Bachelor of Arts in English Language

10:06 01/11/2023

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language program at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, with its experienced lecturers and contemporary teaching approaches, has successfully prepared numerous cohorts of students with robust professional skills to excel across a spectrum of domains such as diplomacy, media - journalism, business - trade, culture, and social sectors. Moreover, it has fostered their adeptness at adapting effectively in a global environment.

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  • Updated program with diverse career orientations

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language program at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) is developed on the basis of highlighting the Academy's exceptional strengths, particularly its prowess in foreign language training and its internationally-focused majors. As a result, students not only acquire a thorough understanding of the English language but also delve into specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge through one of three elective career tracks: Translation - Interpretation for Foreign Affairs, English for Economics - Business, or English for Journalism - Communication. These diverse pathways not only equip future graduates with a wide range of career prospects but also enable them to tailor their professional trajectory to their individual talents, passions, and the dynamic demands of the global job market.

  • Different learning paths tailored to students’ levels of English proficiency

To address the diverse range of English proficiency levels among incoming freshmen, a comprehensive placement examination is conducted. This evaluation results in students being placed into one of two distinct groups: Intermediate level or Advanced level.

The Intermediate level group is designed for students with English proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS band score of 4.5 to 5.5. Here, the emphasis lies on reinforcing fundamental English skills, ensuring a sturdy groundwork for further academic pursuits.

Meanwhile, the Advanced level group caters to students with English proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS band score of 6.0 or higher. From their very first semester, students in this cohort embark on English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses tailored to their academic and professional aspirations. Furthermore, they benefit from two advanced specialized knowledge courses, enriching their academic journey and deepening their expertise in specific fields of study.

  • Aimed at developing students’ comprehensive skills

Students majoring in English Language receive comprehensive training, acquiring a broad spectrum of skills essential for success. These encompass language proficiency in both English and another foreign language, as well as a diverse range of professional competencies such as translation, interpretation, report writing, academic writing, public relations, and event organization. Additionally, they develop vital soft skills including communication, presentation, teamwork, critical thinking, and management and leadership. This robust skill set not only enhances their adaptability but also positions them for seamless integration into international and multicultural environments.

To enrich their learning experience, students have abundant opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in practical settings. These include internships at domestic and international agencies, businesses, and organizations, allowing them to gain real-world experience. Furthermore, they actively participate in diverse extracurricular activities organized by the Academy and the English Department, providing them with hands-on experiences that complement their academic studies and foster holistic development.

Worshop on the translation and interpretation skills
  • Highly qualified and experienced teaching team

The English Faculty's members and lecturers involved in the program have undergone rigorous training at esteemed universities both domestically and abroad, spanning countries such as the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, and others. Of particular note, many courses are led by Ambassadors, experts, and experienced diplomats, offering students unique perspectives and real-world insights.


Module of Professional Knowledge of the English Language major

  • English Pragmatics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Anglo and American Studies
  • British and American Literature

Modules of Professional Knowledge and Skills

  • English for Specific Purposes - ESP (for International Relations, International Economics, International Communication)
  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership and Management
  • Project Development
  • Career Development

Career-orientation Professional Courses

  • Translation - Interpretation for Foreign Affairs: ESP for International Relations, Translation, Interpreting, Contemporary History of International Relations, Vietnam’s Foreign Policy, and Diplomatic Service.
  • English for Economics - Business: ESP for International Economics, English for Business Communication, Translation and Interpretation of Economic-Commercial Content, Applied Economics, International Economic Relations, International Business.
  • English for Journalism - Communication: ESP for International Communication, English Language for Journalism, Writing English for Mass Media, Introduction to International Communication, Print and Online Journalism, Media Analysis of International Events.
English Students were awarded with the  EUREKA research prize


After graduation, students can take on various employment positions as follows:

- Professional translator/interpreter, or officers in various departments of foreign affairs/international cooperation of ministries, and line agencies, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

- Officers in departments of foreign affairs/international cooperation in private corporations/companies, particularly those with international elements (specifically in departments/units in charge of business, human resources, legal affairs, communications, public relations, etc.).

- Officers, reporters, editors, translators, broadcasters, etc. for press agencies (radio and television stations, newspapers and magazines) and publishers.

- English teachers, academic curriculum developers, textbook and learning material developers at foreign language centers and educational institutions at all levels, from elementary school to university.

- English lecturers, researchers in English language and linguistics at domestic and foreign universities and research institutes.

- Project officers, managers, etc. in non-governmental, intergovernmental, or international organizations.

- Tour guides, operation managers, etc. in travel and tourism agencies.


With their professional expertise and proficiency in foreign languages, graduates are well-equipped to pursue advanced studies at comparable or higher levels. This may involve earning a second Bachelor's degree or undertaking postgraduate education, such as Master's or Doctoral degrees, in disciplines like English Language, Language Pedagogy, or various social sciences including Journalism, Communication, Economics, and Business. Opportunities for further academic exploration exist both domestically and internationally, with a particular emphasis on institutions in English-speaking countries.

For those with aspirations to become English educators, the path continues with the pursuit of pedagogical certificates through domestic or foreign training facilities. This ensures they acquire the requisite qualifications and competencies needed to excel in their chosen profession.

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