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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

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Gerhard
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Since my university did not provide much help for studying outside of europe, I reached for different options and discovered AsiaExchange. I decided to spend a semester in Shanghai in 2017, which was definitely one of the best decisions during my studies. There is so much to do, see and learn, the food is great and culture just so different.

Altough their study program did not really fit my curriculum (engineering), this was a great opportunity to learn about culture, economics and various soft-skills. The studies did not take too much time, so some was left to explore Shanghai itself and dive into local culture. Also traveling to other parts of China by High-Speed Train was really interesting and much fun.

I returned with a lot of new friends, incredible experiences and the urge to leave for another adventure soon.

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Wesley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad at Udayana university with AsiaExchange in autumn, 2018. This program was definitely a life changing experience for me and I would definitely recommend is to everyone! The organization was well structured and the employees were very friendly and helpful which ensured a smooth stay for me. The university is well developed and meets all the required needs, I didn’t notice one moment I felt uncomfortable here. What excited me at the university were as well the teacher, they have such a different perspective on life than what were usually used to and it gave me a lot of new insights, also this view online changes their perspective on certain university topics and it’s a great opportunity to see the opposite side of the story, I think this will provide an overall benefit. This program is definitely a must do for everyone who wants to study in paradise and gain the experience of a life time!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate was definitely Cat-Poop Coffee.
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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Coming to Bali to study abroad was definitely the best decision I made so far. Not only meeting people from all over the world thanks to the internationality of Asia Exchange, but also the island itself makes a semester abroad there the best thing you can do. The people (students and locals), nature, the culture, the food, nightlife, surfing - it offers so much diversity, fun, and freedom.
Since the lectures just take place maximum three times a week, there was plenty of time to get around the island and even explore the neighboring ones. The program and staff of Asia Exchange itself were super helpful, before as well as during the stay. The level of the courses was good to handle, mostly it's just some more paperwork to do.
All in all, I really enjoyed the Bali life so much that I extended my stay for six more months and I was not the only one! ;)

Frieda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

All my friends did their abroad studies during their studies. I kind of missed this opportunity. While I was writing my Bachelor Thesis, I really didn't have a clue what to do now. Work and Travel in Australia like everyone else? AuPair like all the 18 YO? But then I heard about Asia Exchange from a friend.

The application is done in a really short time, there was no long waiting time with worries. My acceptance letter came in really soon after I've sent my application. The special thing was, that you don't have to be enrolled in your home university. A perfect shot for me.

I organised my accommodation on my own, but found some people in a facebook group organised by Asia Exchange. When we arrived they also organised a special weekend for some people, so got to know each other better. At our university there were two mentors, one from finland, one from the US. They organised field trips, freetime activities, had office hours at our university, so we could talk to them about every issue.

They also organised appointements at the registration office for our visas, I didn't have to do anything. That was awesome.

I felt in good hands with Asia Exchange, everything was easy and well structured. If you're doing a gap Year between your Highschool and your Bachelors and your Bachelors and your Masters, it's a perfect way to do it.

What would you improve about this program?
The offered classes could be more flexible and variable. Also the academic standard could be a bit higher.
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Malin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was studying at Udayana University for two semesters! It was as an wonderful experience that I would recommend for anyone thinking about going abroad! Bali is the perfect place to learn and experience different cultures. Except that the surfing, food, beaches, people, sun and much more had made this to an amazing time. Asia exchange has been helpful during the whole time and been given good information that was needed. Bali will be my second home forever and Asia exchange made this possible! I recommend this for everyone !

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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.
Studying in South Korea

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.

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Staff Interviews

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

Elsi Lahti

Job Title
International Coordinator
Elsi Lahti

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.

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