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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

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

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

My internship in Vietnam with ABROADER was a life changing experience. I was a marketing intern at a travel company in Hanoi and now work for the same company as a full time employee. Being in Vietnam has taught me so much about different people and cultures, as there are many other foreigners working here as well from all over the world. My internship coordinator at ABROADER was so helpful, and was a huge support for me whenever I needed it. I would definitely recommend ABROADER if you are looking to do an internship here. They really cater to your needs and care about what you want and are looking for.

Lillian Sarah Grant

Marketing & Communication Specialist Internship ,University of Massachusetts Amherst, 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 service provided by ABROADER Vietnam is really good. Especially until I get used to living here, I asked support from ABROADER so much. Now I can manage my own life by myself thanks to them.

Sohei Chikama

IT Internship ,Chuo University, Japan

Special thanks to ABROADER and my intern company, MCD for making this experience once in a life-time. Huge thank you for everyone who made this dream into a reality. I made new friends and was immersed into the beautiful culture of Vietnam and was able to apply and adapt techniques I learnt in school at work.

Noor Ain

Marine Conservation Intern ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

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 Intern ,University of California, San Diego, USA

The three weeks that I spent in Vietnam gave me a unique insight and greater appreciation into the world around me. Going to Vietnam has made me value the things I take for granted in Australia, such as just being able to drink clean water from the tap. I discovered that the people of Vietnam are so generous and forgiving. I made many new friends during the study tour and learned a course all whilst touring a great country. The study tour was very enjoyable and I had lots of fun along the way with the activities planned by the local buddies. The course itself was interesting and I genuinely enjoyed the content, despite it being so condensed into a few weeks. My advice for students wanting to go on ABROADER study tour would be to just enjoy the trip while it lasts and take as many photos as possible, because the time goes so quick. A huge thank you to all the organisers of the trip and to the local buddies for making this trip possible and the best it could have been.

Dante Staneke

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

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

I was very appreciated and valued at the host school, they were extremely welcoming and friendly. The teachers provided me with plenty of opportunities to interact with different year levels and observe classes. In addition, even though it is not their responsibility to, they were also very keen on showing me Vietnam and making me comfortable, I got to go on a trip to pagodas in Ho Chi Minh where I got to wear ao dai and get to know more about another aspect of Vietnamese life. One inconvenience I had would be that my accommodation was quite far from the school and I was by myself. But overall, this can be improved on and I would recommend the internship program to anyone interested.

Alexandra Baulch

Education Internship ,Monash University, Australia