The Concentration courses serve as the set of essential knowledge and skills in the area of interest of the student. These courses help students build up a competent level of expertise and be able to conduct scholarly research under the supervision of a faculty. The Advising Committee works with the student to select the Concentration courses that are compatible with the student’s study plan and can support progression toward a Capstone Project.
Unlike traditional Majors that require a fixed set of courses, the set of Concentration courses is individually customized for each student and does not need to follow any composition. It can include courses from different disciplines/categories and provide numerous possibilities for supporting interdisciplinary research topics and projects.
The list of Concentration Courses is identified and approved by the Advising Committee ideally at the beginning of the third year of study. This list contains at least 9 courses. Among the 9, at least 3 courses will be at the 300 level. A student may select the Concentration Courses in accord with choice and availability. The Concentration course list can be modified in accord with the development of the student for better fit, only with the approval of the Advising Committee.
Experiential Learning is “learning by doing” that occurs embedded in the actual context of (and under the supervision of) an expert or practitioner and not in a classroom environment.
The Fulbright Undergraduate program offers two types of Experiential Learning: Scholarly development and Signature Internship Program. Students are required to complete a minimum 4 credits and a maximum 12 credits of either or both types of Experiential Learning. A workload of 140 hours of Experiential Learning is equivalent to 4 credits.
Scholarly development: An academically driven work outside of regular coursework and mentored by a faculty or co-mentored by a faculty and external experts. Some typical forms are individual or group research projects, directed reading course, art-work production, and academic internships, each as evaluated and approved by the Advising Committee. Scholarly development can be graded either by letter grade or Pass/No Pass.
Signature Internship Program: An external or internal work that provides students hands-on experiences and skills that are applicable to their future careers. Typical forms are internships at external firms under the supervision of the Career Development team. Signature Internship is non- graded.
The project-based Capstone serves as a culmination to the student’s curriculum that demonstrates in a meaningful and coherent way the principle learning outcomes and competencies of the curriculum. The capstone may also draw from relevant curricular activities and practical experience to support the research and realization of the project.
The Capstone should evidence competency in a primary disciplinary specialization (optionally supported by secondary and tertiary disciplinary areas), or equally integrate dual areas of specialization.
The Capstone will be evaluated on a pass/no pass basis and will be equivalent to 2 courses (or 8 credit hours) distributed across two consecutive trimesters: fall and spring of the fourth year.
Students will enroll in Capstone I in the Fall and Capstone II in the Spring. Capstone I must be completed with a Pass grade in order to continue to Capstone II. If students do not pass Capstone II they will need to take it again and pass in order to graduate.
The Capstone project deliverable will include a tangible and archivable output (e.g. a research paper, a creative work). The capstone will require an oral (presentation, defense), performance, or exhibition component, to be determined by the committee.
The undergraduate program at Fulbright University Vietnam offers three degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts (B. A.).
- Bachelor of Science (B. S.).
- Bachelor of Engineering (B. E.).
The degree will be determined by the Advising committee based on the Concentration courses and the Capstone topic.
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.