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Study Abroad

STUDY ABROAD IN VIETNAM

Through partnerships with top-ranked accredited universities, higher education centers and research institutes across Vietnam, ABROADER  is confident to offer you a wide range of innovative courses taught completely in English for your study abroad program. You will find courseworks applicable to your major and educational level. Courses are available at undergraduate and graduate  levels, can be customized in terms of content and activities and are offered in various fields of study, including: Business & Economics, IT & Engineering, Environment & Conservation, Vietnamese Studies, Language Education, Social Sciences and Humanities,  Hospitality Management, Eastern Medicine, Architecture, Marketing & Communication, etc. Upon completing your courses, you will receive an official transcript and certificate of completion from your host university/institute/education center. Further program details are as below:


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SEMESTER IN VIETNAM PROGRAM

Step out of your comfort zone to study abroad with Vietnam’s dedicated lecturers alongside  both local and international peers at Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU), one of the most credited and socially engaged higher education institutions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

About The Host University

TDTU is a public university operated under the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, established on September 24, 1997. In August 2019, the university was ranked as the number 1 university in Vietnam and among the top1000 universities in the world (by Academic Ranking of World Universities).

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TDTU is among top 250 of the world's most sustainable universities According to the 2019 UI GreenMetric World University Ranking (Source: tdtu.edu.vn)

Located in one of the most prosperous and internationally populated districts in Ho Chi Minh City that is about 15 minutes of cab ride from downtown, and 5 minutes from fun spots in  the other districts, TDTU hosts many overseas students coming over to study and experience the top quality curriculum offered. The 4-QS-star university provides courses in more than 30 majors, ranging from the reputed program of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Applied Science, to the socially active Social Science and Humanity, and the creativity-intense Fashion and Industrial Art. All of which are instructed by top lecturers both trained from TDTU and from partnering domestic and international universities.

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TDTU also possesses the biggest, most up-to-date and hi-tech library in the South of Vietnam, the iNSPIRE Library.

Along with the everyday classes and lectures, students of TDTU also participate in extracurricular activities like soccer, marathon, international festivals and so on. Moreover, the university also hosts clubs and teams from sports to science, and arts like guitar club and EDM club. With a wide range of extracurricular activities available , the university has three cafeterias to quench the hunger of any students. To further accommodate the far-from-home students, TDTU holds the International Volunteer Team as a way to show them the hospitality of the Vietnamese global citizens.

Majors Available In English

Social Science and Humanities | Electrical & Electronics Engineering | Civil Engineering & Architecture | Mathematics & Statistics – Applied Mathematics | Applied Science | Pharmacy | Information Technology | Labor Relations | Industrial Fine Arts – Industrial Design | Finance & Banking | Accounting | Sport & Defense Education – Sport Biz & Event Management | Environment & Labor Safety – Environmental Science | Business Administration.

Note: You can choose to apply for more than one major from this list. However, you can study up to 7 courses or 20 credits only (1 course = 3 credits in average). This is to ensure the quality of your study. 

Don’t see your major listed above? Contact our Program Advisor here for more individualized recommendations

Program Highlights

  • Credit-based courses & Official Transcript from TDTU
    The credits are transferable back to your home university. Our procedure ensures you are able to confirm your participation in the program. 

  • Local buddies to show you around town
    Integrate and have fun experiences in Ho Chi Minh City with ABROADER’s Local Buddy Team. Join them for food sprees, fun circles of friends, and awesome expeditions outside of the city 

  • Cultural immersions to broaden your perspectives
    In order to let the students really experience Vietnam’s ancient and diverse culture, ABROADER and the host university provide the occasional excursions to  locations like the Ha Long Bay up North, and the Mekong Delta down South, all of which are accompanied by our Local Buddies with their adept knowledge of local customs. Beside these  trips, your time staying at the accommodation, studying at TDTU with local peers, and hanging out with  Vietnamese friends will surely give you a real taste of the Vietnamese life and culture.

  • Language proficiency ensured throughout your program
    All ABROADER team members, partner universities, and Local Buddy Team are proficient in English. We want to ensure that you are well-heard and understood  to bring to you the best experience while studying in a whole different country.

  • Program contents are truly tailored to your needs!
    ABROADER and the host university will provide you items that fit your needs and expectations. If you want to stay with locals to help the cultural integration faster, we will provide you with a native host that loves foreigners. If you are looking for some quick courses that provide some novelty compared to your universities’, we will work closely with the host university to compose a customized program for you. The list goes on.

Fun fact: Did you know that 6 means Prosperity in Vietnamese?

Eligibility

  • You need to be an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited university in your home country

  • GPA requirement: 2.5/4.0 (or 2.8/4.5). If your GPA is lower than the requirement, get in touch with our program advisor at apply@abroader.org for further consultation. 

