Vietnam International Education Development (VIED)

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has a partnership agreement with the Vietnam International Education Development (VIED) under the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam (MOET). Vietnamese students, who have been admitted to a full-time thesis based Master’s program or a full-time PhD program at the U of S, and, who have been awarded a scholarship from VIED:

  • Will receive a tuition bursary for up to a maximum of four years for PhD students and for up to a maximum of two years for Master’s students;
  • Are required to take the GSR 981: Canadian Academic Acculturation and Literacy for International Graduate Students. An additional tuition bursary for this course will be provided by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS).
  • Receive provincial health care benefits at no charge;
  • Must pay their Graduate Student’s Association fees, through which they have access to low cost extended health benefits, including coverage for medicines and dental appointments.

General

Vietnamese students who either hold a VIED scholarship, or who are in the process of applying for a VIED scholarship, are invited to contact the International Graduate Recruitment Officer with specific questions about graduate programs, admission criteria and for assistance with their U of S application. 

Eligibility

Applicants who are Vietnamese citizens, and who are eligible for a VIED scholarship may come to the U of S for:

  1. A complete doctoral degree program for a maximum of four years; Students must be eligible for admission into a PhD program.
  2. A complete master’s degree program for a maximum of two years: Students must be eligible for admission into a master’s program.

Applying to the U of S

Students must identify themselves as a VIED applicant to both the Graduate Secretary of their chosen program and the  International Graduate Recruitment Officer, at the time of applying for admission. This will allow us to ensure your application is identified correctly and the deadlines are met.

Admission requirements

All applicants to a doctoral program, or to a master’s program, must meet the minimum admission requirements of the program to which they are applying and of the CGPS to receive an offer of admission.

The CGPS may consider a conditional acceptance for a VIED scholarship holder whose language score does not meet the minimum requirements. In this case the student will be required to either:

  1. Take the appropriate English courses and provide proof of English proficiency prior to starting their first term of study in their degree program, OR
  2. Enroll in the Graduate Pathways Certificate (GPC) Program that provides advanced academic English training to full-time graduate students.
Apply online

Student must complete an online application.

VIED scholarship holders and VIED applicants should advise both the department of the program to which they are applying and the International Graduate Recruitment Officer of any deadlines they are facing.  This will assist us to identify your application early and to provide the necessary supporting documentation and a timely decision so that your application to VIED is not jeopardized.

Applying to VIED

Students are responsible for their own application to VIED for their scholarship. If you are already approved for a VIED scholarship, contact the International Graduate Recruitment Officer for assistance with your application to the U of S. If you are planning to apply to VIED, you can begin the application process for your VIED scholarship while you are searching for your program and for a faculty supervisor.

U of S – VIED Scholarships

In addition to the scholarship supplied to VIED students by the Vietnamese government, the University of Saskatchewan will provide up to ten U of S-VIED Scholarships annually to VIED students. These scholarships, valued at $5,000 per year, will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be registering for the first time in a thesis based Master’s degree  program or a PhD degree program at the UofS;
  • Students must meet the minimum academic admission requirements and English proficiency requirements of the CGPS to be eligible to receive this scholarship.
  • Students with VIED scholarships, entering through the Graduate Pathway’s Certificate program, are not eligible to receive the UofS-VIED Scholarship until after they have successfully completed EAP 60 (UPrep-2) and enter their degree program full time;
  • The scholarships are renewable for up to two years for Master’s degree students and up to four years for PhD degree students;
  • Students must be making satisfactory progress in their graduate program to have the scholarship renewed in successive years.

Scholarship Selection and Funding

Up to ten U of S - VIED Scholarships will be awarded each year. Students are recommended by their admitting department and the final selection will be made by the CGPS on a competitive basis.

Application Procedures

Students must:

  • Complete the online application form three months in advance of the start date of their program, or, by the program’s posted application deadline, whichever comes first;
  • Answer YES to the question “Do you currently hold a four-year fellowship from VIED?”
  • Notify the International Graduate Recruitment Officer, at the time of application, that you are a VIED student;
  • Notify your supervisor and the department with your chosen graduate program that you are a VIED scholarship holder. Your department will nominate you for the U of S-VIED Scholarship.  You do not have to fill out another application form.

Questions about the U of S eligibility criteria and selection process should be sent to the International Graduate Recruitment Officer.

U of S - VIED Language Scholarships for PhD Applicants

A limited number of tuition scholarships will be provided annually to PhD students, newly admitted to the U of S who hold a four-year VIED scholarship. The tuition scholarships will be for English proficiency upgrading through the Graduate Pathways Certificate (GPC) program. These are available on a competitive basis. Under the terms of the partnership agreement between VIED and the UofS, selected students will receive:

  • Up to two additional terms, or eight months, of funding from VIED for accommodation and living allowance
  • A tuition bursary from the CGPS for up to two terms of GPC program tuition

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be registering for the first time in a PhD degree program at the UofS;
  • Candidates must have a four year bachelor’s degree and a two year thesis or project based master’s degree;
  • Candidates must meet the minimum academic admission requirements for their chosen graduate program;
  • Candidates must submit either a TOEFL test or an IELTS test at the time of application in accordance with CGPS policy;
  • Candidates must meet the minimum GPC admission requirements for the EAP 50 (UPrep-1) Level which are:
    • TOEFL overall score of 74, with no individual score below 16, or
    • IELTS overall score of 5.5, with no individual score below 5.5.

Application Procedures

Students must apply online to their chosen graduate program, and:

  • Notify the  International Graduate Recruitment Officer, at the time of application, that you wish to be considered for a U of S - VIED Language Scholarships for PhD Applicants;
  • Notify your supervisor and the department with your chosen graduate program that you wish to be considered for a U of S - VIED Language Scholarships for PhD Applicants; You do not have to fill out another application form.

Scholarship Selection and Funding

Up to five U of S - VIED Scholarships will be awarded each year. Students are recommended by their admitting department and the final selection will be made by the CGPS on a competitive basis.

Questions about the U of S eligibility criteria and selection process should be sent to the  International Graduate Recruitment Officer