Let the students speak! You can read interviews with our students, see their reports or check out their blogs for helpful tips for your own semester abroad.
Featured student story
“Where are they now?”
Asia Exchange contacts former students in order to find out what they are up to now that their exchange is over. Below you can find articles written about our students from previous years.
- Teemu Laakkonen (Kasetsart University)
- Jenna Hytti (Guangzhou University)
- Marvin Dreifert (Udayana University)
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Quotes from our students
“Study hard, learn as much as you can both culturally and academically, but always remember to make time for putting that cultural knowledge to use. Travel, grow and live in the moment.“
– Lacey Cooper (USA), studied abroad in Phuket, Thailand
“Overall, the experience has helped me become more aware of the world’s diversity and thus be more open-minded, learning to adapt to different environments, meeting great and interesting people from all over the globe, and getting real insights of a country soon about to become the biggest economy on Earth. Most importantly, I have learned to step out of my comfort zone.”
– Mathilde (France), studied abroad in Shanghai, China
“The world changes fast. It’s estimated that up to 60 % of the world economy comes from developing countries. Even the leaders at the World Bank have encouraged students to educate themselves about Asia and the diverse cultures of the continent. Asia is the best choice for my future career and life.”
– Jukka Leino, entrepreneur (Finland), studied abroad in Phuket, Thailand
“Time flies and we have almost reached the point where we have to say goodbye to this beautiful country, the beautiful people and beautiful vibes. We’d like to thank you again for all this time. It was definitely the best time of our lives so far – and you as an organization made that possible. You and your team are doing great work! Keep it up!”
– Jannik Voß & Magnus Möhler (Germany), studied abroad for two semesters in Bali, Indonesia
“Before the study abroad semester I always thought about how great the slogan “Life Changing Experiences” sounds, but I was sure it was a bit overrated. But after these 4 months I can really say that this was the best time of my life and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss one second of the whole experience! I want to thank Asia Exchange for giving me the opportunity to experience the best time of my life.”
– Johannes Rofner (Austria), studied abroad in Bali, Indonesia
“The world has an interesting way of dishing out great experiences to the ones who are passionate about their dreams and want to live up to them. Thanks to the International Office at my home university! Thanks to Tuomas and Harri at Asia Exchange for making this possible! Asia keeps calling me back!”
– Miia Muukkonen (Finland), studied abroad in Phuket, Thailand
Asia Exchange was very interested in its customers and was quick to offer comprehensive assistance whenever we required it. It was especially great to have Asia Exchange visit us personally in Kuala Lumpur at the university and for dinner. They told us about their own experiences, gave tips concerning the culture and other matters and hung out with us during the evening. We were very satisfied with Asia Exchange’s performance and the exchange studies themselves in Malaysia. It truly was as great an experience as it was said to be. We will surely recommend Asia Exchange to other students as well; perhaps we’ll even do another study abroad semester ourselves! Thanks once again for everything!
– Antti & Sara, (Finland), studied abroad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Being a student at Kasetsart University, a world-class university, allowed me to get to know and enjoy every single aspect of Thai life and culture. I learned a lot about the business scene but also had possibilities to visit other South-East Asian countries. A student gets to know locals and the culture much better than a tourist does.”
– Angela Carella (Italy), studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand
“I never could have imagined what kind of a benefit this experience is in working life. I started to look for summer jobs and internships when I knew that I am coming to study here. I sent three applications to different places and I got all the jobs.
Can you believe it, all three!”
– Jenna Hytti (Finland), studied abroad in Guangzhou, China
I first got to know about Asia Exchange from a friend who did an exchange semester in Bali in a different program. His friends were in the BIPAS program and told very positive things about it, which made me interested. The courses not only teach a lot about Indonesia and its culture, but also offer a multicultural perspective into tourism and economics. People have also said that they felt taken care of during the program. The exchange program offers a lot even for people who aren’t currently enrolled at an institution and want to gain valuable experiences between their degree studies.
– Frieda Schifner (Germany), studied abroad in Bali, Indonesia
“We wanted to thank you already for you excellent services! Every question has been quickly and thoroughly answered! Light-heartedly, we are heading towards new and unforgettable experiences via Asia Exchange.”
– Ilkka and Erika (Finland), studied abroad in Phuket, Thailand
“The months in Korea were certainly some of the best in my life. In between a vivid nightlife, extraordinary food, deep conversations, a great number of wonderful friends from different cultures, a very special football club and the exchange life itself – this is what shaped me most within the last few months.”
– Niklas, (Germany), studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea
“The studies have surprised me in a very positive way. You often hear that people treat exchange semesters as holidays, and subsequently not much effort is put into studying. The quality of the teaching in Phuket is, albeit, very good and you have to attend 80 % of the classes – in accordance with the mandatory attendance policy. The students are regularly tested on what they have learnt, through various assignments and exams.”
– Meri-Tuulia Huurresalo (Finland), studied abroad in Phuket, Thailand