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Pre-doctorate Departure or 10,000 Ph.D. Program

According to Decision 335/QĐ-BGDĐT signed on January 21, 2008, by the Minister of Education and Training, SEAMEO RETRAC has been assigned to be one of the three doctorate preparation centers in Vietnam. Responsibilities of SEAMEO - RETRAC include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Designing and offering English courses (and courses of other languages such as Cantonese or Russian) for doctorate applicants to achieve the required 550 score on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS (and equivalent for other languages), meeting the admission requirement of studying abroad.
  • Providing knowledge and skills in “foreign” study styles, particularly research methodology and paper/essay writing needed for graduate study.
  • Offering life skills for students to survive in foreign countries.

Besides, thanks to its close relationship with different universities in the world, SEAMEO RETRAC will help students in this program identify suitable universities, and complete admission and visa application. More importantly, students from this program can receive some kind of financial assistance from partner universities of SEAMEO RETRAC through tuition scholarships, teaching or research assistantships, and/or special reduced cost package. 

Program objectives 

The major objectives of the training program are to help the students: 

  • improve their language proficiency and achieve TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS 6.5 ( and equivalent for other languages ) or higher to meet the admission requirements of studying abroad;
  • be equipped with essential academic knowledge and skills that assist them in studying overseas graduate program  such as academic reading , essay writing, group discussion and presentation, listening & note-taking, research methodology, and research  proposal writing.
  • develop other college skills such as library research, Computer/Internet, and   strategies for self-directed learning  as well as strategies for  working with supervisors and academic advisors.
  • enhance cross cultural awareness and be well-prepared with necessary information about studying and living abroad as well as complete admission & visa requirements.  

Program instructors 

SEAMEO RETRAC has a core faculty of approximately 150 experienced native English speaking and Vietnamese instructors, who hold graduate degrees and/or graduate-level qualifications in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or in other languages (Cantonese/Mandarin or Russian) and have good experience in language teaching to Asian learners in general and to Vietnamese learners in particular. 

Of this highly qualified, experienced and motivated team, instructors who have strong educational background in foreign countries and substantial experience in teaching professional adults within the corporate sector will be selected for the programs. They not only help students improve their language proficiency and develop academic study skills but also give the consultancy on students’ studying and living abroad. 

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