Admission & Evaluation


A candidate can be admitted to the program via some following paths: 

  1. Students who have passed the results of the National High School Examinations
  2. Students who are good at specialized schools, talents and high schools in the group of top 100 schools (with the highest average scores in the previous National High School exam)
  3. Student who won national and international competitions
  4. Student who passed the SAT exam organized by International University of HCM in May and November every year. 


Program specification

The program specification of the Environmental Engineering Department contains the following information: 

  • Degree Awarding Body: International University – Vietnam National University HCMC (IU-VNU HCM)
  • Teaching Department: Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Name of the degree: Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering 
  • Accreditation: The Environmental Engineering undergraduate program was accredited by VNU-HCM in 2017 with the Education and Training Code of 
  • Program type: IU


Program duration

Typically 4 years (8 semesters)

Students with low English proficiency at the entrance (determined by the grade of English placement test) may spend more time.

  •  The academic year starts at the beginning of September and comprises 2 semesters: semester 1 (Fall) and semester 2 (Spring).
  • Semester 1 starts in September and semester 2 starts in February. Each semester lasts for 18 weeks with 15 weeks for lectures, 1 week for mid-term exams and 2 weeks for final exams.
  • Semester 3 (Summer) can also be organized, if necessary. Summer semester is optional, starts in June and lasts for 8 weeks with 5 weeks for lectures, 1 week for mid-term exams and 2 weeks for final exams.  Summer Semester gives students the opportunity to accelerate their studies to graduate sooner, to catch up the delay or reduce workloads in the coming years.

The typical number of credits students take for each semester is 18. Students can take up to 24 credits and not less than 12 credits for each semester except for the last semester when they perform the final thesis.

A typical course has 3 credits, the lab has 1 credit and the thesis has 10 credits. 


Grade criteria

GPA (Grade Point Average) is based on 3 main points: Mid-term exam, Final exam and Assignment 

  • Each of these 3 will constitute a share of the final GPA. Besides, each lecturer will set some percentage on attendance or classwork. However, the total will always equal 100%. 
  • Assignment will consist of some in-class quizzes, presentations, group projects or homework, etc. The mid-term and final exam will be taken on paper-based or oral tests. Some courses will have these exams on the computers or as presentations/ projects. 
  • Some will take the average point of project and presentation. 
  • The point scale will be out of 100, students are considered as “passed” if their GPA at the end of the semester is equal or greater than 50 (Note: 49.5 not considered as “passed” but 49.5+ will be rounded to 50 and counted as “passed”)

Table of grades and equivalents

Excellent 90<=GPA<=100
Very good 80<=GPA<=90
Good 70<=GPA<=80
Fair 60<=GPA<=70
Average 50<=GPA<=60
Weak 40<=GPA<=50
Very weak GPA<40




Student assessment

1. Course Assessment 

As the regulation of IU, the categories to calculate course grade as follows: 

  • Mid-term exam: 20%-30% 
  • Final exam: 35%-60% 
  • Others (quizzes, homework, presentation, etc): 10%-30% 

 The final grade of a laboratory course includes: 

  • Laboratory assignment: 70% – 80% 
  • Laboratory final exam: 20% – 30% 


Incomplete grade (I): used by academic instructors for incomplete work of students for sufficient reasons by the end of a course or of a semester. 

A student will receive an incomplete grade on the following conditions: 

  • Attended classes, taking mid-term tests, working on subjects in lab sections, and practicing. 
  • Paid the tuition for that semester 
  • Got leave of absence for mid-term tests, and the final examination (due to illness, accidents…) 

The below procedures must be completed: 

  • Students will receive Incomplete grade (I) when filing document to be properly submitted to the instructor of the course. With the course instructor’s and the Dean’s approval, the Office of Academic Affairs will decide whether a student is eligible for an I grade. 

Students happening to get sick or for some reasons cannot take an exam must file. 

  • The appropriate document of sufficient reasons with evidence to the Office of Academic Affairs within three days of the examination date. 
  • For special cases, students file the appropriate document to the Chair of Department who will suggest to the Board of Rectors for their approval 
  • In order to remove incomplete grade, students need to file a proper form to retake the course examination. If students do not get enough grades for their performance evaluation by the end of the next academic year, the Incomplete is changed to an F (zero point) for grade point computation. 


2. Internship assessment 

Students will be required to do an internship in environmental industry and management companies during summers. Students will have access to internships with diverse companies and institutes. 

Internship registration: Students are allowed to register for summer internship before the academic year when they aim to apply for the thesis 


  • To develop skills in the application of theory to practical works situations; 
  • To develop skills and techniques directly applicable to their careers; 
  • To provide students the opportunity to get involve with industry before graduated. 

 Internship Duration: 8 weeks of full time working 


3. Thesis assessment 


  • Successfully accumulate at least 90 % of credit numbers of the academic curriculum and finish pre-thesis; 
  • Do not under any academic admonishment. 

 Thesis Duration: minimum 12 weeks 

Thesis Evaluation: Thesis is evaluated by Advisor, Reviewer and the Defense Committee. 


4. Graduation assessment 

Requirement for graduation: 145 credits 

English requirement: Based on the decree No. 795 of QĐ-ĐHQT-ĐT from International University – Vietnam National University-HCM (IU) regarding the English proficiency requirement for graduation, the Environmental Engineering Department designed the following mandatory roadmap to help ENE students achieve this requirement. 

 University requirement: To be eligible for graduation, students have to submit the TOEFL iBT score report with score 79 or TOEFL PBT score 550 or IELTS score 6.5 (see appendix 1A & 1B for equivalent). 


Department roadmap: Each year the ENE Department will collaborate with the English Department of IU to organize two TOEFL iBT tests for ENE students (one in June and one in December). For 2010 the Department paid for the tests. For the following years, students have to pay the test fee that will be determined by the English Department unless otherwise specified. The test result of each student will be sent to the student and the class academic advisor. 

The following scores are required: 

  • Students finishing first year: TOEFL PBT score ≥ 500 or equivalent. 
  •  Students finishing sophomore year: TOEFL PBT score ≥ 510 or equivalent. 
  •  Students finishing junior year: TOEFL PBT score ≥ 530 or equivalent. 

 The above scores are subject to change according to the newer University requirements. 

Students who do not meet the above scores will be required to take an English course. In particular, students entering year 2010 and after have to register fewer credits for the following semester until they meet the above requirements (see appendix 1C for details). 

 The ENE Department will reimburse test fee to students who obtain TOEFL PBT score 580 (or equivalent). Each student can receive the reimbursement only once. 

 These requirements will be applied since the academic year 2017-2018. 


Extra-curriculum activities 

  • Internship: Students will be required to do an internship in an environmental industry and management companies during summers. Students will have access to internships with diverse companies and institutes. Internship stipends will be considered to encourage maximum involvement of the students. 
  •  Social activities: Many social activities for students including Blood donation, IU singer, Green summer, etc. are frequently organized by the Student Association and Youth Union. Many Soft Skill clubs are established to train students with essential skills such as leader skills, presentation skills, etc. besides their academic experiences.