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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.

      Nancy

      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 foreign interns at your company, click HERE

    • For further tips on hosting foreign 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 foreign interns at your company, click HERE

      • For further tips on hosting foreign 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.


    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

    I think my experience is different from others. I think many people who joined the internship say something like ‘I find what I wanna do in the future’ or ‘I find discover myself.’ But for me, I cannot find my future job. I cannot say working at hotel is my future job. Before I go to Vietnam, I really wanted to work at hotel or be something it cherishes the hospitality such as a flight attendant. I thought I’m really open minded and it is best job for me. After finishing the internship, I thought the job at hotel is really nice job, to do best for the people all the time like I thought once but now I cannot say I wanna work at hotel in the future with 100% sure. It’s because I feel stressful when I receive the bad service as a customer. More and more I polish my service, I’m really dissatisfied with the service of others. So now I wanna put a distance from the service job. So now, I’m looking for what I wanna do in the future in Japan and challenges many things. But this is what I can say with 100% sure It was best decision to take the internship in Vietnam. It is because thanks to the challenge of internship in Vietnam, I became to love challenges much more than the time before going to Vietnam. Before going to Vietnam, I had a fear to challenge. But now, I challenge many things and I realize my life is really full one! And I wanna recommend this internship to other Japanese students of course. You may be able to find your future job and yourself or not, no matter how different you feel about internship after finishing it, I can say with 100% sure it will be worthwhile to your life in some way.

    Keiko Kaji

    Hospitality Internship ,Tokyo Woman`s Christian University, Japan

    The 5 months spent in Vietnam was not only enjoyable but also felt enriching. I have become many times more independent than before and thoroughly enjoyed working at Vinmec General International Hospital- A conducive and enjoyable workplace for those interested in a career in Healthcare.

    Skye Lee

    Healthcare & Pharmacy Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    For starters, having gone into this with the full expectation of entering a foreign country for the sole purpose of working, I am thoroughly surprised by the amount of affection and care given through each and every step in more aspects than just work. When people hear the term agency they expect a common, lackadaisical, professional agency that only assists you for queries and links you to your job, but otherwise expresses a rather hands-off approach when it comes to the external factors, such as the things to do on your free time or the places to visit, etc. Maybe I am alone in this thought but through my 5 months internship, ABROADER has given me the opposite of my expectations during the process. Anything wrong with the experience and they're there, anytime you have inquiries they're right at your doorstep, anytime you need a recommendation for a place to cut your hair you got it. They've given me more care, more concern and more assistance in this trip than I can ever ask for, and also an opportunity, not just in a work aspect but in other ways like the opportunity to make friends, an opportunity to explore Vietnam not for what it seems but for what it is, together. Sure, while it is like this it is still a professional establishment, but, what makes them unique and above the rest is that they remember to also keep it personal. It's been a privilege to experience Vietnam with ABROADER and I extend my gratitude. I think the only advice I can give to people coming on this trip is to have an open-mind and to enjoy the process because time passes way too fast if you don't take the time to enjoy the moment.

    Adriel Peng Guo Jun

    Biology & Environment Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    I learn a lot about how to work in a fast pace environment, and how to organize competing priorities, as I am often given multiple tasks to work on. Working in a small office with young, motivated people is a great experience, because they know how to work really hard, while still having fun together. My internship is with an education service provider that connects Vietnamese students with opportunities to study abroad. It is a small office, and I work in both Marketing and Partner Relations. I write a lot of PR articles about studying in North America, school profiles and upcoming events. I am also working to expand their partnerships, particularly in my home country of Canada, and am connecting with universities and colleges there to discuss how we can work together. During education fairs I talk directly with students who are potential clients. I share my experiences and answer their questions about life abroad.

    Alanna Mouland

    Marketing Internship ,Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

    For the past 5 months, ABROADER has helped ensure that everything is smooth-sailing for the duration of my internship. From landing in Vietnam till my return trip to Singapore. My transport pick-up from the airport and accommodation were already well-planned and I settled down comfortably. However, a problem I encountered was language barrier. Only a small portion of Vietnamese is able to converse in English or Chinese. Fortunately, basic Vietnamese lessons were provided to us by ABROADERs before we ventured alone. Beside the above mentioned, a booklet filled with contacts, places to go and common Viet phrases were also provided. The agents were really passionate and tried their best to meet my needs and hear my concerns. I would like to specially mention Mia and Kasia for going the extra miles.

    Eurry Ning

    Scrum Master Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    I enjoyed my time and the program greatly in Vietnam. It seemed as if the program tried its best to guide all interns in the right direction and was helpful when needed. The thing I will remember most about the internship will be the people I met, specifically the other interns and the patients I worked with. The various interns I met throughout the hospital taught me how to think in a different mindset in order to problem solve and treat a patient. As for the patients, they taught me their culture, and to always shave a positive attitude and outlook on things. Each of the patients had suffered an accident that had effected their capability to live their lives, and yet each patient had such a positive attitude.

    Rylie Dunn

    Medical Internship ,Iowa State University, USA

    Words cannot describe how much I gain from this internship. The time here have been productive, meaningful and of course an unforgettable one! When I first came to Ho Chi Minh City for the internship, I was overwhelmed by the culture difference. To the roads packed with motorcycles to the food, everything was different for me. Honestly, I thought it would be very hard for me to adapt to the culture in Vietnam, however, ABROADER Vietnam provide us with a lot of support! They have local buddies that bought us around Ho Chi Minh City, teach us their culture and are very open and happy going! They even bought us to grocery shopping which we needed desperately! :) What’s more they gave me an internship in one of Vietnam’s top IT outsourcing company! The team was professional, always looking for ways to improve and welcoming! They always try their best that i am doing great! Thank You ABROADER Vietnam!

    Gerald Heng

    IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    Words cannot describe how much I gain from this internship. The time here has been productive, meaningful and of course an unforgettable one! When I first came to Ho Chi Minh City for the internship, I was overwhelmed by the culture difference. To the roads packed with motorcycles to the food, everything was different for me. Honestly, I thought it would be very hard for me to adapt to the culture in Vietnam, however, ABROADER provided us with a lot of support! They have local buddies that bought us around Ho Chi Minh City, teach us their culture and are very open and happy going! They even brought us to grocery shopping which we needed desperately! What’s more, they gave me an internship in one of Vietnam’s top IT outsourcing companies! The team was professional, always looking for ways to improve and welcoming! They always try their best that I am doing great! Thank You ABROADER!

    Heng Choon Yuan (Gerald)

    IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    All in all, to say I learn a lot is an understatement. I’ve gained precious insights and experience into the development process by getting the opportunity to work with an industry-leading company. I’ve improved my technical skills in JavaScript and updated my skills to the latest technologies. For future interns working for here, I advise that you come with open arms and the willingness to learn. You should be open to making new friends and learning new things, and I assure you that you will have a great time here just like I had. If I could redo my experience, I would’ve taken the opportunity to make friends outside of my circle. To socialize with more people here in Vietnam. I would also love to immerse myself more in the Vietnamese culture and explore Vietnam more, experiencing new food and places.

    Muhammad Zaidi Bin Noraidi

    IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore