From Madrid, Spain to Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam – Sofia Jimena Robles Lera

From Madrid, Spain to Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam – Sofia Jimena Robles Lera

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Student’s Profile:

Full name: Sofia Jimena Robles Lera;

From: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid;

Field of study: Biomedical Engineering;

Level: Undergraduate;

Exchange Term: Fall semester – AY 2020-2021

 

1. Why did you choose IU-VNU as your exchange destination, given that you must strictly follow the 14-day quarantine regulation and take more risks in the pandemic conditions?

I chose to continue my study abroad program with IUVNU mainly because although the covid-19 outbreak already happened, the IU administration kept in close contact with me clarifying the Vietnamese situation and explaining to me that there may be a slim chance for me to study here in Vietnam. The way the management helped me played a key part in my decision about whether to come here to study or not. They made me feel safe and secure in my decision.

Also, I was aware of how the Vietnamese government was handling the pandemics and I knew they were handling it well. So coming here was still a realistic option for me aside from all the possible obstacles that a 14 days quarantine entails. The situation in Spain was and still is far worse compared to here, so it was the right design for me.  In the end, IU-VNU supported me through the whole process, giving me all the details needed about the paperwork and how to follow it.

Since IU offers all its degrees in English it is easier for international students to consider this destination as a feasible option for their studies. As this feature helps to be seen as any other university destination in Europe or America. But the fact of being in Asia is a plus, due to the whole experience you can get for the cultural contrast. And, compared to other Asian university destinies, Vietnam is a way more affordable option compared to Singapore or South Korea which not everyone would be able to afford. Also because sometimes those universities only accept students with really high average marks while at IU they are not so demanding, so any regular student can still have the chance to study in Asia if the choose Vietnam.

2. How do you feel about your study at IU-VNU? (facility, study program, academic support, etc)

After I finish my last exam today and semester here, I’m glad to say that I’m pleasantly satisfy with almost all the aspects regarding my studies at IU-VNU.

First, because the academic program my major has at IU (Biomedical engineering) is really similar to the one from my home university so I didn’t feel lost when it came to applying knowledge from other years into the new subjects.

Then, I wasn’t sure what to expect about the facilities but once I got the uni it was a great surprise to see how good and big are facilities, it will not disappoint you. Also, regarding the evaluation criteria they follow in most of the subject, in my case there are some different aspects compared to what I’m used to from my home university. For example, first there might be some subjects where they check attendance, and then they give a considerable final mark percentage to the continuous evaluation as you might have to do each week either an essay, or quiz, or presentation. But this way I think is easier to handle the subjects. Is also worth mentioning the thing that IU students are always willing to help you if you asked them and you will receive more help from them that you even thought.

So in the end, I had a very welcoming experience at IU. Mainly because you will not only, be experiencing the uni life but, you will still have time to enjoy as a foreign the pleasures that Vietnam offers.

SDU INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 AT SOUTHERN DENMARK UNIVERSITY, DENMARK

SDU INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 AT SOUTHERN DENMARK UNIVERSITY, DENMARK

International University – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City would like to invite IU students to participate in SDU International Summer School 2021 at Southern Denmark University, Denmark. The details are as follows:

  1. Program Schedule: 9-20 August, 2021
  2. Venue: SDU Campuses in Odense or Sønderborg
  3. Courses offered: SDU offers 27 courses from three faculties:
  • Engineering;
  • Science;
  • Business and Social Sciences
  1. Program fees: Free for exchange students from partner universities
  2. For more information: https://www.sdu.dk/en/summerschool
  3. Application package:

 – Short-term Application form: https://tinyurl.com/y36337sz

– CV (file PDF);

– Transcript of record (scale 100 & 4);

– 01 scan file passport;

  1. Application deadline:

Application package sent to A2.604 or email nthang@hcmiu.edu.vn (PDF file) by 15/04/2021

 

SUMMER IN JAPAN (SIJ) 2021 ONLINE PROGRAM AT  KYUSHU UNIVERSITY, JAPAN

SUMMER IN JAPAN (SIJ) 2021 ONLINE PROGRAM AT KYUSHU UNIVERSITY, JAPAN

International University – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City would like to invite IU students to participate Summer in Japan (Online program) at Kyushu University, Japan. The details are as follows:

  1. Program Schedule: Monday, July 5 – Tuesday, July 27, 2021
  2. Courses offered:

SIJ 2021 is a 4-week intensive study abroad program for undergraduate-level students in all academic fields, joining from all over the world.

