International students shared experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic – University of Languages and International Studies – VNU,Hanoi

International students shared experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the study and general activities of not only Vietnamese students but also foreign students at ULIS. However, the enthusiastic support from the University has created an unforgettable experience for international students. Let’s find out how international students feel these days.

La Lap Soai – China


We are international students. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we could not return home this Lunar New Year. However, during this period, ULIS has showed us warmth and care.

During the outbreak of Covid-19, we were deeply moved at several visits by ULIS leaders and teachers. Although we could not return home, we still felt warm like home.

The teachers also supported us a lot in our campus life. During the Covid-19 pandemic, no restaurants were open and food was limited, but the teachers provided us with a lot of food such as eggs, chung cakes, milk and others. In addition, they promptly kept us updated. We are very thankful for their enthusiastic help.

Although we could not go to class, we are now used to the habit of learning online. This is a new method and no one has studied this way before. Our teachers must also try to get used to with this method. The pandemic has not been completely over. Therfore, to protect our health, we still have to study online. We hope the pandemic to end sooner so that we can meet our friends and teachers earlier.

In Vietnam, many people care about us. We feel very happy, satisfied and thankful.

Kim TaeWoo – Korea

I came back to Hanoi at the end of February. When I first heard that the pandemic also hit Vietnam, I was quite scared. The Government of Vietnam has prevented the pandemic through a ‘home-based isolation’ approach. I thus studied all of my subjects online. Moreover, I won’t go out unless I have to buy necessities like food. Despite difficulties, I am still happy and active in my study. ULIS teachers were helpful and the dormitory managers also bought me food and water.

I would like to extend my thanks to ULIS teachers for their dedication.

Khoanh Kieu Nkhat Kha – Ukraine

I am Khoanh Kieu Nkhat Kha, an international student from Ukraine. I am currently a member of 18E15, majoring in the English Language. During one and a half years of studying at ULIS, I had many difficulties with general subjects because I did not know how to register. Gradually, I got used to studying with the schedule arranged by the University. I now understand how to register for courses on the portal and follow my schedule.

After Tet holiday, all students should have gone to school to continue their programs. However, because of the pandemic, we could not go to school. Anyhow, we could still continue to study online through Zoom and Microsoft Teams. I feel that online learning is quite effective because:

  • Students who live far away can attend classes on time without fear of being late due to traffic jams.
  • I found it interesting and focused when studying online because it feels like I am learning face to face with my teachers without being afraid of missing any important information and no one is bothering me when I’m online.
  • While teaching and studying online, teachers have created the best possible conditions for students. It seems to me that they have put great efforts into the lessons. I also find that online learning is not as tiring as it is in face-to-face classes.

I have had an enjoyable online learning experience because I must complete my exercises to meet my deadlines in a constant manner. My thanks will definitely go to all of my teachers who made it possible for me and my friends to learn and pass all the subjects.

Li Lin – China

In the past two months, Covid 19, a new pandemic, unexpectedly appeared in our life and rapidly spread around the world. As a result, some factories are closed, some companies are indebted and some people have  passed away forever after days of strong resilience against the desease.

Perhaps, 2020 is an extraordinary year and the people living in this year are also an incredible generation.

In this situation, life of every single person changed greatly. We, Vietnam-based international students, are not exceptions when we cannot stay with our families and do nothing but encourage our parents to stay optimistic.

Because of this pandemic, Hanoi is  quite deserted. Not many people come to schools. Yet the landscape of ULIS remains as it has always been.

Honestly, I am very fortunate to have experienced difficult days with the help of ULIS and social organizations. We receive many gifts. ULIS teachers are also very concerned about our physical and mental health, which helped us solve problems during this period. Therefore, I can have a deep understanding about the solidarity of Vietnamese people, which enables the country to effectively control the spread of this pandemic.

Summer has come. The weather of Hanoi begins to turn hot and our lives gradually return to ‘a new normal’. This good result has been made possible by efforts of the entire people and society of Vietnam. Once again, I would like to extend my thanks to ULIS teachers and the people I met in Vietnam this time around.

China and Vietnam are friendly neighbors. As a Chinese student studying at ULIS, I hope the friendship of the two countries will be deeper and  sustainable for years to come.