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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!

Study-abroad-in-Vietnam-Scholarship

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

Pursuing overseas intern in the healthcare industry is learning the difference between the healthcare system of your country and theirs. In the hospital I worked in, I was given the chance to hop between different sub departments in the Pharmacy department to learn and complete the usual work routine. Although this was a wholesome experience it would have been better if I could speak Vietnamese, their local language, as this would enable me to perform more tasks such as administrative work or communicating with patients. If you would like to experience overseas internship, know that you will have addition tasks to do. In addition, be prepared to learn the local language.

Shiraishi Kei

Healthcare & Pharmacy Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

I am thankful to God that my daughter had an opportunity to be in Vietnam for 3 months through ABROADER. She stayed with a host family for a month and half and was able to learn a lot about the culture and the food. She loved her host family and misses them. Then she had traveled to Hanoi and worked with ABROADER. The staff was very friendly, caring, and hospitable. After 3 months in Vietnam, I had noticed the changes in my daughter about her outlook of life. She is no longer as much of a picky eater and her compassion and understanding of the Vietnamese people, the culture, and the food has greatly increased. I believe that this experience has helped her grow fast in her journey of life. Thanks ABROADER!!

Maryann Mohney

Marketing Internship ,Natasha Mohney’s mother

It was extremely helpful to have ABROADER when I arrived to Vietnam. I didn’t have to worry about how to get from the airport to the house or how to get a local sim card. Also ABROADER staff (Tung and Ngan) were periodically checking on me to make sure everything was ok. Mo and Claire were kind enough to arrange a city tour when I visited Saigon. However, the most important thing was that ABROADER Vietnam introduced me to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.

Martin Duran

Social Work Internship ,Ecuador

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

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

Joining this internship in Vietnam with SEND, I made a very important realization that is I can’t do everything on my own. The challenges presented during this internship got me to talk to other people, hear their ideas and craft up a conclusion. I learnt to cooperate with friends instead of struggling with any probem alone and we were able to find a solution to almost any problem that we encountered.

Ryosuke Asai

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

The whole experience of doing internship in Vietnam, living and meeting the people in this beautiful country will be a memory I’ll always remember. My host organization was ABROADER Vietnam. For the most part, I was clear about the responsibilities & rules expected to accomplish & follow during my filming and photography internship at the company. My supervisor and the program coordinator cared a lot about me, even when they didn’t pay attention to me, the only downfall was my skills on graphic design which I still need to improve to support my work in the company. My work was crucial at a marketing and branding level, which is the image of the company itself. If there is anything I wish to do that would make the internship in Vietnam perfect was that I could stay in Halong Bay one more day.

Miguel Fernando Del Moral

Filming and Photography Internship ,Relativity School, USA

I realize that the key to develop yourself is to improve your competence in a whole new environment, and coming to Vietnam for an internship accomplished what I came for. I came here because I wanted to have more confidence to speak up my mind in front of other people and it is hard to accomplish these when you are still in your comfort zone.

