Once you have been accepted by an institution, you must get a student visa or entry permit.* All non-local students need one, whether they come for an exchange programme or full-time studies.

In general, non-local students should nominate a local sponsor, which can either be the educational institution granting the acceptance or an individual, provide the necessary supporting documents. Normally, the Immigration Department requires the following documents, while further supporting documents and information in connection with the application may still be required when necessary. It will normally take four to six weeks to process a visa or entry permit application for study upon receipt of all the required documents – apply as far in advance as possible!


International students are obligated to provide the following information 4 weeks prior to the date of arrival in Vietnam:

  • Students’ contact information (Name, e-mail address and telephone number)
  • Accurate address of Vietnam Embassy or Vietnam General Consulate in students’ home country in which visa will be granted.
  • Scanned passport with at least 6 months validity