Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Vietnam: The destination of many foreign students

VietNamNet Bridge – More and more foreign students are studying at Vietnamese universities, though they face many difficulties in the country.


A Chinese student prepares meal

“We choose Vietnam


The Vietnamese faculty under the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities has enrolled 61 foreign students for this year. Most of them are South Korean, 10 are Turkish and two Japanese. Meanwhile, the Chinese Philosophy Faculty now has nearly 100 Chinese students who are following different training courses.


“We have finished the second year of studying in the foreign affairs branch at Guang Xi Ethnic University. We have to register so study in a country to learn about its economy and language, and we have chosen Vietnam,” said Zhang Zhi Min, a student in the Chinese Philosophy Faculty under the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities.


“We have chosen Vietnam because this is a rapidly growing economy. Also, Vietnam has a very interesting culture,” he added.


The trend of foreign companies flocking to make investment in Vietnam has prompted foreign students to learn Vietnamese in the hopes of finding lucrative jobs.


However, it is difficult for foreign students to study in Vietnam. The language barriers, differences in culture and climate put big difficulties on most foreign students.


As for Kim Ju Ae and Kim Ji Hwan from Pusan Foreign Language Universityin South Korea, 4th year students at the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, the difficulties are accommodation problems.


Ae has hired a small room for one person on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai streetin district 1, HCM City for $180 a month. Hwan is luckier because the student can hire a room for two persons in Binh Thanh district for VND450,000/person, with a kitchen.


South Korean students complain that in South Korea, they learned Vietnamese language with the north accent, but in HCM City, they have to learn the southern accent.


Most foreign students return home only once every two or three years to save money.


The chance to access new methods of learning


Kim Ju Ae will spend four years in Vietnam. She said that the thing she likes most in learning in Vietnam is the new method of studying. “The method of learning here is similar to the French style, which means you don’t have to learn by heart like in South Korea. The lecturers just give themes to students for discussion, and then students make reports,” she said.


The special thing of Vietnamese universities is that they always have social activities. This helps students to apply the knowledge they get at universities in social situations.