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Ho Chi Minh City International University

VNU-HCM International University
Trường Đại học Quốc tế, Đại học Quốc gia Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
EstablishedDecember 5, 2003; 20 years ago (2003-12-05)
Parent institution
Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City
RectorA/Prof. Dr. Le Van Thang
Academic staff
CampusSuburban, 11.52 hectares[2]

Ho Chi Minh City International University (HCMIU; Vietnamese: Trường Đại học Quốc tế, Đại học Quốc gia Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh), or VNU-HCM International University, is the first and the only public research university in Vietnam that offers programs taught entirely in English. Established in 2003, it is now becoming as one of the leading research powerhouses in Vietnam. The university is affiliated to the Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM).

The university runs all its administrative, academic, and research activities in Thu Duc college town, a 77-hectare joint land endowment between Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong Province. It is home to Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization that works closely with the United Nations and other 136 RCEs to incorporate sustainable development into education.

The teaching is conducted in English. In addition to entrance exams, students also have to write an English language test or obtain TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or equivalent English certificate as required by HCMIU and its cooperative universities.

In addition to offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in business studies and engineering, HCMIU also offers a number of other courses related to the two fields. The IU School of Business which offers the Bachelor of Business in Business Administration has received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP,[3] the USA) in 2023.


Although most of the classes are taught in English, some courses are required to be taught in Vietnamese as well, such as Marxism philosophy, and Ho Chi Minh Thoughts.

The training programs at IU includes business administration, finance & banking, logistics, biotechnology, biochemistry, food technology, electrical engineering, automation & control, information technology (computer science engineering), biomedical engineering, civil engineering, industrial systems engineering, space engineering, environmental engineering, financial engineering & risk management (applied mathematics) and English language.

Cooperative and Twinning Programs

A number of the universities in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand have formed educational partnerships with the university. The students can study at the university for two or three years, followed by two or three years of study abroad. The tuition fee is higher than in other Vietnamese universities. Diplomas will be issued by HCMIU's cooperative universities.[4]

United States United States:

United Kingdom United Kingdom:

Australia Australia:

New Zealand New Zealand:

Postgraduate Programs

  1. Doctor of Biotechnology (Phd in Biotechnology)
  2. Doctor of Business administration (Phd in Business administration)
  3. Master of Business Administration (MBA in Finance, Technology Management, Marketing)
  4. Master of Science in Biotechnology (MSc in Biotechnology)
  5. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSc in Electrical Engineering)
  6. Master of Science in Information Management (MSc in Electrical Engineering)
  7. Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSc in Biomedical Engineering)
  8. Master of Science in Industrial Systems Engineering (MSc in Industrial Systems Engineering)
  9. Master of Science in Applied Mathematics (MSc in Applied Mathematics)
  10. Master of Science in Leadership, joint program with Northeastern University, United States (MSc in Leadership)

Schools and Departments

Currently, International University has 4 schools and 6 departments as listed below:

School of Business

Programs offered:

School of Biotechnology

Programs offered:

School of Electrical Engineering

Programs offered:

School of Computer Science and Engineering

Programs offered:

School of Biomedical Engineering

Programs offered:

School of Industrial Systems Engineering

Programs offered:

School of Civil Engineering

The department offers the program of Civil Engineering.

Department of Physics

The department offer undergraduate program in Space Engineering which specialises in Image Analysis and Remote Sensing. It is responsible for all Physics courses. Its scientific research includes the fields of Galactic Astronomy and Plasma Physics.[5]

Department of Mathematics

The department offers the program of Applied Mathematics with the specialization of Financial Engineering and Risk Management. It is also responsible for other mathematical-related courses.

School of Languages

The School of Languages provides globally standardized language programs to assist students in their studies, which are conducted wholly in English.


The International University has received accreditation from the ASEAN University Network - Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) for the following programs:[6]

Student life

Student organizations

Students at the International University run over 15 clubs and organizations, including volunteer groups, academic clubs and common-interest teams. Most organizations are funded and governed by the Youth Union and the Students Union, while a few others are directly run and supported by Schools and Departments.

Youth Union:

  • Event Department
  • External Relations Department
  • Information Department
  • Science and Technology Department

Students Union:

  • Social Work Team (SWT)
  • English Teaching Volunteers (ETV)
  • Arts Team (Arteam)
  • Enactus IU (formerly SIFE IU)
  • Soft Skills Club (SSC)
  • ISE Art club (IAC)
  • Guitar Club (GC)
  • English Club (IEC)
  • French Club (FC)
  • Sports Club (SC)
  • Japan Club
  • Korean Club (KYG)

Other organizations:

  • Securities Exchange Club (SEC)
  • Marketing Club (Martic)
  • IT Club (ITC)
  • English Speaking Club (ESC)
  • IU Buddy (Exchange student support group)

Student accommodation

Students can register for housing services at the following dormitories:

  • VNU-HCMC Dormitory
  • VNU-HCMC Guest House
  • Dormitories in city center: Phan Liem and Ly Van Phuc streets.


  • IU Main Campus, Thu Duc
  • Ground floor, VNU-HCMC Central Library
  • IU City Campus, 234 Pasteur, District 3 (old address: 33 Ly Tu Trong, District 1)

Board of Rectors

Rector: A/Prof. Dr. Trần Tiến Khoa, PhD.

Vice Rectors:

  • A/Prof. Lê Văn Cảnh, PhD.
  • Dr. Hồ Nhựt Quang, PhD.
  • A/Prof. Đinh Đức Anh Vũ, PhD.


  1. ^ a b c d "Transparent Report 2014". Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "Architectural Planning Regulations by VNU-HCMC" (PDF). Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. May 28, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "International University, Vietnam National University HCMC - Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs".
  4. ^ "Joint programs". International University. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Introduction". Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  6. ^ "Educational Accreditation". International University. Retrieved June 25, 2015.

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