High expenses prompt VN students to rethink overseas study plans

  • 05:39 - 2018/06/22

The total expense that one student may have to pay for study overseas is no less than VND2 billion. If the student later finds a job with the monthly salary of VND20 million, a relatively high pay in Vietnam, he or she would only be able to cover expenses after 10 years.

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The total expense one student has to pay for study overseas is no less than VND2 billion

After finishing high school, Le Quoc Anh left Vietnam for Japan, where he studied technology at a university in Tokyo.  Despite the bachelor’s degree granted by a Japanese school, it was still difficult for Anh to find a job in Vietnam. He applied for jobs at many companies. Some employers refused him because of the lack of experience, while others offered low pay.

In early 2017, he accepted a job at a private company for which he got VND6 million a month. However, as he could not see a future there, he gave up the job. Since then, he has been running a filling station. “I feel sad that my current job has no relation with the major. But I have no other choice. If I continued to work for the private company, I will never be able to cover the expenses for the overseas study,” he said.  Regarding expenses, Anh said he stayed four years in Japan and had to pay over VND200 million a year in tuition and spend VND25 million a month on basic needs. So, the total expense was VND2 billion.

The total expense that one student may have to pay for study overseas is no less than VND2 billion. If the student later finds a job with the monthly salary of VND20 million, a relatively high pay in Vietnam, he or she would only be able to cover expenses after 10 years.

“You have money and you want to have good experience when studying abroad. You want to access modern education. Okay, you can go. But if you borrow money for your overseas study, you will regret your decision,” he said.

  Nguyen Phuc Hung from Thai Binh province obtained a scholarship to study journalism at Ulyanovsk University some years ago, but still had to pay VND1 billion for a six-year stay in Russia. The amount of money is high for families of farmers.

Hung said many friends of his, after returning to Vietnam, are doing jobs which in no way have relations to their majors. Some of them once worked for state agencies, but they later quit. “The title of ‘state official’ just represents vainglory. You cannot live on it,” he said. Trinh Van Anh in Hoang Mai district in Hanoi spent seven years to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in France. The study cost her VND5 billion. Though Anh has found a good job in Vietnam which brings her VND20 million a month, Anh said she doesn’t know when she can pay back VND5 billion to her parents.

US$1=VND22,000

Kim Chi

Source: VietNamNet

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