Winning a scholarship for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program while studying at a specialized school in Ho Chi Minh City, Tinh Nhi has just spent the first semester with excellent academic results of 34/35 points.
Pham Le Tinh Nhi is studying in grade 11 at Givat Haviva International School in Israel, after winning a scholarship for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Alumnus of Van, Tran Dai Nghia School for the Gifted, Ho Chi Minh City, shares his experience of finding scholarships and applying successfully.
IB (International Baccalaureate) is one of three popular international high school programs, next to AP (Advanced Placement) and A Level (Advanced General Education Certificate). . IB includes: IB PYP (Primary Years Program) for Kindergarten to 10 years old; IB MYP (Middle Years Program) for 11-15 year olds and IB DP (Diploma Program) for 16-18 year olds.
With the IBDP Baccalaureate program, students not only learn knowledge but are forced to participate in many research or community service activities. The six-elective program falls under three core components: Theory – Knowledge (TOK), Creativity – Activity – Community Service (CAS) and In-depth Essay (EE).
Mr. Faizol Musa – IB Program Development and Accreditation Manager in Southeast Asia – said that IB’s overall training philosophy is to contribute to creating individuals who can join hands with the community to build a better life. for the better, through understanding and respecting different cultures. The program is present in more than 150 countries.
“IB allows to expand options, in addition to the main program, there are many other things to learn, so this is a comprehensive program”, Nhi explained the reason for choosing IB.
After determining the direction, Saigon girls began to learn about the school and its scholarship policy. “The most common and effective way is to go directly to the schools that offer this program. Let’s start with phrases like: ‘IB schools in (name of the country you want to go to)’. Once you have a few names, You go to the school’s website and find the section Admission or scholarship“, Nhi instructed.
IB has the same curriculum, exam questions and qualifications, regardless of school or country. Therefore, Nhi advises to try other countries with generous scholarships.
Nhi started learning at the end of 11th grade, then sent transcripts and answered basic information on the website at the request of Givat Haviva International School. Having passed the first round, she attended an interview with the school’s admissions representative and was asked to submit five essays and two letters of recommendation.
Selected candidates will participate in a workshop to interact with other students from around the world. In this round, candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate their research ability, teamwork and confidence when standing in the middle of a group. That time, Nhi represented the group to speak in front of friends and teachers.
“In the final round, the school asked more about me, to learn about my independence, my ability to fit in with the school and my study abroad life,” Nhi said. She has shown her personal color when showing that she is an active person, participating in many extracurricular activities in Vietnam. Nhi was admitted, won an 80% scholarship and went to Israel in September 2021. Last year’s enrollment of Givat Haviva School, Vietnam, three students, including Nhi, were selected.
Female students note, candidates should prepare documents early and carefully. IB is difficult and academically demanding, so you need to be in good spirits and learn well to overcome difficulties in the learning process.
“Improve yourself by equipping yourself with strong English, understanding the selection rounds and practicing a lot to make a good impression on the admissions committee,” Nhi said.
The female student has just gone through the first semester smoothly, with an achievement of 34/35 points and is highly appreciated by her mentors. The maximum score for IB’s six subjects is 42, however Nhi has one self-study subject which is Vietnamese for the second foreign language group and that subject’s score is not in the transcript. Therefore, the maximum score in the remaining five subjects is 35.
In the comments section on Math and Computer Science, Nhi scored 7 (IB scale from 1 to 7). Mr. Assaf Dagai, teacher of Computer Science, commends Nhi for her hard work and talent, for her impressive performance this semester as well as the final exam. Tamar Eshel, who teaches Math, commented: “Chi is very intelligent, has a goal of learning and understanding mathematical theories. Continuing in this direction, she can achieve excellent results.”
After finishing the IB program in Israel, Nhi plans to return home and continue to apply for scholarships to universities around the world.
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