Area Studies

Academics Area Studies



MASTER PROGRAM IN AREA STUDIES


1. Overview


 The Master program in Area Studies at Vietnam Japan University (VJU) has following objectives:

- Equip students with advanced knowledge of Area Studies (Japanese Study/Vietnamese Study) basing on modern theories, methodologies and interdisciplinary approach which are used by international scientists, especially used in well-known Japanese and Vietnamese Universities and Institutes;

- Equip students with general, updated and comprehensive knowledge related to Japanese and Vietnamese issues (including the issues of social science and natural science, especially geography, environmental resources, sustainable development); 

- Train students to have skills to survey, research and elucidate by the interdisciplinary approaching method with regards to problems and phenomena found in practices of Japan, Vietnam, and other areas sustainable development.


2. Career Orientation


After graduation, students have ability to take positions which require general and inter-disciplinary researching skills in international organizations, diplomatic agencies, government organizations and NGOs, universities and research institutes, services and trading companies, especially Japanese companies. Students can also pursue PhD degree at leading universities in the world, especially those in Japan.


3. Advantages of the Program

 

- High quality program based on the curriculum of the University of Tokyo with modifications to meet requirements of Vietnam context; 

- International academic environment; minimum 50% lecturers from Japan; modern facilities; participation in projects with well-known professors; 

- Substantially subsidized tuition fee; full scholarships for outstanding students based on their performance; 

- Fully covered expenditure of 3-month internship to 50% of students in Japan; 

- Modern knowledge and skills in multi-cultural context, especially Japanese; 

- Strengths when applying for jobs in Vietnamese and Japanese enterprise, international organizations upon graduation.

 

4. Japanese Coordinating University 


The University of Tokyo 

The coordinating University of Master's program in Area studies. This is the most prestigious university in Japan, ranked at 23rd in the world (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings).


5. Message from the Program Director


Prof. Vu Minh Giang

Director, Master’s Program in Area Studies

"The Master’s program in Area Studies at Vietnam Japan University, which consists of Vietnamese and Japanese studies, equips students with general, updated and specialized knowledge to gain the ability to work in a research environment or practical activities associated with the context of Japan and Vietnam. The program also provides highly practical human resources, who have ability to take positions in leadership, management, planning agencies and policy implementation authorities. After graduation, students can also work at universities, research institutes, foreign agencies, international organisations, government agencies, domestic and foreign enterprises in the fields of culture, cooperation and development in Vietnam, Japan and the world.” 

Assoc. Prof. Junichi Iwatsuki

Co-Director, Master’s Program in Area Studies

 

 

"Along with the faculty members of the VNU, the Department of Area Studies, which has excelled in the field of Vietnamese Study and Japanese study for more than 100 years, will introduce our students to the latest academic accomplishments. Whether you are in Vietnam or Japan, in order to enhance your career, it is essential not only to master practical knowledge but also to disseminate it to the society.

We assure you that the knowledge that our department has accumulated will on tribute to the development of Vietnam and Japan. We welcome highly-motivated applicants from all over the world.” 

 

6. Curriculum 

 

The curriculum consists of a total of 64 credits, including core courses in fundamental and professional knowledge, as well as elective courses in each specified field.

 

 Courses 

Credits

 General knowledge 


  Philosophy 

4

  Japanese Language 

6

 Fundamental and specific knowledge


 Compulsory courses

13

 Basic Sustainability Science

3

Methodology and Informatics for Sustainable Science

3

Academic English

4

Theory and Methodology of Area studies

3

Elective courses

20/40

Fundamental courses for Area Studies

4/8

Vietnam and Japan in the World I

2

Vietnam and Japan in the World II

2

Vietnam in Asia

2

Japan in Asia

2

Specialized courses for Vietnamese Study

16/32

Diachronic approach

2

Vietnamese Language and Literature

2

Vietnamese Culture and Religion

2

Vietnamese History and Geography

2

Vietnam: Tradition and modernity

2

Contemporary approach

6/8

Politics and diplomacy of contemporary Vietnam

2

Economy and business management of contemporary Vietnam

2

Law and administration of contemporary Vietnam

2

Society and culture of contemporary Vietnam

2

Special lecture

2/10

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study I

2

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study II

2

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study III

2

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study IV

2

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study V

2

Integrated research seminar

2/6

Seminar on traditional Vietnam

2

Seminar on modern Vietnam

2

Seminar on contemporary Vietnam

2

Specialized courses for Japanese Study

16/32

Diachronic approach

6/8

Japanese Language and Literature

2

Japanese Thought and Religion

2

Japanese History and Geography

2

Japan: Tradition and modernity

2

Contemporary approach

6/8

Politics and diplomacy of contemporary Japan

2

Economy and business management of contemporary Japan

2

Law and administration of contemporary Japan

2

Society and culture of contemporary Japan

2

Special lecture

2/10

Special Lecture on Japanese Study I

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Study II

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Study III

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Study IV

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Study V

2

Integrated research seminar

2/6

Seminar on traditional Japan

2

Seminar on modern Japan

2

Seminar on contemporary Japan

2

Internship

6

Master Thesis

15

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ADMISSION INFORMATION


 Admission capacity: 20 students per intake




Admission requirements

- University graduation with GPA >= 2.5/4.0 in majors specified in the curriculum".

- English requirements:        

* For official enrollment: Level 3/6 (IELTS 4.0-4.5) in Vietnamese reference framework for foreign language (Circular No. 01/2014/TT-BGDĐT) or equivalent.

* After the first year, English proficiency must be at least Level 4/6 (IELTS 5.0-5.5)in Vietnamese reference framework for foreign language (Circular No. 01/2014/TT-BGDĐT) or equivalent.

- Japanese requirements for Japanese Study: Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) ≥ N2;

- Vietnamese requirements for Vietnamese Study: Foreigners and overseas Vietnamese need to pass Vietnamese language proficiency test.


Entrance exam

- Open admission

- Entrance exam: application screening and oral test


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LIST OF THE SAME, RELEVANT OR CLOSELY RELATED MAJORS FOR MASTER PROGRAM IN AREA STUDIES

 


 

- Holders of a bachelor’s degree in majors under Humanities majors category and Social and behavioral sciences majors category;

- Holders of a bachelor’s degree in majors of Natural sciences with high multi-disciplinary nature shall be considered by the Admission committee based on the application documents;

- Holders of a bachelor’s degree in majors from abroad, which do not match any majors in the list of training majors by the Ministry of Education and Training, shall be considered by the Admission committee based on the application documents.


 


 CONTACT INFORMATION


     Admission Office

            Room 509, 5th Floor, My Dinh Campus

            Luu Huu Phuoc Street, My Dinh 1 Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

            Tel: (+84-4) 73 06 60 01 (Ext: 5093)

            Hotline: (+84) 96 69 54 736; (+84) 96 96 38 426;

            Email: admission@vju.ac.vn