How to apply for a study abroad program in Asia?
Applying for AE’s study abroad programs is easy – just follow the instructions below.
1. Choose the destination and host university that best suits you
Choose your destination according to your preferred country or city, your study background, the semester dates, the number of credits you can gain, as well as price level. The following links help you in making your decision.
- Overview of all Asia Exchange host universities
- Fields of study at Asia Exchange’s host universities
- Destination Guides
- Links to detailed descriptions of the programs
2. Apply online
After making your decision, fill the application form online and submit it with the required attachments. You can find the application forms on the program-specific pages as well as below:
- Bali, Indonesia: Udayana University
- Lombok, Indonesia: Mataram University
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Universiti Putra Malaysia
- Bangkok, Thailand: Kasetsart University
- Bangkok, Thailand: Siam University
- Bangkok, Thailand: Siam University MBA
- Phuket, Thailand: Prince of Songkla University
- Shanghai, China: Shanghai University
- Guangzhou, China: Guangzhou University
- Seoul, Korea: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
If you are interested in a semester for which there are no semester dates available on our site yet, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will secure a placement for you.
You can also apply for two semesters at the same or a different host university. You can also decide to apply for a second semester later on, as long as you send your application prior to the deadline of the second semester. If you apply to a second semester afterwards and/or want to apply to another host university, please contact us first.
3. Initial acceptance within a week
You will receive an initial acceptance letter from AE within a week of sending in your application. This acceptance letter confirms your placement in the study abroad program. Together with your initial acceptance letter you will receive an invoice for the application fee (75€/ Udayana University 50 €). If you are not able to attend the study abroad semester, you can cancel your participation by emailing us a month before the start of the program at the latest.
4. Make a study plan
After receiving the initial acceptance letter you can make a study plan and present it to your home institution if you are currently enrolled in an institute of higher education. Your home institution is in charge of granting transfer credits. Use the course descriptions available on the program-specific page when preparing your study plan.
Remember to apply for funding and scholarships early. Visit our scholarship page for more information on the alternatives.
5. Payment and visa
The tuition fee invoice will be sent to you via email approximately 2,5 months before the start of the semester. The tuition fee is due a month before the beginning of the study abroad semester.
AE will send your host university’s official acceptance letter to you a month before the start of the study abroad program at the latest. You will need this letter when applying for a visa. Depending on the destination it might take a few days up to a couple of weeks to apply for the student visa. Read more about student visas.
6. Preparations and start of the semester
See our student’s checklist to make sure you have taken care of all the necessary preparations. There you can also find a couple of tips for getting the best out of your study abroad period.
AE will send you the Asia Exchange Guide of your destination two months before the semester starts. This Guide contains tons of useful information that helps you to familiarize yourself with your destination.
There will be an orientation held at the study abroad destination. . The Guide contains detailed information on all practical matters. We encourage students to also participate in their home institution’s orientation for outgoing students.
Please provide us with an address that will be valid when we send you the official acceptance letter and the transcript of records (after the semester has ended). If you don’t have a permanent address for the whole time you can give us e.g. your parents’ address. Please make sure your local postal service also knows where the mail should be sent to.
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