Intensive Vietnamese Language (All Levels | J-Term)

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

At a Glance





Language of Study


Language Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced


Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Base

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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This 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 assess 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. 

SIT is also offering a supplementary online Vietnamese Language course during the fall semester.


  • 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. 
  • Use language skills during field excursions in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.


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

Program Sites

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

You will live and study in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), a vibrant commercial center and Vietnam’s most populous city. During this three-week January term, you will enhance Vietnamese proficiency and 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 nongovernmental 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 midterms.
  • Field visits with language instructors and SIT staff
  • Immersive local homestays.

Course Information Coming Soon


There will be a homestay in Ho Chi Minh CityWhile on excursion, students will stay in small boarding houses or hotels. 

Faculty & Staff

Vietnam: Intensive Vietnamese Language (All Levels | J-Term)

Dao Mai Phuong, MA
Vietnamese Language Teacher
Duong Van Thanh, EdD
Academic Director

Discover the Possibilities


    The total cost for this program is $3,590, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.