Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world – and among the most underrated ones to study and work in! Ho Chi Minh City, its largest city, is vibrant, welcoming, and forever interesting to explore. In case your life took or is about to take your family to Saigon, this list of 10 best international schools in HCMC is something that could save you quite a bit of trouble!
All the international schools in HCMC on this list are K-12, progressive, inclusive, supportive, and prepare their students for a rich, inquisitive life in the global world!
EIS is a unique IB and CIS (Council of International Schools) accredited boutique school immersed in low-rise green surroundings of its campus, or as they call it, its education village. The school believes in the utmost importance of creating a safe learning environment in which students enjoy learning and are not scared to fail on their journey. Subsequently, the community atmosphere at EIS is unmatched, and students are encouraged to find their unique voices and contribute to all aspects of school life – and beyond. EIS sure knows that it takes an educational village to raise global citizens!
SSIS is the only not-for-profit K-12 school in Ho Chi Minh City. It offers an American-based and IB curriculum, whereby its students regularly achieve IB Diploma results that are significantly higher than the global average. The campus is situated in an urban idyll – along a tributary of the Nha Be River in the vibrant, planned residential community in Phu My Hung. SSIS fosters independence in students and provides ample opportunities to pursue their interests through various sporting and activity programs enhanced with community-based opportunities!
ISHCMC is the first IB World School and claiming to be the oldest international school in Ho Chi Minh City. With over 50 nationalities represented on ISHCMC’s campus, theirs is a vibrant, supportive community that balances academic achievement and holistic development. The school has a long-standing mindfulness program for its students, teachers, and parents and is the only school with a daily mindfulness practice (10 mins) for the whole school community.
Renaissance is a family school with a focus on excellence: excellent inter-personal relationships; excellence of expectations and aspirations; excellent facilities; and an excellent working atmosphere in which both students and faculty can feel safe, happy and free to give their all. Their classes are small and academic results great – the average IB Diploma score of Renaissance students is well above the global average. The school also offers the IGCSE program, enabling its students to graduate to prestigious universities around the world and offering university and career counseling along the way!
Australian International School (AIS) is not only one of the leading premium international schools in Vietnam, but also the only international school in HCMC with premium boarding. AIS’s largely expat teachers teach the IB and Cambridge (IGCSE) curriculum in open campuses. The school belongs to Inspired, an international network of 70 schools across 20 countries on five continents that delivers proven best practices from all corners of the globe, and no less from its diverse and numerous students! It also offers up to 50% scholarships!
VAS provides students with a solid foundation by delivering a harmonious combination of the Vietnamese National and the Cambridge International education programs and is the first school in HCMC to offer a unique dual program with double graduation diplomas. VAS places an emphasis on parent-teacher/staff relationships and support to ensure that their students achieve their full potential while modelling its core values of excellence, respect, passion, teamwork, confidence, integrity, and national pride!
ABC and its students are recipients of Cambridge Learner Awards and numerous Top in the Country Awards. Amongst its many merits is also the fact that it is the only school in Vietnam given permission to host admission tests for Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as the only school accepted as a member of the prestigious Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and accredited by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) examination board. It teaches the British National Curriculum across three campuses (Early Years, Primary, and Secondary) and operates the International Award (an adaptation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award)!
At AISVN, each student is prepared for agency in our global community while cherishing strong values based on their cultural heritage. The school was founded as a version of American college preparatory schools for mainly local students, growing to more than 1,200 students today. ASIVN is accredited to teach the IB program which is well-rounded – rigorous, but holistic, enabling students to develop, self-reflectively, the skills to live and work in an international context. And this is done by securing wellbeing and quality student life!
BIS HCMC is one of the largest international schools in Vietnam, based across three purpose-built campuses. The school has the highest academic standards and an exceptional school environment. for all to thrive in. It offers the British National curriculum and the IB program, taught by dedicated teachers who undergo continuing professional development. As part of Nord Anglia Education, BIS and its students have access to a unique Global Campus network, offering experiences and opportunities beyond the ordinary!
British International School Ho Chi Minh City, three campuses, email@example.com, www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/bis
As another Nord Anglia Education School, BVIS has a satisfaction rate bordering on perfect: 99% of parents say the school provides a stimulating learning environment, 94% of parents agree their child has a good relationship with their teachers, and 97% of parent say that their child is happy at the school! BVIS is the only school in Vietnam fully accredited by the Council of International Schools, providing its lucky students with a unique bilingual international curriculum, enhanced by collaborations with world-leading organizations such as MIT, Juilliard, and UNICEF.
British Vietnamese International School, Street 1, Binh Hung, Binh Chanh, HCMC, 700000, Vietnam, +84 28 3758 0710, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/bvis