationUSA Advising Center

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Adviser Name(s):EducationUSA Advising Center in Ho Chi Minh City
Phone: 848-3520-4610 | Fax: 848-3520-4622
Mailing Address: U.S. Consulate General C/o: PAS/EducationUSA 4 Le Duan, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam * Only door-to-door delivery is acceptable. Thank you!
Walk-Up Address: Diamond Plaza 8th Floor, 34 Le Duan, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Center Hours:Monday - Friday:  08:00 - 17:00
 Saturday - Sunday:  Closed

Center Website: www.educationusa.info/hcmc

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Center Description: EducationUSA Advising Center in Ho Chi Minh City is located on the 8th floor of Diamond Plaza, 34 Le Duan Street, District 1, at the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General in the city. We provide free, accurate, unbiased information on educational opportunities to Vietnamese students, parents and institutions.

To set an appointment for consultations, please call (08)3520 4610 or email to HCMCEDUSA@state.gov.

Stay in touch with us on Facebook: www.facebook/EducationUSA.hochiminhcity

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Information session at EducationUSA Advising Center

Advising Center Services

Cost Service
Free One-on-one advising
Free Advising by appointment
Free Drop-in advising
Free Regularly scheduled introductory presentations / sessions
Free Computer / internet access/use
Free Library hours
Free Videos, DVDs available to borrow

Higher Education Fairs

1 Organizer: IIE
Dates: 2013-02-24
Anticipated Audience: High school/college students, parents, working professionals
For More Information: nttrang@iievn.org
2 Organizer: IIE
Dates: 2013-02-26
Anticipated Audience: High school/college students, parents, working professionals
For More Information: nttrang@iievn.org
3 Organizer: IIE
Dates: 2013-10-06
Anticipated Audience: High school/college students, parents, working professionals
For More Information: http://www.iie.org/What-We-Do/International-Education-Services/Higher-Education-Fairs/About-IIE-Fairs/Fall-Fair-Series

Program Highlights


EducationUSA team and ECA Program Officer Jarred Butto visited Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted and talked to more than 200 students about educational opportunities in the United States. Students asked excellent questions about issues ranging from student visas, financial documents, required test scores to work opportunities in the United States.


On Monday, March 26, EducationUSA hosted an educational session on Higher Education in the US with a focus on living and studying in New York. The presentation was conducted by Ms. Arlene Spencer and Ms. Victoria Peterson representing SUNY. Going forward, EducationUSA will continue to organize more information sessions on school systems in particular states/regions as well as specific fields of study for interested students and parents.


Advising team in HCMC participated in the 2012 Spring IIE Education Fair at the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on March 17. The fair featured more than 40 American colleges and universities and attracted nearly 1,000 students and faculty. Mr. Ogburn encouraged the students to study in the United States and touted the U.S. educational system’s ability to help students take personal responsibility for their education. Currently, nearly 15,000 Vietnamese students are studying at accredited two-year and four-year universities all across the United States, making Vietnam the eighth placed country in the world for sending students to the United States for a college education.


On March 12, EducationUSA Advising Center hosted an information session entitled “Study in the U.S. – On-Campus Support & Employment Options” for nearly 60 students and parents. Ms. Maria Carvalho, International Student Adviser of University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire shared her knowledge and first-hand experience on liberal arts education, various supporting services for students on U.S. colleges’ campuses and different types of employment for international students. The presentation was followed by an effervescent discussion.


From March 13-16, EducationUSA Senior Advisor Ngoc Quach and and Consulate Non-Immigrant Visa Chief Mike Sestak gave a series of tandem presentations at four different schools in Can Tho, Hau Giang and Ca Mau. EducationUSA and the Consular section often partner for these outreach programs in Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces in order to provide faculty and students with updated information on studying in the United States and tips for getting student visas. In addition, the audience also learns about other available government resources and services at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and through various State Department websites.


On February 3, the EducationUSA Advising Center hosted a session on “Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States” in conjunction with the American Center.
A group of more than 20 students and faculty from Augustana College and other schools discussed the benefits of attending liberal arts colleges with their Vietnamese counterparts and outlined student life in America. The session drew over 100 Vietnamese students.


Non-Immigrant Visa Chief Michael Sestak spoke about student visas to more than 300 students and parents at the EducationUSA Advising Center in two separate presentations on April 26 and May 3. The talks covered how to apply for a student visa, what documents are required, tips for the interview, new visa policies and Q&A sessions


To celebrate Earth Day 2012, EducationUSA and the American Center jointly held an English Writing Contest on environmental issues. More than 400 high school and university students submitted essays. Consul General An Le presented certificates and gifts to the top 10 finalists. Prizes for the top 3 winners included an iPad 2, a DELL laptop, and an iPod.


On May 21, Education USA Advising Center hosted an information session on “Undergraduate Studies in the U.S. & Personal Essay Writing.” During the 2-hour presentation, Mr. Keith Light, Associate Director of Admissions at Yale University discussed with the audience about the important admission components and evaluation process of highly selective institutions. Besides academic performance, Mr. Light stressed other important factors when it comes to making admission decisions such as students’ social experiences, personality, potential contribution, and campus diversity. It is also important for students to understand the “nature” of the institution and be able to tell their own stories in the essays when applying.


EducationUSA hosted a graduate study session on Wednesday, May 23 at the advising center. Mr. Song Ho Tran from the Division of Graduate Studies, San Francisco State University, discussed with prospective student a variety of topics ranging from typical graduate programs in the U.S. and application requirements, to career development and financial support. Mr. Tran noted that having a graduate degree from the United States does not only help students gain strong knowledge in their disciplines and develop their leadership skills, but also advances their career opportunities.


