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Learning Program

VFIS provides International and Bilingual programmes in Elementary School, Secondary School and High School.

The International programme at VFIS offers grade 1 to grade 9 adhering to Finnish curriculum. Most of the subjects in the programme will be taught in English by Finnish and international teachers. The teaching and learning methods will reflect Finnish pedagogical characteristics. In High School, VFIS International Programme offers International Baccalaureate (equivalent to grade 11 and 12), with one pre-IB class (equivalent to grade 10). Pupils who graduate from this programme will hold IB degree. Vietnamese pupils will learn Vietnamese language, social studies (integrating History, Geography, and Ethics) in Vietnamese according to Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training regulations. 

Bilingual programme offers grade 1 to grade 12 adhering to Vietnamese curriculum integrated with Finnish curriculum with Finnish learning and teaching approach. Mathematics, Vietnamese language, Social studies (integrating History and Geography) and Value Education? will be taught in Vietnamese and the other subjects will be taught in English. In the end of grade 12, pupils are entitled to take the National High School Graduation Examination.

English language programme is developed based on the English language teaching framework by Cambridge Assessment English, the world leading examination board of qualifications for learners and teachers of English. Pupils are instructed to achieve CEFR level B2, equivalent to IELTS 6.5 when graduation.

VFIS International Program

VFIS Bilingual Program

Teaching & Learning Methods

Individual Learning Plan

Each pupil has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The aim of the ILP is to enhance individual learning paths, to guarantee smooth progress in studies and to promote pupil’s well-being. The ILP supports each teacher in planning his/ her work and the cooperation between teachers and parents. The ILP also provides information for parents and assists them in better supporting their child. The plan lays a foundation for assessing pupil’s progress.


Interdisciplinary learning

In Interdisciplinary learning, the systematic use of pedagogic methods is followed by all teachers. The implementation as well as the duration of integrative instruction and learning in Interdisciplinary learning may vary upon the needs of an individual pupil or a specific pupil group or class. Aligned with the objectives set for a specific learning entity, the instruction may include, for example:

  • Parallel study, i.e. studying the same theme in two or more subjects simultaneously
  • Sequencing, i.e. organizing topics related to the same theme into a sequence
  • Functional activities, including theme days, events, campaigns and study visits
  • Interdisciplinary learning modules, which are planned and implemented in co-operation between several subjects and by several teachers
  • Selected content from different subjects combined into integrated modules

In Interdisciplinary learning, pupils learn to take full responsibility for their learning, by contributing to their learning aims, way of collaboration, learning product and assessment. By this way, Interdisciplinary learning develops several skills of pupils including social communication, multi-literacy, creativity, learning, thinking, working, problem-solving skill and active participation, and especially, the skills in using digital devices and eLearning environments.


Intergrated technology curriculum

VFIS has Digital Learning Path plan and integrates technology in all areas of the education process. VFIS teachers and pupils decide the best possible use of technology at a given time. All pupils are guided for correct, moral and ethical use of technology.

In VFIS, all classrooms are networked and have interactive technology. Wireless internet access allows pupils to research wherever they are on the campus. Beside a wide range of modern technologies, pupils are able to use many useful applications to collaborate, communicate and create.

English as a second language

With English immersion approach, VFIS is committed to preparing pupils to be successful global citizens in any culture, and to promote cross-cultural understanding. We believe in our pupils’ learning progress regardless of their current English proficiency. The aim of English language subject taught at VFIS is to develop their literacy skills, to nuture a love of English literature through reading for enjoyment. Ensuring that, our pupils are expected to respect other pupils’ culture while maintain their cultural identity. 


Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities

VFIS is a dynamic school that offers a variety of extra-curricular activities (ECAs) for pupils to discover their different talents and explore their interests. Typical ECAs are sports and dance, visual arts, music, theatre and filming, programming and technologies, mathematics and foreign languages, charity and volunteering activities. They are organized and guided by VFIS teachers and/or our external partners. Participating in ECAs is surely a wonderful experience that cannot be missed!

Field Trips

Field trips is among the most interesting extra-curricular activities at VFIS. The school often organizes a number of trips and camps to campuses of Ton Duc Thang University, to historic relics and or subject-related places for pupils to gain real-world learning experiences and deepen what have been taught in class.

Likewise, a wide range of cultural events and festivals are organized frequently to expose our pupils to richer experiences on cultural diversity. The diversity in VFIS’s learning community will naturally trigger, then, develop their social skills. It, later on, will drive them to be successful global communicators.

Field Trips

Field Trips

One Day At School

One Day At School

One Day At School

The school is open from 7:30 am. In principle, a school day starts at 8:00am and finishes at 3:15pm. Pupils have different breaks between classes. Lunch time and lunch break, in total, last for 45 minutes but each grade has a different starting time. Detailed timetable will be announced before each semester. After official school hours, pupils can take part in  extra-curriculum activites or additional classes based on their needs until 4:00pm. However, parents of elementary pupils are encouraged to pick up their children at 3:15pm. The first school bus will leave at 3:30pm. The second school bus will leave at 4:15pm.

School Calendar

VFIS has 180 school days for an academic year. School year comprises of two quarters in Autumn and Spring terms. In the middle of Autumn and Spring term, pupils have two weeks to take part in a whole school collaborative Interdisciplinary Learning Weeks. . In interdisciplinary projects, pupils link knowledge and skills from various subjects to work on larger themes and into meaningful entities.

Term Dates (Year 2019 - 2020)

1st quarter

19.08. - 11.10.2019

2nd quarter

21.10. - 20.12.2019

3rd quarter

06.01. - 20.03.2020

4th quarter

30.03. - 11.06.2020

Nghỉ lễ (Năm học 2019 - 2020)

Vietnamese Independence Day


Hung King Day Anniversary


Celebration of Hung King Day


Celebration of Vietnamese Victory Day


International Labour Day


Vacations (Year 2019 - 2020)

Autumn Break

14.10.2019 - 18.10.2019

Winter Break

21.12.2019 - 05.01.2020

Tet Holidays

20.01.2020 - 31.01.2020

Spring Break

23.03.2020 - 27.03.2020

Note: Dates are subject to change.