Vietnamese students in US interested in STEM, business administration

By Binh Minh   October 5, 2023 | 05:17 am PT
Nearly 70% of Vietnamese international students at university level in the U.S. pursue STEM and business administration programs, according to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

Ambassador Marc E. Knapper said at an education fair in Hanoi on Wednesday that around 30,000 Vietnamese students are studying in the U.S., including more than 20,700 university and postgraduate students.

The embassy's EducationUSA Advising Center said that of the 20,700, 15% study masters, more than 67% are university students, and the rest are staying under the Optional Practical Training, which is a temporary employment for graduate students.

"If counting only international students studying community colleges in the U.S., Vietnam stands only behind China," according to the center.

The majors most Vietnamese students and parents are interested in are STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and business administration, which attract nearly 70% of university-level students.

Vietnamese undergraduate students are also interested in graphic design, arts, nursing, while many postgraduate students pursue degrees in community health, public health, and supply chain management, the center said.

Hanoi students attend an education fair to find chances to study in the U.S., October 4, 2023. Photo by VnExpress

Hanoi students attend an education fair to find chances to study in the U.S., October 4, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Binh Minh

Knapper said Vietnam and the U.S. are enhancing cooperation in science and technology, with the U.S. government committed to helping Vietnam build a 50,000-strong information technology workforce in 2028.

He said many U.S. schools are keen on admitting Vietnamese students, especially in high-tech, adding that there will be many grant and financial aid offers for Vietnamese students.

The Wednesday fair gathered 60 American schools and attracted 800 attendants.

Held annually by the U.S. Embassy, the fair is where parents and students can have direct exchanges with American schools to learn more about scholarship opportunities and receive consultations on the majors that students are interested in studying.

According to a report last November by the Institute of International Education, Vietnamese constitute the fifth-largest group of foreign students in the U.S. with over 20,700 students.

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