Consortium d’Etablissements Français d’Enseignement Supérieur et de Recherche pour le développement de l’USTH

Student life

Studying in Vietnam :

To  apply and enroll for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at USTH, please go check the USTH website

Writing a thesis in France :

Funding the studies

USTH PhD students are granted a monthly 900 euros scholarship by the Vietnamese Ministry. They are also awarded a specific “couverture sociale” grant by the French Embassy whose advantages are quite significant:  social security and “mutuelle” expenses as well as civil liability insurance fees are taken care of. Moreover, they are exempt from university registration fees and benefit from  he fact that they are grant holders of both the Vietnamese and the French governments.

Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account is mandatory and should be done on arrival in France in order to allow for money withdrawal, deposits, payments and money transfers (e.g to get CAFCaisse d'Allocations Familiales housing allowance,…..)


The amount of money needed for a living can vary according to the city but the scholarship granted by the Vietnamese government is meant to be sufficient  wherever you decide to study.


Several solutions are available to the newcomers : short-stay accommodation in hotels or youth hostels, accommodation in private homes or via estate agencies. The students can also ask to the French Embassy which will book a room in a  Student’s Hall of residence managed by the CROUS. It is the cheapest type of accommodation ranging between 120 and  350 euros according to the type of room..

Visa and residence permit

The French Embassy in Vietnam grants a visa to the PhD student  who must  then apply  for a residence permit at the Prefecture of the host city  within two months after  arriving in France.


Public transport networks are quite convenient to move around in most French cities. Monthly passes/season tickets are available and offer great savings.


Language courses

A good command of the French language is necessary to make the most of a stay in France and to become familiar with French culture. Most consortium institutions offer French language courses for free or at a reduced rate.
English language courses are also available in many institutions. In both cases, the PhD student should refer to his/her host institution for further details.