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Happy new year banner in Vietnamese language

Why Learn Vietnamese? 

Vietnamese can open doors to friendships both in your local community and abroad, new business markets, and a rich cultural heritage.

The Vietnamese language is spoken by some 96 million people in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, with large communities also present in France, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, and South Korea. About 1.5 million people of Vietnamese heritage live in the United States, with some 38,000 Vietnamese calling the New York Metro area home.

Vietnam has stood as the cultural, political, and linguistic gateway between East and Southeast Asia for over two thousand years. A major province of China from the Han through Tang Dynasties, Vietnam later emerged as a principal regional kingdom in the 10th century, with close ties both to contemporary China and nascent Southeast Asian polities.

Today, Vietnam is a rising market that continues to act as a critical bridge between East and Southeast Asia as a core member of The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, and one of only three communist governments in the region—alongside China and North Korea.

Adapted from Columbia University – Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Scholarships & Grants

In addition to these U.S. Government Grants & Scholarships, be sure to check out:

rice paddies in VietnamAsian Pacific Fund Scholarships

The Fund administers 12 scholarship programs that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students; criteria range widely and include academic major, ethnicity, parent’s occupation, and place of residence.

 Foundation for Asia Pacific Education Scholarships

The Foundation provides monetary awards to U.S. and Canadian students for study abroad expenses in a select number of Asian countries.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

Administered by IIE, Freeman-ASIA Scholarships provide need-based funding to U.S. college students for study abroad experiences in East or Southeast Asia.

Fulbright Program in Vietnam

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program works with Vietnamese and American educational and governmental organizations to provide opportunities for study and research in the social sciences and humanities. Explore programs for students, scholars, teaching assistants, and more.

A Vietnamese Teacher with a Mission

“What I most enjoy about teaching is seeing Vietnamese-American students gain the ability to read and write Vietnamese fluently.” 

A language instructor at UCLA and California State University at Long Beach, Quyen Di Chuc Bui teaches during the academic year and during the summer, both at home and abroad. His mission? Empowering heritage speakers to embrace their language and culture!

Student Blogs

More Vietnamese

Elisabeth “Thảo” learned the language while teaching English abroad in Vietnam; she shares her experience and resources for other learners on her blog.

#RamblersAbroad Blog – Vietnam

Multiple Loyola University students share their study abroad experiences from recent years.

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