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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Does a child’s past education (in an international school or a normal school in Vietnam) affect his/her transition into VFIS? 

No, it doesn’t. All pupils will be invited for an entrance assessment to test their readiness to study in an English-speaking environment based on a holistic evaluation. The assessment reflects Finnish curriculum standards that consider a child’s growth, including cognitive, linguistic, social/emotional capability and behavioral patterns. Based on the entrance assessment result, VFIS will make the admissions decision and consider additional English language support at the beginning of the year or during the school year if required for those accepted.

2. Will my child be accepted in VFIS without any prior English language skills?

It depends on their age, entrance assessment results and other academic reports. The requirement for English is lower for first graders. The school has an English language preparation course during the summer time and encourages pupils to join to be familiar with VFIS’s English-speaking environment. In general, the older the child is, the higher our expectations are with regard to their English ability. We also provide additional support through our English as an Additional Language Programme (EAL) to non-native speakers during the school year. The length of the course depends on their admissions test results.

3. Will my child able to transfer within VFIS from International Programme to Bilingual programme, and vice versa?

A pupil from VFIS’s International programme can transfer to the Bilingual programme if their level of academic Vietnamese meets our requirement based on the entrance test.

A pupil studying in VFIS’s Biligual programme can transfer to the International programme but is encouraged to transfer from sixth grade to be fully prepared for the IB programme. The International programme follows the Finnish curriculum with an IB approach at the secondary level and one year with pre-IB class (equivalent to Grade 10) in high school. The school will provide an academic test to support the pupils to make the right decision.
 

4. What are the differences between the International Programme and the Bilingual Programme?

Basically, there are four major differences between the two programmes:

Key differences lie in the taught curriculum, please refer to Educational Programmes  or contact our admissions team for further information.

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5. How is the schedule of a typical school day? Do VFIS have the same holidays as other international schools?

The school day begins at 8am and ends at 3.15pm. Pupils who register extra-curricular activities or additional classes might stay until 4pm.

The total number of school days is 180 per academic year. In addition to breaks between terms, pupils will enjoy Vietnamese national public holidays and a long Christmas holiday. Please see the School Day and School Calendar for further information.

6. In Bilingual programme, how English and Vietnamese as instructional languages are integrated into teaching and learning?

In VFIS, English is the primary language of communication language in all activities. However, there are some subjects taught only in English and the other only in Vietnamese. In general, in every grade, subjects taught in English outnumber subjects taught in Vietnamese.

7. What is the bilingual learning pathway at VFIS? After high school, can pupils apply for Vietnamese universities?

VFIS Bilingual Programme from grade 1 to grade 9 integrate both Finnish and Vietnamese curriculum in which Finnish content is of higher proportion. Grade 9 finishers can progress to grade 10 without doing any entrance exams but being accepted or not based on their past academic performance. From grade 10 to grade 12, the proportion of Vietnamese curriculum will be increased relatively to help pupils meet Vietnam’s graduation requirements. After high school, pupils can apply for any universities but need to check their admission policies. In terms of required competencies (knowledge and skills) for higher education, VFIS pupils are not supposed to encounter any difficulties. Ton Duc Thang University has a particular recruitment policy exclusively for VFIS pupils. Especially, the university plans to have special high quality programmes of less learning modules for VFIS graduates. By this way, they will graduate with high competencies but in shorter time.
 

8. How many subjects concerning physical education are there? Does the school offer extra-curricular activities and pupil clubs?

In addition to the subject of physical education, physical activities are integrated in many other activities at the school. VFIS offers interesting extracurricular activities after official school hours. Please read more by clicking to the tab Extracurricular Activities. There are different clubs based on pupils’ needs. In principle, a club of at least 15 registrations will be opened and supervised by a teacher. All ideas and feedback are welcome for consideration. Hence, VFIS will have diverse and meaningful extra-curricular activities for pupils.

9. Will tuition fees be adjusted for the next school year? If so, how many percentages would it be?

Tuition fees are announced annually. The next school year’s tuition fee will be increased by no more than 10%.
Please check Tuition Fee or contact our Admissions Team for further information.

10. Does the school have any discount policies for a family of two or more children enrolling at VFIS?

Yes. Tuition fees will be reduced by 10% for the second onwards.
Please check Tuition Fee or contact our Admissions Team for further information.

11. What does the tuition fee include?

Tuition fees include the cost of all curriculum subjects, extracurricular activities, club membership, field trips within HCMC, skill camps (optional) during school vacations, learning materials and tutoring classes (except English) for those who need education support.

Please check Tuition Fee  or contact our Admissions Team for further information.

12. Can pupils of the Bilingual Programme at VFIS get other international degrees?

Yes, a VFIS pupil is allowed to get both International and Vietnamese degree. VFIS supports pupils who wish to take online learning courses for other degrees or certificates.

13. How well recognised is the qualification provided by VFIS all over the world? What are the possible opportunities and challenges VFIS graduates may face during their time studying abroad?

International Baccalaureate (IB) for VFIS International Program is recognized globally. For Bilingual programme, students will take Vietnamese National Examination for Graduation and are able to take other English certificates.

Students graduate in VFIS can apply for universities either in Vietnam or in any other countries in the world. Career guidance and counselling is an important of VFIS curriculum that aims at assisting pupils in discovering their interests and abilities to recognise a suitable field to follow and which higher education institution to apply for.

14. Can VFIS pupils be awarded an internationally recognised certificate of English language proficiency?

At the end of each grade, VFIS pupils will get a certificate of completion by VFIS’s Principal. They are encouraged to sit for the international accredited exams for global certification. VFIS is committed to support pupils of these cases.

15. Who are VFIS teachers?

Most of VFIS teachers are Finnish, some are English native teachers and the rest are Vietnamese. They are mainly teaching Finnish curriculum-based subjects, English language, and Vietnamese curriculum-based subjects respectively. All of them possess good teaching qualifications (all Finnish teachers obtain a Master's degree in education), extensive teaching experience and a love of teaching children. At VFIS, teachers are also researchers who seek to implement science-based teaching practices. They are also lifelong learners who aspires to be better everyday. VFIS organizes different professional training. There is an intensive six-month training programme prior to the school opening and many professional development sessions throughout the academic year. All VFIS teachers work collaboratively and get instant support to ensure their teaching quality. 

16. The teachers’ training process?

At VFIS, the training is carried out 6 months before working, for all teachers and Vietnamese teaching assistants. After that, they are offered additional training for one year by Finnish and Vietnamese specialists and trainers.

17. What are the criteria for selecting Vietnamese teachers at VFIS?

All teachers who wish to teach at VFIS have to go through a careful recruitment process (CV application with letter of teaching motivation, pedagogical testing, and interviews, to name but a few) and get intensive training/internship to become a qualified VFIS teacher. In addition, excellent English language proficiency is a must and VFIS prioritize those who demonstrate aspiration to learning, growth mindset, and dedication to improve pupil’s learning and the school in general. Read more about our recruitment process here.

18. Does the school offer bus service?

Yes. VFIS has the school bus. Please see transportation for further information 

19. Do VFIS pupils have to wear school uniforms?

Yes. VFIS has school uniforms and pupils can buy at the school

20. Does the school have an air filtration system?

At VFIS, all classes have air filtration systems.