Ho Chi Minh City International University

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Ho Chi Minh City
International University
Đại học Quốc Tế Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
Type Public
Established 5 December 2003
Rector Hồ Thanh Phong
Academic staff
164 [1]
Students 6,278 [1]
Undergraduates 5,809 [1]
Postgraduates 469 [1]
Location Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Campus Suburban, 11.52 hectares[2]
Affiliations Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City
Website www.hcmiu.edu.vn

Ho Chi Minh City International University (a.k.a. IU or HCMIU) is an English-speaking university located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is a member university of Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. It was established in 2003 with the aim to become one of the leading research universities in Vietnam.

The teaching is conducted mainly in English. Thus, in addition to entrance exams, students also have to take an English test or have a TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or equivalent English certificate as required by HCMIU and its cooperative universities.

Majors offered by HCMIU are: business administration, finance & banking, logictics, biotechnology, biochemistry, food technology, electrical engineering, automation & control, information technology (computer science engineering), biomedical engineering, civil engineering, industrial systems engineering, space engineering, environmental engineering, financial engineering & risk management (applied mathematics) and english linguistic.

Cooperative and Twinning Programs[edit]

The university has education partnerships with some universities from The United States of America, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Students may study two years at the university and two or three graduate years overseas. The tuition fee is higher than in other Vietnamese universities. Diplomas will be issued by HCMIU's cooperative universities.[3]

United States United States:

United Kingdom United Kingdom:

Australia Australia:

New Zealand New Zealand:

Postgraduate Programs[edit]

  1. Doctor of Biotechnology
  2. Master of Business Administration
  3. Master of Science in Biotechnology
  4. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  5. Master of Science in Information Management
  6. Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  7. Master of Science in Industrial Systems Engineering
  8. Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
  9. Master of Science in Leadership, joint program with Northeastern University, United States

Schools and Departments[edit]

Currently, International University has 4 schools and 6 departments as listed below:

School of Business[edit]

Programs offered:

School of Biotechnology[edit]

Programs offered:

School of Electrical Engineering[edit]

Programs offered:

School of Computer Science and Engineering[edit]

Programs offered:

Departments Biomedical Engineering[edit]

Programs offered:

Department of Industrial Systems Engineering[edit]

Programs offered:

Department of Civil Engineering[edit]

The department offers the program of Civil Engineering.

Department of Physics[edit]

The department offer undergraduate program in Space Engineering which specialises in Image Analysis and Remote Sensing. It is responsible for all Physics courses. Its scientific research includes the fields of Galactic Astronomy and Plasma Physics.[4]

Department of Mathematics[edit]

The department offers the program of Applied Mathematics with the specialization of Financial Engineering and Risk Management. It is also responsible for other mathematical-related courses.

Department of English[edit]

The English Department provides globally standardized language programs to assist students in their studies, which are conducted wholly in English.


The International University has received accreditation from the ASEAN University Network - Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) for the following programs:[5]

Student Life[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

Students at the International University run over 15 clubs and organizations, including volunteer groups, academic clubs and common-interest teams. Most organizations are funded and governed by the Youth Union and the Students Union, while a few others are directly run and supported by Schools and Departments.

Youth Union:

  • Event Department
  • External Relations Department
  • Information Department
  • Science and Technology Department

Students Union:

  • Social Work Team (SWT)
  • English Teaching Volunteers (ETV)
  • Arts Team (Arteam)
  • Enactus IU (formerly SIFE IU)
  • Soft Skills Club (SSC)
  • Guitar Club (GC)
  • English Club (IEC)
  • French Club (FC)
  • Sports Club (SC)
  • Japan Club
  • Korean Club (KYG)

Other organizations:

  • Securities Exchange Club (SEC)
  • Marketing Club (Martic)
  • IT Club (ITC)
  • English Speaking Club (ESC)
  • IU Buddy (Exchange student support group)

Student accommodation[edit]

Students can register for housing services at the following dormitories:

  • VNU-HCMC Dormitory
  • VNU-HCMC Guest House
  • Dormitories in city center: Phan Liem and Ly Van Phuc streets.


  • IU Main Campus, Thu Duc
  • Ground floor, VNU-HCMC Central Library
  • IU City Campus, 33 Ly Tu Trong, District 1

Board of Rectors[edit]

Rector: Assoc. Prof. Hồ Thanh Phong, PhD.

Vice Rectors:

  • Nguyễn Văn Chung, PhD.
  • Trần Tiến Khoa, PhD.
  • Hồ Nhựt Quang, PhD.


  1. ^ a b c d "Transparent Report 2014". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Architectural Planning Regulations by VNU-HCMC" (PDF). Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Joint programs". International University. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Introduction". www.hcmiu.edu.vn. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Educational Accreditation". International University. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 10°52′40″N 106°48′07″E / 10.8777°N 106.8020°E / 10.8777; 106.8020