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EXTEND ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS

At ABROADER, we are committed to supporting young students who have a thirst to intern and study abroad. Therefore, every semester, scholarship offers are available to extend access to international education for all students. Read through the following sections and seize your chance of joining our programs with financial aids. Additionally, don’t forget to check out our recommended external scholarships listed below!

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SPRING 2021 REMOTE INTERNSHIP ARE NOW OPEN!

As part of our mission to help students continue their abroad dreams and future-proof their careers, we are happy to announce our Special Spring 2021 Intern Abroad Scholarships! The programs are open to students across the world applying for Vietnam remote internships.

Fresh Scholarship – USD $250

We believe it is never too early to gain work experiences. The earlier you start doing an internship, the more prepared you are for your career. This grant is awarded to rising 1st and 2nd-year university students with strong records of academic and extracurricular performance. To apply for this scholarship, include a cover letter explaining why you are deserving of this scholarship together with your application.

Vietnamese Heritage Scholarship – USD $250

We want to encourage students who are interested in Vietnamese culture to take up this opportunity to immerse in local cultures remotely. To apply for this scholarship, include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this scholarship together with your application.

ABROADER’s Influencers – USD $350

This scholarship is awarded for high-achieving students who can bring positive impacts to the local community and inspire their peers to step out of comfort zones and explore the world of virtual working. You will be asked to submit an essay answering the following questions as part of your application:

  • Why should you be the one to receive this scholarship?
  • How will this scholarship help you get closer to your goals?

STANDARD ABROADER’S SCHOLARSHIPS

GREAT NEWS! Standard ABROADER's Scholarships are now available for both remote internship and on-site internship.

  • FRESH Internship - USD $250
    • * For REMOTE INTERNSHIP only

    • This award is intended for freshmen who are eager to explore the world beyond their familiar college setting. We encourage first-year students to do a remote internship, hoping to equip them with necessary skills and experiences that would form a grounding step to their greater academic and professional achievements later on.

  • First-time ABROADER - USD $250
    • * For ON-SITE INTERNSHIP only

    • This award is intended for students who have never set foot on any foreign country. The recipients will share their stories of learning and exploration with us through a photo gallery/their choice of travel vlog/blogging/an Instagram takeover.

  • Vietnamese-American students - USD $250
    • This award is intended to support students who are children of at least one Vietnamese parent. Recipients will share their story of learning and exploration while abroad with a photo gallery/their choice of travel vlog/blogging/an Instagram takeover.

  • ABROADER's Influencers - USD $350
    • This award is intended for students who can bring positive impacts to the local community where they do their semester exchange or internship abroad. Your life-changing experience and contributions to the local community will then inspire others to step out of their comfort zones to explore the world out there. While abroad, recipients will use a variety of channels (i.e: video, blogging, photos, etc) to share how studying/interning abroad is benefiting the local community as well as enriching their academic and professional career.


Applying is a piece of cake!

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Step 1: After completing the application form for your program with ABROADER, choose “yes” when you are asked whether you would like to apply for ABROADER’s scholarships. You’ll then be prompted to share with us about yourself and why you think the scholarships are helpful. We will then review your application.

Step 2: After checking and reviewing your application for our scholarships, our team will schedule an interview with you. We would like to know more about you and your needs to determine whether you are eligible for the scholarships. You’ll hear back from us about the final result one week after the interview and no later than four weeks before your program starts in Vietnam via email. Since grants are limited, they are applied on a “first-come-first-serve” basis.

Step 3: After you receive one of our scholarships, our team will follow  up with you on the scholarship content deliverables (i.e: photos, videos, blogs etc) during your time abroad.

Notes: Scholarships are applied with applications for semester exchange and internship programs only. You can apply for multiple scholarships at a time but only ONE will be awarded.

Eligibility for ABROADER’s Scholarships

  • You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

  • You must be a full-time student at an accredited university/college.

  • You must have a completed application for a Semester Exchange or an Internship program through ABROADER with the duration of 8 weeks as the minimum.

  • Your scholarship application must be submitted when you fill in your program application form. 

  • If you apply 6 weeks prior to your program’s start date, your scholarship application will be in the waitlist. 

