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The Vietnamese Program at ASU launched in the fall of 1991, is the only program devoted to Vietnamese language and culture at the university level in the state of Arizona. The program offers Vietnamese language courses in hybrid mode and independent study courses.  There are many large Vietnamese communities in the US and Vietnamese is the  sixth most spoken language in the US. Unlike its neighbors such as Chinese, Thai, Cambodia, and Laos, Vietnam has a unique writing system using Latin alphabet with diacritical and tone marks so learning Vietnamese is much easier than learning other Asian languages that use scripts.

Learning Vietnamese language and its diverse culture with 54 different ethnic groups, students will have the opportunities to explore and examine economic and social development of Vietnam, one of the Southeast Asia’s most culturally rich yet dynamic and rapidly changing countries.

Students of Vietnamese courses offered at ASU will learn a variety of topics including, but not limiting to:

  • history and geography
  • folk literature (idioms, proverbs, folk tales, folk poetry)
  • pre-modern and modern literature
  • religion
  • customs and culture

Many students combine their study of Vietnamese with majors or minors in:

  • international politics and global studies
  • business and economics
  • education
  • pre-law and pre-med
  • engineering and computer science
  • history, philosophy, and religious studies

Emerging as the world's 13th-most-populous country and the eighth-most-populous Asian country, Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The Vietnamese language is spoken by over 94 million people in Vietnam and about 3.5 million people around the world, including about 2.5 million people in the United States.  Therefore, students who are fluent in Vietnamese with cultural insights and communication ability increase their qualifications in the field of global business, military and diplomatic services, and non-govermental-organization humanitarian services.

 To learn more about our Vietmanese program at ASU, please contact our academcic advisors!


Thuy-Kim Le

Lê Phạm Thuý-Kim has taught 100 to 400-level Vietnamese courses. Her research interests are online instruction, the use of multimedia and technology in teaching languages, and Vietnamese contemporary and folk literature.

John Eyres graduated from the Justice Studies Ph.D. program in 1999 and learned Vietnamese through SILC. He has used his language skills working for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNICEF and is currently the director of the Health Office for the US Agency for International Development in Vietnam. He credits studying at SILC as a step that shaped the impressive work he does today. "We had an interesting group of students and a dedicated professor who spared no effort to make sure the class was enjoyable as well as educational."


Vietnamese Students Association at ASU The Vietnamese Student Association at Arizona State University is dedicated to providing opportunities for ASU students and students around the community to learn more about their culture, participate in community service and engage in activities that allows one to embrace the Vietnamese culture. It also provides networking opportunities for members to get to know one another and build long-lasting friendships while developing skills in leadership, cooperation and professionalism.

The SILC Attaches Club is a club that brings all languages and cultures from SILC together. People are able to learn about different cultures in a fun way when studying a language. Understanding different cultures is such an important attribute to have, and it is one you can obtain through SILC Attaches. This club creates community events, outreach projects, and plans fun get-togethers.  


The Vietnamese communities in Phoenix metropolitan area celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year (usually between late January and mid-February) and Mid-Autumn Festival (usually between late August and mid-September) with many events and festivals.


The ability to speak another language opens up more opporutunities for scholarships and fellowships. Take a look at our SILC scholarshipsASU also offers an extensive database for you to search through and find the right ones to apply for. 

Freeman-ASIA Award (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

In the Study Abroad Office, Shira Burns , oversees applications to programs. Study Abroad’s deadlines for applying for all programs are September 25th for the spring and February 15th for the fall. ASU financial aid is accepted for all programs on Study Abroad’s approved list.

Here is a list of a few scholarships specific for language:

Fulbright | Boren | Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship | USAC Study Abroad Scholarship | Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships