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Asia Exchange offers the most convenient, affordable and academically rewarding study abroad experiences in Asia-Pacific. Our twelve partner universities are located in the most intriguing cities and places in the world. Applying is simple and you can get your confirmed study place sometimes within a day. Submit your application and get ready for an unforgettable experience in Taiwan, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia or New Zealand!

Founded
2007
Headquarters

Vuorikatu 3
33100 Tampere
Finland

Reviews

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Madeline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was a visiting student at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea, and now I am a full time student at the same school, all with the help of Asia Exchange!! Honestly, if it weren’t for Asia Exchange, I wouldn’t be in Asia at all, because I would have no idea where to start with the process. I got super lucky in finding AE, as they guided me through everything, and basically only required me to fill out their small application and send some forms, the rest they handled directly with the school. I probably sent 100 emails the first month of knowing about Asia Exchange, from asking questions about the visa process, to the school cafeteria, and they had absolutely no judgements and answered everything they could. I’m so glad that I used AE too since all the AE students connected and met up on day one. I formed fast friendships in Seoul because of it. 😊 Asia Exchange is a lifesaver and if you’re apprehensive or nervous at all about studying abroad, having such a supportive exchange program behind you helps so much!!!

And if you’re nervous at all about studying abroad, don’t be. 😊 My experience at HUFS and in Seoul has been life-changing and has changed my entire perspective on the world. Seoul is the most beautiful city and being able to experience it on a local level has been the best experience we could have asked for. HUFS is so incredibly nice to their international students, including having an entire International Students Organization where they allow you to meet Korean students, travel around the city with them, or other things such as language exchange. I don’t think I’ve been bored a single time since moving to Seoul. 😊 As the school says, Come to HUFS, See the World!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Wriggling octopus! The tentacles were still moving...
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Pedro
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

About the University

Siam University it’s located in Bangkok Thailand. The university’s next to the MRT and BTS system which is very convenient to travel around town. There are condos to stay nearby, a hospital, a variety of food markets, a shopping mall with restaurants, and a movie theater. All are located within 1 to 2 kilometers of the school. Downtown and the local night places/markets/bars/clubs are not far away by taxi or metro as well, going in a group can cost less than two dollars per person sometimes by Grab (Thailand’s uber) or a local taxi. The nearby condos: The President, The Supalai, The Chewathai, and the Bangkok Horizon are located from 2 to 10 minutes from the school (walking distance) and all have pools, gyms, elevators, garages, laundry rooms, saunas, lobbies equipped with WIFI, among other commodities one can desire. The classes' syllabuses and more info about the university can be found on the University's website.

Getting There

Getting there it's easy from the airport. I was picked up by my Thai friends, but I’ve taken the metro or BTS system to go to the airport multiple times. There’s a stop next to the school which can take you to the airport without having to get a cab for a fairly low price. The AE application was a breeze and can be done in a matter of minutes. Getting my acceptance correspondence didn’t take much and I highly recommend everyone to take a look at it.

Work-life Balance

I had more of a work-life balance at Siam than at my home university. Siam offered once a week classes, some students only took classes during the weekend for example, and enjoyed the rest of the week to travel and explore the city. Wanna go see Chiang Mai or a country nearby for the weekend? No problem! You can schedule your classes to take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only. Want to go out at night to restaurants, bars, clubs, etc.? You can simply decide to take afternoon classes so you can have the morning to sleep in. Do you have an internship or work during the week? Try taking night classes or weekend classes. Siam offers flexibility and the professors are fairly easy to talk to when you can’t attend a class for some reason.

Cost

the cost ranges between $1800 for European bachelor students to $2800 for non-European students for a semester. A complete MBA can be between $5800 to $6500 and it takes about a year to complete. Rent can range from $250 to $400 with most of the time everything included.

Why Go?

