British Vietnamese International School

British Vietnamese International School in Ho Chi Minh City, commonly referred to as BVIS HCMC, is a bilingual international school in Vietnam, and the only bilingual school in Vietnam that is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).[1] The school is also a member of the FOBISIA group of schools, and is part of the Nord Anglia Education Group.[2]

British Vietnamese International School
BVIS Ho Chi Minh campus, seen from the soccer field

Coordinates10.7210°N 106.6846°E / 10.7210; 106.6846
TypePrivate dual-language international school
EstablishedAugust 2011 (Ho Chi Minh City) and August 2012 (Hanoi)
PrincipalSimon Higham
GradesF1 - Y13

BVIS educates children at preschool, primary and secondary level. The school uses the English National Curriculum with modules from the Vietnamese curriculum that are believed to be particularly strong: Vietnamese Literature, History and Geography.[3]


BVIS was officially established in August 2011 after the success of its sister school the British International School which was established in 1997.[4]


In addition to primary and secondary schools, BVIS enrols students from the age of 2 – 5 as part of its Early Years Foundation Stage, where emphasis is placed on emotional development, aiming to develop students' independence and problem-solving skills, doing so both in Vietnamese and English.[5]


Students from approximately ages 5 – 11 are in years 1 – 6 of BVIS's primary school, which is the equivalent of the Vietnamese national system's "Leaf" year and grades 1 – 5. Students in these year groups are taught a modified version of the English National Curriculum, altered to be more suitable to learning in Vietnam and learning in a dual-language situation.[6]

Literacy, Maths, and Science are treated as the core subjects, and as such are given the largest class time, with a variety of subjects taught in either Vietnamese or English.


Students aged 11 – 18 are part of BVIS's secondary school. The secondary school teaches most subjects in English, but Vietnamese literacy is also given a high priority.

Years 7 – 9 are again taught a modified version of the English National Curriculum, with the aim to prepare students for the later years where they are taught the Cambridge IGCSEs and the A-levels.[7]


  • International A Levels
  • International AS Levels
  • International GCSEs

Student Academic Achievement

The percentage of students achieving A*–C grades, including English and Math at IGCSE is 87% in 2015.[8]

School Facilities

BVIS HCMC is a purpose-built school. It has an "early years" soft play area, a swimming pool, a library with 56,400 books, a modern lecture theatre, a number of dance, music and drama studios, an auditorium, a sports hall and a grass playing field, amongst other facilities. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and data projectors.[9]

See also


  1. "Cô giáo Việt thám hiểm Nam Cực" [Vietnamese teacher Antarctic expedition] (in Vietnamese). VN Express. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  2. "The British International Schools Group, Vietnam To Join Nord Anglia Education". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. "Chương trình giảng dạy độc đáo tại trường BVIS" [Unique curriculum in schools BVIS] (in Vietnamese). VN Express. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  4. "Trường quốc tế Anh Việt BVIS - Nam Sài Gòn" [BVIS British International School Vietnam - Saigon South] (in Vietnamese). Kênh Sinh Viên. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  5. "Early Years (2-4)". Nord Anglia Education. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  6. "BVIS Ho Chi Minh Primary". British Vietnamese International School. Archived from the original on 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  7. "BVIS Ho Chi Minh Secondary". British Vietnamese International School. Archived from the original on 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  8. "BVIS Prospectus" (PDF). Nord Anglia Education. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  9. "Ngày hội Thông tin Trường Quốc tế BVIS" [Information Day International School BVIS] (in Vietnamese). Dân Trí. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
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