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For Australian Students

For Australian Students

1/ OS-HELP Loan

OS-HELP is a generous Australian Government Loan scheme for eligible students to help pay for their overseas program. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as program fees, airfare, accommodation and other travel or study expenses.


OS-HELP is a generous Australian Government Loan scheme that allows eligible Australian university students to access up to A$9,399 to study overseas (2020 amounts). The OS-HELP loan is applied to the student’s HECS and standard conditions apply. Like HECS-HELP, OS-HELP is interest-free and fee-free. Students should visit the Australian Government Study Assist website for more information about HECS-HELP and OS-HELP.

Key Elements

  • OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place who want to undertake some of their study overseas.
  • Students can borrow up to $8,295 for studies within Asia, and an additional $1,104 if students undertake Asian language studies in preparation for studies in Asia.
  • Students can borrow up to $6,913 for studies outside of Asia.
  • Ultimately, the amount students can borrow using an OS-HELP loan is determined by their university in accordance with the OS-HELP policy.
  • OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfare, accommodation and other travel or study expenses.
  • Students may receive one loan per six-month study period and can access a total of two OS-HELP loans over their lifetime.
  • The type of overseas study for which you may be able to receive OS-HELP assistance could include semester, short-course study programs, clinical placements and internships.

Eligibility Requirements

OS-HELP eligibility requirements can be updated from time to time by the Australian Government, so it is recommended students refer to the Study Assist website for a comprehensive guide to OS-HELP. Generally, students would normally be eligible for OS-HELP if they meet the following requirements:

  • you are an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • you are enrolled with an Australian provider (university) as a Commonwealth supported student and have completed one equivalent full-time student load, which is usually one year of full-time study
  • you are enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course with an Australian university
  • your overseas program counts as academic credit towards your current enrolled course requirements
  • you will have one course of study left to complete (back in Australia) once you have finished your overseas program
  • you have a tax file number (TFN) or provide a ‘Certificate of Application for a TFN’

How to Apply

You must apply to your higher education provider for an OS-HELP loan. Each university runs its own application and selection process. Students should contact their university’s International Office for more detailed information on OS-HELP.

2/ Austudy

Australian citizens who are currently eligible for or receiving Austudy should be eligible to continue receiving this form of Australian Government financial assistance if they leave Australia temporarily for a study experience, if the study is part of their full-time Australian course. Australian students should closely review eligibility requirements on the Australian Government website or contact their university’s International Office for more detailed information.

3/ Endeavour Leadership Program

The Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP) supports two-way mobility with Australia’s priority partner countries for short and long-term study, research and professional development opportunities for high-performing individuals, tertiary providers and their students. It provides opportunities for established and emerging leaders to undertake a global mobility experience within their study, research or professional field to increase their expertise.

Endeavour Leaders will have the opportunity to build enduring international networks, strengthen education and research engagement between Australia and priority countries, and enhance Australia’s commercial success and economic prosperity.

Australian students should visit the Australian Government Endeavour Leadership Program website or contact their university’s International Office for more detailed information.

4/ New Colombo Plan (NCP)

The NCP Scholarship Program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations. The Scholarship Program aims to:

  • Provide prestigious and highly-competitive scholarships to a diverse range of Australian undergraduates studying a breadth of disciplines
  • Support more study experiences in a broad range of Indo-Pacific locations
  • Encourage Scholars to undertake longer term study, language study and an Internship and/or Mentorship
  • Engage Scholars, Australian Universities and other stakeholders in public diplomacy and outreach
  • Continue to develop an active Scholar alumni community for previous Scholars to share their experiences, promote the NCP and continue to develop knowledge of and professional links with the Indo-Pacific region

Australian students should visit the Australian Government: NCP Scholarship Program website or contact their university’s International Office for more detailed information.

The NCP Mobility Program is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that provides funding to Australian universities and consortia to support Australian undergraduate students studying and undertaking internships across the Indo-Pacific region. The NCP Mobility Program is intended to be transformational, deepening Australia’s relationships in the Indo-Pacific region, both at the individual level and through universities, businesses and other links. The Mobility Program is open to Australian university undergraduates aged 18 to 28, with capacity to include some students over 28. Australian students should visit the Australian Government: NCP Mobility Program website or contact their university’s International Office for more detailed information.

