The Korean Language Program (Interpretative Orientation) aims to train qualified professionals with high adaptability and proficiency in Korean; flexibility, basic skills (communications, problem solving,and critical thinking); soft skills such as communication skills, exploration, reflection, teamwork. In addition to language ability, students are equipped with knowledge of Korean culture, country and people in a general sense. Students can use Korean for a career, or as a tool to support their studying and researching in the primary field. Graduates will possess important personal and professional qualities and skills to become experts, managers, and leaders in their field of expertise.


Korean Language


4 years (Expectation)

Teaching language:

Korean & Vietnamese

Type of training:

Second degree

Course coordinators:

VNU-International School (VNU-IS) and VNU-University of Languages and International Studies (VNU-ULIS)


Bachelor’s Degree awarded by Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU)

Total number: 134 credits, of which:

Number of credits transferrable from the 1st degree: 35 credits

Number of 2nd degree-specific credits: 99 credits

Transferrable courses: 35 credits

VNU general courses: 27 credits

  • The Fundamental Principles of Marxism-Leninism 1 (2 credits)
  • The Fundamental Principles of Marxism-Leninism 2 (3 credits)
  • Ho Chi Minh Ideology (2 credits)
  • The Revolutionary Line of the Communist Party of Vietnam (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Informatics 2 (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language 1 (4 credits)
  • Foreign Language 2 (5 credits)
  • Foreign Language 3 (5 credits)
  • Physical Education (4 credits)
  • National Defence Education (8 credits)
  • Soft skills (3 credits)

General knowledge of the field (6 credits)

General knowledge of the discipline (2 credits)

2nd degree-specific courses: (99 credits)

General knowledge of the field (8 credits)

  • Introduction to Geography (3 credits)
  • Advanced Mathematics (4 credits)
  • Statistics and Probability (3 credits)
  • Environment and Development (3 credits)

General knowledge of the discipline (24 credits)

Required courses (6 credits)

  • Introduction to Vietnamese Culture (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Vietnamese Linguistics (3 credits)

Elective courses

  • Practical Vietnamese (2 credits)
  • Research Methods (2 credits)
  • General Logics (2 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (2 credits)
  • Artistry (2 credits)
  • History of World Civilization (2 credits)
  • Introduction to South-East Asian Cultures (2 credits)

Fundamental courses (57 credits)

Language-Cultural courses (18 credits)

Required courses (12 credits)

  • Korean Linguistics 1 (3 credits)
  • Korean Linguistics 2 (3 credits)
  • Korean Countries Studies 1 (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

Elective courses (6 credits)

  • Korean Pragmatics (3 credits)
  • Contrastive Linguistics (3 credits)
  • Chinese Characters in Korea (3 credits)
  • Sociolinguistics (3 credits)
  • Korean Literature 1 (3 credits)
  • Korean Countries Studies 2 (3 credits)
  • Korean Literature 2 (3 credits)
  • Culture of Asian Countries (3 credits)

Language courses (39 credits)

  • Korean 1A (4 credits)
  • Korean 1B (4 credits)
  • Korean 2A (4 credits)
  • Korean 2B (4 credits)
  • Korean 3A (4 credits)
  • Korean 3B (4 credits)
  • Korean 4A (4 credits)
  • Korean 4B (4 credits)
  • Korean 3C (3 credits)
  • Korean 4C (4 credits)

Major-specific courses (36 credits)

Korean language Interpretation-specific courses (27 credits)

Required courses (18 credits)

  • Translation Studies (3 credits)
  • Interpretation (3 credits)
  • Translation (3 credits)
  • Interpretation for Specific Purposes (3 credits)
  • Translation for Specific Purposes (3 credits)
  • Professional Skills for Translators and Interpreters (3 credits)

Elective courses (6/15 credits)

  • Advanced Translation (3 credits)
  • Translation Analysis and Assessment (3 credits)
  • Translation of Literary Works (3 credits)
  • Korean Film Translation (3 credits)
  • News Translation (3 credits)

Supplementary courses (3/30 credits)

  • Korean for Economy and Commerce (3 credits)
  • Korean for Finance and Banking (3 credits)
  • Korean for Business Management (3 credits)
  • Korean for Tourism and Hospitality (3 credits)
  • Korean for Medicine (3 credits)
  • Korean for Laws (3 credits)
  • Korean for Office Administration (3 credits)
  • Korean for Culture and Arts (3 credits)
  • Korean for Architecture and Construction (3 credits)
  • Korean for Information Technology (3 credits)

Graduation thesis and Internship (9 credits)

  • Internship (3 credits)
  • Graduation thesis or replacing courses (Select 2 courses not yet taken from IV or V electives) (6 credits)
  • Method of Enrollment: admissions screening.
  • Program open to: Full-time students in International Business Studies, Accounting, Analysis and Auditing, Management, Information Systems of the International School, and Vietnam National University (Hanoi) students who satisfy the conditions set forth in Clause 1, Article 24 of the Regulation on Undergraduate Training at VNU. This was issued together with Decision No. 5115 / QĐ-ĐHQG, dated December 25th, 2014 from the Director of VNU. Specifically: Applicants’ GPA at the International School, up to the time of application, must be 2.0 or higher. Applications with scores from the highest to lowest will be screened and short listed, until the enrollment number we desire is reached.

Tuition fees for 2nd degree-specific credits are collected according to tuition fees of VNU-ULIS

Completing either Translation and Interpreting or Tourism specialization, Korean majors can become translators – interpreters or editors. They can work not only in foreign organizations and joint ventures. They can be responsible for foreign affairs, cooperation with foreign partners and tourism activities. They can make plans and implement tasks requiring Korean language competence.

Established in July 2002, International School – Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU-IS) is one of the first higher education institutions to offer joint international training programs.

Academic programs at VNU-IS are designed for students to reach their full potential and thus to succeed in the real world. Having partnership with more than 30 universities worldwide, VNU-IS has wide experiences in hosting international visiting professors and overseas students from Europe, America, Africa and Asia as well as in building an international environment. Our community of professors and students comprises a rich mix of cultures. This diversity adds vibrancy and depth, fresh understanding and broad perspective to our work. Moderate-sized classes at VNU-IS also ensure a friendly atmosphere and a very personal level of support for students.

Foreign students will be assisted with visa application, accommodation arrangement and support with other activities facilitating their integration. With the reasonable tuition fees, students can approach to the curricula, methodology, assessment, evaluation of international standards. Besides onclass activities, students have opportunity to participate in exciting extra-curricular ones that help them to be more flexible and adaptable to a multi-cultural working environment or study further upon graduation. Students will be granted degrees by VNU and foreign universities which are world-wide recognized.

University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS) is one of the seven member universities of Vietnam National University – Hanoi (VNU), a leading higher educational institution in Vietnam.

ULIS has well equipped facilities for students and staff, with over 200 lecture halls, classrooms, language labs and a Learning Resource Center with more than 54,000 foreign language books. Students are well looked after in the student apartments which are bulit in the main campus and can accommodate over 1,000 students. Students and staff can enjoy hours of exercise in the newly built 1,000 square meter sports complex which comprises a stadium, a footbal court, basketball courts and tennis courts.