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How it works (for students)

OUR ENTIRE PROCESS IS AN EASY JOURNEY

At any stage of your program, we are here to provide you support and answer any questions you may have.

  • 1. INTERNSHIP IN VIETNAM
    • ELIGIBILITY 

      You are expected to:

      • Be currently enrolled at a college/ university or have at least graduated from high school

      • Have an appropriate academic background related to the program(s) applying

      • Have GPAs above 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent

      • Be proficient in English

      • Have an updated resume & (unofficial) academic transcript. To be submitted with Application Form

      PROCEDURE 

      Our entire process is an easy 5-step journey – from application to after you return home.


      Application 

      Browse and apply! Check out the wide range of programs we offer by major, industry or location. Select the opportunity(ies) you want - you can choose up to 5, and click Apply. No application fee is required (the amount shown is full program fee for reference only).

      Can’t decide? Contact us for individualized recommendations.

      You can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

      Online Consultation

      After your application is submitted, our Placement Advisors will review and get in touch for a FREE online consultation on available opportunities. 

      No rush to commitment! After the interview, you’ll receive a Conditional Offer with details of your chosen program. You’ll have time to review the offer and when ready, submit a deposit to secure your place. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in a program.

      Enrollment

      Welcome onboard! Our onsite team will work with you to ensure we secure a suitable placement. You will receive a detailed description of the role(s) or interview with potential host companies so that both sides know whether it’s a good fit. If all goes well, congratulations! You will receive a placement offer. Time to prepare for your departure! Here’s the list of things to complete:

        • Sign your Agreement
        • Complete remaining payments
        • Logistics support: visa application, housing, airport transfer…(All included in our full package)
        • Pre-departure orientation
      From this stage, our onsite coordinator and local volunteers will get in touch so that you can ask away all questions and make friends before you even land in the country.

      On-site Experience

      It’s getting real! Once you’ve landed, our staff will be ready to welcome and pick you up to your accommodation.  You’ll have some time to get to know the city through our orientation and city tour before getting started next Monday.

      Departure

      You did it! In one way or another, you’ve broadened your horizons! 

      To wrap up the program, we’ll have a final evaluation session with you and your host. After packing things up, we encourage you to share your feedback and join our global alumni network to stay connected! 

  • 2. REMOTE INTENRSHIP
    • ELIGIBILITY 

      You are expected to:

      • Online fundraising campaign
        FundMyTravel is a crowdsourcing platform designed specifically for travel that allows you to set up a fundraising campaign.
        Other web-based crowdsourcing sites include GoFundMe, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Plumfund and GoEnnounce.
        Or, get started with a blog with a PayPal or similar donation button.

      • Community Fundraising
        Reach out to your religious community for help if your family is connected to a congregation
        Seek support from your neighborhoods. Don’t hesitate to participate in social work in your area. This is your chance to build up good networks with people in your community.
        Or, host a party with the theme of the country you aim to visit.

      PROCEDURE 

      Our entire process is an easy 5-step journey – from application to after you return home.


      Application 

      Browse and apply! Check out the wide range of programs we offer by major, industry or location. Select the program you want (you can choose up to 5) and click Apply! For this step, you will need to fill in personal information and upload a resume. 

      Can’t decide? Contact us for individualized recommendations. No fee is required at this stage and you can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

      Online Consultation

      After your application is submitted, our Placement Advisor team will review your application and get in touch for a FREE online consultation on available opportunities. We will also answer all your questions about the location and guide you through the next steps.

      No rush to commitment! After the interview, you’ll receive a Conditional Offer with details of your chosen program. You’ll have time to review the offer and when ready, submit a deposit to secure your place. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in a program.

      Enrollment

      Welcome onboard! Our onsite team will work with you to ensure we secure a suitable placement. You will get to learn more about the role/ program you’re applying for through detailed description or interview with potential host companies so that both sides know whether it’s a good fit. If all goes well, congratulations! You will receive a placement offer. Time to prepare for your internship! Here’s the list of things to complete:

        • Sign your Agreement
        • Complete remaining payments
        • Take part in pre-program orientations
      Online-Experience-Remote-Internship

      Internship

      It’s official! Internship starts officially on Monday when you will have a virtual company induction to get you oriented and ready. Afterwards, your weeks will be filled with engaging works, weekly check-ins, cultural immersion sessions and more.

      Conclusion

      You did it! To wrap up the program, we’ll host a virtual final evaluation session with you and your host. To take full advantage of the internship, we encourage you to share your experiences, join our global alumni network and add the internship to your list of achievements on your resume/ Linkedin profile!

  • 3. STUDY ABROAD
    • ELIGIBILITY 

      • You need to be an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited university in your home country

      • GPA requirement: 2.5/4.0 (or 2.8/4.5). If your GPA is lower than the requirement, get in touch with our program advisor at apply@abroader.org for further consultation. 

      • Language requirement: A good command of English (IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 79) at the time of application for students from non-English-speaking countries

      • An appropriate and relevant academic background to the applying courses/ majors.

      PROCEDURE 

      Our entire process is an easy 5-step journey – from application to after you return home.


