Working together for student mobility

Dear Study Abroad Advisor or International Coordinator,

Without your efforts and work, international student exchanges and multi-cultural university campuses would not be the norm we now take for granted.

Universities’ own bilateral exchange agreements form the backbone of student mobility. We support the already existing channels for student exchange and provide students with an additional avenue for studying abroad in Asia.

Asia is becoming more and more important. Students with knowledge of Asian languages, insights into Asian societies and experience of these rapidly growing economies will be well positioned to take on the ever changing and increasingly challenging global job market.

How we benefit our students – by putting them first in everything we do

Asia Exchange was founded by former exchange students, and all of our staff members have experience of studying abroad. This means that in everything we do, we always keep the student’s perspective first and foremost on our mind. You would think that this goes without saying, but you would be surprised how many study abroad organizations treat their students as only numbers in a spreadsheet, and hardly take time to provide quick answers and personalized guidance to the students’ concerns.

From selecting our partner universities to executing the study abroad programs and improving them, we always keep the student’s point of view firmly in mind.

Chance to study abroad at top Asian universities and choose among a diverse number of programs and courses

Our host universities are all carefully selected, internationally accredited and among the top institutions in their respective countries. We have a close working relationship with all our host universities and aim to know every detail of our program to be able to provide the most information for our students and help them decide on a destination that best suits their academic background, career aspirations and personal preferences.

 Tuition fee discounts

We negotiate the tuition fees with each of our partner universities individually and can thereby offer guarantee discounts for study abroad programs. We always strive to keep our study abroad programs as affordable as possible. Unlike some other study abroad organizations charging up to 10 000 USD per semester, we do not offer visa, flight booking or accommodation services, but rather leave these to the students themselves. By charging for only the essentials, we can not only offer an affordable avenue to Asia for as many students as possible, but also give the students the freedom to make their own travel arrangements in a way that suits them. Meanwhile, we provide extensive information services at completely free of charge.

Simple, streamlined application procedure with confirmation already within a week

Together with our partner universities we have developed a simple, efficient and time-tested application procedure, which enables us to confirm the student’s placement as quickly as within a week. Gone are the times when a student had to wait for months to get a confirmation from the host university and put all their other plans on hold in case the application was not accepted. When a student applies through us, we can quickly let them know of the success of their application and they are free to plan their life accordingly.

Extensive information materials and quick answers to all questions

On our websites and in our Asia Exchange Guides, one for each host university, we provide extensive information on applying, courses, credits, visa, traveling, insurance and safety – everything a student needs from start to finish of their studies abroad. All this information is always provided completely free of charge. Students are also free to ask us questions via email and will always receive a response within 48 hours at the latest.

How we benefit our host universities

Partnership with internationally recognized and easy-to-work-with organization

We have been operating in the field of international student mobility since 2007 and have formed trusted partnerships with Asian universities in many different countries. We believe in maintaining good personal relationships with all our partner universities and staying up-to-date on our partners’ affairs. We also act as a consult for our partners in their internationalization efforts and have helped to kickstart international study abroad programs.

Recruitment of talented students free-of-charge

All our partner universities have the goal of further internationalizing their profile and attracting talented foreign students from all over the world. We help them to make themselves known and thereby increase their number of incoming students.

Building bridges with various universities and their students

By increasing student mobility and furthering internationalization we create connections and build bridges across borders and institutions. We help to foster cooperation, intercultural awareness and mutual understanding.

Help with administrative tasks

Managing student mobility is tied with a large amount of administrative work. Not only do we aid our partner universities to increase the flow of incoming students, but we also shoulder a part of their administrative burden as well. Our streamlined application procedure, developed together with our partner universities, smoothens the admission process significantly and reduces administration costs for all parties involved.

Steady flow of well-prepared international students

On our website we provide a wealth of information related to all aspects of studying abroad, from selecting a destination to acquiring travel insurance and vaccination as well as navigating cultural differences encountered in the host countries. We have also compiled comprehensive Asia Exchange Guides, one per partner university, based on years of experience of our students and ourselves. We also organize orientation webinars for our students and travel to meet our students at the on-site orientation as well.

How we benefit sending universities

Complementing existing student mobility channels

Bilateral exchange agreements between universities form the backbone of student mobility. They provide a reliable framework for students to participate in unforgettable and life-changing study abroad semesters. There is however a large demand for study abroad placements beyond the number and scope of these agreements. We aim to complement the existing agreements by providing an alternative, simple and secure avenue for studying abroad. With Asia’s importance being constantly on the rise, we want to help more and more students to familiarize themselves with the rich and diverse cultures and dynamic economies of the continent.

Reducing administrative workload

There is a lot of administrative work involved in outgoing mobility as well. Similarly to how we help our host universities to decrease the workload involved with the admission process, we can help the sending universities as well by serving as the direct link between the student and the host university. Sending universities need only approve their students’ learning agreements and take care of credit transfer – nothing else.

Extensive expertise in Asia and its higher education systems

Since the very beginning, our focus has been on Asia. Today we are the world’s largest study abroad provider specializing solely in Asia. We regularly take trips to Asia, uphold personal ties with our partner universities and are familiar with what makes the many diverse cultures tick. We keep up-to-date with the latest news and developments relating to our host countries’ higher education systems, political landscape and visa regulations. We are therefore happy to offer guidance and insights to all professionals of international education who have dealings with Asian countries.

 

This is what some of our students have said about their study abroad experience:

“Being a student at Kasetsart University, which is a world-class university, allowed me to get to know and enjoy every single aspect of Thai life and culture. A student gets to know locals and the culture much better than a simple tourist does. I heard each and every student saying ‘I will come back here as soon as possible’.”

Angela Carella, Italy – Asia Exchange student in Bangkok

 

“Studying at Udayana University has been a great experience. The courses and workshops will be of most use to me in the future.”

Katriina, Finland – Asia Exchange student in Bali, Indonesia

 

“The study program developed my skills for interacting in a multicultural environment. It increased my self-knowledge as well as my knowledge on Asian business life and culture. The quality of the courses was excellent. Many of my courses were better than at my home university.”

Mirella, Sweden – Asia Exchange student in Phuket, Thailand

 

“We’ve heard great things about Asia Exchange, particularly about your programs in Indonesia and Thailand.”
– Mr. Andy Wilcox, Business Associate, The Harvard Advocate, Harvard University

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