Creating Life-Changing Experiences –
Asia Exchange Study Abroad Concept
Asia Exchange was established in 2007 in Finland by two former exchange students. Having both studied abroad in Asia in the mid-2000s, their experiences left such a deep impression on them that they wanted to help others have the same experiences, more conveniently than was possible at the time. Their goal was to expand the available options for studying abroad, which would give more and more students the chance to spend a life-changing semester in Asia.
Today, Asia Exchange offers students the chance to study abroad in Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and New Zealand. All of our partner universities have been carefully selected and are counted among the best in their respective countries. Through our partnerships and a remarkably simple and fast application procedure, we help young people all over the world to gain valuable international experience, develop their intercultural awareness and enjoy life-changing experiences abroad.
more than 5000 students
from over 450 universities
and over 60 countries
Simple, flexible and secure option for studying abroad
Many students are interested in Asia, but not everyone can find a suitable option through their home university. Others are simply left outside the placement quotas, which can be tight. Normally the only option left for the student would be to arrange their study abroad semester on their own. First, they would have to find a suitable university abroad, contact the university, find out about suitable courses and then finally apply, sometimes filling out countless of documents in the process.
On top of this, the student also needs to take care of all of the normal travel arrangements, such as finding accommodation and applying for a student visa. The whole process often takes a lot of time and effort, and is filled with uncertainty.
This is where we come in: We offer an alternative avenue to studying abroad, by making the application process as simple as possible. We do this by acting as an intermediary between the student and the host university. Students who organize their study abroad semester with our help have “free mover” status. This means that there is no need for an official agreement between the host university and the students’ home university, unlike in a typical, bilateral exchange program.
For the student, we provide a simple, secure and affordable way of applying to study abroad, even together with friends. We also provide comprehensive information services, so that the students can start their study abroad semesters well-prepared. We provide quick answers to all questions about studying abroad and travel arrangements, both via email, through our live chat and on phone.
Not only do we help students: by handling the application process, the mailing of the official documents and the communication with the foreign partner universities, we ease the administrative burden of the student’s home university as well.
Wide range of courses in English from 65+ fields
Decisions about scholarships and transfer credits are still made by the students’ home universities. We encourage students to plan their studies carefully and to include the course descriptions (available on our website) in their study plans. This helps their home universities allocate transfer credits.
All of the courses are held in English and are included in the partner universities’ official curriculum. The courses consist of lectures, workshops, visits to local businesses as well as charity organizations that we sponsor.
We welcome students from all fields. Most participants are students in business, technology/engineering, law, social sciences or tourism, but there are many students with other majors as well. While not everyone might be able to find courses matching exactly their own field, they still have the opportunity to take interesting electives or minors to complement their major studies.
More than 5000 students from over 450 universities and 60 countries
Since 2007, a lot has happened. New destination countries, new universities, and new programs have been added, and are still being added, as the demand for study abroad semesters in Asia grows. We are now sending close to 1000 students per year to spend a life-changing semester in Asia. Each year, we have welcomed students from more and more countries and universities to join our programs.
We truly believe that studying abroad is one of the best decisions anyone can make. Not only does it help you grow as a person and provide you with more career opportunities later on, but the experience of foreign cultures and international friendships brought about by studying abroad can help to create a more tolerant, harmonious world for everyone.
Here’s what some former students have said:
Working together for international education
Helping more and more students to study abroad in Asia is our guiding vision, but it’s something we couldn’t fulfill on our own. In addition to our partner universities, we collaborate with many home universities and study abroad organizations. Learn more about our partnerships and references.