Oversea Study

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Overseas study – a common tendency in Vietnam but is it as good as it looks?

1. Introduction

Recent years witnessed a increasing of number of study overseas. Especially after Vietnam joining WTO, students have more and more tendency to study abroad. The Vietnamese economy magazine provided the figure of 50 000 – the number of student study overseas count until 2007. In U.S, the amount of visa issued for Vietnamese student increase 54%, while in Canada rise significantly 90%. They can begin at high school, or tertiary education, or master, but in majority choosing the second and the third. Commonly students think about countries that have age-old and prestigious education such as US, Britain, France, or developped such as Singapore, Australia, or have advantage in distance like China, or Malaysia …

The fact that students are going oversea, integrate with students of all over the world, inherit the best program of education is visional, for not only the new generation of Vietnam, but our country also benefit. However, some phenomenons coming from overseas study open our eyes that it is not as good as it looks. The objective of this research is to test the hypothesis that study oversea really brings the great effect as vision.

2. Discussion of findings

2.1 Why study oversea?

Each student each answer, but the main reason is to have a better education. As we know, the Vietnamese education is still face off many issues and not yet appreciates by the world. Recently, UNESCO classed Vietnam the 79th over 129 countries in educative development index (EDI) . Some issues such as ineffective program, cheating in exam, fraud qualification … decrease belief of parents, especially well-to-do families, in Vietnamese education and orient their child to study abroad.

Moreover, our citizens today live in better condition. Many of them don’t have to worry about livelihood, but can think about something more luxury. With them, $20 000 for one year study abroad may not a problem. Furthermore, study abroad becomes a fashionable trend for the rich. They put their child out of country to prove their financial capacity.

One more reason explain the upward of number of student oversea, is that the open policy of our country with the whole world. The diplomatic relationship with the U.S, France, Canada, Australia and other countries expand and deepen, especially after Vietnam joining WTO. These open more opportunities for student, to be accepted by foreign school and get visa more easily… And the best is that the number of scholarships for Vietnamese student more and more rises. For example, Australia has decided to raise the total amount of scholarship for Vietnamese student to 100 million dollar in 2009.

2.2 As it good as it looks?

Study oversea, in the eye of Vietnamese, is evidently good. This is a chance to learn the best education program from a developed country, a chance to inherit the best living and educative environment with the last infrastructure, a chance to integrate and understand a new culture, new people, and a chance to train our self-reliant ability.However, there are much more issues appear. Firstly, students was not well prepared and meet the culture shock: far of country, family and friend and cannot integrate the new culture. This surely decreases the efficiency of study and lowers the result of student. That’s why many students cannot pass the first year and have to repeat. Secondly, some students go oversea don’t have capacity and not for the original purpose: study. There are 1001 reasons parents put their child going study abroad. Some parents think that study oversea is a solution when their child missed the entrance university’s exam, or in purpose of avoid social evils. Whether their child knew any foreign words or not, they believe innocently that living in foreign country automatically make their children professional in foreign language. As a result,...
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