English Proficiency Requirements

To go directly into VinUniversity’s undergraduate programs without any additional English language training, you will need to submit a recognized international English proficiency test result taken within the last 24 months. The minimum scores for direct entry into VinUniversity’s undergraduate programs are:

  • IELTS: Minimum of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: Minimum 79 with at least 20 for writing, 18 for speaking, 15 for reading, and 15 for listening.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – Minimum overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score less than 50.
  • Cambridge English Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – Minimum 176 with no skill below 169 in any component.

Students who do not meet the requirements listed above will be offered the option to take pre-sessional English language training in the Summer semester in our Pathway English program, as long as they meet the minimum requirements to join Pathway Intermediate (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent). The cost for this program is 50,000,000 VND (~2,000 USD), to be paid by the student.

If you have an IELTS or other recognized English test which meets the minimum requirements, you can be exempted from taking Pathway English in the Summer semester and go directly into the Fall semester (as long as you meet the other entry requirements.)

If you do not have an international English test result like IELTS, you can take VinUni’s official English placement test to determine if you are ready for Pathway English in the Summer semester and, if so, which level you will study. We will offer this test to students who are shortlisted for admission to a VinUni program. Students must take the test before they can be offered admission. The scores from this test will be used to make the final decision regarding the offer of admission.

While there might be exceptions, it is likely that if you don’t have an IELTS or TOEFL score we will ask you to take an English placement test as part of the Admission decision making process.

All students at VinUniversity, regardless of their English proficiency, will also study one compulsory composition and academic skills course in the first year. There are also a range of elective communication courses (as part of the Minor in Communication) available to interested students to help improve a range of skills.