Intensive Vietnamese Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced) Online | Abroad

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

At a Glance


3 (+3)


None, but online component or equivalent to enroll in the J-Term

Language of Study


Language Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Courses taught in



Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

Online Term

Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

In-Country J-Term (optional)

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Base

Online, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants. The in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of at least one semester of language study.

You will study Vietnamese online for three weeks in July 2020, followed by an optional three weeks in Vietnam in January 2021. Both the online and January terms are taught by experienced Vietnamese language teachers who will guide, encourage, and facilitate learning through online intensive language practice and field-based settings. 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. This online course will prepare students to be both Vietnamese language proficient and culturally ready for an optional three-week January term in Vietnam.

The three-week January term will integrate grammar, conversation, vocabulary development, and socio-cultural topics complemented by hands-on, practical exercises designed to improve communication competence. You will join in fun, active, participatory language learning. Methods used to access student performance will include class participation; performance on assignments and tests; oral conversation; effort to use Vietnamese with your host families and peers; quizzes; and practical exercises using field-base education techniques.


  • Develop practical language skills in a supportive learning environment.
  • Build confidence during individualized tutorials.
  • Put language skills to use while living with a Vietnamese family. (J-Term)
  • Use language skills during field excursions in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. (J-Term)


In order for a student's language pledge to be effective, students are recommended to complete SIT's summer online component first, or have the equivalent of one semester of language study when starting the J-term program.

Program Terms

Online Term Details

The online term is designed for a range of learners, from those who want to become fluent in the Vietnamese language to those who want to learn conversational phrases and vocabulary. It’s also for anyone seeking to simply communicate with your Vietnamese friends or neighbors.

It is designed to teach you Vietnamese in the shortest possible time by using strategies to help you understand popular phrases and short sentences, as well as how to properly pronounce the challenging tones and accents of Vietnamese. You can expect to learn to communicate conversationally in Vietnamese with everyday Vietnamese phrases and to learn Vietnamese tone and pronunciation. You will learn how to travel around Vietnam and how to order food at a restaurant in Vietnam.

In-Country (J-Term) Details

This three-week January term will enhance your Vietnamese proficiency and help you quickly become an active participant in Vietnamese culture and community. Our language instructors will share their insights and experiences in Vietnam, enabling you to actively participate in the community around you. You can expect to learn Vietnamese not only from interactions in class, but also through immersive experiences outside of campus including with your homestay families in Ho Chi Minh City and interactions with local peers. Field excursions will include sites in the Mekong Delta and various non-governmental organizations in Ho Chi Minh City.

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



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 mid-terms.
  • Field visits with language instructors and SIT staff. (J-Term)
  • Immersive local homestays. (J-Term)

Vietnamese (Online)

Beginning Vietnamese – syllabus
(VIET1003-1503 / 3 credits)

Intermediate Vietnamese – syllabus
(VIET2003-2503 / 3 credits)

Advanced Vietnamese – syllabus
(VIET3003-3503 / 3 credits)

Vietnamese (In Country)

Faculty & Staff

Vietnam: Intensive Vietnamese Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced) Online | Abroad

Duong Van Thanh, EdD
Tuan Nguyen
Dao Mai Phuong, MA

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    The total cost for the online program is $960. The cost for the in-country term is $2,944, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.