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Scholarships for Vietnamese students available now!

In 2024, AFS will provide 10 full scholarships for candidates according to the criteria below.

Intercultural education is mission-critical for our societies. It is urgent to provide youth with a global perspective and help them engage in open and effective interactions with people from different cultures. Bringing AFS programs to Vietnam promotes intercultural understanding, enhances education, fosters global citizenship, and contributes to the country’s social and economic development. It empowers Vietnamese youth to become more globally aware and prepares them to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

AFS programs will provide students with the opportunity and support to develop the global competence needed to collaborate and communicate across cultures and create personal ties between people in other countries and Vietnam, both widening the perspective of Vietnamese youth and enabling citizens around the world to get to know Vietnamese culture in a positive and personal way.

We encourage all eligible candidates to explore this opportunity and apply!

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What is the timeline for applications?

Scholarships are available only through a selection process. Please see the FAQs below for more information about the application and selection process.

Applications for the 2024 AFS Scholarships are due on March 8, 2024.

Admissions decisions will be announced on March 18, 2024.

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Who can apply for a scholarship?

Applicants to the AFS Scholarships in Vietnam must meet all of the following criteria outlined:

  • Nationality/Citizenship or Country of Legal Residence – Vietnam
  • Birth date –  born between 09 December 2006 – 01 September 2009
  • Language – English (ability to communicate/interact)
  • Interest – Interest in global citizenship competencies. Curiosity and willingness to interact with new cultures.
  • Ability to Travel – Ability and willingness to travel abroad, unaccompanied, to any of the three Scholarship destinations: France, Germany, Italy, and Thailand. Although applicants can rank their destination preference, AFS will select all scholarship winners’ destinations. Participants must have a valid and current passport.
  • Diversity – Talented young people from all backgrounds who reflect the diversity of the population, particularly young women, underrepresented populations, and students with financial need, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • School – attending a high school (not graduated)
  • Passport – selected students for the scholarships must have a valid passport by the time they complete the final application (expected by March 27)
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What does the scholarship cover?

✅ The scholarship includes:

  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • School attendance
  • School books
  • AFS presence in the country of destination
  • Emotional & learning support
  • Accommodation with a volunteer host family selected by AFS
  • Meals
  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to the airport of departure
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • School transportation
  • Medical insurance
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Assistance with the application process
  • Visa costs
  • Certificate of participation from school upon satisfactory program completion

❌ The scholarship does NOT include:

  • Passport issuing
  • Domestic transportation in Vietnam (for visa issues)
  • Pocket money during the study abroad exchange (AFS will inform the estimated amount for each destination)
  • School uniform (if required)
  • Vaccinations, immunizations, and other disease-preventing medications
  • Any necessary pre-trip doctor visits
  • Excessive baggage fees
  • Local tax liabilities

Where can you go with this scholarship?

  1. France

  2. Germany

  3. Italy

  4. Thailand

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s what the application timeline looks like:

  • January 15 – March 8: Recruitment Phase – You are a Candidate
  • March 11 – March 17: Pre-Selection & Interview Phase – You are a Finalist
  • March 18: Selection Results – You are a Selected
  • March 18 – March 27:  Acceptance/Full Application – You are confirmed

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We encourage all eligible candidates to explore this opportunity and apply! A limited number of spots is available for fee-paying exchange programs. Please see the destinations and conditions below.

The latest deadline to submit full applications is March 22, 2024.

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What's included in these study abroad programs?

Your program fees cover a variety of aspects of the AFS experience, from helping you find the best program, to supporting you and your family while you’re abroad, to providing opportunities to continue your intercultural learning after you return. Your program fee includes:

  • Housing
  • Host family placement
  • School placement
  • Medical insurance
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Meals
  • Language learning resources
  • Visa application assistance
  • Airport pick-up
  • Domestic transportation while aborad
  • Cultural tours
  • School transport
  • Assistance with the application process
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • In-country contact person
  • Access to alumni network
  • Continuous support
  • Worldwide presence
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s what the application timeline looks like:

  • from January 15 to March 22: Applications are open
  • from March 22 to March 27: Interviews, Full Application and Acceptance (you should complete your full application and sign the participation agreement by March 27 at the latest)

Advisory Council of AFS in Vietnam

Members of the Advisory Council are:

Eduardo Assed
International Consultant, Network & Market Development
AFS Intercultural Programs

Nam Nguyễn
Graduate Teaching and Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard University

Daniel Obst
President and CEO
AFS Intercultural Programs

Minh Phương
Current Business Student at the University of Cincinnati
(AFS Alumna, Vietnam to Japan)

Will Ross
Chief Marketing & Distribution Officer, Dragon Capital
(AFS Alumnus, Canada to Belgium)

Firat Yoney 
Director of Customer Services & Member of Executive Board – Mercedes-Benz Vietnam
(AFS Alumnus from Turkey to Denmark)


About AFS

AFS Intercultural Programs is a global not-for-profit Network that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. Through our international exchange programs, education initiatives, volunteerism and advocacy, we empower young people from all backgrounds with essential global skills—and the passion for making a difference.

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