In 2008/2009 I spent 10 months living in Ho Chi Minh City. For 5 months I studied Vietnamese at the National University there.
Now I would like to return to Vietnam after I finish my studies here in Germany.
This time I would like to study some intensive courses at the National University Hanoi. I looked at their Homepage http://www.ussh.edu.vn/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=9 but did not find any useful information! The University of Ho Chi Minh City has published much more information.
Does anyone of you study at that University? If so, could you give me some information?
I would like to know
Do they offer Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes?
Do they have intensive language courses? How many hours a day are those
classes? How often does a new course start? How many weeks does one
course last? How many people are there - usually - in the classroom?
How much does a course cost?
I would be very happy, if somebody could help me to answer these questions :)
All levels are available.
They have intensive.
If you wish to study with others then normal study seasons apply.
Random numbers of pupils as it depends when you will be starting.
Private started at somewhere around $5 per study hour. Gradually decreasing to the lowest that being of the general class.
Contact the general international office they will guide you to the right person. If you don't succeed will look for the number for you.
Bumping this because it's the most appropriate place I can find to post, that hasn't devolved into a discussion of the wonderful world of Vietnamese women-of-negotiable-virtue.
I originally wrote the below into a thread which was deleted because it was actually a shill for a Vietnamese language school. (The thread, not my post)
It's regarding University of Social Sciences and Humanities ("USSH" or DH KHXH&NV at http://ussh.vnu.edu.vn/), which is part of VNU-Hanoi -- not Hanoi University ("HANU" http://www.hanu.edu.vn/) which is on the same road but perhaps 2km further outwards.
Another poster in that question did mention that Hanoi University may have a similar program, but the best web link I could come up with was http://english.hanu.vn/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1110&Itemid=43
_Another_ poster linked to the similar program at the
Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE) at http://vns.hnue.edu.vn/?page=service_detail&TID=122 if you're looking for something more out west.
Note that there used to be a University of Hanoi, but it was merged with two teacher-training colleges to form VNU-Hanoi. in 1993.
The original discussion topic made reference to wanting to get a long-term visa out of the process, so I've remarked upon that possibility in my original comment.
== Original post ==
I'm studying Vietnamese at the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Vietnamese Language at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi (part of VNU Hanoi) at the moment. It's on Nguyen Trai street in Thanh Xuan.
If you do at least six 45-minute periods a week (2-4 periods per session), they can invite/recommend you for a visa. It's a C2 visa (non-government, non-business, non-tourist "other" visa class), and mine's six-month multi-entry. I'm hoping to renew for a 12-month visa when this one's done if I haven't gotten something else in the meantime.
It's US$6 per 45-minute period, so it's not a cheap way to get a visa, but it does seem like a relatively cheap way to get lessons.
The lessons are one-on-one (or cheaper per-person if you have a group) and I'm pretty happy with them.
http://ngonnguhoc.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8&Itemid=14 is the English site, but it's out of date in both contact details and price.
http://ngonnguhoc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=32&Itemid=18 has the correct contact details (I've dealt with Ms. Nhung for administrative purposes)
http://ngonnguhoc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=32&Itemid=18 has the current prices.
http://www.minhkhai.vn/store/index.aspx?ss&ShopID=0&searchText=%C4%90O%C3%80N+THI%E1%BB%86N+THU%E1%BA%ACT is the level A textbook.
I completed the second of the level A textbook in 150 sessions, which is about the same contact hours as a full year of undergraduate Vietnamese study at my home university in Australia (which I had previously done, which is why we started at book 2.)
My lecturer reckons we'll finish the level B textbook in three months at my current rate of 8 periods (two afternoons) per week, or around 100 sessions. I suspect his estimate has not allowed for how good I am at distracting him from the textbook-set exercise, nor how often I forget to do my homework. ^_^
It just occurred to me that I should add them to Top Spots...
I also added them to Top Spots after originally posting this.
I'm a week in, and one chapter of 16 down. So I'm thinking four months per level rather than three.
There's a map in the Top Spots entry for Center for Applied Linguistics and Vietnamese Language (USSH - VNU Hanoi) as well as some directions (by me) to finding the linguistics department itself.
It was certainly still there last Tuesday...
Note that Nguyen Trai street gets a little odd, if you go too far and end up in Ha Dong. The numbering restarts... And odds-and-evens don't line up very well across the road for most of the length.
334 Nguyen Trai is the University of Natural Sciences (VNU-Hanoi), they're physically the same campus, with two gates.
If you're still unable to locate it, or can't find the right building, get in contact with me and I can guide you in. If it's a Tuesday after lunch, I'll be on my way there myself.