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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 feel satisfied about the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam while I was here; almost everything was sorted out before arrival so there was definitely no messing around with organizing things. The accommodation they provided me was good but I personally prefer one that is closer to my place of work. Before starting my internship in Vietnam, I was informed of the work that I will be doing and the skills involved, therefore there was time allowed for me to learn certain CAD programs to help my work. As for the workplace environment, the company where I got an engineering internship in Vietnam was a company that is in the Aerospace Engineering field, all the employees here helped me settle in by talking to me at work and sitting with me at lunch times. I got on well with my co-workers and my supervisor and they were there to help during my internship. Regarding my responsibilities in the company, I felt like even though it was not the most critical work, it sure was of great use to the company. If there is one thing I would recommend them do for the new interns the next time was to have them go on a welcoming tour to show off the office facilities e.g toilet, kitchen appliances available etc which makes it easier for them to navigate around the office. Beside this, I think I am overall very satisfied with my internship placement and the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam and I would highly recommend it.

    Jake Thompson

    Electrical Engineering Internship ,University of Exeter, England

    Everyone from the program coordinator to my local buddy was extremely supportive! The experience would not have been as great as it has been if I was by myself. I felt very satisfied with the service ABROADER Vietnam provided for my Nursing Internship in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh Hopspital of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. I was clear about the rules and expectations required of me during my placement. My supervisors instructed me and helped me with language translation and clarifications of responsibilities. With their help, I felt I was well equipped for the job I was assigned. I brought my equipment from home to the workplace and it provided great assistance for my work. During the internship in Vietnam, I was glad I was able to learn technical skills from the nurses from the hospital. They have all been very supportive, friendly, patient and open to my help. They trained me with techniques quite different from how it is occasionally done back home. I will definitely recommend this program to my colleagues!

    Sandra Gomez Vega

    Nursing Internship ,University of Texas Austin, USA

    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

    What I love about my host company is the awesome supervisor, Ms. Lieu, that cares about me as a person. She frequently helps and supports me a lot in my work. Besides, the workplace was super close to the studio I stayed and I could walk to the company everyday. Though there weren't any windows in my room, it was totally fine. After the internship here, I think my ability to cope with unexpected situations has been levelled up and my interpersonal skills have been further developed. And most importantly, I could clarify my career and my educational goals in the future. Overall, I am satisfied with this internship as a whole!

    Gabrielle Joy Ubaldo

    Food & Beverage Intern ,Oakton Community College, USA

    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 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

    I have always wanted to become a teacher of Japanese in the future and this internship in Vietnam definitely brought me closer to doing that. Being able to spend one month teaching Japanese to Vietnamese university students and supporting the teachers means a lot to me in terms of both professional and personal growth.

    Suzuna Isohashi

    Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

    I had such an incredible experience as a Public Health Remote Intern in Hanoi, Vietnam. From the support I received to the work I did with my team, I could not have asked for a more positive internship experience. Despite the fact that I was not able to travel to Vietnam, I felt so connected to the people and culture. The relationships I have built and the lessons I have learned are so priceless and humbling. I truly commend this program for the wonderful work they do and I am so incredibly grateful What is your advice to future travelers on this program? The advice I would give as a former intern is to always keep an opened mind and be willing to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. Flexibility is very important and makes the experience considerably more enjoyable.

    Sara Boufakhreddine

    Public Health Remote Internship ,Central Michigan University

    The industry visits provided real-world experience and foresight into our future careers. The field trips gave us a new insight into a rich, deep culture, and ABROADER organised parties were heaps of fun... They usually ended up turning into a very late night as well. During the trip I always felt safe thanks to the local buddies and our program coordinator. Before I left for this trip, I could not help but feel nervous. It was my first time travelling overseas and I was about to leave my home country for ~one month. I did not know what to expect from Vietnam/Singapore, the people I was travelling with, or the countless people I would meet overseas. Since the very first moment that I arrived the local buddies welcomed me with open arms. The entirety of the group that I came over with also bonded so much quicker than I thought possible. From the start we were exploring Ho Chi Minh City, while introducing ourselves to the locals and the nightlife. All the activities on the trip were great and we were all kept busy. This was a really big positive in my opinion as, had a tentative schedule have not been organised, it may have become easy to 'waste' a day or more relaxing. That being said, there were some free days designated throughout the trip should you wish to catch up on some sleep ;). Provided you use a little bit of travelling smarts I cannot see any problems that should arise on your trip. Each and every one of the local buddies, (our coordinator included), were so kind and caring. You should really give it your best effort to open up and engage with each of them. They are all such great and unique people and provide the best way to truly immerse yourself in the adventure. Furthermore, they are so selfless and are always able to provide advice or help you out with literally anything. You have a golden opportunity to make some truly long-lasting friendships. Both Vietnam and Singapore themselves were amazing countries to visit. There is an aura about both that gives you the feeling that something is always happening. Particularly in Vietnam, most local places are open at almost all hours of the day and deep into the night. However, this never left me feeling as though the cities we visited were too busy. Being in a largish group of good friends and exploring was completely fun and relaxing too. The visits to more discrete locations were also beautiful and completely peaceful. Finally, the local civilians were so kind, welcoming and genuinely happy that we were experiencing their culture and lifestyle. Now that the trip is over all I can think about is how I wish it had gone for longer. How I wish I had extended my trip even further, and how I am already planning to meet with the friends I have made on this journey for further travel. So, if you are worried or nervous about any parts of this trip, all I can say is that it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are so many friends and stories to be made. Get out there, take every opportunity you can, don't overthink it and just do it!

    Calen Blake

    Electrical Engineering and Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia

    The service provided by ABROADER Vietnam is really good. Especially until I get used to living here, I asked support from ABROADER so much. Now I can manage my own life by myself thanks to them.

    Sohei Chikama

    IT Internship ,Chuo University, Japan