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ABROADER - Intern/Study Abroad


ABROADER was founded to help the local youth gain international exposure by bringing international students to Vietnam through internships, customized faculty-led, semester exchange, and service learning. Since 2014, we have been hosting students from more than 20 countries in the world and supported thousands of Vietnamese students in joining free seminars and international education programs. When partaking in our programs, you have the opportunity to boost your career prospects and contribute to the local community development.


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Singapore and Vietnam Program

For the 4 weeks I was overseas, there was never a dull day. The program was clear and exciting. I am really happy I did this program and will never forget the experiences and friends I have made. They showed me all the tourist and local areas, which made the trip more enjoyable. Experiencing the different culture was a major highlight to me, as they helped me develop my Vietnamese. I felt safe with the people at Abroader and were always excited to hang out with us and know about our own culture as well. Overall the trip was amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone, it’s something I will never forget

  • Local buddies
  • Experiences
  • Lack of free days
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Amazing Experience in HCMC with Abroader

Abroader does a great job of handling all of the logistics that can bog down someone looking to experience travel abroad. The local buddies are super friendly and helpful! I also enjoyed all of the trips and activities that were planned for us. I was happy with the internship Abroader helped find for me and I was given exciting, meaningful responsibilities My Internship provided me with enough training to allow me to come away with real, tangible, and useful skills. Everyone was very welcoming to us throughout the internship and there was a good amount of communication. Highly recommend working and exploring Vietnam with Abroader!

  • Friendly Local Buddies
  • Great Food
  • Amazing City Life
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A Good Time in Vietnam

ARBOADER provided a wonderful time for me in Vietnam this summer. I was able to experience an internship with an architecture consulting firm and it was very interesting. Besides the housing and other support, my favorite part was the local buddies! The local buddies helped guide me to many fun places. ABROADER was also able to set up cultural immersion events, so it was very fun getting to learn more about the culture. I always felt like I was in good care when I talked to the people in the program. I would recommend applying to ARBOADER's program to explore Vietnam.

  • Local Buddies
  • Delicious Food
  • Many local attractions
  • Crossing the street
  • weather is very hot
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An Unforgettable Experience

I'm so grateful I was able to intern in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with ABROADER. Never would I have been able to arrange this on my own, and ABROADER went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable. They paired me with local buddies who befriended me and showed me parts of the city or how to cook certain dishes - not only in the first week but throughout the duration of my two months in Vietnam. ABROADER also looked out for me if I was sick or needed support. As I'm back in the US now, I'll always be jealous of my housing in Vietnam - it was amazing! If you have the opportunity to work with ABROADER, definitely do it! Vietnam is such a dynamic country and HCMC is so special. I'm hoping I'll be back there soon, this time for longer than two months :)

  • Traveling all around Vietnam on the weekends
  • The best and cheapest food ever
  • True cultural immersion
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Summer 2022 experience

I really enjoyed my time in Vietnam because of all the fun adventures and growth I experienced. From planned activities done by ABROADER to my spontaneous individual traveling, I got to see the beauty of Vietnam. Additionally, the company I got to work with was very enjoyable and friendly. This company was connected to me by ABROADER as well. Lastly, the lifestyle of Vietnam was interesting to adapt to. From my observation, living in Vietnam for a while would be enjoyable because of the mentality of having fun. Work hard enough to make money during the day so that you can party even harder at night.

  • Delicious cheap food
  • Pretty sightseeing locations such as Da Lat or Mui Ne
  • Lots of unique restaurants/stores/attractions to visit
  • Very rainy or hot weather
  • Traffic
  • Some places will try to scam you if you look like a foreigner


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

The South East Asia study tour looked like a great opportunity to explore both Singapore and Vietnam in an organized and exciting way. The prospect of having local buddies to show us around the city and help with the language barrier was a great relief. The university staff never hesitated to help the students when needed and provided good plans to mitigate any unforeseen problems that could occur while being overseas.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The University of Newcastle providers created a pre-departure guide to help give the students an understanding of what was required in Vietnam, what to expect and areas of concern to watch for. Additionally, prior to leaving Australia, there was a pre-departure meeting where things such as insurance and the must go places were discussed. The program provider and other university staff basically set up the entire trip; all that was required to organise on our own was the flights and vaccines required, making it nice and easy on the students.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My advice for students wanting to go on the South East Asia study tour would be to just enjoy the trip while it lasts and take as many photos as possible, because, as cliché as it sounds, the time over there will go so quick.

It is important to remember that going on an overseas study tour is not just about studying the whole time. People are there to forge new friendships and experience a different culture. On this note, I challenge you to take the opportunity to study overseas if it is available to you.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The study tour will have the whole week planned out for you, so there is no need to worry about not knowing what to do.

