European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) welcomes students of all nationalities who would benefit from our educational programme and whose parents share the school’s Mission and Objectives.
Admission is granted to a student when it has been determined that the School has an appropriate programme and resources to meet that individual’s learning needs. Applications for both immediate and future entry are considered at any time throughout the year.
The birth date cut-off for placement in a particular grade is the 31 August in the academic year (commencing in August) of admission. The child must have turned the appropriate age on or prior to the 31 August for the grade in question.
Q: Where is EIS?
EIS conveniently located in the very heart of Thao Dien, the hub of Western expat families in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Q: How many campuses does EIS have?
EIS is located on a single site in the very centre of Thao Dien, District 2 (where most of Saigon’s expatriate community reside). Other large schools are separated over two or more campus sites, splitting-up siblings and making transportation arrangements very difficult for school drop-offs and pick-ups. For families with more than one child, EIS offers the most convenient option in Ho Chi Minh City.
Q: Are there any accreditations?
EIS is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). The School is one of a small select group of international schools that have allowed themselves to be externally scrutinised by outside experts (only 22% of international schools are accredited globally). Accreditation demonstrates that EIS adheres to the highest possible international quality standards in all areas of school operations, and it also means that other schools, colleges and universities recognise EIS students’ school reports and High School diploma as being issued by a high quality school, held in good standing internationally.
We are also one of only a few authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World Continuum Schools in Vietnam offering all three programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) - from Toddler Class to Grade 5, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) - from Grades 6 to 10 and the Diploma Programme (DP) - Grades 11 and 12. Our students acquire the skills and embrace the values of the IB Learner Profile within an enquiry-based teaching and learning environment, enabling a smooth transition to other schools, colleges and universities globally.
Q: What is the student population of the school?
Currently 552 students are enrolling at EIS. There are approximatedly 30% of local students and the rest 70% come from 40 nationalities, with one third of them is from European countries.
Q: How does the School determine what grade my child will be placed in?
Students will be placed in grade groups according to their date of birth. Our academic year cut off date is 31st August. Students entering Grade 1 must have turned 6 by 1st September and so on as we progress up to Grade 12.
In addition to looking at the age, the School can only confirm the grade placement and offer a space after the applicant successfully follow these steps:
- Complete Applications including:
- Placement Assessments:
Q: Is there any waiting list
The School is experiencing waiting lists in all grades in Early Years, Primary and most grades in Middle School (Grades 6 to 10). We are already offering placements for January 2020 and August 2020 entry, so to avoid disappointment, we encourage all interested families to attend the placement reservation fee, as soon as possible.
Q: What languages are taught at EIS?
Language of instructions is English, but there is a wide range of language options including German, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese. English language support for non-native students is also available without additional fees.
Q: What extra-curricular (after school) activities are offered at the School?
There are a wide range of activities available each term, covering sports, arts, academic, languages and other interest areas.
Q: What are available support or services for the newly arrived student and family? Is there a buddy system?
All new arrivals are given buddies to help them settle into the school routines. We have a Wellbeing Counsellor whose job is also to facilitate the transition of the new studetns on campus. Class Parent Representatives (CPR) are always available to help new parents settle.
Ikoma Family - From Japan
We were always together. It was so fun and I was so happy with our Grade 12 friends. Everyone had helped me when I couldn’t catch up the conversation and class. I was very grateful to everyone. Every moment was precious.
What I have learnt from the IBDP
How to set up the goal. How to be independent person and to be cooperative person.
Most memorable moment
Our daily lives were the most memorable in my school life. We knew our trade mark (habit, quote, facial expression, …). Those time was for understanding each other and being closer.
An Hyeon Jeong (Class of 2017)
Elijah attended a preschool in our previous country of posting and a kindergarten in HCMC. Although he was extremely well looked after by his 2 previous schools, trouble was he still could not read. We enrolled him into EIS and within a few months he came home, looked at the TV and said ‘Sony’. There has been no stopping him since. In my past experience in my interaction with EIS’s current leadership and team, it could be hard not to see that a fertile and international environment has been created for which children are nurtured to grow. The built environment of the campus plays a significant and pivotal role to facilitate such growth in the children. Rather than a large institutional building, the facility is scattered into an organic friendly and conducive learning village. This fosters greater interaction amongst all members in the school as well as a healthy dose of vitamin D every now and again. We feel blessed to have found EIS for Elijah and his sisters. It is truly a village of learning and a rare and exemplary educational model, not only academically but socially as well. Creating a valuable community of global citizens for the world.
Tan Family - From Singapore
This is our fourth year among EIS community in Ho Chi Minh city. We have two daughters at the school. One is currently in third grade and the other, our youngest, is in Kindergarten 2. The school has provided a safe and comfortable environment for them to learn and develop their skills both as individuals and as members of the community. Classes are small and the education is personal, so the teachers know their students and can tailor their efforts to individual student needs. Through the after school activities, the kids complement their classes and get to know students and teachers from other grades, enhancing their interpersonal relationships and strengthening community links. Parents involvement is highly appreciated and encouraged by the school. There are a lot of occasions during the year, like events and assemblies, when the parents can join and watch the kids work and progress. Also, the school organizes a series of events at the campus for the whole community, out of school hours and in a relaxed atmosphere, having the parents and the kids a chance to get together, so the kids can meet their friends and the parents and teachers of all sections get to know each other. EIS is a warm and welcoming community of caring students, teachers, and parents.
Gazquez Family – From Spain
できる優しい環境だと思います. And our son says EIS is the best school in the world, all teachers are
Sato Family – From Japan
When I decided to write some comments about the European International School, I first thought that it would be the easiest task ever. I was wrong. It took me literally a month before being able to put into words my admiration and profound gratitude for this school. I couldn’t decide where to begin with. Everything is great about the EIS: how teachers are available, personally, by phone or email, night and day, weekday or weekend; how education is presented as a joyful and delightful experience for our children; how students are encouraged to discover, enquire and question; how parents are directly involved in the school’s life and how the school management listens to them... The list is so long. For my family, however, the most impressive characteristic of the EIS is the empathy and will to help of all of the staff: when our youngest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, not only was he kept as a regular student, but the EIS actively helped us to implement every single measure we decided to take with regards to his therapy. The level of commitment, acceptance, empathy and will of understanding demonstrated by the EIS towards our son and our family is simply beyond comparison. And for this, we will be forever grateful.
Kliegl Family – From Europe
Wonderful EIS Experience
We are a Vietnamese Canadian family with our 4 years old daughter Megan attending EIS HCMC since one year. After researching many schools in HCMC we decided on EIS because of its safe and caring environment that is not too big nor too small for Megan. The variety of programs offered including the arts, dance, sport programs and the extra curriculum activities are excellent. The teachers and staff are friendly, knowledgeable and caring that makes the learning environment so much more positive and memorable.
We are also very happy with the many activities involving kids and parents that give us a chance to slow down and enjoy learning with them. The school provides a very international environment as it’s great to meet many other families from all over the world. We would highly recommend EIS!
Nguyen Family - From Canada