5/ VET Outbound Mobility Program

The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Outbound Mobility Program provides funding for VET students (and staff) to undertake an international study or work placement. Funding is provided to both Australian public and private organizations (RTO’s). Participating students must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and reside in Australia. Students may be eligible for subsidies of $2,000. Australian students should closely review eligibility requirements and program details or contact their institution’s International Office for more detailed information.

Vietnam, from my experience, is a very work-oriented and relationship-oriented country. You must come prepared to work a lot, learn a lot, and you absolutely must not try to apply the logic or expectation that you would have in the West. This will do little to nothing to help you and will hinder your ability to learn. Come here with the mindset of a student, not an authoritative figure. There is much to learn in Vietnam that will be very valuable to you wherever you work or live, and it is important that you come to Vietnam with an open and unexpecting mind, so that when you go home you will have been able to learn, enjoy and apply your experiences to your future in a positive way. Come to Vietnam with the ability to motivate and add value to people’s lives. Set an example for people, and remember that you are at all times representing you country, university and culture, so make an impression that will stand out as a positive one. Make friends as much as possible and when you can try to study the language as much as possible, even if it is just the language that relates to your job. Doing these two basic things will make living and working here quite enjoyable.

Jack Sherpa

Hospitality & Tourism Internship ,University of Oregon, USA

There are few words that could describe my time here this summer. The time I have spent here has been priceless and life changing, even more than I thought it could be. I learned so much from my nursing internship in Vietnam that will help me very much in my future. However, the life experience I’ve learned, through adapting to another culture, traveling alone to beautiful places and having a sense of home here is something I’ll never forget. The people here have touched my heart, and I’ll have these memories forever. This country, these places and people are beautiful, and I am so happy I came here. It’s inspired me to always follow my dreams, no matter how big they are, and that I can do anything.

Elisa Wynne Durkin

Nursing Internship ,Colorado State University, USA

The level of support provided from ABROADER Vietnam was great, and I loved the activities where everyone was involved, including the local buddies!

Megan Bernard

Education Internship ,Monash University, Australia

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

The 5 months spent in Vietnam was not only enjoyable but also felt enriching. I have become many times more independent than before and thoroughly enjoyed working at Vinmec General International Hospital- A conducive and enjoyable workplace for those interested in a career in Healthcare.

Skye Lee

Healthcare & Pharmacy Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

I was happy with everything else including in-country logistics and visa support, orientation and city tour and I would definitely recommend this internship in Vietnam to my friends or students who are interested. Though most of my work was limited to observation depending on what department I was placed in, I was able to contribute to the nursing staff by other means (i.e. sorting through medicine to be used for the next day). However, in the ICU, I got to perform all nursing tasks except for mixing drugs as only head nurses could do that task. In addition, I found it really helpful that I had many supervisors at work and they all cared that I learned from this experience. Regarding my experience with ABROADER Vietnam service, what I appreciated the most was probably the local buddy they paired me with here.

Niki Pham

Nursing Internship ,University of Texas in Austin, USA

The local buddies were amazing!! Such a wonderful experience!! I would recommend to everyone, even if you don’t know anyone else. Was such a great time meeting new people and exploring a culture that was so welcoming. Due to the local buddies we got to experience the local side of Vietnam and all the places the average tourist won’t get to see. I also know my class mates at lot better. I have made connections with industry professionals that will stay with me after I graduate. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!

Baillie Wheatly

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

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

No matter how much I fear working with a group, I realized, through my internship in Vietnam, that teamwork is key to success and you would be surprised how much opening your mind and listening to people’s opinions can get you far. Before the internship in Vietnam, I have always been interested in being a teacher of Japanese and this internship has made me realize how hard it can be teaching someone my own language but also how fun it can be. For anyone who are not used to working in groups, this program pushes you to, a lot of times, with your students, with your fellow interns and with your supervisor.

Yumi Kaneyama

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

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