How many Admissions Cycles are there in each academic year?
There are two Admissions Cycles that you can apply to: The Priority Cycle opens at the beginning of Fall and the Spring Cycle opens in the Spring.
Please note that these application cycles are independent. Therefore, students who applied in the Priority Cycle but are not yet admitted can have a second chance to reapply in the Spring Cycle. These students can update and strengthen their admissions applications for us to understand them more.
What makes the Priority Cycle special?
The number of students we intend to accept from the Priority Cycle will be much higher than that from the Spring Cycle. Furthermore, students who apply for the Priority Cycle can have a second chance to apply for the Spring Cycle if they are unsuccessful.
Do I have to take any standardized tests to apply to Fulbright?
The University requires that applicants obtain a minimum of 6.0 for IELTS or 95 for Duolingo English Test or 75 for TOEFL iBT (or equivalent) before the Individual Interview round. Some exceptions are considered for exemption from these English requirements, please find details here.
Please note that, besides such minimum English proficiency requirement, Fulbright does not require you to submit any other standardized test scores e.g., SAT; IGCSE; or IB. However, the application has space for you to list those test scores if you would like your test scores to be considered alongside the rest of your application.
What is “Overall GPA”? What is a “GPA scale”?
Your overall GPA is the average of all your class grades at the end of each year, where “GPA” stands for grade point average. You will need to share your overall GPA from grades 10 to the present.
If available, we ask that you also submit your overall GPA for the first semester of the 2020–2021 school year. We understand that not everyone will have this.
If that is the case, you do not need to submit your GPA now, but we may ask you to submit your GPA sometime later during the admissions process.
Your GPA scale is determined by what type of school you go to. For example, most schools in Vietnam use the 10.0-point scale, thus give overall GPAs out of 10.
Some private or international schools use a different scale e.g. 4.0-scale. We ask that you select the appropriate scale for your overall GPA for each year, so we can properly assess your GPA.
Do I need to notarize or translate my transcripts if they are written in Vietnamese?
No. If your transcripts are written in Vietnamese, please submit them as is. If your transcripts are written in any other language other than Vietnamese or English, we do require you to translate it into either language. The translated transcript does not need to be notarized.
Whom do I contact about my disability?
Fulbright is committed to the principle of equitable access for students with disabilities. We encourage you to contact Admissions Office directly to discuss your disability-related needs. Admission officers can be reached at 028 7303 7788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I defer my enrollment?
If you’re admitted to Fulbright, you may defer enrollment. In order to defer enrollment, you will be asked to submit a Deferral Request Form explaining why you want to defer and what you are planning to do. After the Deferral Request Form has been received, the student will be notified in writing regarding the status of their request. If accepted, students will proceed to make a deferral deposit.
Please note that you may not defer enrollment at Fulbright to enroll at another college or university.
Is there any scholarship opportunity available?
Applicants can apply for:
Nguyen-Phuong Family Scholarship (01 award, only available in the Priority Cycle). Read more at: https://fulbright.edu.vn/vi/hoc-bong-np-family-danh-cho-sinh-vien-fulbright/
Class of 2026 Fulbright University Scholarship (02 awards, one for the Priority Cycle and one for the Spring Cycle). Read more at: https://fulbright.edu.vn/vi/fulbright-cong-bo-hoc-bong-danh-cho-tan-sinh-vien-khoa-2021-2025/
Fulbright’s students can also apply for:
Community Change-Maker Scholarship (02 awards for Sophomore and Junior students),
TPBank STEM Scholarship (05 awards for Juniors and Seniors in STEM). Read more at: https://fulbright.edu.vn/vi/fulbright-cong-bo-chuong-trinh-hoc-bong-tpbank-stem-va-community-change-maker/
What is the bridging program after admission?
Admitted students who obtain an IELTS score of 6.0 and some students who obtain an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will be required to participate in a bridging program. The program is designed to help students improve their English proficiency and introduce them to the academical environment before officially enrolling at Fulbright.
Do you have any additional questions?
Financial Aid FAQ
What is financial aid?
We offer financial aid to enable qualified students whose families cannot pay the full tuition fee to get a liberal arts education at Fulbright.
Our need-based financial aid packages are awarded based on a family’s financial circumstances.
Fulbright operates our need-aware financial aid program within our funds. Therefore, you should consider the contribution of your family judiciously to ensure the fairness and competitiveness of the applicant.
How do financial aid and scholarships differ?
At first glance, financial aid and scholarships look similar: They both provide financial support for students attending university.
Beyond that core function, they differ in how they are awarded: A scholarship typically takes into consideration a student’s academic merit and is not always related to a family’s financial circumstances. Financial aid is only based on a family’s financial circumstances. At Fulbright, financial aid is also provided for students for their entire four years as a student, giving families confidence in what the cost of Fulbright will be each year.
How is financial aid awarded?
Financial aid is awarded based on the information provided in the student’s financial aid application and interview. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid reviews each application and determines if a family can afford Fulbright’s tuition and housing fees. If a family cannot meet that cost, they are awarded financial aid based on their financial circumstances.
All students, whether they receive financial aid or not, can apply for other scholarships.
Is everyone able to apply for financial aid?
Fulbright’s financial aid is solely for Vietnamese nationals who have proof of citizenship.
