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FOR STUDENTS

  • 1. I AM WORRIED. HOW DO I KNOW IF ABROADER IS A LEGITIMATE COMPANY?
    • Don’t worry, we will tell you more about our legal status. ABROADER, formerly known as Student Exchange Vietnam (SE Vietnam) is a registered Vietnamese company and our incorporation number is 0106516267 with the name of ABROADER (SE is the abbreviation for Student Exchange).

      We have also registered and been verified by a number of international education portals, including CISAbroad, GoOverseas and GoAbroad. Currently, we are a member of VCCI (Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry), NAFSA (Association of International Educators, US), Forum on Education Abroad (US), the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and have partnership with the International Education Exchange Forum (IEEF) from Japan, Global link from Korea. We are also a partner of a wide range of universities & education organizations in Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, the US, Canada, etc.

      You can learn more about us here

  • 2. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABROAD. WHY SHOULD I GO THEN?
    • Globalization is here to stay, and students who want to work in our interconnected global world should study abroad. Despite the inevitable increasing global competition for jobs, many students lack the international experience, language capabilities and cross-cultural communication skills necessary to succeed in the global economy. Making going abroad a part of academic career is the most effective and accessible means for students to develop needed skills because it encourages students to get out of their comfort zone to experience another culture, language, environment and education system. It teaches students to appreciate difference and diversity, and enables them to recognize — and then dismiss — stereotypes they may have held about people they had never met. Furthermore, learning how to interact with people from other countries and cultures equips future leaders in all sectors to address urgent issues — from curing diseases and finding energy solutions, to fighting terrorism and hunger — shared across borders.

  • 3. OK, THEN WHY SHOULD I WORK WITH ABROADER?
    • ABROADER, formerly known as SE Vietnam, was established to provide affordable, high quality and customized study and internship in Vietnam programs for students wishing to go abroad. The company is built on three strong foundations that we aim to provide every student with, including – Professional Experience – Educational Experience – Local ExperienceWe also truly care about students, respect them as individuals and seek the way to help them integrate into the local community & gain the most from the chosen program.

      You can learn more about us here

  • 4. THIS SOUNDS INTERESTING, I WILL SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT IT. HOW DO I JOIN ABROADER PROGRAMS THEN?
    • Great! We think you should discuss this with your family/friends for their advice too. We bet that they would love to know about your new interesting destination. Please visit our section Procedure for more details on how to go abroad with us or simply choose your program now if you feel confident enough. We are always here to help!

  • 5. IT STRIKES ME WITH A BIG SURPRISE TO SEE YOUR FEES. WHY ARE THE FEES SO MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE THAN OTHER PROVIDERS?
    • Our Internship Program Fee and Study Program Fee have been designed to keep the quality of our programs high, yet at the same time ensure we do not include any unnecessary costs or middle men, which often inflate the fees of other organizations. The Program Fee you pay is used to pay for the expenses associated with your stay in country, including airport pickup, orientation, accommodation arrangement and staff support to ensure your time in Vietnam goes as smoothly as possible.

      ABROADER does not sacrifice the quality of our programs, rather we work on a transparent financial system, whereby we can operate at a sustainable level, provided we have high numbers of international participating on our programs. Comparing cost of living in Vietnam to that of some countries in the Asian region, the low tuition fee and accommodation payment are favourable to keep our Program fee at competitive rate.

  • 6. HOW DO I MAKE AN INTERNSHIP ABROAD SUCCESSFUL?
    • Ms. Mo Nguyen– the Director of ABROADER, was invited as the guest speaker at the US embassy to share her experience on how to make the volunteer/internship abroad time in Vietnam successful for international students. Many useful cases and real stories were shared with the local hosts. Mo started with the story of a student who got an internship in a well-known multi-national company, which was the dream of many students, but finally got dissatisfied with it. What happened to him?

      1. Expectation match

      The intern expected to have an internship abroad where he could learn and work with local people, in a totally different working environment, not in the-same- one- with- his- country office. However, the host company just needed someone who could understand their “routine”.  The expectation mismatch in this case is exactly what killed the meaningful internship abroad. Therefore, expectation match is very important for both local host company and the international intern. They should know what they expect from each other in order to understand each other values and explore the ways to add values to each other.

