Year of foundation: 1995
Approx. number of students: 35,000
Period of study: Early September - Early January; Mid February - Early July
MCI partner since: 2011
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china and later of the independent state of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. In 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Định Province and was officially renamed Hồ Chí Minh City after Hồ Chí Minh (although the name Sài Gòn is still commonly used.)
The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 60 kilometers from the South China Sea and 1,760 kilometers south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.The metropolitan area, which consists of the Hồ Chí Minh City metropolitan area, Thủ Dầu Một, Dĩ An, Biên Hòa and surrounding towns, is populated by more than 9 million people, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam and the countries of the former French Indochina.
Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the two largest national universities in Vietnam (the other is Vietnam National University, Hanoi). The university now provides graduate and postgraduate (master, doctor education) education to 35,391 students.
The Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City consists of nine universities - MCI students study at the International University, which ist the only Vietnamese university where students study only in English.