Do you know that feeling of regret for not doing something? Do you know that feeling of “What if I would’ve done it”? I wouldn’t think twice about studying in Asia. Do a list of pros and cons, talk to people that have previously done it, make a bucket list with a list of your goals, do whatever you need to do because at the end of the day I will guarantee you that traveling and studying abroad will definitely be one of the greatest decisions you’ll ever make. Perhaps it will light up a passion you discovered during your travels, perhaps you could meet your life partner while at your stay, maybe you will feel in love with the country and decide to extend your stay, no matter what, you won’t regret going abroad because it will impact your life for the better.

Last Recommendation

If you can try to learn some local phrases or words. It can bring a smile to the locals' faces and make your experience more pleasant :)

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Studying in Thailand was nothing like being a student in the US. First of all, I find it interesting that bachelor students needed to wear uniforms to go to class. The people in the country have the uttermost respect for the old King Bhumibol which happens to be half American. It’s amazing how cheap a full course meal can be in Thailand, no seriously you can easily spend less than $30 on food for a month if you so wanted. The most interesting thing for sure was the amount of 7-11s in the country, sometimes there’s one next to each other and are everywhere.
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Boris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) which is the first-ranked university in Malaysia. Although it is specialized in agronomy and agriculture, this vast university is composed of multiple faculties, each specialized in a specific topic (environment, biotech, engineering, language, economics, etc.).
I loved how Malaysia shows different cultural aspects, from Indian’s culture to Malay’s or Chinese’s. I lived an incredible semester in Malaysia which allowed me to discover new cultures; the food, the peoples, the temples… everything is astonishing in Kuala Lumpur! Moreover, by studying there, I was able to travel to most of the countries in South East Asia -Thailand and Indonesia were my favorite- with a low budget.
Asia exchange was of great help during the whole semester. From facilitating communication between us -the students- and the UPM international office, to giving us advice for travels and visa applications, with very quick answers!

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was exceptional!
Their communication is great, flexible and fast!
Malaysia is an incredible place to visit!
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Ken
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I just finished my semester abroad at the Siam University in Bangkok and my semester there was made possible from Asia Exchange. The whole organization process was really easy. After I applied, it took only one day for them to confirm my semester and in the months before and during the semester, it really felt like they are taking care of me. I remember several helpful mails before I flew to Bangkok and a few after I arrived there. I also had some questions regarding e.g. visa issues during my stay in Bangkok, which I asked them via Whatsapp - pretty simpel - and they always responded very fast.
I had an amazing time in Bangkok, which I will never forget! I am so in love with this city, Bangkok has so much to offer. I can only recommend studying there for an exchange semester.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I challanged myself a couple of times with "weird-to-eat" food. At the beginning I tried different insects and bugs, later scorpion and at the end also tarantula spider. Pretty crazy!
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Mariana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in Shanghai was by far the best in my life, Asia Exchange made it really easy for me to enjoy this adventure without any worries in terms of my academic life. The staff helped me efficiently in every step of the process, they answered all my questions in time and guided me throughout my entire application procedure.

Shanghai is an amazing city that has a lot of things to offer, this opportunity allowed me to experience a completely different culture as well as it gave me the chance to travel and connect with people I never expected to meet. This trip changed my life and gave me skills I know will be useful for my academic future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid of new things! Every experience will be worth it.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Svante Lietzke

Svante is 26 years old and from Germany. He is currently working in Helsinki, Finland for an internship and writing his bachelors thesis that is part of his studies of International Transport Management at the Jade University of Applied Sciences in Elsfleth, a really small town in the north of Germany. To get a great difference to that small town he spent one semester abroad studying in Seoul, South Korea, one of the biggest cities in the world.

Why did you choose this program?

The semester abroad is a mandatory part of my studies in International Transport Management at the Jade University of Applied Sciences. Unfortunately, my home university does not have any agreements with universities in Asia and as I was searching for possibilities I found the website of Asia Exchange.

The program at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) immediately sounded exciting to me as this was also the first time Asia Exchange offered this program. It was always a dream for me to visit the country of South Korea, because of its mixture of modern society and many historic traditions. So I decided to apply immediately.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Asia Exchange was in contact with HUFS and therefore responsible for all the paper work. I had to organize the study visa at the local embassy of South Korea in Germany and book the flights on my own.