  • Language requirement: A good command of English (IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 79) at the time of application for students from non-English-speaking countries

  • An appropriate and relevant academic background to the applying courses/ majors.

Program Duration & Key Timestamps 

Each semester is about four to four and a half months long, divided into Spring semester (from January to May) and Fall semester (from August to January)

Fall Semester (estimated)Spring Semester (estimated)
First uni-day Sep 3rd, 2020 Jan 1st, 2021
Application Deadline Jun 1st, 2020 Oct 15th, 2020
Arrival Aug 30th, 2020 Dec 27th, 2020
Departure Jan 1st, 2021 May 25th, 2021

Note: If you miss the application deadline, please contact us to check if there are any other courses available. 

Program Fees

Inclusions:

Full–time university tuition and fees (avg.)

USD $450

ABROADER’s service charges

Visa application support

Accommodation (homestay/private or shared apartment)

Airport transfer (pick-up & see-off)

Pre-departure and on-site orientations

Welcome and farewell dinners

24/7 on-site coordinator and local buddy

Local sim card

Local city tour and cultural excursion

Extracurricular activities: Vietnamese Cooking Class, Community Day at Local Orphanage
and/or Sports Contest with local students
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USD $4840

Subtotal (est.)

USD $5290

VAT 10%

USD $529

Total (est.)

USD $5819

Exclusions:

  • International transportation (flights, airport taxes, etc.)

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport & visa expenses

  • Meals outside of itinerary

  • Excursions and other activities not listed in program itinerary

  • Excess baggage fees

  • All personal items & expenses

Life In Ho Chi Minh City

Alias: formerly known as Saigon, then named after Vietnam’s Great Leader Ho Chi Minh

Climate: Hot from December till March, and hotter from April until May.

Recreation: Unlike the gentler and more classic vibe of  Ha Noi, Vietnam's thousand-year-old capital, Ho Chi Minh City is full of energy with activities for any type of personality, from day till night and back.

Cuisine: The Saigonese has their way of eating: flavorfully sweet, and full, with many kinds of traditional, international and fusion food that will quench the hunger of even a strict person like Sir Gordon Ramsey.

Read more about life in Ho Chi Minh City here

Accommodation

  • Location: near the University

  • Types: private studio apartment, shared apartment, university dormitory, homestay or an option to arrange your own accommodation

  • Meals: All accommodation options will include kitchen with basic cookware.

  • Inclusion and amenities: Air-conditioning | Bed linens | Tables & chairs | Kitchenette & wares | Toilet & Water heater | Wi-Fi | Close proximity to malls & grocery stores | Weekly room cleaning service.

  • Exclusion or subject to availability: Laundry | Microwave | Room services | Balcony | Bathtub.

 Read more about your prospective accommodation here

Extracurricular activities (from both the host university and ABROADER)

  • Cultural excursions

  • Skills and ideas workshops

  • Music and traditional festivals (seasonal)

  • Sport games and tournaments

  • Student fairs and markets

  • Team building activity with local youth unions

  • Clubs and extra language classes

These activities are all accompanied by either ABROADER’s Local Buddy Team or the host university’s international volunteer team.

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TDTU-ABROADER 2019 International Festival

Follow a group of Princeton undergrads in this video to see what fun activities are awaiting you in Ho Chi Minh City

Program Support

  • From Host University
    • Before your study abroad experience:

    • Visa application support
    • Joint pre-departure orientation with ABROADER
    • During your study abroad experience:

    • Administrate your education at their institute
    • Provide you with first-class curriculum and extracurricular activities
    • Create opportunities for you to network with local and other international students on-campus
    • Upon completion of your study abroad experience:

    • Support you in transferring the acquired credits back to your home institution
  • From ABROADER
    • At any stage of your study abroad experience, ABROADER is here to support you:

    • Before your study abroad experience:

    • You will be scheduled an online consultation for further discussion on your preferences and expectations towards your semester exchange in Vietnam
    • Our Placement Advisor will help you connect with the host university and guide you through the application process
    • Our Program Coordinator will provide you with a pre-departure orientation session as well as assist you in obtaining a visa, booking flights and finalizing housing
    • During your study abroad experience:

    • Our on-site staff and local buddies are here 24/7 to support you
    • Upon arrival, we will pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation. You will then attend an orientation to learn some basic information about Vietnam and tips to make the most of your time here, as well as join in a welcome meal – a very first meal in Vietnam to taste its unique cuisine.
    • You will be given opportunities to network with other international students in town
    • Upon completion of your study abroad experience:

    • We will connect you with existing internship offering organizations and companies in our network to kickstart your career before heading back to your home country.
    • You will participate in an end-of-semester evaluation meeting in which you can make time for self-reflection, highlight some memorable moments and give recommendations for ABROADER and the host university to improve the quality of the program.
    • Last but certainly not least, we will feed you again as part of your farewell to Vietnam and then drop you off at the airport.

