The world is changing. A university education needs to change with it.

Fulbright’s academic program is designed to prepare you for the complex, connected, and changing world of the future.

The problems of the future are complex; addressing them requires practice. At Fulbright, our courses and curriculum are focused on active problem solving. Courses are inquiry-based, where you learn by discovering important ideas, navigating complex questions and problems, and investigating under the guidance of expert faculty committed to excellent teaching.

The future requires lifelong learning. At Fulbright, we ensure that students develop key skills for life. Our curriculum has been designed for you to develop six key competencies: critical thinking, innovative and creative thinking, effective communicating, collaborating, formulating, and inquiring.

These skills ensure that you are prepared for success in the changing world of the future.

The work of the future looks different. At Fulbright, our classes reflect the work environments that you will be entering in your future.

You will learn by working on projects, investigating deep questions, discussing ideas, collaborating with teams, travelling to locations, and engaging in focused processes of investigation and discovery.

Learning in our active, dynamic classes will prepare you for success in your future work environments –– wherever they may be.


Following the tradition of the best American universities, Fulbright’s curriculum and courses are founded on the liberal arts and sciences.

By studying the liberal arts and sciences –– subjects like literature, philosophy, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics – you will learn how to think about important questions and problems, how to reason and write effectively, and how to develop key skills for learning well beyond the classroom.

Moreover, at Fulbright you will not study these subjects in isolation. Our approach is transdisciplinary, which means courses are designed around key questions and problems supported by disciplines, rather than defined by them.

Our engineering courses and curriculum also incorporate the liberal arts and sciences, to help you become a better problem solver with deep values.


At Fulbright, you will learn knowledge of human perspectives and the natural world, by focusing on important problems and questions.

You will master six key intellectual and practical competencies, that will help you be a better thinker, learner, and collaborator.

You will develop dispositions that foster lifelong learning: curiosity, compassion, commitment, risk-taking, community mindedness, integrity and resilience.

You will develop the ability to navigate complex ideas and questions through transdisciplinary inquiry, including through difficult, real-world problems.

You will learn deeply about Vietnam. And you will be excellently prepared for your future.


As a graduate of Fulbright’s program, you will earn one of three degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts and Letters
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

With a Fulbright degree, you will be able to pursue a variety of careers, as a leader, researcher, entrepreneur, professional –– and other careers that have not even been invented yet.

Additionally, a Fulbright degree will prepare you for further studies at top caliber graduate and professional schools throughout the world.


Our curriculum is a fresh and unique approach, that we continue to develop with faculty and students.

Our curriculum has four parts:


To develop a strong base of knowledge built on the liberal arts, sciences and engineering, and effective thinking skills anchored on our six key competencies <link these below>, you will take seven Core courses, primarily in your first year. Through a range of questions and problems across disciplines, these courses teach you several important ways of thinking.

Core Courses

  • Critical Explorations of Ho Chi Minh City –– a transdisciplinary introduction to the city in which you will live and study for the next four years
  • Social Inquiry: Human Selves, Societies and Cultures –– investigating humans and how to study them rigorously
  • Scientific Inquiry of the Natural/Living World –– an introduction to modern science and thinking from a scientific point of view
  • Rhetoric: Writing and Communication –– principles of oral and written argumentation, the collection and synthesis of evidence, and the documentation of sources
  • Deductive Reasoning –– the uses of logic in mathematical, computational, and philosophical thinking, and their limits
  • Creating and Making –– developing an understanding of design thinking and the design process
  • Vietnamese Studies –– studying the social, cultural, economic, and political development of Vietnam


To prepare you for deeper study, in your second year you will complete two, three-course streams. The streams provide you with the tools and methods for investigating important ideas and problems more deeply. At least one of your streams will lead you to your major.


  • Arts –– critical tools to understand and create artworks
  • Texts and Contexts –– historical knowledge, critical, analytical, and creative skills of textual expression
  • Social Structures and Culture –– studying culture deeply, and the relationship of the one to the many
  • Studying People –– deepening a scientific approach to understanding what it means to be human
  • Natural Sciences –– further developing foundations and exploring the frontiers of the natural sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences –– building a powerful problem-solving tool kit for mathematics and the sciences
  • Computing –– developing a foundation in both the science and the engineering of computation
  • Engineering –– deepening abilities to design and to analyze engineering systems


To study a topic in depth and build a base of expertise, at Fulbright you will major in one or two of six key areas:

  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics & Computing
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences


Inside of your major, you will focus your study on a key topic. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, you will develop and undertake a course plan that provides a deep and rigorous study of your focused topic, informed by the ideas and methods of your major.

In addition to your course plan in your third and fourth years of study, you will also complete a Capstone Project in your fourth year. The Capstone Project reflects a deep work inside of your major’s focused topic, in the form of a thesis, project, artistic creation, research paper, or other suitably creative format.


To ensure that you optimize your learning opportunities, at Fulbright you will have a chance to take several courses as electives. These courses will help you explore a broad range of ideas. Electives can include internships, study abroad at an institution outside of Vietnam, and courses outside of your major area(s).



Innovative and Creative Thinking

Is the ability to generate new ideas and concepts, assess the interplay between novelty and value, and develop new ways of thinking about a topic or concept.  Examples include making a new app, an artistic representation, a new bridge design, or a new business proposal.


Is the ability to work effectively with a team or partner, and in doing so, recognize ones strengths and weaknesses as a team member. Examples include successful group work with a shared common goal, transdisciplinary work, and maintaining a growth mindset as a group of people.

Inquiry (Synthetic Reasoning)

Is the ability to generate information and observations through experimentation or investigation that allows one to draw meaningful conclusions about complicated or puzzling situations. Examples include research with humans, historical inquiry, and employing the scientific method.

Critical Thinking

Is the ability to use objective analysis of evidence to form a defensible judgment or argument. Examples include assessing the reliability of media information, creating an argument and a counter argument, and evaluating the validity and reliability of a scientific proposal.

Effective Communication

Is the ability to share information which takes into account the knowledge and abilities of the audience, which affords new perspectives or abilities to the audience. Examples include effective science communication to lay people, policy briefs about government policy, and film representations of social justice issues.

Formulation (Analytic Reasoning)

Is the ability to use a reasoning framework to create an argument or elucidate a pattern from a set of perspectives, observations, or information that yields a valid conclusion. Examples include a persuasive argument, a mathematical proof, an economic model of spending behavior, a computer program.