Who can apply?

The study abroad programs are suitable for all people who are interested in Asia and wish to broaden their horizons and challenge themselves both personally and academically. Students from over 150 universities have gone on exchange via AE. Each year, over 500 students take part in our study abroad programs.

Since students studying at AE’s partner universities are ‘free-movers’, they do not have to be currently enrolled in a university or come from a university with an existing bilateral agreement with one of our host universities.

AE was particularly developed to meet those students’ needs who are unable to find a suitable study abroad placement and destination through their own university, are left outside of placement quotas or are at a point of their life and studies where a traditional institution to institution exchange isn’t an option.

The courses most often include business, economics, law, political science, tourism, culture and languages. Usually students choose 4 – 6 courses per semester and are credited 20 – 35 ECTS study credits for the courses by their home institutions.

AE encourages interdisciplinary studies, i.e. studying subjects which aren’t necessary a part of a student’s major. For example, business or cultural studies are useful in professional and personal life, regardless of one’s major, and can be added to a degree as electives or minors.

Are you studying at an institute of higher education and planning on studying abroad?

Your placement in the study abroad program will be 100% guaranteed within a week from applying. You can also be sure to end up in the same host university with your friend or significant other, or go abroad as a part of a larger group.

Are you about to graduate?

Even if you are about to give up your student status, or have already been on exchange before, you can conclude your studies with an unforgettable study abroad experience in Asia.

If you’re planning on furthering your education later, you can gain more transferrable bachelor or master’s credits that can be added to your next degree

Are you studying at an open university/community college or some other similar institution?

You can go on exchange through AE, even if you’re not a “traditional” student at an institution of higher education.

Not a student?

With the help of AE, you can go on exchange to some of our destinations without being enrolled at a university, as long as you’re at least 18 years old.

Do you have a family?

Having a family is not an obstacle for going on exchange. Many adult students and students with families have gone on exchange via AE. Many of our locations in Asia are very family friendly.

Minimum requirements for participation?

  •  A minimum age of 18 years
  • A high school diploma or similar certificate (Kasetsart University and University of Putra Malaysia require students to be enrolled at an institution of higher education during the program)
  • Sufficient language proficiency to understand lectures given in English (taking a TOEFL language proficiency test is not necessary unless separately requested)
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