How It Works

  • Application
    • Firstly, browse and choose from our list of available majors and courses above so that you have an idea of what you are going to study. You will then need to consult with your home institution about the program eligibility and requirements. After this, you are going to prepare your application package which includes an unofficial academic transcript with a current GPA of 2.5/4.0 or equivalence, and a letter of recommendation from your professor/ home institution (if any).

    • Keep in mind that even though you can choose as many majors and courses as you’d like, you can only study up to 7 courses or 20 credits per major for a semester!

    • Can’t decide which majors or courses to study? Contact us for individualized recommendations. No fee is required at this stage and you can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

  • Consultation and Enrollment
    • Our advisors will get in touch with you for a free online consultation on program details and assistance in choosing suitable courses after your application is submitted. You will then receive a conditional offer letter listing all the courses that are available from your original wishlist.

    • After you get the approval from your home university's professor(s) to see if your chosen courses are eligible for your study, return to us with the signed letter, and then, a deposit to confirm your spot.

    • No commitment required! Your deposit will be refunded if you want to change your plan!

  • Getting ready
    • If everything is alright and you would like to continue with us… then welcome ABROAD-er!

    • We will cook up a logistical plan for your stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Time to prepare for your departure with this list of documents:

    • + Signing your Exchange Agreement

    • + Complete remaining payment

    • + Logistical support: Visa application, Accommodation, Local Buddy, etc. (all included in the full package)

    • + Pre-departure Orientation with your Program Coordinator and learn about your Local Buddy! You can ask away all questions and make friends before you even land in the country.

    • * Notes on visa application:

    • You will receive from ABROADER and the host university an approval letter and a tentative academic schedule that are very important for your visa application process.

    • Bring the provided letters along with your visa application documents and passport photos to the local Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in your home country to obtain a student VisaYour pictures will be used on-site, too!

    • Again, these documents are very important, make sure you have copies of them and keep them safe!

  • Welcome to Vietnam!
    • It’s getting real! Once you’ve landed, our staff will be ready to welcome and pick you up to your accommodation.  You’ll get oriented on-site and join in a city tour with your local buddy before starting study next Monday.

  • Study completion and departure
    • Study completion:

    • + You will need to work closely with the host university to ensure that your academic transcripts, score results and documentation, and any other papers related are eligible for transfer back to your home institution.

    • + You could ask for the documents to be digitized.

    • Evaluation with ABROADER

    • + You did it! In one way or another, you’ve broadened your horizons! Time for final evaluation and reflection.

    • Departure

    • Our onsite team will arrange for your departure and welcome you to our alumni network.

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For more details, visit our How it works. If you have any questions, contact us. Our Program Advisor will guide you through the entire process.

PUBLIC COURSES

We are updating the description for our public courses to meet the preferences and expectations of more students. Stay tuned!


Looking to read about our alumni’s study abroad experiences in Vietnam? Check out their testimonials here

Need help funding your semester abroad? Learn about ABROADER’s scholarship offer and external resources 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

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

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

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

There were definitely times during my internship that the cultural difference between Vietnam and Japan made my internship here challenging. However, I was able to be in a team of amazing people and I learnt to accept the difference of opinions within my team and be patient to avoid any conflict. For me, being in a harmonious team motivated me to be positive, work harder and be a more productive person in general.

Reina Takahashi

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

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

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

Working for the Cham Island MPA was a really good fit for me, I think they picked a good job. I also liked my city tour I had fun, and got to do so many things! Vietnamese people are very nice and the living environment is safe when I hang out with my Vietnamese local buddies. I also get lots of support from local buddies and become real friends in spite of different interests.

Isabella Taylor Sullivan

Environment Internship ,Portland State University, USA

The study tour was a fantastic program full of cultural and fun experiences in both Vietnam and Singapore. Before the trip both of these places had been on my travel list, so when the opportunity for this trip came up I couldn't say no and I'm so glad that I did it. The buddies, the people I travelled with and the organisers made the trip even better. Industries in both countries were super helpful and our visits to these factories was one of the highlights. Networking with these companies, the food, cultural exposure, the people and the organisers made it a beautiful way to study our university course!! The most unfamiliar food that I tried was definitely chicken feet! Sugar cane drinks were also unusual but they tasted awesome! Thank you!!!!

Jared Haysman

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

I am grateful to everyone who has helped organize my internship in Vietnam this summer. I am grateful to ABROADER for finding me the best placement that I could ever hope for and for being so caring, accountable and responsive during my whole internship duration. I am grateful to my supervisor and all the coworkers at my host organization for being so hard-working, responsible, encouraging and supportive. Without their kindness and support, my holistic learning experience while in Vietnam would not be that worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this internship in Vietnam program to anyone that is interested in doing an internship abroad.

Bryant Chu

Culinary Internship ,Master’s Degree at Stanford University, USA