Admissions

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JOIN OUR COMMUNITY
Welcome to the British International School Ho Chi Minh City.

UNLOCKING A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES

We’re delighted you’re considering the British International School Ho Chi Minh City (BIS HCMC) for your child’s education. There’s no limit to what they’ll achieve in our holistic learning environment, where world-class teachers will build their resilience and courage, nurture their unique strengths and passions, and ensure they succeed academically.
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JOINING OUR COMMUNITY

BIS HCMC is a co-educational private international school that's home to a vibrant and diverse student community aged from 2 to 18 years old. We also run Fundinotots sessions for babies and toddlers up to 36 months.

We accept applications all year round and, in most age groups, new students can start at any time during the academic year (as long as we have places available).

 

Our admissions process is simple, efficient, and personalised to your family's needs. To get started, you'll need to fill in our enquiry form. Our admissions team will answer any questions about entry requirements and then walk you through each stage of your application.

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TALK TO OUR ADMISSIONS TEAM

We’re thrilled you’re considering BIS HCMC for your child’s education. Our admissions team will guide you through the process, answer your questions, and make sure you have the information you need.
Starting your admissions journey is easy
  • Get in touch with our admissions team – simply fill in our online enquiry form.
  • Visit our campuses – you can either come and see us in person or join us for a virtual tour.
  • We’ll follow up with you, answer any questions, and walk you through our step-by-step admissions process.
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STEP-BY-STEP ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Ready to start your child’s application? This is what you need to do.
Make an enquiry
Complete our online enquiry form to let us know you’re interested in joining the BIS HCMC community. Our admissions team will get back to you within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) to discuss your child’s needs, arrange a tour, and talk you through next steps.
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MaKE AN ENQUIRY
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Take a tour
The best way to get a feel for our thriving school community is to visit us in person. If you can’t make it to Ho Chi Minh City, we’ll happily organise a personalised virtual tour.
TAKE A TOUR
Send us your application
We accept applications all year round. You’ll need to fill in our online form and send us some supporting documents.
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SEND US YOUR APPLICATION
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Entrance assessments
We ask every child to sit an age-appropriate entrance assessment. You’ll also need to provide supporting documents, including school reports, exam certificates, and teacher recommendations.
ENTRANCE ASSESSMENTS
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Securing your child's place
If your application is successful, we’ll send you a formal letter offering your child a place. You’ll then need to pay our registration fee.
SECURING YOUR CHILD'S PLACE
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Preparing for their first day
Once your child’s place is confirmed, we’ll send you information about their class and form tutor. We’ll also introduce you to other parents and invite your child to one of our orientation days, where they’ll meet their teachers and new classmates.
PREPARING FOR THEIR FIRST DAY
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TERM DATES: 2023–24

Take a look at our term dates for the current academic year or scroll down to see upcoming primary and secondary events. 

Full School Calendar 2023-2024

Full School Calendar 2024-2025

End of Term 1
Friday 15 Dec 2023
Start of Term 2
Wednesday 10 Jan 2024
Tet Holiday
Monday 05 Feb to Tuesday 20 Feb 2024
End of Term 2
Wednesday 17 Apr 2024
Start of Term 3
Thursday 02 May 2024
End of Term 3
Wednesday 26 Jun 2024
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"I look forward to getting to know you and your family, and to showing you why your child will love learning at our wonderful school."
Louise Bishop
Director of Admissions and Marketing

OUR Tuition fees

We’re incredibly proud of the all-round education we offer at BIS HCMC. Our tuition fees reflect the outstanding teaching and learning we provide, which balances academic excellence with life-changing experiences that unlock a world of possibilities.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What does the application fee cover?
    This fee covers the administrative costs of your application, as well as an age-appropriate admission assessment, if needed. With almost 1,000 enquiries for places each year, it also shows that your family really wants to join our school!
  • What do your tuition fees include?

    Here is a breakdown of what our tuition fees cover.

    For primary: books, uniform pack, day trips, lunch and a snack, a variety of co-curricular activities, and external exams.

    For secondary: books, uniform pack, day trips, a variety of co-curricular activities, and external exams (including IGCSEs and IBDP).

    We’ll arrange for you to collect your child’s uniform pack from our shop as soon as we’ve received your registration fee.

    Please note: our fees don’t include residential trips, instrument lessons, or school buses. At secondary school, fees don’t include lunch and snacks.

  • How does the process differ if my company is paying the fees?
    We want to make the admissions process as straightforward as possible. If your company is paying your child’s fees, our admissions and finance teams are happy to deal with them directly. Please let us know as early as possible in the application process.
  • Why do you ask for a security deposit?

    We ask for a refundable deposit to help us prepare for your child’s arrival. Recruiting the best international teachers is a comprehensive process, which starts in January each year. We invest a considerable amount of time and money in finding the world’s best and want to make sure that your child will be with us the following academic year.

    You’ll need to give a minimum of 90 days’ notice to withdraw your child and get a refund. This is designed to offset the financial outlay we make recruiting additional staff.

  • My child hasn’t followed the English National Curriculum before. Which year group will they join?
    This depends on the education system your child is joining us from. To find out how their curriculum compares with our age groups, please take a look at our Age and Grade Comparison Chart.
  • Does my child need to sit an admission assessment?
    Yes, we ask every child to to take an age appropriate admission assessment and for our youngest Foundation Stage children we will invite you all in for a Family Admissions Meeting (FAM).  If English isn’t your child’s first language, they’ll also need to complete an English as an Additional Language (EAL) assessment (From F3 age).  This will help us to assess their EAL needs, if any, and identify what level of support they may require to access both our curriculum and wider school life.
  • Do you support children for whom English isn’t their first language?
    Yes, we do have a dedicated English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme, to support our non-native English speakers in accessing our full curriculum.  However we do expect your child to demonstrate a reasonable level of English, appropriate for their age grade, at application stage.  If a place if offered to you child, with EAL support, this will be a compulsory part of their education.
  • What supporting documents do I need to provide?

    When you apply, you will need to send us the following:

    • A copy of your child's passport
    • A copy of your child's birth certificate
    • A current identification photo of your child
    • A copy of both parents passport or ID card
    • Your child's previous two or latest school reports (in English), if applicable
    • A physical evaluation signed by a doctor (we will provide you with our form)
    • A copy of your child's immunisation record
    • Additional Educational Needs (AEN) assessment records (if applicable) 
    • Your child's application fee (either in Vietnamese Dong or by bank transfer) 
    • You will also need to sign and return to us, our Terms and Conditions form. (We will send this to you once you submit your application).
  • Will you help us settle into Vietnamese life?

    At BIS HCMC, we truly are a community. As well as supporting your child to settle into school, our Parent Teacher Group will quickly make you feel at home, too, and you’ll be invited to lots of fun family events throughout the year. We are more than happy to help you connect with other families so please do ask our admissions team for contact details. Please check our dedicated Living in HCMC page for top tips on getting set up!

    If your child needs a little extra support, we have a dedicated Advice, Support and Counselling (ASC) team that will help your child to settle into school too.

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FIND OUT WHAT MAKES OUR SCHOOL SPECIAL

We’d love you to see you in Ho Chi Minh City. Book a tour and you’ll meet our fantastic teachers, explore our modern campuses, and get a feel for our holistic learning approach.

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