Welcome to

North London Collegiate School Ho Chi Minh City

THE FIRST ACADEMICALLY SELECTIVE CO-EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL, providing students with the best possible elements of the Vietnamese, NLCS and international curricula, as well as connecting with Vietnamese identity through the bilingual teaching of subjects, culture, and language.

Fundamental to our ethos at NLCS HCMC is a belief in the importance of developing students’ enjoyment and excitement about their learning through the combination of an ambitious academic education with exceptional pastoral care, and a range of subject-led extra-curricular activities that cater for every possible interest and talent.

Everyone matters at NLCS schools; every individual is well-known, is valued for who they are, and their contribution is recognised and celebrated. The opportunities for leadership, for public speaking, for performance, for creative expression, and sports are many and varied, and coupled with our focus on supporting the individual. The result is that students feel happy, and are given the confidence to run their own race – to embrace challenges, to be grounded, resilient and to flourish in whatever walk of life they may choose.

NLCS HCMC will be the fourth addition to the NLCS Family of Schools, following the successful establishment of our schools in Jeju, Dubai and Singapore. At all NLCS schools, we believe in growing a deeply interconnected Family of Schools in order to provide our students with opportunities to develop international links, to work with and understand people from different cultures and to broaden their own perspectives. 

Our purpose-built campus has been designed to NLCS specifications in order to ensure world-class facilities for students and the best possible learning environment for your child. 


We believe that with the right support and guidance students will flourish academically and socially. We never ‘label’ students or put ceilings on what they can achieve. NLCS schools are a place where children discover what they can do, rather than what they can’t, in a supportive, collegiate environment. Life in the junior school will be vibrant, happy and exciting, with a rich curriculum and warm sense of community in order to give your child the best possible start to their education. 


Message from the Principal

Dr Alan Phan - General Principal

Greetings and welcome to North London Collegiate School Ho Chi Minh City. Thank you for your interest in joining our junior school. We hope our unique and exceptional status as a Vietnamese school with an international outlook inspires you.

NLCS HCMC will be the only academically selective bilingual school, with a blend of the Vietnamese and international curricula, where we value both the Vietnamese and English languages. We will offer a curriculum based on NLCS’ principles of education: academic excellence, a diverse after school enrichment programme, and individual pastoral care centred on the wellbeing of our students. We recognise the importance Vietnamese families place on education, and we have a deep commitment to the individual needs, unique interests, and the development of each student in all areas to be successful both in Vietnam and in the rest of the world.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Dr Alan Phan
General Principal

The NLCS Family of Schools 

NLCS HCMC will retain a deep connection to NLCS (UK), and an unremitting commitment to replicating the NLCS quality and ethos. We will also develop connections with NLCS Jeju, NLCS Dubai and NLCS (Singapore), providing unique educational opportunities, creating a family of schools that continues to build our ‘community for life’, via our alumni networks.  

For more information on NLCS International and the NLCS Family of Schools, please visit: www.nlcsinternational.co.uk   

NLCS Jeju was founded in 2011 as a boarding and day school, and was the first NLCS International School to open its doors. The school is located on the picturesque island of Jeju, in South Korea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the first international school to be opened as part of the Global Education City on Jeju Island, which is becoming the centre of English education in Korea and the pre-eminent educational hub of Asia.

Location: NLCS HCMC www.nlcshcmc.edu.vn

The school, in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, will be a selective and highly academic junior school, providing students with the best possible elements of the Vietnamese, NLCS and international curricula, as well as connecting with Vietnamese identity through the bilingual teaching of subjects, culture and language.

The NLCS (Singapore) story began over 160 years ago, when educational pioneer Frances Mary Buss first opened NLCS in London. Ever since that day, the NLCS programme has been synonymous with excellence, ambition and aspiration. NLCS (Singapore) draws on that rich history and tradition to provide our students with an inspirational and life-changing educational experience that will ensure they become successful, well-rounded, and compassionate human beings.

North London Collegiate School Dubai combines an ambitious academic education with pastoral care that genuinely values each individual and a range of extra-curricular activities that caters for every possible interest and talent. For families who aspire to world-class universities for their children, we bring a unique educational offering to Dubai.

North London Collegiate School (UK) is a top independent day school for girls aged 4-18. Since its founding in 1850, generations of girls have received an ambitious academic education and formed a bond with NLCS (UK), which lasts forever. The school provides a carefully judged blend of support and challenge, a friendly and warm atmosphere, glorious facilities and extensive extra-curricular activities.


NLCS (UK) has always been a leading school, and in turn has produced generations of leaders. According to the Good Schools Guide, ‘no other school in the history of girls’ education has had such significance’. Below are biographies of Old North Londoners (ONLs).
Gillian Tett
Lizzy Barber
Margaret Fingerhut
Roma Agrawal MBE
Chella Franklin
Antonia Romeo
Anna Popplewell
Gillian Tett
Lizzy Barber
Margaret Fingerhut
Roma Agrawal MBE
Chella Franklin
Antonia Romeo
Anna Popplewell
(NLCS 1978 – 1985)

Tett is an author and journalist at the Financial Times, where she chairs the US editorial board. After studying at NLCS, Tett worked for a Pakistani non-profit, and based her Cambridge PhD in Social Anthropology on her field research in Tajikistan. However, she decided to instead pursue a career in journalism after feeling frustrated with the route that academic anthropology was taking. She joined the Financial Times in 1993 as a correspondent from the former Soviet Union and Europe and has since had multiple different roles, winning the Journalist of the Year, Business Journalist of the Year and Finance Journalist of the year awards in the UK. In 2006, Tett predicted the financial crisis, two years before it happened in 2008. Tett has written four books and in 2009 won the Financial Book of the Year award for Fool’s Gold. She has received awards from the main anthropology bodies in the US and UK for her work championing the discipline.

Gillian Tett


We are delighted that you are considering NLCS HCMC for your child’s education. We are extremely proud to be the first academically selective school to blend the best of Vietnamese, NLCS, and international education for our students. 

NLCS HCMC is looking for academically bright students with a curiosity and active interest in exploring and learning that goes beyond the classroom. Our school is designed to provide an environment that nurtures happy and healthy students who are confident in themselves.

In August 2022, we will be opening grade one only (for children born between 01/01/2016 and 31/12/2016). The rest of the junior school is planned to open in August 2023.

Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision. The Admissions Team is here to assist you through every step of the way and to ensure that applying to our school is a simple and supportive experience.

We look forward to taking the NLCS HCMC journey with you. 
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