September 19, 2019 was such a hectic but meaningful day when International Student Service Center (ISSC) hosted a group of 22 Faculty Staff and students from Hokkaido University, Japan. Hokkaido University – a Japanese national university in Sapporo, Hokkaido – is a member of the Imperial Universities established to be the nation’s finest institutes of higher education.
The Study Tour program is tailored to offer Hokkaido University students a day of academic observation, cultural exchange, as well as friendship establishment. In the morning, the Hokkaido students were involved into two classrooms regarding Organizational Behavior and Business Computing Skills before being matched with their Vietnamese buddies and guided around International University campus. The lunch then was followed by a cultural exchange section when Hokkaido University proudly conveyed a succinct University introduction with details related to its location, faculties, facilities, and so on. A presenter from International University was also pleased to sketch the image of International University in her eyes and also shared her feelings.
Last September 06, 2019, International Student Service Center (ISSC) delightedly welcomed 29 international students to IU-VNU to study during this Fall Semester, AY 2019/2020. The purpose of the Orientation Week is to help international students to familiarize with the campus life, the local living as well as to be paired up with their Buddies who will assist them during their time in Ho Chi Minh City.
On this day, 29 students representing 11 universities, 8 nationalities from 3 continents were able to meet each other and be prepared with local regulations, students activities/clubs, be introduced to services for international students (ie., library, learning platform and systems, public transportation in HCM, etc.), and the extra-curriculum activities for international students during the semester.
A City Tour of Ho Chi Minh City was proposed on the next day where international students got chances to know more about the lifestyle of Vietnamese people in Ho Chi Minh City, and the history of Vietnam in general, of Ho Chi Minh City (aka. Saigon in the past) in particular.
On the September 08, 29 students took part in an excursion to Mekong Delta. Here, they had opportunities to see the beauty of the Southern Vietnam, go on a relaxing Mekong Delta boat tour to see iconic fishing villages with stilt house and rice paddies as well as enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, sample locally made coconut candy.
It is just the beginning of the semester. It is believed that Ho Chi Minh City has a lot more to offer to the international friends. Let’s enjoy the stay and share with us your experiences!
Student Exchange and Study Abroad Program at International University (IU SEaSAP) started in Academic Year 2010/2011 with 02 Inbound and 05 Outbound Students. In 2014, International Student Service Center (ISSC) was established with the aim to strengthen the IU Student Exchange Program. Since then, thanks to the active contribution of IU SEaSAP Alumni Network, the Exchange Program at International University has been gradually developing and sharpening.
On August 08, 2019, IU SEaSAP Alumni Association was officially established, paved the way for the Program to hit its first milestone: the 10-year Anniversary! The Ceremony was an opportunity for the Alumni to unite and to exchange the experiences, as well as to inspire others with their invaluable sharing.
Let’s enjoy their vivid memories and the wonderful adventures in this Memento of IU SEaSAP – First Edition as of August 08, 2019.
To help international exchange students preparing your new adventures with IU next Semester(s) in the Academic Year 2019/2020, ISSC would like to announce some very important dates as follows:
Semester I (Fall Semester), AY 2019/2020
- Orientation Day: 06 September, 2019
- First day of Fall Semester: 09 September, 2019
- Mid-term Examination: 04-16 November, 2019
- Final Examination: Week of 13-18 January, 2020 AND Week of 03-08 February, 2020
- Lunar New Year Break: 20 January – 01 February, 2020 (2 weeks-off; The Lunar New Year will divide the Final Exam Period into 02 halves)
- End of Fall Semester (Semester 1): 08 February, 2020
Semester II (Spring Semester), AY 2019/2020
- Orientation Day: 07 February, 2020
- First day of Spring Semester: 10 February, 2020
- Mid-term Examination: 06-18 April, 2020
- Final Examination: 15-27 June, 2020
- End of Spring Semester (Semester 2): 27 June, 2020