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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

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

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

It was an overall enjoyable experience having my internship done through ABROADER Vietnam. The host company that they connected me with has been welcoming, friendly, I have been able to experience a lot of different elements of the company’s culture, helping different people and learning new things about not only the company but also working in general. I felt that I contributed to the host company and my particular help with the MWRP (checking English) was of great importance to them as the deadline approached. They have given me feedback and said that some of my research into potential donors and other youth initiatives in climate change adaptation has been of use to them too. Regarding ABROADER Vietnam intern service was my placement and the amazing support from local staff and volunteer in Hanoi. Would I recommend the internship to anyone interested, definitely!

Maarten Van Balen

Environmental Engineering Internship ,University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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

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

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

An Internship that Brought a lot of Happiness During a Tough Time My internship through ABROADER was truly a worthwhile experience. Not only did I genuinely enjoy the work I did for my host organization, but having ABROADER's support and community really enhanced my remote internship. Having weekly culture sessions and buddy chats, and getting to talk regularly to the ABROADER staff and local buddies, made me feel like I was actually in Vietnam. I think this aspect of their program is really unique, because it makes doing an internship in a brand new place much less intimidating; everyone is so friendly and welcoming, I never felt alone when navigating this new adventure. I genuinely feel that I was able to connect with people and make new friends despite being thousands of miles away. What was your funniest moment? With the culture sessions and buddy chats, there were a lot of fun, happy moments. I think I laughed the hardest when making a video with a fellow intern and two local buddies for ABROADER's farewell group session. We tried creating a parody to Grease's Summer Nights, but being that none of us are musically talented, and we had to deal with the lag from Zoom when singing all together, our finished product was quite chaotic. Regardless, it was a lot of fun to work on all together, and seeing our video at the session gave me a really great laugh.

Joanna Georgiou

Program Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University

All in all, to say I learn a lot is an understatement. I’ve gained precious insights and experience into the development process by getting the opportunity to work with an industry-leading company. I’ve improved my technical skills in JavaScript and updated my skills to the latest technologies. For future interns working for here, I advise that you come with open arms and the willingness to learn. You should be open to making new friends and learning new things, and I assure you that you will have a great time here just like I had. If I could redo my experience, I would’ve taken the opportunity to make friends outside of my circle. To socialize with more people here in Vietnam. I would also love to immerse myself more in the Vietnamese culture and explore Vietnam more, experiencing new food and places.

Muhammad Zaidi Bin Noraidi

IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

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 am so incredibly lucky that I have people and things that make saying goodbye to Hanoi incredibly difficult. For if I did not have them, that would have meant I wasted nearly three months internship in Vietnam. I was able to make friends, experience the culture, learn a little Vietnamese in the process; all those things became part of me and make it that much more difficult to say farewell to them.

Maile Moore

Public Health Internship ,Oregon State University, USA