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French education fair lures Vietnam students
Hoang Phong
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French education fair lures Vietnam students

Hoang Phong

Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani speaks at the French education fair in District 1, HCMC last Saturday - PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG

Huge numbers of Vietnamese high-school, college and university students on Saturday visited a French education fair at the Rex Hotel in District 1, HCMC to learn about the French higher education system and look for scholarships.

The annual event, titled “Bienvenue en France,” is an opportunity for local students, parents and others interested in study in France to seek information about undergraduate, postgraduate, pathway programs, domestic programs leading to France-accredited degrees, admission requirements, and scholarship and career opportunities. 

Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani told the Daily at the event that around 6,500 Vietnamese are studying in France and every year some 1,400 new students come to France for education.

France is endowed with picturesque landscapes, world-renowned architectural works, long-standing cultural values and high quality of life, thus contributing to a strong increase in the number of Vietnamese students to the country, the consul general said.

He is pinning high hopes that more young Vietnamese would learn the French language and study French history, culture and lifestyle to open up more career prospects and boost cultural exchanges between the two countries.

A student looks for information about French academic programs

Le Khanh Hung, an 11th grader at Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted in District 5, HCMC, said that he began taking French courses at the Institute of Cultural Exchanges with France (Idecaf) in District 1 when he was in grade nine as a preparatory step to fulfill his dream of attending France’s Strasbourg University. 

“The French language is much harder to learn than English but my love for French culture, music, cuisine and ancient architecture has led me to learn the French language over the years,” the 17-year-old added.

The fair featured scores of seminars and booths allowing visitors to explore France’s features regarding cuisine, culture, art and lifestyle and understand why France has been one of the popular choices for overseas study among Vietnamese students.

Visitors also had the opportunity to meet with official representatives of 45 schools, including prestigious universities, engineering schools, business schools and other specialized institutions from France and receive guidance on visa procedures and scholarship opportunities. 

Vietnamese alumni and those currently studying in France were present to share their learning and job-seeking experiences, administrative procedures, accommodation and student life in France.

The fair was organized by the French Embassy in Vietnam in conjunction with Campus France Vietnam, a national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services and international mobility under the management of the Embassy of France in Vietnam.

A similar event took place at Pullman Hanoi Hotel in the capital on Sunday.

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