In 1996, on the basis of the Division of Linguistics of Faculty of Literature, Hanoi General University (1956-1996); the Faculty of Linguistics, USSH, VNU Hanoi was established. It was the first in Vietnam training Linguistics as an independent discipline. Its functions and missions focus on training high-quality human resources specializing in linguistics, Vietnamese language studies, Vietnamese culture and the languages of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian ethnic groups.

The Faculty of Linguistics has been ensuring its status and importance as one of USSH's leading basic disciplines and its role in training linguistics and Vietnamese language among other higher education instutitions in Vietnam. 


The Faculty of Linguistics is one of the oldest faculties of USSH, VNU Hanoi, and a prestigious institution nationwide in studying and training human resources specializing in Linguistics. Its mission is training high-quality human resources, promoting the interest in linguistics, the languages of Vietnamese ethnic groups, applied linguistics (sign language, academic language, medical language, legal linguistics, gestural linguistics), Vietnamese language, comparative linguistics, Vietnamese language for foreigners, etc.  

Prominent achievements

For over 60 years, the Faculty of Linguistics has trained around 25,000 Vietnamese and international students, masters, doctors, and interns. The number of international students studying at the Faculty is always the largest at USSH. Many among the Vietnamese graduates have become senior leaders in the Vietnam's Party, State and social organizations. Many international graduates have been holding important positions within government bodies and research and education institutions in their own countries.  

In the recent 5 years of admission (2012-2017), the Faculty's admission scores have always been the highest at USSH, VNU. This is thanks to the Faculty's exprienced, dynamic and professional lecturers and researchers. The Faculty has developed many training programs of regional and international standard at all three levels (bachelor's, master's and doctoral). 90% of the Faculty's graduates are able to find their suitable employments.

Thanks to its excellent achievements in training and research activities, the Faculty has been granted Labor Medal of the third Order (2001) and Labor Medal of the second Order (2006). Many of its staff have also received prestigious awards and titles: 01 Ho Chi Minh Award for Science and Technology (Prof. Dr Nguyen Tai Can), 05 State Awards for Science and Technology (Assoc. Prof. Phan Ngoc, Assoc. Prof Nguyen Kim Than, Prof. Dr Hoang Thi Chau, Prof. Dr Nguyen Thien Giap, Prof. Dr Doan Thien Thuat).

Development orientations

  • Expand the scope of training and research activities on the basis of specialization and trans-disciplinarity.

  • Consolidate and modernize the Faculty's traditional spealties.

  • Promote internationalization especially in international cooperation and publications.

  • Develop new specialized programs that feature both research and training orientations.

Undergraduate level

  • Bachelor of linguistics for Vietnamese and foreigners.

  • Courses on Vietnamese language and culture for foreigners engaging in international joint training programs of VNU and USSH.

Graduate level

  • Master of Linguistics for Vietnamese and foreigners.

  • Doctor of Vietnamese Language.

  • Doctor of Linguistics.

  • Doctor of Comparative Linguistics.

  • Doctor of Language and Culture of Vietnamese ethnic minorities.

Short-term courses

  • Courses on Vietnamese language and culture for foreigners engaging in 2+2 and 3+1 programs.

Main research orientations

  • Vietnamese studies on the basis of inter-disciplinarity and area studies.

  • Contents and methods of teaching Vietnamese studies and language for Vietnamese and foreigners.

  • Vietnamese language in transformation and development.

  • Renovate the methods of teaching Vietnamese studies and language.

Prominent done projects:

  • Tran Tri Doi, On the illteracy and re-illiteracy of ethnic minorities: the case of Dien Bien, VNU level, code QG.12.09.

  • Dinh Van Duc, Vietnamese language before the 20th century: fundamental issues, VNU level, code: QG.TĐ.09.14.

  • Nguyen Huu Dat, The process of development and renovation of Vietnamese poet since 1986, VNU level, code số QG.15.60.

  • Nguyen Thien Giap, Linguistic concepts and terms, sponsored NAFOSTED, code VII2.1-2012.06.

  • Vu Duc Nghieu, Developing the criteria for evaluating Vietnamese capability of international students, VNU level, code QG.TĐ.13.17.

Prominent projects in process:

  • Nguyen Van Chinh, Dinh Van Duc, Oriental studies with Vietnamese language studies from the perspective of Vietnamese lexis, VNU level, code QG.16.37.

The Faculty has strongly developed its international cooperation. The Faculty consolidates and expands collaboration with traditional partners for decades, and in recent years has linked with many regional and global universities and research centers. Its successes in international cooperation have provided many job opportunities and fellowships for its lecturers and students and helped students gain access to scholarships in order to improve their professional and foreign language capabilities.

Many international conferences have been co-held by the Faculty and foreign universities gaining critical acclaim such as: International conference of Pan-Asiatic Linguistics (2005); International conference "The study and teaching of Vietnam-China language and culture" (2007, 2009, 2011); International conference "Studying and teaching linguistics in Vietnam: theoretical and practical issues" (2011, 2013, 2016).

The Faculty has been enjoying efficient academic and training relations with many foreign universities, institutes and research centers: Paris 7 University (France), California - Los Angeles University, Cornell University (America), Toronto and Ottawa Universities (Canada), Australia National University (Australia), Osaka University (Japan), Hankuk University of Foreign studies, Seoul National University (South Korea), Guangxi University, Li Gang Academy, Yunnan Nationality University, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai International Studies University (China), University of Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Ubon Ratchathani University, Chulalongkorn University, Mahasarakham University (Thailand), etc.