OUR PROGRAMS ARE BASED IN VIETNAM’S MOST FASCINATING CITIES
Studying or doing an internship abroad is a great way to gain practical skills as well as experience a new culture. Vietnam is becoming a promising destination for education abroad programs because of its abundance of hands-on opportunities as well as its diverse cultures. The country is known for its booming entrepreneurial scene, friendly people, delicious cuisine and beautiful nature. Vietnam is home to 54 ethnicities with different cultures, traditions and languages. However, there are things that stay the same throughout the entire country: patriotic people, peaceful country, and awesome food. As Vietnam is making an effort to become the next international hub and Silicon Valley of SE Asia, its education is transforming to become less theoretical to being more liberal and practical. Many international travelers, students, and job seekers have rated Vietnam a solid 5 out of 7 for its moderate living standard, easy-going Vietnamese, and peaceful lifestyle.
If you are looking for a destination to launch your career path abroad and add an international experience to your resume, and make friends with amazingly friendly natives then say Hi to ABROADER and start your internship or study abroad in Vietnam now! Below is a brief overview of the major cities where our programs are currently based. Each is unique in their own way.
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is in the South of Vietnam. The city is the economic powerhouse of the country, providing a large pool of high demand job opportunities for international visitors and expats. Ho Chi Minh City is more modern, expat-friendly and open than its counterpart up North, Ha Noi, having not one but two districts heavily populated by expats.
Ho Chi Minh City by night (Source:vnexpress.net).
Ho Chi Minh City by day is a buzzing city with busy bees on motorcycles going about their business like they have no tomorrow. But by night, the city lights up into a vibrant nightlife with people of all ages flocking to the streets for Vietnam’s heavenly food and having fun after a hard-working 9-to-6. In a way, the city never sleeps.
Being such a vital part of Vietnam’s economy, Ho Chi Minh City attracts residents from everywhere in the country. But this doesn’t mean Saigonese (a popular term referring to the residents here) lose their own characteristics: friendly, tolerant, flexible, and entrepreneurial. Contrary to the North’s traditional and more conservative persona, Saigonese are sociable and will try to talk to you as they love meeting new people and making friends. So if they invite you out for coffee then congrats, you have a new Saigonese friend!
Young and dynamic, the 350-years-old city of Ho Chi Minh and its surrounding cities offer plenty of professional opportunities in various fields and industries. You could find yourself researching for the next environment-friendly plastic bag as bio engineering is gaining huge traction, or going on a field in the Mekong Delta working with your team for the next sustainable agriculture projects. With the average salary hitting $500 USD a month (or 10 million VND) and a low cost of living with average expenditure totals around $10 USD a day, locals and expats alike would find it affordable to live here. Coating everything with the metropolitan atmosphere, Saigon is a perfect launchpad for young people to find their own pathway to the future.
ABROADER students hanging out with their local friends
Traditionally, in Vietnam, people with high education like grad students, scholars, doctors, etc. are highly admired and looked up to. But the scene is shifting as Ho Chi Minh City becomes more and more out-of-the-box and encourages entrepreneurship, adventurous persona, and modern thinking. A study abroad program in many top universities like Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam National University, HCMC University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology, Hong Bang University, Open University isn’t just a class but rather a workshop, a consultation firm, a bank and many more combined. Additionally, globalization is being highly implemented as international engagement is sought after in Ho Chi Minh City. Student fairs, crash courses and camps, international volunteer and exchange programs, and semester abroad are also becoming more popular. This puts a huge influence on further development of Vietnamese on the global scene.
Ton Duc Thang University's INSPIRE Library (Source: tdtu.edu.vn)
Named after the great leader Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City is also a cultural metropolis with its fair share of historic significance. The War Remnants Museum, Museum of Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi Tunnels, etc., would draw a vivid picture of the then capital of the Republic of South Vietnam, and the harsh and tragic past of the Vietnam War. This doesn’t mean the city culture is a gray cloud but far from that. Old apartments, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and all of the colonial architectures, blended with the traditional Jade Emperor Temple, Sky Queen Temple, pagodas and the likes make up a colorful Saigon, inside and out.