On May 30, PAS HCMC, in coordination with Phap Luat HCMC newspaper, organized a webchat about procedures to apply for immigrant and non-immigrant visas and opportunities to study in the U.S. During the two-hour webchat, consular officers and EducationUSA advisers answered numerous questions from the readers.


On June 1, EducationUSA hosted a virtual information session on MBA programs in conjunction with Willamette University. Ms. Aimee Akimoff and Ms. Desiree Vorhees from Atkinson Graduate School of Management discussed the differences between traditional MBA and early career MBA programs and gave helpful advice on how to build a great MBA application. The speakers advised that applicants should be prepared to tell not only about what they hope to gain but also what they plan to contribute. They also stressed the importance of first-hand experience and strategic career management through various hands-on activities.


While visiting Vietnam and Hong Kong with a group of Executive MBA students, faculty members from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver came to the EducationUSA Advising Center on June 4 to discuss Executive MBA programs in the United States with a group of students and young professionals. The talk covered several related topics including general admissions requirements for EMBA programs, how admission decisions are made, typical curriculum of an EMBA program and career options for EMBA graduates. Executive MBA programs help working professionals not only brush up their knowledge in a highly interactive class environment but also apply their skills in real-world projects and applications.


On June 20, EducationUSA Advising Center hosted a discussion on “Community Colleges in the United States” with representatives from USA Community College Consortium. Five speakers introduced the 2+2 program, the advantages of starting your higher education at a community college, and answered questions from the audiences about their plans to study in the United States. According to the presenters, flexible admissions, varied possibilities, affordability and student support are among the best features of U.S. community colleges. The panelists also advised international students to research prospective schools so that they will be better prepared for their visa interviews as well as the transition to student life in the U.S.


On June 22, EducationUSA advising Center hosted a “Pre-departure Orientation for Study in the U.S” which was an open and friendly discussion with nearly 200 Vietnamese students, many of whom have already received their student visas and will travel to the United States to pursue a degree this fall. Two panels of American students and returning Vietnamese students talked about various topics related to student life in the United States. Specifically, the topics covered were traveling to the United States, academic standards, cultural differences, financial concerns, and practical aspects of living on a U.S. college campus. The speakers also shared helpful tips on how to successfully adjust to international student life and excel in academics. Among the helpful tips were how to take advantage of student support services, active involvement in extra-curricular activities, staying in touch with family and maintaining a balanced schedule.


On Wednesday, June 13, EducationUSA hosted an oral examination orientation in conjunction with the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellowship and Visiting Scholar Programs. The aim of the session is to provide VEF interviewees and students who are interested in graduate studies in the U.S. with important information regarding the oral exam/college admissions interview. More than 130 participants (including VEF’s Fellowship and Visiting Scholar applicants) received useful tips and guidance from Dr. Lynne McNamara, VEF Executive Directive, on how to best prepare for the fellowship interviews and learned successful stories from recent VEF Fellows.


On Thursday, July 19, Ms. Stacey Bustillos - Office of Global Studies and Programs Northern Virginia Community College spoke about school system in Virginia and the advantages of starting higher education at a community college at the EducationUSA Advising Center. Vietnam now ranks 3rd among countries of origins in number of students enrolled at community colleges in the United States.


On July 26, EducationUSA hosted a “U.S. Legal Education” session for students and professionals interested in studying law in the United States.
During the 2-hour presentation at the advising center, Professor George Edwards from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law spoke about different aspects of American legal education, including the U.S. legal system, admissions to law schools, the different types of law degrees, and post-graduation job opportunities. He also shared copies of the his presentation and informational materials with the audience.

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Country-based Financial Aid Opportunities

Name of program: 2012 International Fulbright Science and Technology Ph.D. Program
Deadline: 2011-05-20
Country: Vietnam
Level of Study: Doctoral
Majors Eligible: http://scienceandtech.fulbrightonline.org/eligibility
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award:
Website: http://vietnam.usembassy.gov/fulbright_stphd.html
Email: nguyenHT4@state.gov
Brief description of the award, application process:

All candidates are required to complete an online application which is available at http://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international. A complete online application includes: a clearly
written research objective essay a personal statement essay a professional resume or curriculum vitae three letters of recommendation scanned copies of the diplomas & transcripts in their
original languages and English from each post-secondary institution attended scanned copies of test score reports (TOEFL/IELTS/GRE) a scanned copy of the Fulbright signature form

Name of program: 2013 Vietnamese Scholar Program
Country: Vietnam
Level of Study:
Majors Eligible:
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Semester
Website: http://vietnam.usembassy.gov/fvsc.html
Email: dohx@state.gov
Brief description of the award, application process:

Participants in the Vietnamese Scholar Program are provided with a stipend and living expenses, health and accident insurance for the full term of the grant. Typical grants range from three months to
nine months. Participants are also provided with transportation to and from the United States and participants are eligible to apply for further travel grants to cover additional research not covered
by the main grant. CIES helps place scholars at appropriate host institutions in the United States.

Name of program: Vietnam International Education Development (VIED)
Country: Vietnam
Level of Study: Masters, Doctoral, Post-Doc
Majors Eligible: Scientific and technical staff overseas
Max amount of award: Tuition and liv
Duration of Award:
Website: http://www.vied.vn/en/default.aspx
Brief description of the award, application process:

Government-sponsored training of scientific and technical staff overseas is managed through the Ministry of Education and Training's "Vietnam International Education Development" (VIED) program. The
program is for graduate students only and covers tuition and living expenses.


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