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The American Center

The American Center (AC)


Welcome to the American Center. Located at a commercial building of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, our center provides up-to-date information to Vietnamese audiences on the United States, its people and its policies. Our subjects include American society, politics and government, economics and trade, foreign affairs and defense, education and the culture, as well as global concerns such as narcotics, environmental issues and social issues.

The Center regularly hosts a wide variety of events and long-distance online courses.

Staffed by professional documentation and reference specialists and equipped with modern information retrieval technologies, we provide free Internet and access to high value on-line databases. The American Center provides continually updated information on current U.S. policy and legislation to Vietnamese government officials, academics, journalists as well as U.S. Mission staff.

The American Center is open to the public free of charge. We welcome visits by government officials, academics, journalists, students, and other groups interested in information about the United States. Please note that children under 10 are not allowed. 

Hours: Monday to Friday: from 8:30AM to 5:00PM; Thursday: from 8:30AM to 7:00PM (No lunch break)

Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, American and Vietnamese Holidays.

Regulations: Please see AC regulations here.

Registration Form: You can register for AC membership online. Please fill in your information here.


Reference Books: The American Center (AC) has reference books in many subject areas including:

  • General Reference Books
  • United State Reference Books
  • U.S. History
  • U.S. Government and Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Economics and Trade
  • U.S Geography and Travel,
  • Arts, Science, Technology, Environment, Health
  • U.S. Literature
  • U.S. Culture

Please visit AC's online catalog here.

English Learning Materials

The AC has a wide variety of books, CDs and other English learning and teaching materials for students of all ages.

Education USA Advising Materials

The AC has many books and resources about U.S. Universities, Colleges, Courses of Study, Scholarships and Testing Preparation Materials (TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, GRE). 


We offer 56 magazines and newspapers at the AC for reference. These periodicals cover all aspects of American life including: Art in America, Bloomberg, Business Week, English Teaching Professional, Newsweek, Readers Digest, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, American Heritage, Seventeen, Sport Illustrated, and more.

Research/Reference Service

Information provided upon request about U.S. policies in domestic and international affairs via phone calls, fax, mail, e-mail, and visits by appointment.

Article Round Up

This is a monthly current awareness collection of 25 articles, designed to keep AC users abreast of global issues and concerns as well as contemporary American society. Upon receiving Article Round Up, AC users can request full texts of selected articles via fax, telephone, mail or visits.

Book Circulation

The AC’s book collections are circulated to patrons. Please see the Circulation Service Policy and Registration Form here.


The AC has a collection of CD/DVDs, including American documentary films, American movies, educational collection series, English study series and more.

These CD/DVDs are available for patrons to use during AC opening hours. DVDs are also available to be checked out.

Internet Service

Approximately 18 computers are available free of charge for high-speed Internet connection. The AC also has wifi for patrons on a limited basis.

Public Events

AC often organizes programs for the general public free of charge (ID is required for entry). AC programs include Film Showings, U.S. Speaker Programs, Exhibitions & Fairs, Book and Article Discussions. Public events are announced on the Consulate General Website at

The U.S. Consulate General Website

The AC staff maintains the Consulate General public website at The website serves as a gateway to useful information related to visa applications, education, economics and trade of the U.S.


The American Center 
8th floor, Diamond Plaza 
34 Le Duan Blvd, District 1 
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
Phone: (84-8) 3520-4627 
Fax: (84-8) 3520-4622