World-known Vietnamese dishes
The Saigonese have their unique way of eating: flavorfully sweet, and full. You could start the mouth-watering experience with the sophisticated yet informal and certainly tasty cuisine with a banh mi, Vietnamese sandwich, and a cup of Vietnamese milk coffee in the morning. Then banh xeo, crispy pancake, with fresh forest vegetables for lunch, and complete your day with a plate of com tam, broken rice. Don’t forget the occasional sweet soup or juice around the Nguyen Hue Central walking street with your friends, or buck-beers in convenience stores everywhere in the city.
We did work, we had a full belly, so how shall we play? Ho Chi Minh City is full of energy, landscape, and lights and music. If you are into the more brain-powered activities, the city offers board game café, adventurous and intense mazed playgrounds. Looking for something more active? Ho Chi Minh City has paintball, in-door rock climbing, pools and water parks. Intense physical activities is not your thing? Hang out with the Local Buddies to the Museum of Fine Arts, 3D museums, rooftop cafés and bars or go on a street food tour because food and drinks are at every corner. What about nightlife? Bui Vien dancing street, Rooftop bars, or grounded pubs are everywhere downtown. We understand it gets lonely if you have to do all these activities alone. That’s why ABROADER also hosts monthly events like cooking classes, handmade workshops, or just a general get-together with other interns and local buddies for networking purposes.
In case you get a bit bored with the concrete city then why not getting some vitamin Sea? From Ho Chi Minh City, you can get on a night bus to go down to an area known as the “rice basket of Vietnam” - Mekong Delta or to Vũng Tàu - Bình Thuận - Mũi Né to dip yourself in the salt water. A trip to the Mekong Delta is usually included in an ABROADER’s program because of the unique experiences you’ll get there, but we encourage you to venture to other places, by yourself or with your Local Buddies. Feeling adventurous? Book a flight to the middle region of Vietnam to be really away and refresh yourself in the wind of Ninh Thuận - Nha Trang - Đà Nẵng. And if you are feeling for more adventures, head to Mount Fansipan up North, or just any mountains down South to trek and explore the heights of Vietnam. For all of these destinations, one thing you are going to get for sure: a wonderful experience with local scenery and culture.
On the other hand, your time doing internships or studying in Ho Chi Minh City would not be fulfilled if they didn’t include community services and volunteer work! Joining ABROADER’s program, you will be opening yourself up to opportunities to give back to the local community. Your choice of doing volunteer work includes serving food at a 10-cents restaurant, teaching English for street children and orphans, or organizing self-discovering fairs or workshops for Vietnamese students. It is always wonderful to lend a hand to those in need!
Doing an internship or studying abroad in Ho Chi Minh City will always yield new perspectives and knowledge of a whole new world for you. This enables you to make an effort to give back to the local less fortunate community. The city has a bit of everything for everyone so you would never feel unwelcomed and out-of-place making your trip abroad here!
Hanoi at a glance
Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam, is a city as full of surprises as a box of chocolate. It is known as the country’s political, cultural, scientific, and technology center, and plays an important role in Vietnam’s economy and international trade. This is the second most crowded and dynamic city in Vietnam which gathers people from diverse backgrounds living together in harmony. Ha Noi has made its name for:
A finely mixed nostalgia sense and fast-paced life
Local cuisine, especially street food
Top culture heritage and destination spots recognized by UNESCO
A dynamic economic center and home to long-established universities
Ready to unbar your chocolate box?
Nostalgia sense and hustle bustle pace
City Gate in Hanoi Old Quarter (Source: quehuongonline)
What makes Hanoi so special is the combination of its traditional and modern beauty. Hanoi is a city of rich and colorful history. It has been Vietnam’s capital city for more than 1,000 years, witnessing all the ups and downs during the harsh time Vietnam went through wars. Therefore, it attracts foreigners with the remembrance of the old times, which could be found in the city’s architecture, streets, houses and the people themselves.
