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The law does not stipulate a minimum age for admission to colleges and universities

Candidates applying for admission to universities and colleges in 2018

Education & Training – In Official Dispatch No. 283/BDN dated July 6, 2018 transferred by the People’s Volunteer Committee to the Ministry of Education and Training, voters of Binh Duong province proposed: For the draft Law amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Education Law Voters said that in order to create conditions for students to be smart and capable of completing university and college education programs at the age of under 20 like some countries in the world, the draft Law needs to be studied. Again, the minimum age is set at all levels from elementary school to high school, college and university.
The Ministry of Education and Training replied:

The regulation on the “minimum age” at all levels from primary to high school has not changed compared to the current regulations, according to which the age of students entering the first grade is six years old; the age of students entering sixth grade is eleven years old; The age of students entering the tenth grade is fifteen years old, the Law does not stipulate the minimum age for entering colleges and universities. This regulation is based on the scientific basis of psychophysiology, anthropometry… in line with the reality of Vietnam and the world.

With regard to pre-school, older-than-stipulated, over-class, and repeat-departure studies, the Ministry of Education and Training has specified in Clause 2, Article 26 Education Law:
“The Minister of Education and Training stipulates cases that can be learned before the age for students with early intellectual development; Studying at an older age than the prescribed age for students in areas with difficult socio-economic conditions, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities or disabilities, students with poor physical and intellectual development, orphans orphans, students in the category of poor households according to the State’s regulations, overseas students returning home; the cases of students overtaking the class, studying in the back of the board; Vietnamese language learning of ethnic minority children before entering first grade”.
The Ministry of Education and Training has issued circulars to specifically regulate this content (Circular No. 41/2010/TT-BGDDT dated December 30, 2010 promulgating the Charter of Primary Schools, amended and supplemented according to the Circular No. Circular No. 50/2012/TT-BGDDT; Circular No. 12/2011/TT-BGDDT dated March 28, 2011 promulgating the Charter of Middle Schools, High Schools and High Schools with multiple levels of education).

For higher education, learners can study credit-based training programs, whereby learners accumulate enough credits prescribed by the university for each discipline, the training program will be awarded a diploma. .