Adult Education in Vietnam

Education - Saigon/HCMC: March 23, 2016

Adult Education in Ho Chi Minh City, and in Vietnam in general, is not as widely available as it is in the West. Probably the biggest field of interest in adult education is in the area of English as a second language. There are private schools and other organisations who have excellent programmes in this area. If you dig a little deeper though, classes can be found in a variety of areas.

There are some interesting classes available in Ho Chi Minh City, especially in the fields of art, music and dance, which are always popular throughout the city. Here is a round up of a few of the more popular ones.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The British Council

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25 Le Duan, District 1

Le Quy Don Premises, 110 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, D3, HCMC

Phone: +84 1800 1299

The British Council operates a wide variety of part-time ESL courses, specially designed to help adults or children of all ages and ability levels to learn and/or improve their English skills.

There are three main courses for adults:

  1. Academic English, which teaches skills required for life in a multinational academic environment.
  2. MyClass, a flexible course to assist you in developing your English in order to meet your academic, career or personal goals.
  3. IELTS preparation; as the name indicates, this will help you prepare for the International English Language Testing System.

International English School

173 Nguyen Bieu Street, Ward 2, D5

Phone: +84 28 3836 6166

The International English School runs courses for 1,500 adults from its District 5 headquarters. Formed in 1996, it has grown to be one of the biggest providers of ESL courses in Ho Chi Minh City. It is recognised by both the British Council and the University of Cambridge as an examination centre for the Cambridge TEFL certification.

Learning Vietnamese - Adult Education in Vietnam

Faculty of Vietnamese Studies

10-12, Dinh Tien Hoang, Ben Nghe, D1

Phone: +84 28 3822 5009

This highly respected and prestigious academic institution is one of the finest in the region. Studying the University of Social Sciences and Humanities Vietnamese courses are for committed students of the language. This establishment is probably the best for full-time students wishing to achieve true fluency. This is the place to get your bachelor’s degree in Vietnamese studies.

Ho Chi Minh University of Pedagogy

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80, An Duong Vuong, Ward 4, D5

Phone: +84 28 3835 2020

The philological faculty here has been presenting Vietnamese language classes to foreigners since 1998. The university has an excellent reputation and record of achievement.



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6 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien, D2

Phone: +84 9 7729 846

Well known for their work in schools in the city, the VinSpace art centre also offers courses for adults as well as selling art supplies at their shop. They have another studio in District 7, on S24-1 Le Van Thiem.

Grado Art Studio

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River Garden Building, 170 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, D2

Phone: +84 28 3519 2347

Established in 2014, talented Spaniard Ignacio De Grado offers instruction on painting, drawing and art discipline. Workshops are run for adults and children.



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53 Nguyen Dang Giai, D2

Phone: +84 28 3519 4490

Dancenter is a modern dance studio in District 2 which offers a range of dance classes for adults and children.

Saigon Swing Cats

PetroVietnam Tower, 5 Le Duan, D1

The Swing Cats offer lessons in Swing Dancing, Lindy Hop, Blues Dancing, Balboa and more.


Conservatory of Ho Chi Minh City

112, Nguyen Du, D1

Phone: +84 28 3822 5841

The Conservatory is one of three in Vietnam, the others being in Hanoi and Hue. It provides both undergraduate and postgraduate music education. Both Western classical music and Vietnamese traditional music are covered. Today more than 100 music teachers handle the needs of 5,000 students.

In addition, as in any major city there are music teachers advertising freelance lessons right across the city.


Overland Club

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36Bis, Huynh Khuong Ninh, Da Kao, D1

Phone: +84 28 3820 9734

Founder Mr. Mamoru is a Japanese potter who spent time at the Bat Trang pottery village in Hanoi studying their techniques. He started the club in 2001 teaching traditional methods to mainly foreigners. Creative pottery classes are held on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pottery decoration classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and Thursday and Friday afternoons.


Grain Cooking Studio

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Level 3, 71-75 Hai Ba Trung, D1

Phone: +84 28 3827 4929

This superb custom built cooking studio in the heart of the city offers interesting, informative and unpacked cooking classes. Renowned Australian chef Luke Nguyen is recognised around the world as a food expert. His cooking shows are broadcasted in the UK, US and all over Asia. Luke designs the menus and recipes and selects his team of cooks and instructors. Cookery Classes are held Monday to Saturday.