Thus, financial aid is not available for international students who do not have Vietnamese citizenship. We encourage these students to apply for external scholarships or find other sources of funding for their education.
How can I apply for Fulbright’s financial aid program?
All applicants must submit an application here. Beyond filling out the financial aid application in its entirety, your family will be required to submit documentation that helps Fulbright better understand your family’s financial circumstances e.g. pay slips, labor contracts, and bank statements.
For a complete list of these documents, please refer to our online financial aid application. Students will receive their admissions offer and financial aid package result at the same time.
What issues do people typically run into when filling out the financial aid application?
Typical issues we encounter submitted applications are:
- There is not enough time is given towards the application, thus students and families rush to finish the application, and information submitted does not always provide enough information regarding a family’s financial circumstances.
- Instructions are not always explicitly followed as displayed on the application.
- Information is not always input correctly e.g. adding extra or missing 0’s.
- Not all documents are uploaded to understand a family’s financial circumstances.
- Information across documents and application are not always consistent.
Honesty and integrity are important when filling out Fulbright’s financial aid application. If information submitted is inaccurate or incomplete, it will affect a student’s financial aid package. In extreme cases, it may affect a student’s enrollment.
When do I submit the financial aid application?
The financial aid application is opened at the same time with the admissions application, and is due shortly after the admissions deadline. To submit the financial aid application, go here.
What kind of documents should I submit for Fulbright’s Financial Aid Application?
Please find here.
Do I need to apply for financial aid every year?
No. Students are only expected to apply for financial aid at the time that they apply to Fulbright. We inform students when they are accepted approximately how much each student and their family would need to pay throughout the student’s entire time at Fulbright.
Students can request a Financial Aid appeal if there are unforeseen major changes that affect their family’s financial status while studying at Fulbright.
What happens if my family’s financial circumstances change while enrolled at Fulbright?
If you and your family experience a major change in your financial circumstances once you’re already enrolled at Fulbright and require additional financial aid, please inform us as soon as possible. Examples might include loss of employment, death or disability of a parent, or high medical expenses. The financial aid team will review your appeal and explore whether Fulbright is able to provide more aid.
In a similar vein, we request that families inform us if their financial circumstances substantially improve and are now able to afford more of the Fulbright tuition. This will allow us to revise that student’s financial aid package and to re-allocate the financial aid toward students that need it the most.
What happens if I receive a scholarship? Will this affect my financial aid?
If you receive a scholarship after your financial aid package has been awarded, or anytime while you are attending Fulbright, we ask you to share this with our Financial Aid Office.
Fulbright will assess the impact of the scholarship on your family’s ability to pay for Fulbright, and redetermine your aid package if there is a significant change.
How will I pay for Fulbright’s tuition?
Students will pay their tuition fee at Fulbright before each semester begins. The date and instruction to pay for your tuition fee will be informed to you in an official document via email.
My parent/guardian has two or more bank accounts. Will I be required to upload statements for all bank accounts?
Yes, you are required to upload the statements of all bank accounts to provide us with sufficient verification information.
If my family is able to afford Fulbright’s tuition, what do we need to do?
If you hold Vietnamese citizenship and your family does not require need-based financial aid, we ask that you declare that in writing through the Financial Aid Opt-out Form. This means your family can pay for your tuition and housing fees in full for all four years of your time at Fulbright University Vietnam. In short, you need to complete these two steps:
- Step 1: Finish and submit the Admissions Application
- Step 2: Finish and submit the Financial Aid Opt-Out Form
In the Financial Aid Opt-Out Form, you and your family will share some information regarding your financial situation and how you plan to cover the annual fees at Fulbright.
For applicants who do not hold Vietnamese nationality:
Financial aid is not available for international students.
Do my parents need to support me when submitting the financial aid application?
In order to fill out the application in entirety, including uploading any required documents, you must work with your family and we recommend that you give yourself and your family members plenty of time to work on it, and to do the application over a period of time instead of completing it all at once.
Please remember that every VND of financial aid offered to an applicant is one VND of financial aid not offered to another applicant. Our financial aid program can only be successful if applicants are honest and transparent about their financial circumstances.
Is the information submitted for financial aid kept confidential?
All information and documents a family submit to Fulbright is kept confidential and is shared only between the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the family and is not shared with any third-party.
If I do not finish my studies at Fulbright, how will my financial aid be affected?
Fulbright provides financial aid to give as many students as possible the opportunity to attend our university. Thus, if you will not complete your studies at Fulbright, you must inform the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid immediately so we can make the appropriate adjustment on your financial aid package at the appropriate time.
If I defer my admissions offer for one year, will my financial aid package be affected?
Fulbright’s financial aid is distributed to as many students possible, within our limited resources.
Due to this:
- Your admissions offer can be deferred
- Your financial aid package cannot be carried over to the next year, and you will need to reapply for financial aid. It is not guaranteed that the financial aid package you receive upon reapplying will be the same as first awarded and will be based upon your most recent family financial circumstances.
Do I need to repay the financial aid I receive from Fulbright?
No, financial aid is provided to help you and your family afford Fulbright and does not need to be repaid. This is made possible by the generous contributions of philanthropic donors from Vietnam and the United States, who are committed to ensuring that a student’s financial circumstances do not prevent them from pursuing a Fulbright education. Our hope is that students and families who benefit from this financial aid will, in time, pay it forward by supporting the next generation.