Takahisa Morino

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Prior to arriving in Vietnam, I had never had a so-called “life-changing” experience. There is no guidebook on how to achieve one, nor was I able to grasp such a concept, moments so strong as to change the path for your life. That is until I went to Vietnam. There is so much more than meets the eye in the beautiful country of Vietnam. A tourist or temporary visitor may only be granted with picturesque views of rice fields and the women in their hats, the mountains of the north, or a steaming bowl of Pho placed on their plastic red table. And while these experiences are all incredible in their own right, there is so much more to discover, whether it be the story of the people under the hats, the sellers on the streets, or the history of the land that you have the opportunity to travel. ABROADER Vietnam granted me the opportunity to uncover such stories, and an internship with memories that has left me longing to go back since the moment I returned home. Vietnam has become my second home. Granted, I had gotten the opportunity to travel and become accustomed to Vietnam for about four months prior to starting the internship. My University had allowed me to study abroad during which time I adjusted to the food and language, learning about almost every aspect of Vietnam culture. But this was only a preview of what was to come. My time with the internship let me interact with the people, practice my Vietnamese, take trips with my coworkers, and uncover passions for things I didn’t know existed. I have too many incredible stories to be able to write them all throughout this review, and so I’ll pick a few of the mostly little interactions that really meant the most. ABROADER Vietnam set me up in a homestay, perhaps one of the highlights of my journey, and I can say with complete honesty that I felt like part of the family. There was a cook by the name of “Vui”, meaning happy in Vietnamese, and how appropriate as she radiated happiness onto me throughout my entire stay. She did not speak any English, but somehow I was able to coordinate trips to the market, request my favorite food for dinners, and convey to her how much I loved her country. She bought me 21 roses on my 21st birthday, only proving her kindness. The mother of the household, unlike Vui, spoke some English. She often taught me Vietnamese when I had free time, as well as took me to the market, and made me feel extremely welcome when I felt the slightest bit homesick. But as for the internship itself, I was placed in two hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, one directly in the center, and one located more on the outskirts. I’m not going to lie and say that there were no challenges. Originally people were confused to why I was there, I got lost several times, and some days I had no one to teach me, but those were a minuscule few days as most, out of a ten week internship. I made friends with the doctors who taught me about topics from infectious diseases in Vietnam, to the catheder lab, and even more in the surgical urology department.. We frequently went out to eat, where we exchanged stories, and I answered curious questions about my time in Vietnam thus far. Other friends I made were medical students, originally too shy to approach me, but through my time in the hospital gathered up the courage to speak to me. I served to help them practice their English and was happy about it as I know how many opportunities it can open up for them. They invited me for bubble tea, food, and even once to a Vietnamese fruit farm, two hours by train. I was gifted the opportunity to dress up in the MOST attractive brown cloth attire, and proceed to pick and eat as much fruit as humanly possible on perhaps one of the most humid days. While I felt almost at home, eating to my hearts desire, I most certainly looked out of place with the brown pants acting more like a short capri on my long legs. It was days like this that I got to thinking of how grateful I was for the opportunity to stay in Vietnam for a little bit longer. I learned lots about my friends, and one of my favorite aspects of their culture is how open they are to strangers; how they just immediately let them in to their personal lives, and are completely honest. It is something that I miss the most. And lastly, as I don’t want to write a novel here, I have to talk about my experiences with the nurses at the second hospital that I worked in. The first week as usual was slightly stressful with not much sense of direction, but I quickly made friends, and their generosity was incredible. My days consisted of learning from doctors for a few hours, walking from room to room, checking patients vitals, or just practicing Vietnamese. But as soon as I took a break in the nurses “lounge”, I was bombarded with different Vietnamese foods coming my way. Each nurse wanted to share with me a piece of their dish, and talk to me as much as they could. Each morning from there on I would be asked in Vietnamese “Ali an sang chua?”, a phrase meaning “have you eaten breakfast yet?” Per usual I had not, and my answer encouraged them to start making me a coffee, and once again piling different foods in my bowls and encouraging me to eat mysterious shaped foods. My response that the food was delicious, or “ngon”, only encouraged them more. This routine continued until the end of my internship. The goodbyes were not easy, and there were many I had to make. Each attempted goodbye always ended with another attempt by them to try and meet up once more, at which I sullenly had to refuse. There are only a few things I will say to end this review that went much too long. These moments that I experienced were granted to me due to my opportunity to take up an internship with ABROADER, who set me up in the select hospitals, with my host family, and opened the doors for me to make connections. And of course when you take on an internship you have to do your part. You must be open, able to laugh when things don’t go your way, and not let any roadblock deter you. Looking back I know that I have changed. While I couldn’t see it in the moment, the internship boosted my confidence and improved my relationship with failure. It also made my more open with myself and those that I met. I wished my internship could go longer, and perhaps I will find a job in Vietnam one day, so for now all I can do is reminisce through reviews about the most life-changing time I had with my internship and with ABROADER.

Alison Burelbach

Medical Internship ,Loyola University Chicago, USA

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

Gerald Heng

IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore