FPT University Global

FPT University Global

FPT University Global is the first university in Vietnam established by an enterprise and has an innovative curriculum developed from practical-oriented design thinking to narrow the gap between education and industry demand in Vietnam. FPT University (FPTU) currently holds 3 stars in the QS World University Rankings System and is the leading private, global university in one of the most exciting economies in Asia. Working at the FPTU Global HQ, students get to experience the inner workings of an international university in Hanoi.

FPT Global concentrate on developing a new generation university with a modern educational philosophy which combines training activities with the actual need for skills in the country, leveraging Vietnam to a level at which it can compete with developed countries in the world.

Find more information on the FPT University Global website.

Students support the search for potential partners from all around the world, helping FPT Global to bring more opportunities for international students to study in Vietnam.

FPT Global concentrate on developing a new generation university with a modern educational philosophy which combines training activities with the actual need for skills in the country, leveraging Vietnam to a level at which it can compete with developed countries in the world. Previous activities with FPT Global have provided students with experience in:

  • media & communications
  • marketing
  • business administration
  • facilitation/training
  • human resources
  • working with young people
  • monitoring and evaluation

Accommodation: Typically hotel twin-share accommodation.

Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Activity length: 4-6 weeks

PACE Units*: INTS3050, MMCC3150, MQBS3000

*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.

Location and highlights 

FPT University Global office is located in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Hanoi is renown for its centuries-old architecture, rich diverse culture fusing Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is Hoan Kiem District (the Old Quarter), where the narrow streets meet at the famous Hoan Kiem Lake. There are many historic sites worth visiting, including Bach Ma, Đồng Xuân Market and Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature).

Hanoi's famously delicious street food (and coffee!) is a total highlight with an array of culinary delights destined to captivate even the biggest critique.

Previous Activities

MediaStudents assisted with expanding the globalisation strategy of FPT University, through media content development and assisting with on-campus events and activities for international students. Students managed and created social media material for the university's Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Business DevelopmentWorking with the Admissions Team to expand the global partners network by researching international recruitment strategies; contacting potential agents and universities for meetings; assisting the International Program Team to organize events for international students; conduct feedback from international students to improve the student experience of the FPT program.

This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation will need to be cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment.  Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.


PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Read through the Application Top Tips for advice on submitting your best application
  • Review the Example Application Form to plan how you will answer application questions
  • Refer to the Ethical Volunteering Guide for more information about ethical community engagement and how PACE International works internationally.

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July (4 weeks)
Session 2AprilSeptember (2-4 weeks)
Session 3JulyJanuary (4-12 weeks)

Activity Cost

PACE International managed activities incur an activity cost. The Activity Cost is dependent on the location, work requirements, time frame and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Contact us

Email: paceinternational@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at paceinternational@mq.edu.au.

Student experiences - Nicole Alevras

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I went on my PACE International journey in my final semester of my Media degree. I was offered a place at FPT University in Vietnam, where I conducted duties relating to marketing and media communications.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I worked alongside the friendly staff in the marketing, PR and communication departments.

Already having some experience in media and marketing, I was able to offer my skills in graphic design, video production, video editing, online communications, and social media through self-motivated projects that showcased FPT University’s campus and student life. As a result of the placement I;

  • Initiated five promotional videos (that reached an online audience of over 10,000 across their social channels),
  • Overhauled their Instagram profile (bringing a 266% increase in their followers), and
  • Offered continual creative support to their graphic design team.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

I was attracted to PACE International for two reasons:

  1. My friend went on a PACE International placement earlier in the year and absolutely loved it! His rewarding experience overseas inspired me to apply for this program.
  2. I love travelling and learning about different cultures, perspectives and ways of life. PACE International gave me the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese culture in an environment where I was able to give back to the university and community.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone! Going away for 3 weeks to a city that breathes a different culture, lifestyle and cuisine is equally exciting as it is confronting. This opportunity is what you make of it, so I really recommend adopting a ‘yes man’ attitude to any offer that is given to you by the organisation. Get involved, go travelling and really appreciate who you meet and what is around you.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

Aside from exploring Vietnam over the weekends, the most profound highlight for me came from the cross-cultural understanding and appreciation for Vietnamese culture. I had never been in an environment where I didn’t speak the native language before, and that taught me to be patient and respectful when communicating between FPT University staff and students.

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