Applying to study abroad can be easy
Applying to study abroad typically involves a lot of paperwork, waiting and uncertainty. This is doubly true if you can’t take advantage of any formal agreements between the institution you’re currently in and the one you want to study abroad at. You are then forced to make all the research and arrangements on your own. You might have to apply to several places and wait months for a confirmation. Without knowing if you will get accepted or not, you’re forced to put your other plans on hold.
There is another way though. Our application process has been designed to be as easy and quick as possible. While you still have to submit some attachments, you generally don’t have to juggle endless piles of papers. In most cases, all that’s required is a copy of your passport and a Transcript of Records.
Even more importantly, you don’t have to wait weeks or months to get a confirmation. We can confirm your study abroad placement as quickly as within a week. After that you can then focus on what matters: preparing for the life-changing experiences ahead.
Who can apply?
In most cases, everyone over 18 years with a high school diploma can apply to our study abroad programs. See our minimum criteria for applicants. Beyond these minimum criteria, our programs are meant for everyone with an interest in Asia. If you’re someone who wants to broaden their horizons and challenge themselves both academically and personally, we welcome you on board!
Each year, nearly 1000 students from close to 50 different countries take part in our study abroad programs. If you fulfill the basic criteria, you can become part of this ever-growing group of Asia Exchangers in no time.
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Choose the destination and host university
Choose your preferred destination and host university. Some destinations have several host universities (for example Bangkok) and some host universities offer several kinds of programs (Master / graduate level studies, summer schools, full degrees).
If you’re currently enrolled at a university, college or some other institution of higher education, confirm with them that you can study abroad. Make a preliminary study plan by using the course descriptions available on our website and present the plan to your home institution for approval. This way you can already find out if the credits you earn abroad can be accepted as part of your degree at home.
Read about our former students’ experiences. Not only will get a feel for how student life looks like where you’re heading, but you also get to pick up some useful tips for your own semester abroad. You may even contact some of our Online Ambassadors and ask them specific questions about living and studying .
After deciding where you want to go, check out the application instructions on our website for the university you have chosen. Get the required attachments, fill out the online application form and submit it with the attachments. Find the instructions and forms on the page of each university below:
- Bali, Indonesia: Udayana University
- Bali, Indonesia: Warmadewa University
- Lombok, Indonesia: Mataram University
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Universiti Putra Malaysia
- Bangkok, Thailand: Rangsit University
- Bangkok, Thailand: Kasetsart University
- Bangkok, Thailand: Siam University
- Phuket, Thailand: Prince of Songkla University
- Shanghai, China: Shanghai University
- Guangzhou, China: Guangzhou University
- Seoul, Korea: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
- Osaka, Japan: Otemon Gakuin University
If you wish, 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 submit your application prior to the application deadline of the second semester. If you apply to a second semester afterwards and/or want to apply to another host university, please indicate it in your application.
Quick confirmation: Initial Acceptance Letter and Application Fee
If you have submitted your application with all the required information and valid attachments, you will get your initial acceptance letter via email within a week. The letter confirms your placement in the program. Exceptions to the one week confirmation are:
- Students applying for an exchange semester at Rangsit University at Master’s (graduate) level: confirmation within 10 days
- Students applying for a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at Rangsit University: confirmation within 3–4 weeks.
Together with your initial acceptance letter you will also receive an invoice for the application fee, which will be due within 10 days.
If for some reason you’re not able to attend the study abroad semester, you can cancel your participation a month before the program starts at the latest. The cancellation must be done via email. See the terms and conditions for cancellation.
Travel arrangements and other preparations
After receiving your initial acceptance letter you can begin your travel preparations. See our student’s checklist for all the necessary steps to take. On our website you will also find information on flights and travel insurance.
With some destinations you can book a dorm room, while at other destinations you need to take care of your own accommodation arrangements. See our accommodation page for the types of accommodation available at each destination.
At the time you receive your initial acceptance letter, you will also get access to the Asia Exchange Guide for your destination. This Guide will provide you with more accommodation options and will cover everything from how to find your way to the university to safety tips and and getting the best phone subscription deals. The Guides are frequently updated and you will get the most up-to-date version about 2 months before the semester.
If you need to apply for funding, do so early. Visit our scholarship page for more information on scholarship resources.
Payment, official acceptance letter and visa
We’ll send you the invoice for the tuition fee approximately 2.5 months before the start of the semester. It will be due one month before the semester.
You will also get the host university’s official acceptance letter a month before the semester starts at the latest. The letter will be sent to your street address you wrote in your application, so keep us updated if you happen to move.
With the official acceptance letter you can apply for a student visa. Depending on your study destination, applying for the visa might take from a few days up to a couple of weeks. See our visa pages for more information on how and when to apply for a visa.
Arrival and orientation
Once you have your student visa in hand, you’re good to go! Pack your backs, throw a farewell party and head over to the Dragon’s continent! We recommend arriving in time for the orientation, where you will learn how to navigate in the everyday academic life of your host university.
Let your friends and family know about your adventures by writing a student blog. Be active, take part in your classes and learn everything you can both in- and outside of the classroom. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make the most of it!
How much does it cost?
We think everybody should have the chance to study abroad in Asia, so we strive to keep our programs affordable. We negotiate the tuition fees with each of our partner universities individually and can thereby offer the study abroad programs at discounted rates. Our service ensures that you will save lots of time and effort as well. Read about our fees.