Electrical Engineering: Automation and the future of work in Southeast Asia
Have you ever wanted to travel to Southeast Asia? Have you ever been interested in taking your students to the region's fastest-growing economies to learn about the latest technologies they are using? Now you have a chance to combine the two in this customized faculty-led program to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam and Singapore brought to you by ABROADER.
- Participate in a highly engaged study abroad program in South East Asia
- Enjoy a mixed taste of tradition and modernity beauty of the HCMC
- Explore urban dynamic life in two of the world’s most dynamic cities through cultural sites and most importantly, having conversations with a variety of local inhabitants such as local buddies, staff and professionals from diverse backgrounds about their work and family lives
- Visit leading electrical engineering companies and manufacturers as well as observe the systems that they currently deploy
- Spend an overnight excursion with a traditional homestay in Mekong Delta & take a boat excursion to the Cai Be or Cai Rang floating markets. And, don't miss out opportunities to join workshops introducing the production of rice paper, rice crispy, honey and coconut candy
- Visit downtown Singapore with a tour to Gardens by the Bay-a state-of-the-art engineering and lush greenery
Tentative locations: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) & Singapore
Duration: 4 weeks
Tentative program itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Hotel check-in, Welcome dinner
Day 2 - Orientation & Basic Vietnamese lesson
Day 3 - Class day (8 hours)
Day 4 - Industry visits (2 companies)
Day 5 - Class (4 hours) & Volunteer Activity
Day 6 - Industry visits (2 companies)
Day 7 - City tour with local buddies & Cultural Show (No.1 in Vietnam)
Day 8 - Free Day
Day 9 - Class day (8 hours)
Day 10 - Industry visits (2 companies)
Day 11 - Day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 12 - Class day (8 hours)
Day 13 & 14: Overnight Mekong Delta Tour
Day 15 - Free day
Day 16 - Class day (8 hours)
Day 17 - STEM/EPIC DAY with local students
Day 18 - Class (8 hours), Farewell dinner
Day 19, 20 & 21 - Free days
Day 22 - Hotel check-out, Depart for Singapore
Day 23 - Free day/Explore Singapore (Gardens by the Bay), Welcome dinner
Day 24 - Class day (8 hours)
Day 25 - Industry visits (2 companies)
Day 26 - Industry visits (2 companies)
Day 27 - Class day (8 hours)
Day 28 - Free day
Day 29 - Hotel check-out, Depart from Singapore
All activities listed above are subject to change in case of unexpected circumstances or companies/organizations' unavailability.
We customize the itinerary to best meet your needs and objectives, thus there will be no programs with the same price.
What's usually included in our price?
- Airport transfer
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel, twin room, same-gender/room, single room for university faculty, free Wi-Fi and room service
- Meals: Breakfast at hotel; welcome and farewell dinners; other meals as listed in the itinerary
- Program development
- Program coordinator accompanies the group in every activity for the whole program;
- Local buddies arrangement (if requested)
- On-site orientation;
- Company visits arrangement;
- Guide and entrance fees for all excursions as listed in the itinerary
- Transportation as described in the program itinerary
- 24/7 emergency contact number (SOS card);
- All gratuities to bus drivers, tour guides and/ or similar;
- Fee for at least 1 faculty or employee from the university to join in program activities with students in Vietnam.
Step 1: Please take some minutes to fill out this online questionnaire. Our Program Manager will then contact you for a free consultation meeting to discuss your customized program in more detail.
Step 2: We finalize and send you the program proposal(s) for your institution’s approval.
Step 3: Partnership agreement/Program Contract signed
Step 4: Implementation
Things to do on your end:
- Market your program on campus & process students’ applications
- Approve and finalize academic content for the program
- Work closely with ABROADER's Program Manager to finalize all activities and logistics needed for your program (airfare, housing, airport pickup, classroom, excursions, etc.)
- Collect students’ program fees
- Hold pre-departure meeting and orientation
*If you feel overwhelmed, please rest assured that we are always here to support any of the things you are supposed to do at this step.
Things we do on our end:
- Finalize the overall program schedule
- Produce or support the production of marketing materials for your program
- Arrange all necessary logistics, site visits and cultural excursions for your program
- Provide support for the pre-departure meeting and orientation
Step 5: Your program starts - you and your students arrive in Vietnam or another program location in Southeast Asia.