Having gone through every highs and lows of history, Hanoi people tend to be thrifty and provident about the future. Moreover, the way Hanoi people highly respect family values and conform to moral standards properly differentiates themselves with people from the other parts of Vietnam. With the advent of a tremendous social change in recent years, Hanoians become more outgoing than before yet still maintain their sophisticated manners. They are willing to integrate but still reserve their traditional beauty passed down from generation to generation.
Preserved traditional house in an old village of Hanoi (Source:alotrip.com)
Hanoi Temple of Literature
What leaves a lasting impression on international students - Food!!!
Hanoi cuisine is really fascinating with many delicious dishes which are mixed with various recipes and traditional flavors based on a balance of five tastes: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. Fresh ingredients, the soul of every Hanoi food, is made abundantly available thanks to the city and its suburbs’ strong agricultural production. From staples like rice and noodles to fresh vegetables and meat, Hanoi cuisine has it all and no picky eater will go hungry. The most commonly sought out food places are street vendors who dish up mouth-watering fare but do ensure food is served perfectly to satisfy any upset stomach. Plus, the food is absolutely affordable and is worth any penny spent. Just USD $1.5 for a normal meal, a growling stomach will be “a happy tummy". What are Hanoi delicacies? Make sure to give these dishes a go: Pho, Bun Cha, Banh Mi, Xoi, Pho Cuon, and Egg Coffee.
Bun Cha Hanoi - what made President Obama fell in love with Vietnamese cuisine (Source: Soha.vn).
Your experience in Hanoi is not complete if you haven’t set your foot to these must-go destinations.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Ta Hien Beer Street - the most famous nightlife entertainment (Source: goldencyclohotel.com)
Hoa Lo Prison
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - City tour with RP students
A dynamic economic center and home to well-known universities
Education provides a foundation for development, the groundwork on which much of our economic and social well-being is built. Hanoi understands well the importance of education, as it is home to some of the top and notable tertiary institutions in the Southeast Asian region including Vietnam National University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology and long-seated Hanoi Medical University, etc…, These universities offer various high quality study abroad courses and internships for students from all corners of the world.
Simultaneously, as a national political-administrative and a large cultural and scientific center, Hanoi is one of the two largest economic locomotives of the country and the main driving force for development as the Northern key economic region and the Red River Delta. The city has actively engaged in the process of formulating and implementing socio-economic development master plans with localities and started to develop the cultural industry - a new economic industry to take sustainable advantages of unique heritages, craft villages with an aim to create cultural and creative spaces. In 2019, Hanoi got the UNESCO honour in the ‘Design’ category for its developed design industry and opportunities for creating designs from natural materials and conditions and the presence of active design groups. Following the designation, the city plans to issue a long-term action program and connect its policies to promote cultural industries and enrich cultural resources.
Joining hands with the local government, for the past few years, ABROADER has reached out to social enterprises and NGOs in the Hanoi area whose work focuses on preserving and promoting traditional culture, to carry out community-driven projects for international students through our Service-Learning approach. One of our highly appraised projects is the 8-week Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) program in which a group of undergraduates from Northwestern University (U.S) interned at Vun Art - a social enterprise aiming at creating sustainable livelihoods for people with disabilities.
From now to 2025, the city will mobilise resources to develop the economic space in the expanded Hanoi area, including investing in promising industrial parks and complexes. For instance, South Korea's Samsung has started building a $220 million R&D center in Vietnam, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The center as planned would be the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia and will enhance the company's research capability in such areas as artificial intelligence, big data and 5G and will recruit 2,200 to 3000 people. It can be predicted that abundant internship opportunities related to Business Development, IT and Entrepreneurship will then be offered for international students who want to build their career in those promising fields in the next few years.
Our programs in Hanoi serve you a delightful box of chocolate, yet which flavors you may find is still awaiting you ahead!
