The Agony of Choice


A Proliferation of Overseas Study Destinations for Vietnamese Students

The number of possible overseas study destinations is increasing for Vietnamese students, which is an encouraging trend for both them and their families. Below are the top 10 most expensive and inexpensive countries to study in, according to a 22.9.16 Independent article entitled Germany and Sweden named the cheapest places to attend university.

Many of these countries offer long-term work and even emigration opportunities, if so desired.  All of the top five host countries this year are among the most expensive countries to study in except China.  Together, they host about 110,000 young Vietnamese.  Keep in mind that there are plentiful scholarship and work opportunities for Japan-bound Vietnamese students.

  1. Japan
  2. USA
  3. Australia
  4. China
  5. Singapore

The top five countries are in bold red and other countries with significant numbers of Vietnamese students are in bold blue.  There are others not listed here that have identified Viet Nam as a strategic priority, including Ireland and the Netherlands.  More choices equals more competition for the top host countries.

Country Average tuition fee Average living cost Average annual total
USA £31,296 £14,403 £45,699
Australia £18,611 £12,654 £31,265
New Zealand £16,905 £12,006 £28,912
Canada £15,732 £8,268 £24,140
Hong Kong £12,626 £6,336 £18,963
United Kingdom £8,994 £9,233 £18,227
Singapore £11,882 £5,796 £17,678
Israel £2,555 £13,932 £16,487
Switzerland £1,152 £14,797 £15,949
Japan £6,111 £8,361 £14,471

Least expensive countries to study in

1 Germany* £331 £6,369 £6,701
2 Sweden* £13 £6,694 £6,707
3 South Africa £3,496 £3,452 £6,948
4 Finland* £88 £7,226 £7,313
5 Taiwan £2,498 £5,006 £7,503
6 Denmark £0 £8,193 £8,193
7 Austria £650 £7,651 £8,301
8 Belgium £741 £7,849 £8,590
9 Russia £4,665 £4,627 £9,292
10 Norway £110 £9,202 £9,313
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