Courses and activities:

  • Academic Course- Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (ILS);
  • Language Course- Japanese Language Course (JL);
  • Virtual extracurricular activities;
  • Student Tutors– One-on-one interaction and friendship;
  • Online homestay– Optional.
  1. Program fees: 44,400 JPY as tuition fee

Kyushu University offers a limited number of scholarships to students with a strong undergraduate academic record. All applicants will be considered for the scholarship and recipients will be determined by Kyushu University. To receive the scholarship, a bank account for overseas remittance is required.

  1. Eligibility requirements

Applicants are required to meet all of the following four criteria:

  • Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in degree programs at accredited higher education institutions outside Japan;
  • Hold a grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application;
  • Plan to continue their degree programs at their home universities following the completion of SIJ 2021.
  1. For more information: https://isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/sij/online2021
  2. Application package:

 – Short-term Application form: https://tinyurl.com/y36337sz

– CV (file PDF);

– Transcript of record (scale 100 & 4);

– 01 scan file passport;

– All the application materials required by Kyushu University at https://isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/sij/online2021

  1. Application deadline:

Application package sent to A2.604 or email nthang@hcmiu.edu.vn (PDF file) by 15/03/2021

 

CALL FOR APPLICATONS FOR STUDENT MOBILITY AT A4U, SPAIN

CALL FOR APPLICATONS FOR STUDENT MOBILITY AT A4U, SPAIN

International University – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City would like to invite IU students to participate in the mobility program at Alliance 4 Universities A4U, Spain. The details are as follows:

  1. Target candidates: Bachelor students who have completed their first academic at IU-VNU
  2. Duration of scholarship: from 3 to 5 months
  3. Language of instruction: English
  4. Scholarship: 850 EUR/living expenses and 1500 EUR for roundtrip airfare and medical insurance
  5. Program details:

http://alliance4universities.eu/en/mobility-scholarships/

  1. Application requirements:

– Proof of English skills if English is not your mother tongue (level B2 of CEFR, TOEFL iBT 90 or equivalent)

– CV/Resume (in English)

– Transcript/ related certificates (in English)

– Motivational Letter

– Copy of Passport (valid for at least 2 years by the time of application).

  1. Application deadline:

Application package submitted to Center for International Mobility (Room A2.604) before 11AM, 15 March 2021

 

Call for Applications 2021/2022: Student Exchange and Study Abroad Program at IU-VNU, Vietnam | Fall Semester

Call for Applications 2021/2022: Student Exchange and Study Abroad Program at IU-VNU, Vietnam | Fall Semester

International University – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City is now calling for applications for the Fall Semester, Academic Year 2021/2022 Exchange Program.

  • Eligibility and Application checklist can be found here.

Deadline for Nomination: May 01, 2021

Deadline for Applications: May 15, 2021

  • Latest updates on the COVID-19 in Vietnam can be found here.

For more information, please contact our Inbound Coordinator: Ms. Le Huynh Bao Tram (Email: lhbtram@hcmiu.edu.vn)

Despite of COVID-19, Sofia Jimena Robles Lera (University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain), one of our exchange students of Fall Semester, Academic Year 2020/2021, finally made her semester at IU-VNU a meaningful one with full of new experience, both academically and culturally. Her story below is such an inspiring one and we can’t wait to share…

 

SUMMER PROGRAMMES 2021 AT RENNES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, FRANCE

SUMMER PROGRAMMES 2021 AT RENNES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, FRANCE

International University – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City would like to invite IU students to participate in Summer Programmes 2021 at Rennes School of Business, France. The details are as follows:

  1. Courses offered, Dates and Places
  • AI summer school from 10 May to 4 June 2021 (ONLINE AND FEE-PAYING ONLY)
  • Cross-Cultural Management from 1 June to 11 June 2021 (face to face in Rennes)
  • Sustainable Business from 15 June to 25 June 2021 (face to face in Rennes)
  • Doing Business in Europe from 29 June to 9 July (face to face in Rennes)
  1. For more information: https://www.rennes-sb.com/programmes/summer-programmes/
  2. Eligibility:

Undergraduate and Graduate students, except for AI Summer School (only for Final year of Undergrad and Graduate students)

  1. Application package:

 – Short-term Application form: https://tinyurl.com/y36337sz

– CV (file PDF);

– Transcript of record (scale 100 & 4);

– 01 scan file passport;

  1. Application deadline:
  • AI Summer School: 15/3/2021;
  • Other courses: 01/4/2021;

Application package sent to A2.604 or email nthang@hcmiu.edu.vn