Vietnamese Language (Beginning & Intermediate)

Learn Vietnamese, the official language of Vietnam and the common language of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities.

At a Glance






Jan 25 ‎– Mar 26

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Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

You will study Vietnamese online for nine weeks, taught by experienced Vietnamese language teachers who will guide, encourage, and facilitate learning through intensive language practice. SIT will conduct placement tests to identify your language level. For beginning students, the online course focuses on pronunciation, practical vocabulary, and conversational language patterns. Aside from online group sessions, language instructors will work with you individually to develop speaking and listening skills.

Students will be expected to devote approximately 15 hours per week to this course over a nine-week period. The course schedule is flexible to accommodate a variety of student schedules and time zones and it integrates both synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous sessions may include three hours per week with the language instructor(s) doing drills and practicing conversation. The frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous sessions will be determined together by instructors and class participants during the first week of the course.

Asynchronous activities may include approximately 10-12 hours per week on practice exercises, small group projects, discussion boards, and completing assignments. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Rapidly improve your Vietnamese language ability.
  • Develop practical language skills in a supportive learning environment.
  • Build confidence during individualized tutorials.


Through oral proficiency testing you will be placed in beginning, or intermediate classes.  



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • Language placement tests to assign relevant course levels
  • Daily quizzes, homework, assignments, and midterms
  • Individual language instruction from expert instructors
  • Group discussion sessions to build conversational skills

Beginning Vietnamese

Beginning Vietnamese – syllabus
(VIET 1003 – 1503 Online Course / 3 Credits)

Intermediate Vietnamese

Intermediate Vietnamese – syllabus
(VIET 2003 – 2503 Online Course / 3 Credits)

Faculty & Staff

Vietnam: Vietnamese Language (Beginning & Intermediate)

Duong Van Thanh, EdD
Academic Director
Dao Mai Phuong, MA
Vietnamese Language Teacher
Tuan Nguyen
Program Assistant

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  • Cost & Financial Aid

    The tuition for this program is $1,080. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions. 

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