The department offers first-year, second-year, third-year Vietnamese, and Accelerated Vietnamese Reading and Writing. Students may also take courses in Special Topics in Vietnamese and Special Studies in Vietnamese. Please see the UW Course Catalog for course descriptions and Courses for class offerings per quarter, as well as the Vietnamese Program overview (PDF).

Viet 111, 112, 113: Skill building
Elementary Vietnamese classes, offered to those with no prior exposure to Vietnamese language or with minimal knowledge of Vietnamese language.

Elementary Vietnamese (100 Level) Skill Building

Viet 211, 212, 213: Skill development
Intermediate Vietnamese classes, offered to those who 1) have completed at least one of the elementary courses or 2) can read and write basic Vietnamese passages with tones and marks.

Intermediate Vietnamese (200 Level) Skill Development

Viet 311, 312, 313: Skill enhancement
Advance Vietnamese classes, offered to those who 1) have completed at least one of the intermediate courses or 2) can listen to and read authentic Vietnamese texts (radio, TV, newspapers), speak and write at ease about common social issues.

Advanced Vietnamese (300 Level) Skill Enhancement

Viet 499: Research in Vietnamese
Upper advance Vietnamese classes with a focus on reading primary, authentic documents in Vietnamese or conversing about specialized topics in Vietnamese studies. This course is offered to undergraduate and graduate students with an approved senior thesis/dissertation proposal relating to the study of Vietnam.

For more information about classes and proficiency level placement, please click here

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Title Date Time Location
Movie Night ::  The Vertical Ray of the Sun Apr 14 6:00pm to 9:00pm Thomson Hall 101
The Challenges and Strategies of Learning Vietnamese in Mixed-classes
Lê Phạm Thuý-Kim
Apr 1 3:00pm Savery 156


Title Date Time Location
Korean and Vietnam in the 20th Century Nov 6 to Nov 7 Thomson Hall 317
The United States and Southeast Asia Panel Discussion with four US Ambassadors Oct 2 2:00pm Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall 225, University of Washington - Seattle campus


Title Date Time Location
Deconstructing the Myth of “Indian Smell” in Vietnam: The Early Formation of the Annamese Nation
Chi Pham, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, University of California, Riverside
Apr 30 3:30pm Thomson Hall 317
Workshop for Educators: Exploring Asia: Asian Cities – Growth and Change
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Newspapers In Education
Apr 29 5:00pm to 8:00pm The Vancouver Room, Seattle Times Building
Asian Languages and Literature Colloquium Series: A Typology of Errors: Reading Classical Chinese in 17th Century Vietnam
Dr. John Duong Phan, JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Institute for Japanese Languages and Linguistics, Department of Crosslinguistic Studies
Apr 16 3:30pm Thomson Hall 317
Music of Vietnam
Six Tones Ensemble (Nguyen Thanh Thuy and Ngo Tra My)
Mar 3 1:30pm Brechemin Auditorium


Title Date Time
The 39th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages & Linguistics Sep 14 to Sep 17