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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

During my environmental engineering internship at my host company, I have learned a great deal of practical knowledge and skills that I hadn’t been taught in schools before, in particular my design skills have been improved a lot. My supervisor and coworkers gave me very helpful support and guidance which is what I expected to have in an internship, although I wish I was more freedom to explore and do independent work. Adding to the experience, I got to go on a field trip to Hai Duong in 2 weeks while I was an intern. It was a valuable experience for me because I was able to travel and see the different practices in a smaller city of Hai Duong compared to Hanoi, I of course made new friends and had a little peak into the local life of people outside the busy capital.

Geogre Wilson

Environmental Engineering Internship ,Durham University, England

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 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

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

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

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

No words can represent how much experience I have gained throughout my internship in Vietnam. Working at my host company as a research assistant, I have gained many technical and soft skills, such as participating in lab undergraduate training courses, doing lab testing services and also learning the culture of Vietnam with the Vietnamese people. After this internship, I realized that I could adapt myself to a different and foreign environment. This enables me to be able to work with a more diverse environment, even with colleagues with different background and knowledge. This pushes me as an employee to learn and work even harder to cope and manage with different people and adapt accordingly to the needs of the company. All in all, I feel that it was a breathtaking experience for me to have this opportunity to immerse myself with the Vietnam culture with the Vietnamese people, and I am really thankful to have taken up this internship experience with ABROADER for letting me experience such a new life. The funniest moment I had during my internship experience was that I had to CHASE down a bus when I was on the way to work. It was a really funny one as I have this mindset that the buses in Vietnam would wait for you to board before it starts to drive again. However, the bus did not even stop moving and kept on driving, and left me behind the bus stop. Since that day onwards, I ensure myself not to miss the bus by chasing the bus down before the driver closes its door on me. Thank you ABROADER for this memorable experience!

Kelvin On

Biology & Environment Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

Incredible experience! Would recommend It was an incredible experience and made something valuable out of the difficult situation of Covid-19. I learned so much about Vietnam and was able to connect with a bunch of peers in Vietnam. It was also a great social outlet during a remote internship which can feel isolating sometimes. I am so thankful for all the support Abroader provided and all the work they put into making a really great program. If you are doing a remote internship or looking to learn more about vietnam, this program is perfect for you. What is your advice to future travelers on this program? Be engaged and talk during the zoom meetings! You'll only get out of it what you are willing to put into it!

Katryna Niva

Program Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University

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

The experience of doing an internship in Vietnam certainly was not easy for me but I have no doubt that it was tremendouly valuable. At first, I actually had a lot of culture shocks, for example, sometimes it was hard to communicate with Vietnamese people because not a lot of people speak English and some had very strong accent. However, Vietnamese people were very kind to me and took well care of me especially the host family and program coordinator. I realized that it’s difficult to understand another culture but it’s also really necessary to accept other culture, their life and their way of thinking. At the hotel where I did my internship, I could learn a lot of things. For example, I learnt how to communicate politely with customers, how to make them satisfied and how to manage the hotel. Everyone from the supervisor to my co-workers was helpful and accommodating, I was included in all the daily meetings and the supervisor was very open to share her knowledge about hotel management which was really helpful to my future work. I really had a good experience in Vietnam. I appreciate the people I’ve met and the experience I’ve had. This is going to be very useful in the future. Thank you ABROADER Vietnam so much for the valuable opportunity to learn about my field of work in your beautiful country!

Kaoru Mori

Hospitality Internship ,Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan