The United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) is a not-for-profit IB World School and one of only two United Nations international schools in the world. Founded in 1988, UNIS Hanoi is private, co-educational day school that offers an English language program from Discovery (age 3) through Grade 12.
UNIS Hanoi was the first international school established in Vietnam and is one of only two United Nations (UN) schools in the world. Our mission is to encourage students to be independent, lifelong learners who strive for excellence and become responsible stewards of our global society and natural environment, achieved within a supportive community that values diversity and through a programme reflecting the ideals and principles of the United Nations. As a school, we embrace the values of Learning, Community and Responsibility.
The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council of International Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization, delivering three IB programs: Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years (MYP), and Diploma (IBDP). UNIS Hanoi is a learning community that celebrates cultural diversity, harnessing the creativity and innovation that comes from bringing the world together on one campus.
Organization: The school operates under an agreement between the United Nations Development Program and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training. The school year has two semesters; mid-August to mid-December, and from January to mid-June.
Curriculum: The curriculum is international, drawing upon English language programs and the framework provided by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Known for its rigour, the IB is an inquiry-based program that nurtures curiosity and helps students develop international-mindedness in a truly multicultural environment. Students in our elementary school undertake the Primary Years Program (PYP), students in grades 6 to 10 study the Middle Years Program and students in grades 11 and 12 study the IB Diploma Program. Thanks to the school’s experienced IB faculty, UNIS Hanoi is internationally recognised for its strong academic outcomes, with graduates awarded IB Diploma grades that continue to be higher than the world average. As a UN school, UNIS Hanoi has embedded the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the curriculum and has become a framework for our flagship Service Learning program. Instruction in world and home country languages, the arts, physical education, and English-as-an-Additional Language supplement a rigorous core curriculum. UNIS Hanoi has a learning support and counselling program at all grade levels. There is an extensive co-curricular program of sports and non-sports activities and a strong commitment to service learning, reflecting the spirit of the UN ideals and principles. The school has a fully-resourced library and media center and has a strong commitment to integrating technology throughout the curriculum with a 1-to-1 personal computer tablet program for all students from grades 4-12 and mobile computer labs for students in discovery through grade 3.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 125 full-time teachers and 9 part-time teachers. Of these, 44 hold Bachelor’s degrees and 90 have Master’s degrees or above.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1,170. Of the total, 149 were U.S. citizens, 228 were host-country nationals, and 793 were third-country nationals from 64 other countries. The students were dependents of the UN and the diplomatic, business and NGO communities stationed in Hanoi.
Facilities: Students’ learning is further enhanced by state-of-the-art facilities set across nine hectares of land in the heart of Hanoi. Students, faculty, staff and parents have access to Maker Spaces, spacious classrooms, all-weather swimming pools, courts, fields, fully resourced libraries and tech support. Additionally, body temperature scanners and high-tech monitoring tools that measure air quality and heat have been installed to help keep the community safe from extreme weather conditions.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, UNIS Hanoi’s revenue is primarily from school fees with a small amount of other income including an annual U.S. government grant. Annual tuition rates are as follows: discovery (age 3): $7,900 (half-day) and $11,500 (full-day); K1: $14,665; K2: $19,085; grades 1-5: $24,340; grades 6-8: $25,890; grades 9-10: $27,770; and grades 11-12: $29,690. The school also charges an application fee of $400 per child, an enrollment fee of $1,000 (one-time); and an annual capital fee of $3,000 per child from K2 to grade 12 ($1,500 for K1, and no fee for discovery). (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars).
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.