Best 10 International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City

International Education in Ho Chi Minh City

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The low cost of living and vibrant urban life in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has made it an increasingly popular choice for expats. While once upon a time most expats worked as English teachers or bartenders here, nowadays the community is rapidly growing and widely varied. You’ll find expats of all ages, from all walks of life, working all types of careers in this hectic but rewarding city.

Thanks to the significant expat population, Ho Chi Minh City has an impressive collection of international schools. Each one offers very high education standards for affordable prices, especially compared to other large Asian cities. Competition for places is high however and waiting lists are not uncommon, so if you’re considering relocating to HCMH, early application to your chosen school is a must. Many schools will accept new admissions throughout the year.

The most common curricula on offer in Ho Chi Minh City’s international schools are British, American and International. The Vietnamese curriculum is offered alongside these in plenty of schools. This means that many schools have a mixture of both local Vietnamese and expat students, which is a great way for your child to get involved with the culture and way of life of Vietnam.

The school day begins early at around 7.30am and tends to finish in the mid afternoon, usually by 3pm. Schools with later finishing times often have longer lunch breaks in the middle of the day. In some cases this break will even include nap time for the youngest students!

If learning English is a priority for you and your child, you’ll be glad to know that native English-speaking teachers are the norm in international schools in Vietnam. Regardless of which school you choose, if the language of instruction is English then you can expect the majority of teachers to be native English speakers.

Ho Chi Minh City has so much to offer expat families, from its ‘best in Asia’ street food to its intriguing history and bustling, sometimes chaotic city streets. However, getting around can sometimes be a nightmare. A modern public transportation system is under construction, but for the foreseeable future mopeds are the only way to get anywhere on time.

Even still, traffic often comes to a standstill and air pollution is becoming a serious issue. To help ensure yours and your childrens’ lungs stay healthy, you can invest in an air purifier for your home - they’re commonly found for sale throughout HCMC. Keep an eye on AQI (Air Quality Index) indicators online, and limit time outdoors when the air quality reaches unhealthy levels.

Ho Chi Minh City is just a few hours away from some beautiful forested regions in Vietnam, so weekend trips to breathe some pure air and take in the sights and sounds of nature are easily achieved.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Ho Chi Minh City. However, there are another 19 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Ho Chi Minh City based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City

Out of a total of 29 International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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Saigon South International School Verified badge.pink.sm

We are educating the global leaders of tomorrow. We are a school where every student thrives both intellectually and personally; we prepare our students to positively impact their future world.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: 379,000,000 ₫
to: 685,000,000 ₫
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British International School Ho Chi Minh City Verified badge.pink.sm

BIS HCMC is a very welcoming community and new students quickly feel at home here. Our school environment encourages students to work hard, work well, but also to take risks and try new ideas in their learning processes.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: 258,300,000 ₫
to: 730,800,000 ₫
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International School Saigon Pearl Verified badge.pink.sm

ISSP focuses on an American-style curriculum that is based on teaching core values such as honesty, caring, respect, responsibility and wisdom. With students coming from over 26 countries, ISSP provides a truly international environment and strong community.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 11
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: 279,200,000 ₫
to: 445,300,000 ₫
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International School Ho Chi Minh City Verified badge.pink.sm

Our school utilizes the flexibility of the IB programmes to encourage an inclusive, broad and balanced learning approach through inquiry, exploration of concepts, principled and caring citizenship, creative problem solving, collaboration, communication and connectivity.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: 286,700,000 ₫
to: 820,200,000 ₫
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A small, friendly, truly international school.
Curriculum
British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 13
Yearly fees - 2018/2019
from: 157,998,750 ₫
to: 300,982,500 ₫
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Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: 218,880,000 ₫
to: 585,700,000 ₫
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International German School Ho Chi Minh City (IGS) Verified badge.pink.sm

Deutsche Schule Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) – International German School (IGS), will open your children's minds to the wondrous world of books. They will learn why we can see the stars, how the Saigon river changes its flow daily with the tides, and why in other parts of the world one can see ice crystals hanging from windows in the Winter.
Curriculum
German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2018/2019
from: 230,000,000 ₫
to: 418,000,000 ₫
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The American School Verified badge.pink.sm

- Educating the whole child incorporating mind, body, and spirit.
- Dynamic and rigorous American educational program enriched by the multicultural setting in Vietnam
- Immersive EAL program supporting the theory of additive bilingualism
- Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to extend the learning beyond the classroom
- Expanding to new, modern facility in January 2020.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: 251,500,000 ₫
to: 549,500,000 ₫
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International School Ho Chi Minh City - American Academy

The International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) – American Academy in Vietnam is a world-class middle and high school inspiring and challenging students aged 11 to 18 years old to achieve personal excellence.
The school lays the foundations for success with 100% English language immersion and a rigorous American accredited curriculum. At the same time, it offers an extensive Vietnamese Studies Program to ensure our students maintain their Mother Tongue and cultural roots.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
11 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: 458,500,000 ₫
to: 550,000,000 ₫
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Aurora International School of the Arts Verified badge.pink.sm

Aurora International School Of The Arts is a school follows Reggio Emilia-Inspired philosophy.
We keep always updating and in continuous tireless researching, intertwining with Vietnamese cultural background. We strive to maximize any valuable opportunities for life-long learning in the Early Years of our children by supporting self-discovery, imagination and creativity.
Aurora Intenational Preschool Of The Arts
(For children from 12 months to 6 years of age)
11A-13 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
Aurora International Primary School
(For children from 6 years to 12 years of age)
11 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
Contact information
+84 (0) 982 012 860
+84 (028) 3744 2991
www.auroraschool.vn
info@aurorareggio.com
Curriculum
Reggio Emilia Approach
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 12
This school does not make their fees public.
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