Asia Exchange was always there to help even in these cases and tried to assist in questions for the visa. But mainly all the paperwork for HUFS was done by Asia Exchange and that made the process a lot easier. It was good to know that they were always there to help.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

South Korea seems to be always a bit forgotten when it comes to semesters abroad in Asia. Of course there are possibilities to go to China, Japan, or South East Asia.

South Korea, and especially Seoul, is such an exciting place to study abroad.

The vibrant city has so much to offer during day and especially at night. I was expecting a great time but everything I experienced during my semester abroad exceeded my expectations. When you think about going abroad to Asia, don’t forget South Korea, you will definitely not regret it.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

International Students at HUFS are completely free in their choice of courses so it is basically up to you what your weekly schedule looks like. Of course you should take courses taught in English if you are not an expert in Korean.

I had to take five courses in order to get all the credits I needed for my home university as this semester abroad was mandatory. With these five courses I had lectures from Monday to Thursday, mainly from 9 am until the afternoon. The lectures were very interesting, especially to hear different approaches to subjects from students that were from all parts of the world.

In the afternoon and the weekend there was always a lot of free time to spend with new friends, exploring the city, hiking in the surrounding mountains, singing as loud as you can at karaoke (so called Norebangs – small rooms you can rent with your friends and have a private karaoke party) or even organizing a trip to Busan or Jeju, a beautiful island in the South, or even Japan and the Philippines.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

Actually the biggest and only fear I had was the language as I don’t speak any Korean. I was afraid that at University or e.g. in restaurants there will be only Korean and that no one will understand me. Of course this was not the case and English is spoken everywhere in Seoul.

Furthermore it was very interesting to try to understand some of the squiggly lines of written Korean. We found out that it was actually not that hard to read and after some time could understand some words or phrases. At least we knew what to order in a restaurant and tell the taxi driver in case they were not familiar with English that much.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Elsi Lahti

Job Title
International Coordinator

Elsi works as an International Coordinator at Asia Exchange. She helps students with any questions they may have and maintains parternships with home universities in the Netherlands, USA and Belgium.

Elsi has travelled and lived all over the world, and now hopes to inspire as many people as possible to have the experience of a lifetime by studying abroad.

What is your favorite travel memory?

There are some many that it's impossible to choose! When I lived in Australia, I had many amazing experiences and just loved my time there. I learned so much about myself and it set me on the path I'm on now. More recently, I was overjoyed by the warmth and friendliness of the locals in Bali and by the beauty of the island.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I've been able to visit new countries and meet and work with people from all corners of the world. I've also been amazed by the openness of young adults to step out of their comfort zone and experience the wonders of Asia. I've been able to do what I love and be inspired both by our students and co-workers on a daily basis.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

That it really was a life changing experience for them. Honestly, I have never met anyone who regretted their time abroad, so the stories are always inspiring. Whether they learned more about themselves, got new friends for life, realized what they want to do in life, got a another place to call home, met the love of their life (and many times it’s a combination of these!), it's always heartwarming!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would study a semester at Shih Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan for sure. Taiwan is a country that I don’t know much about yet, so I'd like to experience something new. Also, I’ve heard only good things about Taipei and it sounds almost too good to be true! I’ve heard people there are extremely kind and helpful and that it’s a very safe city and diverse in what it has to offer. And, maybe after that, I would study another semester at IPU New Zealand to experience yet a whole other culture.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I believe it's the dedication of each and everyone one of our team members to give everyone an opportunity to study abroad and help them achieve it. Every employee in our company has studied abroad, so we know what it's about and want to make it possible for others too. We have a very personal approach and go the extra mile for our students. I'm proud of my team everyday for taking such good care of our students!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Definitely the people behind the company as their motivation and dedication makes everything possible. Without our amazing team and their expertise in studying in Asia, we would not be where we are today and able to provide these amazing opportunities to our students. We love what we do and what could be more motivating than that.