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Studying Abroad in Hanoi

When walking around Vietnam’s capital, the mix of outside influences is clearly evident in the various neighbourhoods that make up the city. This shouldn’t be surprising considering Hanoi has lived through eras of Chinese and French colonialism as well as one of the most brutal wars of the 20th century. Stone-slabbed cathedrals mix with colourful pagodas and intricate temples while locals make and eat ancient Vietnamese street food in dingy cafes next to food stalls offering cheese sticks. All this and more when you study abroad in Hanoi!

How to Study Abroad in Hanoi

Some of Vietnam’s brightest minds and princes have studied in Hanoi and passed through the courtyards at the country’s oldest university, the Temple of Literature, so what better way than to follow in their footsteps and study in Hanoi yourself?

Popular Subjects to Study. Study abroad Hanoi programs offer courses ranging in everything from filmmaking to international relations and more. However, the most popular subjects for students to study in Hanoi include business, technology, and Asian studies. Many of the courses offer excursions to companies and cultural landmarks in the area as well as opportunities for service learning and interning.  

Short Term vs. Summer vs. Long Term Programs. You can choose to take short-term or long-term courses during the May term, spring, fall, winter, throughout the year, a full academic year, and a trimester. Many of the volunteering and community-based programs are available during the summer. If you choose to study a foreign language, it’s recommended to stay for a longer period of time. 

Attending Universities vs. Other Program Types. Courses could include providers through your own university, universities in Hanoi, or an outside program provider. Some students might choose to directly enroll in Hanoi University of Technology or one of its many other higher education institutions in Hanoi, Vietnam. Talk to your university study abroad advisor to help you determine your goals and credit needs before choosing a study abroad Hanoi program that will be the right fit for you.

Student Life in Hanoi

Some of Vietnam’s most famous landmarks are not too far away and demand to be visited. To the east, arguably the country’s most famous landmark, the stunning archipelago of limestone rocks that make up Ha Long Bay, lies in wait for many eager visitors.

Northwest of the city lies the mountainous frontier town of Sapa, famous for its many hill tribes, rice terraces, and stunning scenery. To the south, Cuc Phoung National Park, the country’s largest nature reserve and first national park, which was established by Ho Chi Minh in the 1960s, is a must visit for animal and nature lovers interested in Vietnam’s flora and fauna.

You can also visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the memorial named after the country’s most famous son and leader, where Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body rests in a central hall where visitors can pay their respects. The Mausoleum is usually open every day, apart from September to December when Ho Chi Minh’s body, rather bizarrely, gets transported to Russia every year for restoration work.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

While Hanoi doesn’t experience many violent crimes, you’ll need to exercise caution when it comes to safety and avoiding petty thefts. Avoid walking alone at night, especially in darker lanes. Always keep an eye on your belongings, and watch out for pickpockets in heavy public areas. The traffic is filled with motorbikes, so you’ll need to walk at a slow and constant pace — don’t stop or walk quickly. You’ll need to give the drivers time to see you and determine your position. Scams are fairly common, as taxi drivers may try to make you pay more and con artists might try to reel you into restaurants or bars (making you pay the bill). 

Overall, just try to use your common sense and be mindful of your surroundings when you’re out walking around. Study abroad programs in Hanoi will usually place you in safe areas, and they’ll have orientations for its participants on safety, and if something goes awry, they can help you work through the problem to get it resolved. Take heed of their advice and resources. 

From eating noodles for breakfast to visiting local markets to strolling down boulevards, this thousand-year-old city offers something for everyone. The capital of Vietnam has also been ranked as one of the world’s top ten destinations. With so much to do, friendly and hospitable people, delicious food around every corner, and a city that stands as one of the cheapest in the world in terms of cost of living, you’ll be making a good choice by studying in Hanoi. 

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