Vietnam Embassy in Stockholm

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It could be said that in comparison with the countries of Southeast Asia, Vietnam's education system is rather developed.

In 1939, about 95% of the population was illiterate. Most of the literate came from rich families.

Today, illiteracy has been fundamentally wisped out. A policy of compulsory education is applied throughout Vietnam, and almost all children in urban areas go to school. By the year 200, the universalization of primary education will be complete.

Vietnam's education system comprises:
  • Pre-school education: Children aged from 3 to 6 attend classes of different levels according to official curricula.
  • Primary school: from grade 1 to grade 5;
  • Basic secondary school: from grade 6 to grade 9, and
  • Senior secondary school: from grade 10 to grade 12.

There are now almost 100 colleges and universities throughout the country. After graduating from secondary school, students can receive further education at universities and vocational schools. Many foreign language and informatics centres have been set up to increase the quality of the training. Moreover post-graduate courses are available to train highly-qualified professionals. A number of research institutes also offer Doctorate or Master's Degree. At present, the government allows students to travel to certain western countries to study at their own expense.