Step 6: While in the program location, you teach the course, we take care of all the other activities and logistics for your program.
Step 7: Your program ends – the group departs from the program location. After you return home, there will be an evaluation meeting for us to review your program for future improvements and planning.
We endeavour to guarantee that through every stage of our process, issues like power and privilege, diversity and inclusion, community voice and reciprocity are taken into full consideration to make sure that every stakeholder is heard and included.
During my environmental engineering internship at my host company, I have learned a great deal of practical knowledge and skills that I hadn’t been taught in schools before, in particular my design skills have been improved a lot. My supervisor and coworkers gave me very helpful support and guidance which is what I expected to have in an internship, although I wish I was more freedom to explore and do independent work. Adding to the experience, I got to go on a field trip to Hai Duong in 2 weeks while I was an intern. It was a valuable experience for me because I was able to travel and see the different practices in a smaller city of Hai Duong compared to Hanoi, I of course made new friends and had a little peak into the local life of people outside the busy capital.
Environmental Engineering Internship ,Durham University, England
Hospitality Internship ,Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Overall the people have exceeded my expectations, and they are really what’s going to help make my experience in Vietnam a great one. I’ve always loved leaving my country (the US) and having new experience, so I wanted to do an internship abroad. Having already spent a semester in Europe, I wanted something really different. My mom was born in Saigon and lived there before coming to the United States with her family. So I felt like a good way to get in touch with my culture and my roots would be to spend three months living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In my internship in Vietnam, I have helped with various marketing efforts by giving ideas or designing things. I have learned that, of course, there is a different way of doing business here compared to the United States. Things are run differently, there’s a different office culture, there are just always many cultural differences to keep in mind when doing business in a different country, and Vietnam has not been an exception. The people ABROADER have set me up with have been beyond wonderful. Coming to Vietnam on my own seemed very daunting and intimidating, but ABROADER has helped make the transition smooth and seamless. They helped take care of everything I would need during my time here and have gone above and beyond to assure that things continue to go smoothly. I am very appreciative of their support, and it makes the whole thing a little less scary. My local buddies have been so helpful for everything, and I really feel like they are becoming genuine friends. I am generally pretty shy, so it was nice to have friends before even arriving to help introduce me to more people and get me out there. Overall the people have exceeded my expectations, and they are really what’s going to help make my experience in Vietnam a great one.
Natasha Nguyen Mohney
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Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
Electrical Engineering & Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia
IT Internship ,Pennsylvania State University, USA
Medical Internship ,Loyola University Chicago, USA
I realize that the key to develop yourself is to improve your competence in a whole new environment, and coming to Vietnam for an internship accomplished what I came for. I came here because I wanted to have more confidence to speak up my mind in front of other people and it is hard to accomplish these when you are still in your comfort zone.
Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
I had a blast with the remote internship with ABROADER. The cultural sessions were exciting and informative of the way of life in Vietnam. What made this unique for me was the staffs engagement with me and the other students. I liked getting to talk about the differences in cultures and similarities. The staff was always excited to see me and liked talking about my interests as well. I really liked the food cultural sessions and the opportunity to make Vietnamese food in my own home. I think any future participant would like this program if they wanted something outside their comfort zone. It was an entirely different world from the US to Vietnam and I enjoyed every second of it. What was your funniest moment? The funniest moment was when I was caught laughing at a video during a cultural meeting. The video was a music video and had hilarious content and I got called out because the host of the meeting saw me laughing. I thought this was not just funny because the video but also because the hosts were glad I was enjoying the cultural session.
Business Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University
I am thankful to God that my daughter had an opportunity to be in Vietnam for 3 months through ABROADER. She stayed with a host family for a month and half and was able to learn a lot about the culture and the food. She loved her host family and misses them. Then she had traveled to Hanoi and worked with ABROADER. The staff was very friendly, caring, and hospitable. After 3 months in Vietnam, I had noticed the changes in my daughter about her outlook of life. She is no longer as much of a picky eater and her compassion and understanding of the Vietnamese people, the culture, and the food has greatly increased. I believe that this experience has helped her grow fast in her journey of life. Thanks ABROADER!!
Marketing Internship ,Natasha Mohney’s mother