  • See specific scholarships above for additional eligibility criteria and other requirements while abroad

RECOMMENDED EXTERNAL RESOURCES

Apart from ABROADER’s scholarships, you can reach out to the following resources for financial aids. If you need any help from ABROADER during your application to these scholarships, feel free to contact us!

For students from the U.S.

  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
    • The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant that supports students of limited budget to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to national security and economic competitiveness

    • The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

      Award amounts range from USD $100 to USD $5,000.

      Read more about the Gilman scholarships

  • David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
    • Boren Scholarship is a grant for US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Applicants must commit to working in the federal government upon graduation.

    • Selected applicants will be awarded a maximum of USD $8,000 for summer programs, USD $10,000 for semester programs and USD $20,000 for programs lasting between 6 to 12 months.

    • Read more about Boren Awards

  • Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
    • With a desire to make life-changing international experiences accessible to minority, community college and first-generation college students, Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) provides “scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population.”

      Scholarships range from USD $1,250 to USD $10,000 and can be applied to programs that run for at least 28 days.

      Read more about FEA Scholarships

  • Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship
    • Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is open to most students currently enrolled full time at a four-year, degree-granting US college or university. Applicants must be pursuing their undergraduate degree, be in good standing at their home institution and have applied to OR have been accepted into a credit-bearing semester-long study abroad program.

    • Winners will be awarded USD $1,000 and one Tortuga travel backpack.

  • Foundation for Asia Pacific Education (FAPE)
    • The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education is a NGO aiming at creating global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences within the Asia Pacific region. 

      Award amounts vary however will range in increments of USD $500 to USD $1500.

      Read more about FAPE scholarships

  • AAIF Scholarship
    • AAIF is open to US undergraduates whose devotion to community service, selfless acts of care, and interest in improving the quality of life for others reflect the life of the Awards’ namesake. 

      The Foundation will award a maximum of three USD $1,000 individual prizes in 2020.

      Read more about AAIF scholarships


For students from Australia

  • New Colombo Plan (NCP)
    • NCP scholarship aims at giving Australian undergraduates opportunities to immerse themselves in Indo-Pacific cultures, learn new languages, further their studies and gain invaluable work experience through internships with organisations across the region. The New Colombo Plan supports a range of work-based experiences in scholarships programs including internships, mentorships, practicums and clinical placements. 

      Award amounts range from AUD $1,500 - AUD $10,000, depending on program types and durations.

      Read more about NCP scholarships

      You can find out more information about scholarships for Australian students here


For students from Japan

  • Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO)
    • JASSO promotes studying abroad and provides financial assistance to Japanese students, depending on their period of study and purpose, so that they can study abroad without worrying about their financial situation. Scholarships will be provided to Japanese students who study at higher education institutions overseas for a short term between eight days and one year under student exchange agreements. 

      The total budget for exchange programs is JPY ¥5,458 million/20,450 students

      Read more about JASSO scholarships

  • The Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Young Ambassador Program
    • The Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Young Ambassador Program is a Japanese public-private partnership aimed at helping Japanese students study abroad. The desired result is for the students and supporting companies to form a globalized human resources development community and for the students to develop into globally minded professionals needed by society. Students will return to Japan and help increase the overall momentum in Japan for studying abroad by relaying to others the merits of their overseas experiences. Financial support is very appealing. Check it out! 

      Read more about The Tobitate!

* Note: For those applying to an internship program, depending on your host company’s policies, you may receive a monthly allowance and be provided with lunch or transportation fees related to your work. All of that could help you save from USD $100- USD $500 per month. Wish you luck!

FUNDRAISING TIPS

“Where there is a will, there’s a way”. There are tons of fundraising ideas that you should give a go. Below is a compilation of some of the most innovative ones adapted from Michigan State University’s Office for Education Abroad to help you get started. Let’s the games begin!

  • Who to Ask
    • Keep in mind that local, regional and national groups, as well as individuals, are all possible contributors!

    • Heritage Groups that have interests in specific regions
    • Civic Organizations
    • Charitable, ethnic, religious or campus organizations
    • Sororities/fraternities (local or national chapter)
    • Media Companies (newspapers, radio, etc)
  • How can I ask them?
    • Send them a sincere letter detailing your study abroad program, your personal, academic and professional goals for the  experience. Don’t forget to emphasize how you feel studying abroad will help you become a more informed and engaged member of your local community when you return.

