VinUniversity Opens Special Admission Round to Attract International Students and Internationally Recognized Talents

March 11, 2021

With the aspiration to contribute to the country a world-class university among the top 50 young universities in the next 30 years, VinUniversity has officially announced the ambition of attracting excellent students from all countries to Vietnam. This is a breakthrough in quality of education, and marks its initial effort to directly compete with international universities.

On March 11, 2021, VinUniversity has announced the opening of a Special Admission Round for international students and talented Vietnamese students who have international recognition. Accordingly, candidates for the Special Enrollment Round include: (1) Excellent students from all countries in the world; (2) Vietnamese or international students who have won medals at National or International Science Olympiads; (3) Vietnamese or international students who have been recognized and admitted by prestigious universities all over the world.

It is an important and consistent action to affirm the desire of VinUniversity in making a breakthrough in the quality of education, and to create a direct competition with international universities.

This Special Enrollment Round is opened to better accommodate international and talented candidates. Specifically, the initial application process is exempted and candidates can directly move on to the interview round with the Admissions Council of VinUniversity. There is a commitment that applicants will be assessed quickly and comprehensively according to the Special Admissions Process called 5-5-5:

  • Within 5 working days of application submission, appropriate candidates will receive an invitation to the interview;
  • Within 5 working days after the interview, appropriate candidates will receive application result letters and admission offer letters with scholarship conditions (if any);
  • Within 5 working days of receiving the offer letter, the candidates will make an enrollment decision.

Notably, with the intention of attracting excellent international students to Vietnam, in the 2021-2022 academic year, VinUniversity has implemented an International Fellowship program exclusively for international candidates, with financial aid from 50 %, 60%, 70% to 80% of the tuition costs – sensitive to the need of each candidate.

In addition, with strong and long-term commitment of Vingroup, VinUniversity continues the policy of supporting students with 35% of tuition costs, equivalent to about 12.000 – 14.000 USD/ per year for the entire duration of their studies at the university. International and Vietnamese students who demonstrate outstanding talent will be awarded merit-based scholarships valued up to 90% and 100% of the tuition costs. Especially, the exceptional talent will be granted Full Scholarships that cover 100% of tuition costs and living expenses. In addition to the generous scholarship policy, VinUniversity also continues the Financial Aid program covering from 50% to 80% of tuition fees.

Recently, VinUniversity has continuously taken many strategic moves towards the goal of becoming a world-class university. The most important move is the strategic partnership from the beginning of university construction with Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania, 2 of the Top 20 universities in the world. In the first year of commencing, VinUniversity received the 5-star rating from the prestigious university ranking organization Quacquarelli Symonds (QS – UK) in three areas: Facilities, Academic Development, and Inclusiveness in the first year of operation. VinUniversity has also reached a bilateral cooperation agreement on academic exchange, faculty and student exchange with well-known universities namely University of Technology Sydney (Australia), Yonsei University (Korea), The University of Western Ontario (Canada). In particular, the Provost, Vice Provost, Dean of the College of Health Sciences were honored to be in the top 2% of the world’s most cited scholars according to the latest publication of the Journal of PLOS Biology (USA) 2020. Simultaneously, 100% Professors and Faculties of VinUniversity graduate or/and have teaching experience at leading universities in the world.

In terms of enrollment, 230 students of the first intake 2020-2021 are excellent individuals with grade point average at the end of high school, equivalent to top 2.5% of the country; average IELTS bands at 7.15; average SAT score at 1.411 which is in the top 5% of the world. Nearly 20% of the students have won prizes in national and international Olympiads and other prestigious competitions; 100% of students actively participate in extracurricular activities as well as community projects…VinUniversity has also received a great number of applications from international students. A selective number of excellent students from Japan, Korea, Philippines has been admitted by the university.

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