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United Nations International School   Dr. Frances J. Rhodes, Director
United Nations International School
c/o U.N.D.P. Hanoi
Bangkok 10501, Thailand
Tel: (Vietnam) 844-846-1284
Fax: (Vietnam) 844-846-2967
E-mail: postmaster@unishanoi.netnam.vn

2C Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound
P.O. Box 313
Hanoi, Vietnam


The United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS) is a private, nonprofit, English language, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from age 3 (Discovery) through grade 12 for the expatriate community of Hanoi. The school was founded in 1988. The school year includes 2 semesters extending approximately from mid-August to mid-December and from the beginning of January to mid-June.

Organization: The School operates under an agreement between the United Nations Development Program and the Ministry of Education.

Curriculum: The curriculum does not follow any particular national system, but attempts to draw from diverse English language sources. The International Baccalaureate Program is in place in the primary (age 3 Discovery through grade 5) and middle years (grades 6-10). The IB Diploma and Certificate Programs are available in grades 11 and 12. Students are assigned to traditional self-contained classrooms through grade 5. Teaming and increased departmentalization prevail in grades 6-12. Computers, physical education, English-as-a-Second-Language, art, music, French, Vietnamese, and Swedish instructors augment the work of the regular classroom teachers. UNIS has a limited learning disabilities program and has no provisions for special education. Counseling services are available to students from age 3 (Discovery) through grade 12. Physical education classes are held in nearby sports complexes and swimming pools. There is an after-school activities program encompassing such things as French, drama, science club, art, music, volleyball, Tae-Kwon-Do, basketball, soccer, and others. There is a library at each campus and computer labs are available to students at both campuses. Students in high school may opt for an IB or UNIS diploma. The high school program is college-preparatory.

Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year there are 41 full-time faculty members and 8 part-time faculty members. The faculty is multi-national including 14 U.S. citizens, 3 host-country nationals, and 32 persons of 8 third-country nationals. 27 hold baccalaureate degrees, 18 have Master's degrees, and the remaining 4 have diplomas in education or other teaching qualifications.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 356 (age 3 Discovery through Grade 12). Of the total, 39 were U.S. citizens, 16 were host-country nationals, and 301 were from 40 other nationalities. The students are dependents of diplomatic, business, and NGO personnel stationed in Hanoi and were from over 40 countries.

Facilities: The school is currently housed in three modern and fully renovated rented campuses in the Van Phuc Diplomatic compound. A purpose-built facility will be constructed in the newly developing suburb of Hanoi early in the new millennium. All classrooms are air-conditioned and are suitable for classes with an average of 17 students.

Finances: UNIS relies on tuition and fees as its only source of revenue. Current tuition rates are as follows. Age 3(Discovery): $4,250, PK-Kdg.: $7,150; grades 1-2: $8,150; grades 3-5: $8,250; grades 6-8: $8,350; grades 9-10: $9,250; and grades 11-12: $9,350. There is a one-time application fee of $1,000 per child, an annual development fee of $2,000 per child, an ESL annual surcharge of $1,800 per child, and a one-time IB diploma fee payable at the beginning of grade 11 of $1,500 for students who opt for the IB diploma program. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.