Who can apply?

Our study abroad programs in Asia

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 300 universities have gone on exchange via AE. Each year, nearly 1000 students from around 50 different countries take part in our study abroad programs.

Who can apply for a study abroad program?

Anyone over 18 years of age with a high school diploma and a sufficient level of English.

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 transferable Bachelor’s 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?

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. The only exceptions are Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kasetsart University and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, which require students to be enrolled at an institution of higher education in their home country.

The only other exception is the autumn semester at the Udayana University in Bali: due to a high number of applicants each year, students who are not enrolled at a university are encouraged to apply either for the spring semester or other destinations.

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, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies 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)

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 is not an option.

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


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