      2. Open and culture respect

      One teacher in a Vietnamese high school was so embarrassed when the international intern pointed her mistake in front of her students. Being OPEN is very important to both the local host and the international intern. In Vietnam, people normally tell your fault with you personally not in front of others, especially at school where teachers are the mirror for students and supposed to be always right. It is necessary to talk about the sensitivity of criticizing a person in public, because it may be normal in the intern’s home country, but can be a disaster in the host place. Especially, you must think twice before posting photos or comments on social media, because it can unintentionally hurt some locals or distort the truth that you may not understand well.

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      3. Single contact

      At each local host, one specific person should be in charge of being the FIRST contact for international intern. It helps a lot to make the interns feel safe and consistent. When there are any changes, it is always that single contact who informs the student timely. For example, if the class is close today because they need to welcome a special VIP, the international intern would expect a sudden notice in advance before the class starts with the clear reason.

      4. Emergency Response

      While taking internship in Vietnam, most students want to take a holiday, or a tour in the country or the neighbor country. They can travel with other interns or with their family, friends, but remember, the intern’s safety is very important to the local host. The internship abroad should be both happy and safe. So both the host and the interns must talk openly about the intern’s travel plan. They should make it clear about the journey with time and date, about who will the intern travel with and the contact information of the person (s)he goes with. The intern should give the host contact to his/her accompanier too. This action helps the local host to get updates from the intern even when they cannot contact the intern directly. Or in return, the accompanier can contact the host for the intern in case (s)he cannot get contacting.

      So the intern should and should be reminded to bring the First contact’s information with her/him as the RED CARD.

  • 7. WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE?
    • Please keep in mind that travel insurance is a must for your trip. It makes sure that you have prepared for the worst case when something goes wrong and can stay safe financially.

      TIME ISSUE

      It is highly recommended that you purchase the travel insurance right when you make any payment for your trip (program fee, accommodations, etc). Please pay attention to the valid dates of the insurance and what it covers, to see whether you can claim the irrecoverable costs in case of cancelling your trip, or whether your insurance is valid from the time you check out from your home country or check in the host country, etc.

      TYPES OF INSURANCE

      Typical services depend on the insurance provider that you choose, but basically there are three most popular types: 

      • Single Trip insurance: is applied for one trip of up to 3 months. This will not cover your traveling to various countries
      • Annual Multi Trip insurance: covers multiple trips for one year, with a maximum duration of 45 days/trip
      • Backpacker insurance: covers up to 2 years, including 1 trip home for your study break and other trips within the covered geographical area

      More information about Visa Application can be found HERE.

EDUCATORS

  • 1. WHY AN INTERNSHIP OR STUDY PROGRAM ABROAD IS IMPORTANT?
    • An internship abroad is a sneak peek into diversified living environment

      Diversity equips students with necessary skills for a global economy.. Vietnam, is being considered as a promising destination for foreign investment community, which necessitates the ability to work with diverse groups of people regardless of ethnicity and race. A diversified academic and learning environment with different cultures and social groups prepares students to be global citizens. 

      Having international students at an educational institutions also helps students deal with prejudice. Prejudices happen when students are not exposed to different cultures and ethnic groups and turn assumptions into conclusions. Furthermore, by exchanging ideas and communicating with people from other cultures, it is easier to relate to the lives of these people and build up understanding, empathy and cultural competence. Such global mindset and sufficient cross-cultural understanding is a must to thrive in the increasingly competitive job market. .

  • 2. WHY SHOULD I WORK WITH ABROADER?
      • High quality programs with a wide range of topics (culture, history, business & economics, culinary arts, architecture, etc.) and program types with careful planning and professional implementation on offering, from traditional academic to experiential programs combined with community development opportunities

      • Practical learning experience for your students

      • Affordable program fees based on institutions’ schedule and budget

      • Enthusiastic 24/7 support with a unique Local Buddy System & on-site Program Coordinators to provide the whole group with culture integration

      • No limit for the maximum number of students coming at a time (although a minimum of 5 students is required in most cases)

      Internalize your campuses and create valuable opportunities for future leaders with ABROADER today! 

COMPANIES

  • 1. WHY SHOULD I HOST INTERNATIONAL INTERNS? 
      1. Waves of internationalization in Vietnam

      30 years ago, Vietnam was ranked among the poorest countries in the world. It was not until the late 1980s that Vietnam economy turned open for foreign investments - it is the benchmark for the process of internationalization in Vietnam, known as “Doi Moi” period with several changes in political and economic policies. The period mid-1990s witnessed the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the US, which was followed by Vietnam being part of ASEAN and WTO. Vietnam signed a fairly comprehensive bilateral trade agreement (BTA) with the United States in 2000, which came into force in 2001. The BTA was part of the post-war "trade normalisation" process between the two countries and should be seen as strong precursor to a watertight US FTA.  These days, Vietnam is among the most dynamic economies in the region and an inviting destination for foreign investment community, which requires companies to compete domestically and internationally.  Freer flows of goods, services and labor are promising but also demanding in the sense that companies now have to bring cultural competency to their staff and workplace. 