      Application 

      Firstly, browse and choose from our list of available majors and courses so that you have an idea of what you are going to study. You will then need to consult with your home institution about the program eligibility and requirements. After this, you are going to prepare your application package which includes an unofficial academic transcript with a current GPA of 2.5/4.0 or equivalence, and a letter of recommendation from your professor/ home institution (if any). Keep in mind that even though you can choose as many majors and courses as you’d like, you can only study up to 7 courses or 20 credits per major for a semester!

      Can’t decide which majors or courses to study? Contact us for individualized recommendations. No fee is required at this stage and you can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

      Online Consultation

      Our advisors will get in touch with you for a free online consultation on program details and assistance in choosing suitable courses after your application is submitted. You will then receive a conditional offer letter listing all the courses that are available from your original wishlist. After you get the approval from your home university's professor(s) to see if your chosen courses are eligible for your study, return to us with the signed letter, and then, a deposit to confirm your spot. 

      No commitment required! Your deposit will be refunded if you want to change your plan!

      Enrollment

      Welcome onboard! Our onsite team will work with you to ensure we secure a suitable placement. You will receive a detailed description of the courses at your potential host university so that both sides know whether it’s a good fit. If all goes well, congratulations! You’ll have a placement offer. Time to prepare for your departure! Here’s the list of things to complete:

        • Sign your Agreement
        • Complete remaining payments
        • Logistics support: visa application, housing, airport transfer…(All included in our full package)
        • Pre-departure orientation
      From this stage, our onsite coordinator and local volunteers will get in touch so that you can ask away all questions and make friends before you even land in the country.

      On-site Experience

      It’s getting real! Once you’ve landed, our staff will be ready to welcome and pick you up to your accommodation. You’ll have some time to get to know the city through our orientation and city tour before starting study next Monday.

      Departure

      You did it! In one way or another, you’ve broadened your horizons! 

      At this stage, you will need to work closely with the host university to ensure that your academic transcripts, score results and documentation, and any other papers related are eligible for transfer back to your home institution. To wrap up the program, we’ll have a final evaluation session with you and your host. As you pack things up, our onsite team will arrange for your departure and welcome you to our alumni network.

  • 4. SERVICE-LEARNING
    • Check out our service-learning page for further information on the program.

    • Email our Program Advisor at apply@abroader.org or contact us here for detailed instructions on what steps to take if you are interested to be part of a service learning program.


Still deciding? Here are a few things that might help:

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

Doing my internship Vietnam, will be an unforgettable experience for me because reflecting back to the past 4 months staying in Vietnam I have learned quite a lot in Vietnam in terms of culture, people, work ethics and values, it grows me as a person to become a better person with the way I interact with people, working with them on a project and how to deal with problems whether big or small. At the end of day, people are people, they are not going to be your ideal circle of friends or co-workers that is going to go your way all the time, but what you can do is to make the best out of it and always end on a positive note :)

Kang Feng Wei (Derek)

IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

I did have a bit of trouble with my original internship, but ABROADER was very supportive and active in ensuring I got the best experience and helped me switch to a different company. My new company became a place where I learned about company life and got to work on independent projects. It was also great to have the local buddies with us, as they went around town and did different activities with us. The local buddies definitely made my experience here more fun and made it easier for me to acclimate to life here. Also, going around Ho Chi Minh City was actually much safer than I had imagined, and people here are usually very friendly to help out foreigners. My time here went by very quickly, and my summer experience of growing, learning, exploring, and lots of eating is definitely one I will remember!

Jamie Kim

Communication Internship ,Princeton University, 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

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 have always been an extremely shy person, when I was small, my face would turn red and I even cried in front of people. Now that I’m a grown up, I want to become more confident, make friends and talk with them like other people do after one-month internship here in Vietnam.

Miho Matsui

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

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

My nursing internship at the Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Hospital is a treasure experience that I will never forget. Having always wanted to volunteer in Nursing in Asia, I took the opportunity and I am very glad I did. The Nursing Placement I had in Vietnam was exceptionally fulfilling, including the support from my Nurses, Coordinator and Local Buddy. All of whom made me feel very welcomed during the time I was here. The on-site support I received was brilliant, every query I had was answered promptly and professionally and the service was everything I could have asked for.

Sarah Heard

Nursing Internship ,University of Plymouth, England

I was happy with everything else including in-country logistics and visa support, orientation and city tour and I would definitely recommend this internship in Vietnam to my friends or students who are interested. Though most of my work was limited to observation depending on what department I was placed in, I was able to contribute to the nursing staff by other means (i.e. sorting through medicine to be used for the next day). However, in the ICU, I got to perform all nursing tasks except for mixing drugs as only head nurses could do that task. In addition, I found it really helpful that I had many supervisors at work and they all cared that I learned from this experience. Regarding my experience with ABROADER Vietnam service, what I appreciated the most was probably the local buddy they paired me with here.

Niki Pham

Nursing Internship ,University of Texas in Austin, USA

ABROADER, you have made my experience in Vietnam an incredible one!! For me, having a local buddy as a support system during my Social Work internship in Vietnam has been the most helpful. My work at CSAGA helped me understand social services from a Eastern Asian perspective, helped me acclimate to Vietnamese lifestyle, and understand the process that non-profits go through to obtain funding. ABROADER is always so supportive and has made me feel at home. Thank you so much and I encourage you all to keep changing lives and doing what you do.

Haley Perry

Social Work Internship ,University of Oregon, USA