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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

Overall we would say it was very positive. The immediate feedback and replies especially when she first arrived were so appreciated. I loved the Facebook posts and it made us feel a little closer to the experience there, especially when Monica was in the village and her internet was sporadic. Of course the village experience was exactly what Monica was hoping for, experience with children in another culture, living with a host family and having the support of mentors and people taking care of her, including taking her to the school each day. The excursion adventures were also amazing experiences for her and she was eager to participate in as much of exploring the Vietnamese countryside and culture as she could in her limited time.

Linda Zang

Education Internship ,Monica Anderson’s mother, USA

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

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.

So Sadamoto

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Great experience and not so complex documentations for a smooth process. It will be better if they can expand their business due to lack of manpower to showcase their capabilities. We came during the period where the world had a Corona virus outbreak and ABROADER managed the situation well where they informed us of the numbers and giving us masks to ensure that we are safe and healthy. Whenever we need help, we know we can approach them and be open to our opinions because we know they will listen and try to help whenever they can.

Heng Siew Ling (Agnes)

Business & Marketing Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

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

In general, I am satisfied with the Internship Service provided by ABROADER before I came to Vietnam. My host family placement exceeded my expectations. My host mother and father were all very friendly and helpful; they really made me feel at home. My local buddy Linh, even though she lived 2 hours away, she still made efforts in taking me on day-trips that catered to my interest in Vietnamese Cuisine. I contacted ABROADER for the Culinary Internship in Vietnam on my own and and given the amount of money and time I will be investing, it was extremely important for me to feel that I can trust ABROADER Vietnam. My host for the internship was Ngon Villa Restaurant. The host company staffs were very friendly and welcoming, one chef at the restaurant was in charge of my internship. However, due to perhaps unforeseeable needs in the company, my supervisor was not able to spend more than a day with me. ABROADER Vietnam found an excellent opportunity for internship in Vietnam for me; however, the host company was not able to fully deliver the experience I was looking for.

Jinhua Zhang

Culinary Internship ,City College of San Francisco, USA

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

Doing a big trip like this will make you learn about yourself whether you realize it or not. Being in the culture that is so different from what you are used to will really make you think about the world as a whole. My favorite part was meeting new people and getting to know their background and future exciting plans. THANK YOU SO MUCH! The program was busy, yet still had the right amount of freedom. I enjoyed all activities and had an AMAZING time in Vietnam!

Victoria Dusseau

Let's Vietnam 2016 Faculty-led Program ,University of Findlay, USA

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

What a trip! From day one right until the finish every day was something new. Facilitated by the local buddies and our dedicated, hard-working Program Coordinator Duy, our experience abroad was invaluable and allowed us to experience Vietnam and its culture in a way that would have definitely been impossible without them. Industry visits were super interesting and something which never occurs when studying courses 'traditionally'. These definitely gave me an insight into how and where I might be applying my trade upon graduation. Overall the trip was quite affordable too, especially considering we were away for a whole month. This was an unforgettable experience and I would recommend this type of program to anyone for which it is available.

Timothy Chen

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