  • Tips for asking for help
    • Be sure that your letter includes information about yourself (include a photo)

    • Explain and describe your program and how it would change your life

    • Explain how you would use the funds

    • Make donating as easy as possible and ask for a specific amount

    • Try to keep in touch with your supporters via email while you are studying abroad

    • Always follow up with "Thank You" letters (preferably handwritten)

CREATIVE FUNDRAISING IDEAS

  • 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.

  • Job Hunting
    • Here’s another idea—a job! Have you ever thought about applying for an on-campus job? If not, consider that promptly. Universities love to employ their students and more importantly, they understand the scheduling difficulties of a student’s course schedule. It will also look good on your resume too. Tutor younger students. Sell your artwork. Search wide and far. It’s all about making that extra money toward your trip abroad!


Have questions about the scholarships and grants above to cover your internship or study abroad program with ABROADER? Email our Program Advisor at apply@abroader.org or Contact us here

Great internship in Vietnam! I recommend Westerners to go there at least one time to see things differently. ABROADER is very helpful (even if there is only women here haha) and found me a very decent internship. Time flies very fast, so you know what to do if you like the heat and cheep beers. À bientôt Vietnam!

Hugo Boitel

Environment Internship ,Polytech Montpellier, France

The study tour was a great was to experience Vietnam. The academic industry visits provided insights into how the manufacturing industry operates in SE Asia, relevant to our engineering course on Control Systems. Then many cultural experiences helped out understanding of the Vietnamese people and how the modern country has been shaped through the conflicts of the 20th century. Visiting the Mekong Delta was a highlight of the trip, living at a homestead and preparing/cooking a tradition Vietnamese meal was amazing. Overall the local buddies that helped us on our trip were amazing, providing us an insight into Vietnam through the eyes of other young adults.

Nicholas Zander

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

ABROADER helped me come to Vietnam, they found an internship for me, found work so I can learn about agriculture, organized my arrival, accommodation, first days guidance, sight-seeing, excursions, gave recommendations how to live and react in certain situations, gave me lessons about their language, welcomed me as I never could imagine and more. Simply said, their service was excellent. Like others have said, after coming to Vietnam they were available all the time and offered help with anything. Right now I can’t imagine how I could manage this alone. I was so amazed how fast they did things at ABROADER and how organized they were. I must confess at first I didn’t expect this. I have experience with similar organizations in Europe and I must write how great ABROADER was compared to them. But, this is not everything. After I came to Hanoi I also heard about this organization’s background. For them it is not just about making money. Because many students from Vietnam can’t afford traveling to other countries, ABROADER actually helps them learn about other cultures and languages. They directly cooperate with students. So, with coming here I didn’t just help myself, I also helped others to gain more knowledge. And getting a local buddy is also an excellent idea. You can never learn so much about the foreign country if you travel as a tourist. You have to become part of it, then you can learn about the real culture. Your local buddy helps you do this and in the end you might even find a new friend, like I did. I made many new good friends. In general, you might think that internship with ABROADER will bring you more knowledge and experience in your profession. It will, because they really search for the best possible internship position. But you can’t imagine how much other experience you also gain just by crossing the street or ordering food, being independent here. And be part of them. I won’t be writing how beautiful this country is, how friendly people are and how good the food is, you will just have to come here and find out by yourself. :) Thank you ABROADER!

Gregor Kramberger

Agriculture Internship ,Master's Degree at University of Maribor, Slovenia

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

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

The three weeks that I spent in Vietnam gave me a unique insight and greater appreciation into the world around me. Going to Vietnam has made me value the things I take for granted in Australia, such as just being able to drink clean water from the tap. I discovered that the people of Vietnam are so generous and forgiving. I made many new friends during the study tour and learned a course all whilst touring a great country. The study tour was very enjoyable and I had lots of fun along the way with the activities planned by the local buddies. The course itself was interesting and I genuinely enjoyed the content, despite it being so condensed into a few weeks. My advice for students wanting to go on ABROADER study tour would be to just enjoy the trip while it lasts and take as many photos as possible, because the time goes so quick. A huge thank you to all the organisers of the trip and to the local buddies for making this trip possible and the best it could have been.

Dante Staneke

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

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

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 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

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