      In corporate levels, hiring international students working in your companies is an affordable and useful means of bringing multicultural working environment to your companies. 

      1. Creativity, Conflict Resolution and Market Development 

      The diversity in the work environment would drive debates, discoveries, creativity, and most important, ideas. The reason is that different cultures have different ways of looking into a problem and thus, come up with different solutions. A pool of ideas is what people look for, work for and will gain after all in an international working environment. 

      Our international students can also facilitate market development, interns can also improve on product competitiveness and create the access to the targeted market. In other words, they can be potential customers, or even enlarge the companies’ networking to international market. This scheme is applicable to any industries,  from tourism, hospitality, agriculture production to software outsourcing, etc. The prospects of having international interns are worthwhile. 

    • In case, you would like to talk to our program coordinator to understand more on what we can offer, procedure, timeline, etc., please leave your contact here. We will contact you within 48 hours.

  •  2. WHY SHOULD I COLLABORATE WITH ABROADER? 
    • International Internship in Vietnam is a very new trend in recent years. ABROADER has been providing this for international Interns since then. ABROADER has a thorough understanding of all the regulations and procedures involved in International Internships Programs, and we know how to keep the process simple for you. When you work with ABROADER, you’ll have personalized attention from an expert team that’s available to answer your questions and support with any issues that arise.

    • In case, you would like to talk to our program coordinator to understand more on what we can offer, procedure, timeline, etc., please leave your contact here. We will contact you within 48 hours.

    • For guidelines on how to host international interns at your company, click HERE

    • For further tips on hosting international interns, click HERE.

    •  3. I AM INTERESTED IN HAVING INTERNATIONAL INTERNS IN MY COMPANY. HOW IT WORKS? 
      • Thank you for putting your trust in ABROADER. ABROADER has been partnering with major companies and educational institutions in order to provide students customized internship and study programs in Vietnam. With a large network of partner institutions and service providers across Vietnam, we are confident to collaborate with companies and help with internationalizing working environment and providing an insight into a multicultural working interactions. 

      • For guidelines on how to host international interns at your company, click HERE

      • For further tips on hosting international interns, click HERE.

      • In case, you would like to talk to our program coordinator to understand more on what we can offer, procedure, timeline, etc., please leave your contact here. We will contact you within 48 hours.


    The experience of doing an internship in Vietnam certainly was not easy for me but I have no doubt that it was tremendouly valuable. At first, I actually had a lot of culture shocks, for example, sometimes it was hard to communicate with Vietnamese people because not a lot of people speak English and some had very strong accent. However, Vietnamese people were very kind to me and took well care of me especially the host family and program coordinator. I realized that it’s difficult to understand another culture but it’s also really necessary to accept other culture, their life and their way of thinking. At the hotel where I did my internship, I could learn a lot of things. For example, I learnt how to communicate politely with customers, how to make them satisfied and how to manage the hotel. Everyone from the supervisor to my co-workers was helpful and accommodating, I was included in all the daily meetings and the supervisor was very open to share her knowledge about hotel management which was really helpful to my future work. I really had a good experience in Vietnam. I appreciate the people I’ve met and the experience I’ve had. This is going to be very useful in the future. Thank you ABROADER Vietnam so much for the valuable opportunity to learn about my field of work in your beautiful country!

    Kaoru Mori

    Hospitality Internship ,Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

    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.

    Geogre Wilson

    Environmental Engineering Internship ,Durham University, England

    It has been awesome trip and experience for me. Thanks for the people that have provided help and support throughout the trip. during my 5 months here, i get to learn this country's culture, people, food and the work life. Comparing Vietnam and Singapore, it is a new experience for me and the other students too. So, if you get the chance to come here and learn/experience, go out and explore. Be adventurous, daring to try out new things/stuff. making friends with the local, explore different part of the city or maybe even traveling out of the city. It is worth to spend your time to the fullest here!! “Don’t travel just to see. Travel to try, listen, feel, taste. That way there won’t be any place you cannot find beauty.”

