Wednesday 19 July 2017


Three students in Vietnam won 2017 British Council IELTS Prize to pursue their dreams of studying overseas

Studying overseas has been the dream for many students in Vietnam. With an aim to connect people with learning opportunities, the British Council launched the IELTS Prize in 2011 and, since then, it has supported a total of 170 students in the East Asia region to enter universities worldwide.  This year, 36 prize winners would be added to the list. The award presentation ceremony in Vietnam was held at the Reverie Saigon, 57 – 69F Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on 19 July 2017. Each of the local prize winners received a prize valued at VND 62,200,000. In addition to the local awards, the British Council also awarded three regional prizes to top students in the East Asia region, who will be entering their dream universities overseas to pursue further education. 

Three students from Vietnam won the local IELTS Prize. One of the local prize winners, Doan Nguyen, said ‘It is such an absolute honour and joy to receive the recognition from a prestigious international organisation like British Council. The prize’s value is neither limited to the funding it provides nor limited to the year the award is granted. It is a confirmation for international education readiness, a spiritual as well as physical company throughout academic and professional career and, most importantly, a key to other international opportunities.’

Sue Yen Chong, Regional Grand Prize winner, received multiple offers from UK universities and thinks that IELTS enabled her to accomplish her goals and embark on new challenges, ‘Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined winning a scholarship that would enable me to further my studies overseas. This prize means so much more to me than just relieving a financial burden, but helping me to bridge my aspirations and reality. I am extremely grateful to the British Council for granting me this priceless opportunity of pursuing architecture abroad.’  

‘As an international English proficiency test, IELTS has grown in its popularity with over 2.9 million of tests taken in 2016, and is now recognised by over 10,000 organisations, including universities, employers and immigration authorities worldwide,’ said Greg Selby, Director Examinations, Examinations Services, East Asia. ‘We are pleased that our wide international acceptance and the IELTS Prize are helping more students in East Asia to pursue further study overseas.’ 

As an official IELTS test centre, the British Council provides full support in preparing students to take the IELTS test, including Road to IELTS, specially designed online practice materials for registered students, and access to different preparation materials. Furthermore, test sessions are organised at least three times a month, which give students flexibility in choosing the most suitable sessions. For more details, please visit 

Notes to Editor

For more information, please contact:

Binh Le
Business Development and Marketing Manager, Country Examinations
British Council in Vietnam
T +84 (0)8 823 2862 Ext 2402  

About International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular English language proficiency test with two million tests taken in the last year. Over 10,000 organizations trust and accept IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. 

About the test 

Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest possible band score). 

IELTS offers a choice of two versions, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. IELTS Academic module measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test-takers, irrespective of their subject focus. IELTS General Training module measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. The General Training module is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.