study applications fall
HCM CITY — The number of
Vietnamese people applying to study abroad has fallen because of the current
economic slowdown, according to consulates general and foreign education offices
in HCM City.
The US Consulate General
said 5,002 people had applied for a visa to study in American high schools for
the June 2008-March 2009 school year, while 6,427 people had applied for the
June 2007 – March 2008 academic year.
consultants have also reported that the number of students using their services
has fallen 30 per cent to 50 per cent since the end of last year.
Nguyen Dang Hien, director
of Academic Services Cooperation International (ASCI), said his company had
experienced a drop of 20 per cent in business.
Many clients were
carefully considering their options, with most families choosing to study in
England, Singapore, Australia and the US, he said.
Le Hoang Tuan of
Saigontourist Travel Service Company said families were saving money by choosing
Asian countries for the first few years of school and then transferring to
European and American schools.
including tuition and accommodation in England are around VND330 million
(US$18,539) per year, while studying in Singapore costs about VND200 million
($11,235)," he said.
To attract more clients,
ASCI plans to cut fees and look for partners to provide scholarships, while
Saigontourist will reduce its consulting fee to $400 from $700.
Mark Ashwill, director of
the Institute of International Education (IIE) Vietnam, said students could cut
costs by applying for scholarships for full – or part-time study.
He suggested that students
complete two years of study in Viet Nam and then finish the final two years for
a bachelor’s degree in the US.
IIE offices in HCM City
and Ha Noi are offering online consulting services and registration by Yahoo! as
well as planning visits to provinces nationwide. — VNS