Vietnam is now home to Southeast Asia’s fastest growing middle-class.

The country’s economic rise means Vietnamese speakers are well-positioned to seize growing opportunities in trade, diplomacy, research and cross-cultural partnerships.

Vietnamese is the national language of Vietnam, which has a population of over 95 million. It’s also an official ASEAN language and the fifth most-spoken language in Australia, making it a highly valued in both domestic and regional sectors.

While it has six tones, it has no plurals or genders. It follows simple grammar, easy tenses and a phonetic, Romanised script – which means its simpler to learn than most might think.

Program Aims

Learning Vietnamese at ANU focuses on interactive and interdisciplinary learning. While you learn the language, you delve into Vietnam’s historical, economic and political issues.  

ANU is home to the longest-running, most comprehensive Vietnamese program of any Australian university which means students experience rigorous but engaging learning.

By the end of the Vietnamese courses, students will read and understand newspapers and other texts in Vietnamese. Students will engage with authentic Vietnamese language media and write in Vietnamese using correct grammar and vocabulary which can be pitched to suite a range of different contexts and audiences.

Career opportunities

Vietnamese courses at ANU equip students with the language skills and cultural understanding necessary to engage with one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. Many Vietnamese graduates find themselves in dynamic fields such as:

  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Diplomatic/ Foreign Affairs
  • Entrepreneurism
  • International development
  • International business
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Journalism and media
  • Linguistics
  • Policymaking
  • Publishing
  • Research and academia
  • Start-ups
  • Think tanks, policy institutes and research centres
  • Trade relations

Courses on Offer

VIET1002          Vietnamese 1

VIET1003          Vietnamese 2

VIET2002          Vietnamese 3

VIET2003          Vietnamese 4

VIET3002          Vietnamese 5

VIET3003          Vietnamese 6

Study Online

The six Vietnamese language courses are not offered on campus, but are instead available 100% online. Vietnamese can be studied as part of an ANU degree, as a non-award subject or cross-institutionally, and is taught through Open Universities Australia.

Online classes are not self-paced, and students will need to log in to a weekly online classroom to attend a minimum of 1.5 hours of classes. All students will need access to a computer, camera (inbuilt or external), a headset with microphone, reliable internet and a smartphone or scanner.

Interested in learning more about the program or how to enrol? We would love to hear from you! Get in touch using our languages enquiry form.

Global Learning Options

Students have multiple opportunities to study overseas in Vietnam. They are encouraged to have that immersive experience to complement their language learning through either short programs or exchange programs.

Most short programs and exchange programs are supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan, with grants provided to students to assist with travel and/or living costs. Please contact the College Student Centre for more information or visit the global programs website.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team