When can I join the internship or study tours?
Regular programs are often provided in the summer. However, they can be customized
according to your time and needs.
What can I benefit from an internship or study tour?
You will gain first-hand experience from living and working in a foreign setting.
This opportunity will sharpen your knowledge and skills, develop your international
understanding and networking, and, last but not least, help seek relevant jobs
in the future.
In order to join an internship or study tour, what should I prepare in advance
You should prepare your profile, and IDD will do the rest. Details will be
discussed in detail, and in some cases, on a case-to-case basis.
What about the cost?
The cost will definitely be affordable as the major goal of these programs is
to enhance international cooperation and partnership.
What overseas study services are offered?
You will be guided step by step until you get the visa to study at your chosen
destination. Our services include:
- Admission application;
- Visa application, accommodation and flight booking;
- Pre-departure preparation;
- Departure; and,
- Post-arrival services (a channel closely-tied between the institution and
What if I don’t have the required English proficiency?
There are two ways for you to choose.
You can choose to apply for an ESL course in a foreign country and then apply
for an academic course when you meet the required English score.
You can choose to study English in Vietnam (preferably at SEAMEO RETRAC as it
has successful English preparation programs for overseas study, especially in
test-taking skills). Please bear in mind English requirement is a strong factor
in visa processing.
When should be the suitable time for me to apply?
Most programs require students to apply at least one semester ahead of time.
In addition, for competitive or popular programs, the sooner the better. See
program brochures or school websites for precise application deadlines.
How long is usually the visa application?
Visa application procedures vary depending on the country you are applying.
Usually, going to Australia and Singapore would take 8 weeks, to Canada 12 weeks,
to UK 14 days and to the US 2 days.
By all means, you need to prepare your personal documents carefully. SEAMEO
RETRAC can assist you in this.
Can ESL students get a visa?
Yes, if all the questions raised by the visa officer are answered satisfactorily
in which you would prove, besides others, a right intention to go to study and
a strong reason to return upon completion of your study. Usually, an ESL course
followed by the acceptance of an academic program from the foreign institution
should be a good choice.
What is an I-20? What is an F-1 (student) visa?
An I-20 is an official document issued by an educational institution. It certifies
that the student has been accepted into a full-time program at that school and
that the student has submitted documented proof of having sufficient funds to
pay for his/her educational program. The school does not issue visas. The student
takes the I-20 to the US Consulate General or Embassy in his/her country to apply
for a student visa (F-1).
Can I apply for a part-time study?
No, it is compulsory for international students to apply for a full-time study.
Can I do a part-time job during my study overseas?
Doing part-time jobs is the best way to support your finance when you study
abroad. Besides that, you also get real-life experiences. However, the time
permitted for you to work varies from country to country. It is usually from 15
to 20 hours a week. You are not allowed to do a part-time job if you are studying
an ESL course. However, you can find different types of part-time jobs provided
that this kind of job does not affect your studying results.
What is a 2+2 program in the US?
A 2+2 program in the US means you study the first two years at a community
college and the last two at a 4-year university to complete your Bachelors degree.
The reason to have the first two years in a community college is mainly the cost
as a community college charges much lower tuition than a 4-year university. Community
colleges provide two-year associate degree programs as well as excellent technical
and vocational programs. Transferring to a 4-year university is not a problem
as community colleges usually have stronger ties with their state’s universities.
Where can I find information about financial aids?
You can find the information on websites of relevant colleges/universities/Ministries
of Education/Embassies/Consulates/or education promotion agencies.