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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!

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 story of learning and exploration with us through a photo gallery/their choice of travel vlog/blogging/an Instagram takeover.

  • Vietnamese-American students - USD $350
    • 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 $500
    • 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

Everyone from the program coordinator to my local buddy was extremely supportive! The experience would not have been as great as it has been if I was by myself. I felt very satisfied with the service ABROADER Vietnam provided for my Nursing Internship in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh Hopspital of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. I was clear about the rules and expectations required of me during my placement. My supervisors instructed me and helped me with language translation and clarifications of responsibilities. With their help, I felt I was well equipped for the job I was assigned. I brought my equipment from home to the workplace and it provided great assistance for my work. During the internship in Vietnam, I was glad I was able to learn technical skills from the nurses from the hospital. They have all been very supportive, friendly, patient and open to my help. They trained me with techniques quite different from how it is occasionally done back home. I will definitely recommend this program to my colleagues!

Sandra Gomez Vega

Nursing Internship ,University of Texas Austin, USA

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 would say that it is best for people who are trying to learn outside of their own country. I had a wonderful time spending time by learning their culture, exploring places that you have been before. Getting to know well how to be responsible once in a while. Learning the language was a little tough but was able to understand with the help of the local buddies. The working environment in Vietnam is actually pretty good. The food was quite interesting to me as most of the people like seafood instead of poultry. Overall, I would say people need to visit these places to understand more about the world where their own country is not only a place to gain opportunities. In your life, this might be a chance to give it a shot if you get this opportunity.

Sunil Bharat

Aeroplan Engineering Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

The placement I received was great. ABROADER Vietnam has helped me the whole way! I would recommend this program if they are looking to go somewhere completely different and cool!

Cole McDougall

Optometry Internship ,South Dakota State University, 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

I was satisfied with the Internship Service provided by ABROADER Vietnam. The Program Coordinator always listened to my worries, and they tried to keep my safety and that really relieves my anxiety being in a foreign country. The organization where I did the Early Childhood Education Internship was with Fuji kindergarten, I got to work in different campuses with different teachers who were also my supervisors. All of them were very kind and supportive towards me. However, some of them cannot speak English so sometimes it is hard to communicate with them but eventually it was fine. At one campus, there is a translator that helps me communicate with the teachers so it wasn’t a big problem. In some classes, I ran my class arrangements well (such as art and drawing activities), but in young children’s classes, it was very challenging to do it, so I improvised by singing songs and dancing to the music, which makes them very happy. In come campuses, they awake children’s imagination through art with foods, clay, and nature and so on. It was very interesting. Through my internship in Vietnam, I learned that, in order to communicate with children, it is important that you communicate smoothly with teachers first. The challenging part was that not everyone at my workplace speaks English and we had to learn to communicate effectively with each other. All in all, I would recommend ABROADER Vietnam service to anyone who in interested in doing an Internship in Vietnam.

Maiko Otsubo

Early Childhood Education Internship ,Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan

I just wanted to say a Warm Thanks to the ABROADER team for creating an amazing experience for Zach. Kasia and your team went above and beyond and should be so proud of bringing the amazing experience of living in Vietnam to my son. Your buddy program was amazing and we met his Buddy several times. He even came to the airport at 7 AM this past Saturday as Zach left Vietnam. Zach learned so much about Vietnam this summer - about its amazing culture, food, how people live and of course Grab, and the crazy life of the traffic. This family has fallen in love with Vietnam.

Barry Vlessing

Business Development Internship ,Zachary Vlessing's Father

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

The people at ABROADER helped me transition into moving to Hanoi and beginning my internship. They helped me find a homestay at this place called Bui Xuyen Viet Travel Coffee, which is a small coffee shop that is all about travel. I really love my home stay. The people are some of the kindest I have met in Vietnam and extremely helpful in helping me navigate through the city and experience a local perspective of life in Hanoi. As for my internship, the staff has been very supportive and encouraging. They have helped challenge me and encourage me at the same time to contribute in any way I can to the company. After only a few days there, I could tell that I would really like my co-workers. They are a young, energetic, and sarcastic bunch who truly care about the company. It definitely feels like a team at the office. I know that I can talk to them about any questions I may have, and they are patient in letting me learn along the way. The experience that I have so far at ABROADER has been helpful in get a better idea of what I want to pursue after I go back home to the U.S., and my experiences overall in Vietnam that were very much made possible by ABROADER are experiences that are invaluable and that I will cherish for a lifetime. Vietnam is a beautiful country, with its breathtaking nature and tropical beaches, there is no doubt about it. But what really makes Vietnam feel like home and a place that I have become fond of is the people, the friends that I have made along the journey.

Nancy Vazquez

Marketing Internship ,University of California, San Diego, USA

Having an Internship program away from home is not an easy decision because you have to think of so many aspects like entering a new culture, encountering language differences, living in a new environment and so many other things. At first, I was very nervous because it was my first time in Vietnam, but ABROADER made me feel that I made a right decision to come for an internship here. They will not let you feel away from your home as they will treat you not just like a student intern but as a part of the ABROADER family. I never felt alone as they are always there to guide and support me during my internship despite of the culture differences. The very good news is I am starting to learn and immerse myself into the Vietnamese life with the help of not only my on-site program coordinator but also my lovely Vietnamese co-workers in Ha Long Bay. My program started with an orientation on my internship in Vietnam at ABROADER’s office, during which they also taught me some basic Vietnamese language that is very helpful while I am here. Afterwards, we had a welcome dinner where I tried different Vietnamese dishes which I immediately fell in love with. They were all very “ngon” which means delicious in Vietnamese :) . The next day we had a day of city tour with my local buddy – Ngan where she showed me around tourists spots in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and French Quarter. During the tour, Ngan also brought me to local restaurants to enjoy traditional Vietnamese foods and drinks like Egg coffee which I like best. To make it even better, she took me to a place near Hoan Kiem Lake where I got to discover the most delicious ice cream I have ever tasted in my life.

Marvin M. Napi

Hospitality - Cruise Management Internship ,Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Philippines