    Xiong Binsong

    IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    I am so incredibly lucky that I have people and things that make saying goodbye to Hanoi incredibly difficult. For if I did not have them, that would have meant I wasted nearly three months internship in Vietnam. I was able to make friends, experience the culture, learn a little Vietnamese in the process; all those things became part of me and make it that much more difficult to say farewell to them.

    Maile Moore

    Public Health Internship ,Oregon State University, USA

    Having an Internship program away from home is not an easy decision because you have to think of so many aspects like entering a new culture, encountering language differences, living in a new environment and so many other things. At first, I was very nervous because it was my first time in Vietnam, but ABROADER made me feel that I made a right decision to come for an internship here. They will not let you feel away from your home as they will treat you not just like a student intern but as a part of the ABROADER family. I never felt alone as they are always there to guide and support me during my internship despite of the culture differences. The very good news is I am starting to learn and immerse myself into the Vietnamese life with the help of not only my on-site program coordinator but also my lovely Vietnamese co-workers in Ha Long Bay. My program started with an orientation on my internship in Vietnam at ABROADER’s office, during which they also taught me some basic Vietnamese language that is very helpful while I am here. Afterwards, we had a welcome dinner where I tried different Vietnamese dishes which I immediately fell in love with. They were all very “ngon” which means delicious in Vietnamese :) . The next day we had a day of city tour with my local buddy – Ngan where she showed me around tourists spots in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and French Quarter. During the tour, Ngan also brought me to local restaurants to enjoy traditional Vietnamese foods and drinks like Egg coffee which I like best. To make it even better, she took me to a place near Hoan Kiem Lake where I got to discover the most delicious ice cream I have ever tasted in my life.

    Marvin M. Napi

    Hospitality - Cruise Management Internship ,Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Philippines

    When people ask me how I changed this summer, I tell them I aged eight years. Because the best way I know how to encompass all that I learned and how I matured is to change my ‘real’ age from 20 to someone much older. I feel wise in the least pretentious way and armed with enough life knowledge to take on the world. I know I could not have gained this much independence in Corvallis and I doubt I could have achieved it anywhere else in the world. Still, Vietnam taught me that simplicity does not repel complexity, that I can do anything, and, most importantly, that there is a big world out there to explore. “My first internship placement, at Bac Lung Secondary School, was excellent. I love living and teaching there, and I wish I could have stayed the entire time. I felt like I was making an important contribution in the community in allowing the students to learn English from a foreigner when they might not get that chance otherwise. Obviously, having to move and change everything halfway through my internship was not ideal. Since I came to Vietnam expecting to live in the countryside and teach English the entire time, the move to the city, where I could no longer teach, was frustrating. That being said, my experience in Hanoi ended up much better than I could have expected, and I am grateful for the opportunity to go outside my comfort zone living in the city. One of the best parts of my experience was the local buddy system. […] it was invaluable for me to have him (the local buddy) as a support and confidant. My experience would not have been the same without him.

    Monica Anderson

    Education Internship ,Oregon State University, USA

    I enjoyed the time in Ho Chi Minh city. The experience was much better than I expected. I came with an open mind to face anything, but everything was smooth and easy. The host organisation is satisfying. They tried their best to help me learn. It was satisfying. I would do this again if I get the chance. The abroader staff was really friendly and they prepared everything for me before I landed in Vietnam. So I did not have to worry about anything. I am satisfied with the program and I would recommend this program 100%.

    Dan Fernando

    Trainer & Communication Internship ,Deakin University, Australia

    Overall we would say it was very positive. The immediate feedback and replies especially when she first arrived were so appreciated. I loved the Facebook posts and it made us feel a little closer to the experience there, especially when Monica was in the village and her internet was sporadic. Of course the village experience was exactly what Monica was hoping for, experience with children in another culture, living with a host family and having the support of mentors and people taking care of her, including taking her to the school each day. The excursion adventures were also amazing experiences for her and she was eager to participate in as much of exploring the Vietnamese countryside and culture as she could in her limited time.

    Linda Zang

    Education Internship ,Monica Anderson’s mother, USA

    The level of support provided from ABROADER Vietnam was great, and I loved the activities where everyone was involved, including the local buddies!

    Megan Bernard

    Education Internship ,Monash University, Australia

    Overall, I think I had a really fun time and enjoyed the many different kind of activities. At first, I was quite nervous about going somewhere overseas alone to do internship but it was definitely worth it. I not only got work experience but learnt about the culture in Vietnam which I would never had a chance to do if I hadn’t come.

    Elena Tokukatsu

    Marketing Internship ,Keio University, Japan