More and more students from all over the world are coming to Vietnam to study and enjoy the unique Vietnamese culture.
This fact is no longer strange in Vietnam as the country has boosted its international integration process and open-door policy. The overseas students in Vietnam not only include those from Laos and Cambodia as before but other countries as well.
As a matter of course, they find nearly everything here new when they first come to the country, including living environment, language barrier, and especially… traffic.
Dong Jie, a Chinese girl who studies at Vietnam’s Academy of Journalism and Communication, had fallen in love with Vietnam before she arrived in the country. When at home, she watched a TV programme on Vietnamese culture and people, which inspired her to learn in the Southeast Asian country.
Before coming to Vietnam, Dong Jie had already learnt Vietnamese for one year. Today, she has been in Vietnam for two years and can use Vietnamese fluently. She has successfully integrated herself into her Vietnamese friends and few people think she is a Chinese!
International students find life in Vietnam interesting and are keen on exploring it. They manage to learn how to ride a motorbike, cook, and bargain skillfully when shopping.
There has been an increase in the number of foreign students choosing Vietnam for their tertiary education. Many of them have considered Vietnam their ‘second homeland’. Jerzy Kacznanek, from Poland’s Poznan City is a typical example of this.
At first, Jerzy, a culturological student, came to Vietnam just to know more about it. But after several months of studying here, he quickly decided to settle in Vietnam.
Despite having a scholarship, he still seeks to work part-time in Hanoi to learn more about Vietnamese culture, cuisine, and lifestyle. His love for Vietnam grows day by day. He has now graduated from Hanoi University and got a Vietnamese girlfriend. ‘Hanoi beer is very delicious,’ he said happily.
Dr Nguyen Duc Dung from the Academy of Journalism and Communication said foreign graduates also take MA courses at his institution. He highly appreciates foreign students who have tried to overcome numerous obstacles to stabilize their lives.
Mr Dung added that the academy has offered favourable conditions for them to live and study comfortably in Vietnam.