Vietnamese students prefer studying in South Korea, US
Vietnam is set to be the largest exporter of students to South Korea, while many also head to the United States
Official statistics indicate that Vietnamese students are the fastest growing group in South Korean universities. According to the National Institute for International Education – a subsidiary of the Korean Ministry of Education – there were 15,000 students from Vietnam in 2017, three times the number in 2015, VN Express reported.
Universities and graduate schools in South Korea recorded 142,205 international students this April, a 14.8% jump from 2017. With 68,256 students, China remains at the top stop with the most students in South Korea, making up 48.2% of all foreign students in the country.
Vietnam followed suit with 27,061, accounting for 19% of all foreign students. Yonhap reported that Vietnam is expected to overtake China by 2020.
Vietnam’s education minister Phung Xuan Nha said Vietnamese people spend almost US$3-4 billion yearly sending their children to study abroad.
Apart from Asian countries, Vietnamese students are also increasing in the United States. In the academic year of 2016-17, Vietnam ranked sixth with students studying in the USA, Saigon Giai Phong Online reported.