“Why do Vietnamese students refuse to return home after studying abroad?”

If only the world were that simple.  Fortunately, in this case, it's not.  Many remain overseas for various reasons, mostly related to career opportunities and earnings potential.  Some fall in love and end up marrying a host country national while others choose to study in a field that is either at an early stage of … Continue reading “Why do Vietnamese students refuse to return home after studying abroad?”

Financial Aid: Don’t Trust, Verify!

Taking the theme of gaming the system and running with it,  there is also the issue of financial aid and how to determine need, which becomes much more difficult once you begin evaluating international student applications. There are schools that award some type of financial aid to all admitted Vietnamese students.  Others, especially the more … Continue reading Financial Aid: Don’t Trust, Verify!

Vietnam: Off The Beaten Track (OTBT) Tour 2014

Below is a description of a new tour organized by EducationUSA, US Embassy, Hanoi.  Its purpose is to reach out to talented and gifted students in five (5) provinces in northern Vietnam.  Eligible t0ur participants include those who wish to "engage with Vietnam's top students who are prime candidates for U.S. institutions looking to diversity … Continue reading Vietnam: Off The Beaten Track (OTBT) Tour 2014

Du học không khó (Study Abroad is Not Difficult)

This is the matter-of-fact title of a new book written by Trần Ngọc Thịnh, who earned a Master’s degree in 2011 from the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri with the support of a Fulbright scholarship. Du học không khó is a unique A-Z Vietnamese language resource that's chock-full of … Continue reading Du học không khó (Study Abroad is Not Difficult)

The College of St. Scholastica Comes to Vietnam

Omnes semitae eius pacificae, which means All Her Paths Are Peace. (From the CSS College Crest) It’s unusual for a US institution of higher education to send a delegation consisting of its president, a dean and a director of international education to Vietnam.  For an entire week.  But that’s exactly what The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) … Continue reading The College of St. Scholastica Comes to Vietnam

Determining Financial Need: Lessons from Vietnam (Part II)

Here's the follow-up post in which I describe how to screen those who actually deserve the merit- and need-based scholarships awarded by many US colleges and universities.  By way of introduction, back in the mid-1990s, a book entitled Material World was published by Sierra Club Books in honor of the United Nations-sponsored International Year of the Family … Continue reading Determining Financial Need: Lessons from Vietnam (Part II)

Determining Financial Need: Lessons from Vietnam

Many US colleges and universities, especially those with healthy endowments (i.e., highly selective liberal arts colleges but also some visionary state universities that are able to offer scholarships to international students, including by charging in-state tuition), award millions of dollars worth of merit- and need-based scholarships every year to international students.  They do this for the … Continue reading Determining Financial Need: Lessons from Vietnam