In one week, there will generally be two eight hour classes and four industry visits. In between these, the week will be filled with cultural events, city tours, possibly some volunteer work and free time in the afternoon for you to explore the city on your own volition.

A typical afternoon could be spent walking the streets to find some great bargains at local markets, to eating the best traditional foods at the nearest food market, to playing indoor soccer with your mates at a local sports centre. The best thing is, you get to choose what you want to do.

While eight hours for a class may seem challenging, regular breaks are provided and the way the course is taught provides easier understanding of the content.

The industry visits are fantastic experiences and give insight into the workplaces outside of Australia. On these visits, you get to see the company/factory with a tour guide and ask all sorts of questions. The industry visits count to one weeks’ worth of mandatory workplace experience for the engineering degree, which is a great bonus.

Whether it's staying overnight at the Mekong delta or touring out to the Cu Chi tunnels, the study tour provides great cultural and historical experiences.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

The biggest fear I faced going into my overseas experience as an introvert was gaining independence. Throughout my life, I had grown accustomed to spending time at home with my family. I had never lived solely on my own before, and when I had gone on previous holidays, I was always with some members of my family. For the first time in my life, I was travelling to a different part of the world, just by myself, going to explore the unknown. This thought was daunting for me. Additionally, the language barrier was another small fear I had appropriated.

That thought process vanished in as little as a week into the trip. I made many new friends during the study tour through the orientation and welcome dinner, as well as group activities. The atmosphere and energy displayed by the Vietnamese local buddies at these events helped me to ignore the introvert side and to become more proactive with the other students. The local buddies taught us some fundamental Vietnamese words and phrases, and since they were with us on most activities, the language barrier was no longer an issue. Since both fears I initially had diminished, I was able to make the most of the trip and create many great memories.

How have your views/values changed after being on the SE Vietnam study tour?

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. It was interesting to visit historical places such as the War Remnants Museum as I got to see a different perspective of the war invasion. Overall, the study tour provided me with a sense of gratification in both education and travel.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ha Nguyen

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Program Assistant
Ha Nguyen is a recent graduate majoring in English Language Education from Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Since the first day at college, Ha has nurtured her dream of becoming an expert in the field of education. She also wishes to pursue higher education abroad to learn and experience herself how developed countries have succeeded in developing their education systems. Teaching is probably not Ha’s biggest interest, but being an education manager does sound great to her.

What position do you hold at Student Exchange Vietnam? What has been your career path so far?

Ha: Currently, I am working as a Program Assistant at Student Exchange Vietnam whose main duties range from designing and packaging programs for international students coming to Vietnam on internship or study tour to supporting them in integration into the new life in Vienam. As mentioned above, I am interested in working as an education manager.

Particularly, my goal is to make better changes to the education system of the country, which has been considered inappropriate and not really ideal for students’ personal and professional development. What I am doing now at Student Exchange Vietnam greatly contributes to her big goal in a long term since I get the chance to work with international students coming from diverse educational backgrounds to understand more about their needs and competencies. That for sure will help me get deeper insights into what makes a strong education system in the world today.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Ha: I am definitely into going visit new places. Before getting to work at Student Exchange Vietnam, I was involved in a similar job in an international organization named AIESEC for almost two years. Thanks to AIESEC, I got to travel to different places all over the country. Among those, the trip to Ho Chi Minh city to join the national conference of the whole AIESEC in Vietnam so far has been my most favorite.

Together with my teammates, I did experience the longest train in my life, which lasted for almost 40 hours from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. It also means that for two days I had no bathing at all (laugh out loud). However, the best thing was actually about getting closer to my friends when we had deep talks to understand more about each other along the way.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

Ha: South Korea, yeah it is exactly my most favorite country in the world. In fact, I have been there oncefor a student forum, but it seems to me that it is just not enough to really enjoy the country within a week. Later when I get the chance to go back, I probably would love to stay much longer so that I can become half Korean (laugh).

I am interested in that fact that a country which has recovered from the civil war, just like my country,and now is always being endangered by the continuing war with the north, can still prosper and even greatly influence the world with Hallyu (the Korean Wave). Their strategic national branding is utmost impressive and inspiring, and raises the questions of why and how they did as well as how and when my country can do something like that.

What language have you always wanted to learn and why​?

Ha: Due to the Korean impression, I naturally fall in love with the language as an exciting aspect of the culture. I have been learning Korean for two years. Korean is not difficult to learn, especially to Vietnamese people since the rule of pronunciation is pretty much the same with Vietnamese language’s. Besides, I am very interested in writing in Korean. The alphabet is way different so there is so much fun while practicing. At first, I felt like I was drawing, but not writing.

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