University of Social Sciences and Humanities / USSH

Founded in 1945

The VNU University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), a member university of Vietnam National University (VNU), Hanoi, is one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions that demonstrates a strong commitment to high-quality education, rigorous academic standards, and application of knowledge in every programme.

Founded in 1945 as Hanoi University of Arts by a decree signed by President Ho Chi Minh, USSH has since had more than 70 years of history. Currently, the university comprises 17 faculties and department, a university affiliated institute, a museum, a company and 15 research centers. It is one of the leading universities in Vietnam with nearly 10,000 domestic and international students, more than 500 teaching and servicing staff working on intellectual creation.

USSH offers a modern pedagogical model, integrating classroom learning and hands-on experience that prepares students to master and to make, to reflect and to apply, to analyze and to act. Students are prepared to enter graduate school or the workplace by undertaking a curriculum that marries the best of knowledge and deep learning with vocationally enhancing application of acquired skills and knowledge. Our faculty accomplishes innovative interdisciplinary research in the fields of social sciences and humanities, in both basic and applied sciences such as History, Literature, Philosophy, International Studies, Tourism Studies, Journalism and Communication, etc.

We invite you to discover for yourselves what makes USSH an exceptional university where we are “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future”. See more

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  • Courses for NOHA students

    Semester 3/2018-20                                                                 4 Sep 2019 – 30 Jan 2020

    •       6 modules                                                                                      20 ECTS
    •       Internship                                                                                       10 ECTS

    The full programme consists of 30 ECTS, 20 ECTS for in class lectures and 10 ECTS for self-study. The table below shows the distribution of the 20 ECTS for in class lectures. All courses will be taught in English.

    The programme is divided into 6 modules that aim to improve practical skills for problem-solving, using tools and approaches from various aspects. Students will develop their own interest and expertise within broader field of humanitarian action. In "Learn by Doing" educational programmes, field work can provide essential, real life contact with instructional and experiential subjects, increasing the value of the learning experience overall. The 6 modules offered are:

    No.     Name                                                                                                          ECTS

    1. Humanitarian Leadership Programme (HLP) 4 ECTS
    2. International Relations in Humanitarian Affairs in responding to disasters - ASEAN experiences 3 ECTS
    3. Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis 4 ECTS
    4. Community-based Disaster Risk Management- Experiences and Insights from Vietnam 3 ECTS
    5. Anthropology and the Cultural Dimension of Humanitarian Action 3 ECTS
    6. Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change 3 ECTS

    In addition to the above-mentioned modules, the programme also includes an internship. Students will take an internship at the local Vietnam Red Cross or a social enterprise e.g. Sapa O' Chau. They may assist the community to recover from suffering or difficulties affected by natural disasters.

    Please note that there may be changes in the modules presented above according to revisions made by the partner university to adjust the curriculum to the future academic calendars.
  • Download USSH third semester manual 2018-2020

Useful info

  • Studying in Hanoi

    As the capital of 1,000 years of history, Hanoi has the finest essence of what Vietnamese culture has to offer. The city hosts more cultural sights than any other cities in Vietnam, including over 600 pagodas and temples. Even though some relics were not able to survive wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historical monuments for visitors and residents.

    Hanoi has a compelling blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Prominent French architectural style is revealed among the tree lined streets of Hoang Dieu or Phan Dinh Phung, the Grand Opera House, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Presidential Palace (formerly Place of the Governor-General of French Indochina), St Joseph’s Cathedral, and the historic Sofitel Metropole Hotel, etc. On the other hand, distinctive oriental flavor resides within the ancient architecture of the Tempe of Literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam, which was the first university of Vietnam), the One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot), the Flag Tower of Hanoi (Cot Co Ha Noi), the Temple of Quan Tanh, Ngoc Son and the Old Quarter, etc.

    Hanoi is also home to a number of museums, including the Vietnamese History Museum, The National Museum of Ethnology, The National Museum of Fine Arts, the Revolution Museum and the Museum of Ho Chi Minh.

    36 Hours in Hanoi, Vietnam | The New York Times
  • Accommodation

    Student Dormitories
    International students can apply for accommodation in 2 dormitories managed by VNU Hanoi:
    • Me Tri Dormitory at No.182 Luong The Vinh, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi
    • My Dinh Dormitory in My Dinh II Urban Area, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi
    Depending on the dormitory and room the monthly rent for a shared room will be 100-150 EUR. Similar rates apply for the homestay during the internship.

    Private Accommodation
    Apart from student dormitories, Hanoi also offers affordable private accommodation. There are several places online where it is helpful to start searching or asking. The most recent offers can be found in Facebook groups such as "Hanoi Massive Housing" or "Hanoi Massive - a new era". Another helpful address for private accommodation is "TNH Hanoi".
    Private accommodation can starts from around 120 EUR (usually excluding utilities) in shared houses. However, prices can vary and depend on multiple factors such as area, standard and services.
    USSH will assist you in looking for accommodation on demand.
  • Living costs

    Living costs in Hanoi are generally low compared to most western cities and can be expected to be between 400 and 600 EUR per month. A meal at one of the typical street vendors is around 1.20 EUR, a haircut for men costs around 2 EUR and taking the bus one direction is about 0.30 EUR. However, the cost of living may vary greatly depending on the area students are living in. Both student dormitories as well as the USSH itself are in rather inexpensive areas.
    Regularly updated information about the cost of living in Hanoi can be found on Expatistan or Numbeo. Both include detailed lists of regular goods and services.
  • Visa

    USSH will be in charge of arranging visa and students will receive visa permit at the Immigaration Department in the Noi Bai airport. The fee for getting a 6-month visa is US5.


University of Social Sciences and Humanities / USSH

336 Nguyen Trai – Thanh Xuan – Ha Noi  Email:


Dr Vu Anh Thu
phone: 84-0913040708
office location: Faculty of International Studies, USSH
office hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm (Monday –Friday)

For questions regarding the program or university affairs:
Mr. Luong Ngoc Vinh E-mail:
Mrs. Vu Anh Thu E-mail:

For questions regarding living as a student in Vietnam:
Mr. Etienne Mahler E-Mail:

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