125,000 Vietnamese Studied Overseas in 2013


study_abroadLast year, 125,000 Vietnamese studied overseas, a 15% increase over 2012, according to the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).  The top 10 countries are listed below.  Japan climbed to #3, displacing China.  Over 90% were self-financing.  Using the Ministry of Finance’s higher per student estimate from 2012 (15k), Vietnamese families spent up to $1.875 billion on overseas study-related expenses.  To put this figure in perspective that’s over 1% of the country’s 2013 GDP.  Two-thirds of all Vietnamese studying overseas last year were in enrolled in colleges and universities in the top five (5) countries.

1           Australia         26,015

2           US      19,591

3           Japan 13,328

4           China 13,000

5          Singapore        10,000

6           France            6,700

7          Taiwan            6,000

8          UK      5,118

9           Russia             5,000

10        Germany         4,600

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