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Vietnamese Studies

About Us

The TUFS Vietnamese Major, set up in 1964, has over 40 years of educational and research history. It is a unique educational and research department which covers Vietnamese Humanities (Linguistics, Literature, etc) and Social Sciences (History, Economics, Social Studies, etc) subjects.

Students of the department study Vietnamese as a Major Language and Basic Area-Related Courses in the first two years, and then move on to Discipline-Related Courses in the next two years to learn how to carry out systematic and analytical research on a topic of their choice. At the same time, they also learn a variety of academic perspectives and thought processes by viewing the region as part of the world. We welcome motivated students who would like to see Vietnam through a wide variety of specialized perspectives while discovering its worth as a subject for academic study.

Characteristics of the Curriculum

The aim of the curriculum is to provide an all-round education in all the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. It is designed as a modular system with the five subjects -- grammar, reading comprehension, expression, listening and conversation - taught systematically in ascending levels of difficulty. As the modular system has only been adopted recently, we have not completed developing the corresponding teaching materials. However, the texts we are using are developed based on many years of educational experience and have been tested and proven over the years to be effective for Japanese students. Language lessons taught by native Vietnamese lecturers have shown impressive results because of students’ enthusiastic responses. In the third and final years, with a solid language foundation, students are able to carry out quality research work on a topic of their choice after learning how to systematically increase their knowledge and research methodologies.

Careers After Graduation

Trading companies (Nissho Iwai, Sumitomo, Nichimen, etc), finance companies (Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank, etc), manufacturing companies (Toyota Motors, Nissan Motors, Hitachi, Honda, Yamaha Motors, Fujitsu, Ajinomoto, etc), media companies (NHK, Yomiuri Newspaper, Kyodo News, Jiji Press , etc), the public sector (teachers in government high schools, local government civil servants, Saitama Police, etc), organizations (JICA, JETRO, etc), post-graduate studies (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University, Hitotsubashi University, etc).


KAWAGUCHI, Ken'ichi Professor Vietnamese literature; Classical Chu-nom literature before the 19th century; Vietnamese modern literature in the first half of the 20th century
IMAI, Akio Professor Modern history of Vietnam
NGUYEN, Thi Ngoc Tho   Vietnamese
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