Vietnam is a fascinating country with ancient roots, a war-ravaged modern history and a youthful population that is grasping its future with both hands. It is one of Asia’s most dynamic and rapidly industrialising economies. Visitors to Vietnam are impressed by the intensity of its urban life, its rich culture, cuisine and arts, and its regional, ethnic and religious diversity.

The Australian National University is home to a concentration of world renowned scholars and teachers who specialise on Vietnam. At the ANU, you have the opportunity to interact with experts with deep knowledge of the country in the disciplines of history, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, economics, environmental science, political science, and international relations. Studying Vietnam will enable you to gain penetrating insights into a country that stands on the crossroads of East and Southeast Asia, one that has been at the centre of internationally significant exchanges and conflicts from ancient to modern times.

Vietnamese language

The Vietnamese language is offered at the ANU from beginners to advanced levels. The lessons emphasise practical and functional communication. By the end of the first semester of study, students will be able to interact meaningfully with Vietnamese speakers. Subsequently, students will build their competence in written and spoken forms of the language.

Year in Vietnam

The Year in Vietnam course allows undergraduate students to study the language intensively in a Vietnamese university.


Courses on Vietnam are taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Search “Vietnam” on Programs and Courses for information on courses available.

ANU Vietnam Field School

The ANU Vietnam Field School provides an opportunity for students to undertake practical case-based studies in Central Vietnam. The in-country work has a focus on the environment and includes fieldtrips, village stay, language training and formal classes.

Vietnam update

The Vietnam Update is a series of annual conferences at the ANU that focus on recent economic, political and social conditions in Vietnam and provide in-depth analysis into a select theme of particular relevance to Vietnam’s socio-economic development.

ANU library

The ANU library has extensive holdings of Vietnam studies-related books, periodicals and electronic resources in English, Vietnamese and other languages.

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