Besides Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, other cities in Vietnam like Da Nang, Hoi An and HaLong could be an alternative to experience a different vibe for an internship, study or service-learning program or simply a week-end getaway. If you don’t feel like the hustle and bustle of city life, there’s always another choice for an unhurried pace of life. Traffic in smaller cities is relatively light, therefore, getting stuck on the street in peak hours is no longer a nightmare. Moreover, you might feel less lonely in smaller cities because instead of being surrounded by modern skyscrapers, you are exposed to a rural life with more nature and cozy accommodations.
What is more? The influences of globalization improve the living standards in many ways including economic growth and education improvement while posing fewer environmental damages in smaller cities. But, as every coin has two sides, you may not meet with people from a diversity of backgrounds compared to metropolitan areas; however, special cuisines and unique landscapes would make up for all of that. Healthy, affordable food, a slower pace of life and rustic nature are worth giving it a try to start your internship or study abroad journey in those smaller cities.
Around 170km away from Hanoi, Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ha Long City is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cat Ba National Park. Halong Bay is not only a tourist attraction but also an ideal place for students to find internships in tourism and environment and marine life preservation.
Heading down to Da Nang - the city marking the halfway point between the capital in the North, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the South. This vibrant coastal city draws people’s attention for its unhurried pace of life and urges whoever has set their feet here to come back. Having a strong reputation for green tourism, marine biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, Danang and its neighboring city Hoi An, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, are ideal destinations for internships and study programs in these areas. Interested in a marine and biosphere reservation internship, check out this blogpost about Rebecca Sinclair, one of ABROADER’s past climate change interns in Hoi An. Looking for ways to help solve real-world problems? take a look at this community service program called EPICS in Da Nang and Hoi An.
Interested in learning more about the above cities and what opportunities are awaiting you in each of them, contact us today for a Free Consultation Meeting with our Program Advisor.
Stories from our past students on their life during their internship, study abroad or service learning program in Vietnam can be found here
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.
Education Internship ,Oregon State University, USA
Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
Electrical Engineering & Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia
Sandra Gomez Vega
Nursing Internship ,University of Texas Austin, USA
Nursing Internship ,University of Plymouth, England
This internship in Vietnam with SEND offers me just that and I am grateful for the experience to teach, make friends and be in Vietnam. I’ve always wanted to become an educator but I often feel like the teachers in Japan lack the international and cultural experience to make lessons more interactive. I try to allow myself the chance of going to another country, experience another culture and become a better-equipped teacher.
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.
Scrum Master Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
My internship in Vietnam with ABROADER was a life changing experience. I was a marketing intern at a travel company in Hanoi and now work for the same company as a full time employee. Being in Vietnam has taught me so much about different people and cultures, as there are many other foreigners working here as well from all over the world. My internship coordinator at ABROADER was so helpful, and was a huge support for me whenever I needed it. I would definitely recommend ABROADER if you are looking to do an internship here. They really cater to your needs and care about what you want and are looking for.
Lillian Sarah Grant
Marketing & Communication Specialist Internship ,University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Marketing Internship ,Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
No words can represent how much experience I have gained throughout my internship in Vietnam. Working at my host company as a research assistant, I have gained many technical and soft skills, such as participating in lab undergraduate training courses, doing lab testing services and also learning the culture of Vietnam with the Vietnamese people. After this internship, I realized that I could adapt myself to a different and foreign environment. This enables me to be able to work with a more diverse environment, even with colleagues with different background and knowledge. This pushes me as an employee to learn and work even harder to cope and manage with different people and adapt accordingly to the needs of the company. All in all, I feel that it was a breathtaking experience for me to have this opportunity to immerse myself with the Vietnam culture with the Vietnamese people, and I am really thankful to have taken up this internship experience with ABROADER for letting me experience such a new life. The funniest moment I had during my internship experience was that I had to CHASE down a bus when I was on the way to work. It was a really funny one as I have this mindset that the buses in Vietnam would wait for you to board before it starts to drive again. However, the bus did not even stop moving and kept on driving, and left me behind the bus stop. Since that day onwards, I ensure myself not to miss the bus by chasing the bus down before the driver closes its door on me. Thank you ABROADER for this memorable experience!
Biology & Environment Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore