Reimagining the university

Students in Vietnam have great potential, but limited opportunities. Fulbright University Vietnam unlocks this potential through a unique and high-quality university education.

Fulbright’s undergraduate program is based on the American model of liberal arts, science, and engineering education, reimagined as a learning environment that allows students to shape their education.

Inside and outside the classroom, you will learn by working on projects, investigating questions, discussing ideas, collaborating with teams, travelling, and engaging in focused processes of research and discovery.

This approach will make you motivated, confident, self-directed, and encourage you to continue learning throughout your life.

Upon graduating from Fulbright, you will be ready for whatever comes next.

Whether you are asked to make a presentation, brainstorm around a table, launch a new project, develop research questions or lead a team, Fulbright graduates stand prepared for tomorrow’s careers and opportunities.

Our focus on the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering

Following the model of the best American universities, Fulbright’s curriculum and courses are founded on the liberal arts, sciences and engineering.

By studying these fields — through subjects like literature, philosophy, history, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics – you will learn how to think about important questions and problems, how to reason, write, and speak effectively, and how to develop skills for learning well beyond the classroom.

At Fulbright you will not study these subjects in isolation. Our approach is transdisciplinary, which means courses are designed around key questions and problems, supported by disciplines rather than defined by them.

Competencies: learning beyond content

At Fulbright, we believe learning goes beyond grades and tests. In addition to exposing you to big ideas, our curriculum helps you master six key competencies.

  • Innovative and Creative Thinking

    The ability to generate new ideas and concepts, assess the interplay between novelty and value, and develop new ways of thinking about a topic or concept. Examples include making a new app, an artistic representation, a new bridge design, or a new business proposal.

  • Collaboration

    The ability to work effectively with a team or partner, and in doing so, recognize ones strengths and weaknesses as a team member. Examples include successful group work with a shared common goal, transdisciplinary work, and maintaining a growth mindset as a group of people.

  • Inquiry (Synthetic Reasoning)

    The ability to generate information and observations through experimentation or investigation that allows one to draw meaningful conclusions about complicated or puzzling situations. Examples include research on human behavior, historical inquiry, and scientific investigation.

  • Critical Thinking

    The ability to use objective analysis of evidence to form a defensible judgment or argument. Examples include assessing the reliability of media information, creating an argument and a counter argument, and evaluating the validity and reliability of a scientific proposal.

  • Effective Communication

    The ability to share information which takes into account the knowledge and abilities of the audience and making the communication more persuasive and meaningful. Examples include effective science communication to lay people, policy briefs about government policy, and film representations of social justice issues.

  • Formulation (Analytic Reasoning)

    The ability to use a reasoning framework to create an argument or elucidate a pattern from a set of perspectives, observations, or information that yields a valid conclusion. Examples include a persuasive argument, a mathematical proof, an economic model of spending behavior, and a computer program.

Our degrees

As a graduate of Fulbright’s program, you will earn one of three degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts and Letters
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

With a Fulbright degree, you will be able to pursue a variety of careers, as a leader, researcher, entrepreneur, professional — and other careers that have not even been invented yet.

Additionally, a Fulbright degree will prepare you for further studies at top caliber graduate and professional schools throughout the world.

Our curriculum



  • Core

    Our curriculum begins with a year-long core to help you transition to learning the Fulbright way. Throughout the core, you will learn by facing challenges, problems and projects in your courses, and develop six key competencies.

    Core Courses

    • Critical Explorations of Ho Chi Minh City — a transdisciplinary introduction to the city in which you will live and study for the next four years
    • Social Inquiry: Human Selves, Societies and Cultures — investigating humans and how to study them rigorously
    • Scientific Inquiry of the Natural/Living World — an introduction to modern science and thinking from a scientific point of view
    • Rhetoric: Writing and Communication — principles of oral and written argumentation, the collection and synthesis of evidence, and the documentation of sources
    • Logic and Limitations — the uses of logic in mathematical, computational, and philosophical thinking, and their limits
    • Creating and Making — developing an understanding of design thinking and the design process
    • Vietnamese Studies — studying the social, cultural, economic, and political development of Vietnam
  • Streams

    After completing the core, you will begin to shape the direction of your learning by digging deeper into meaningful ideas. Each of our three-course series we call streams” will explore specific disciplines. The streams you take will prepare you to decide on your major areas of focus in your final two years.


    • Arts — critical tools to understand and create artworks
    • Texts and Contexts — historical knowledge, critical, analytical, and creative skills of textual expression
    • Social Structures and Culture — studying culture deeply, and the relationship of the one to the many
    • Studying People — deepening a scientific approach to understanding what it means to be human
    • Natural Sciences — further developing foundations and exploring the frontiers of the natural sciences
    • Mathematical Sciences — building a powerful problem-solving tool kit for mathematics and the sciences
    • Computing — developing a foundation in both the science and the engineering of computation
    • Engineering — deepening abilities to design and to analyze engineering systems
  • Majors

    At Fulbright, we think of majors as portfolios, rather than as a list of courses. After completing the core and streams, you will create a major in one or two areas focused on a topic of your choice, under the guidance of a world-class faculty member.

    Throughout your major, you will learn through projects, internships, fieldwork, and hands-on, active courses, and ultimately complete a self-generated Capstone project. The Capstone Project reflects a deep work inside of your major’s focused topic, in the form of a thesis, project, artistic creation, research paper, or other suitably creative format.

    You will major in one or two of six key areas:

    • Arts
    • Engineering
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics & Computing
    • Social Sciences
    • Natural Sciences


  • Electives

    We believe that the best ideas come from places we don’t expect. At Fulbright, you will have the opportunity to explore new and interesting ideas outside of your major. Electives can include internships, study abroad at an institution outside of Vietnam, and courses outside of your major(s).