Asia Exchange

Program Reviews

Chilling in a café up in the mountains
Tim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The biggest adventure of my life

First of all, I want to thank Asiaexchange for continuously developing new programs and making it as easy as possible for students to go abroad.
I went abroad as part of my gap year because I wanted to mix a different culture with an academic side. My stay abroad shaped my expectations about where and what to study and I met a lot of great people in Bangkok.
Considering the unfortunate circumstances (Covid-19), my stay couldn't have been much better and I'm looking forward to going abroad for a few months again in the future.
Moreover, the UTCC campus is quite lovely and I enjoyed spending time there.
I recommend going abroad to everyone.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You might have doubts, because that is usually the most human reaction towards possible new experiences. But don't let them stop you from participating in this program. I'm sure you will enjoy your time aborad and benefit from it at the same time.

I recommend arranging appointments to visit accommodations before your journey to Bangkok and then booking a place just for the first 5-7 days, so that you will have enough time to visit all of your accommodation options. I used only Airbnb and definitely recommend it.
Two key factors for a good location:

1. Being close to an MRT or a BTS Skytrain station
2. Being close to your university

Unfortunately, I didn't respect the second point and therefore I spent a lot of time and money to go to the campus as well as visiting my friends, who all lived around that area. The area around UTCC is actually a very nice one.
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Madeline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Come to HUFS, see the world

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

An Unforgettable year at Siam University

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

Simply Sensational

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 love Bangkok!

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

Best experience ever!

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.
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Nadia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A once-in-a-lifetime experience for me

I studied at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) near Kuala Lumpur for one semester (from September 2019 to January 2020) as it was mandatory in my home university.
As I did not get much help from my home university, I was glad to be guided by Asia Exchange from the very beginning to the end. I studied at the faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences as it was perfectly suited for me and my previous studies. The lecture content was excellent. Obviously, studying was not the only activity of my semester. Having the opportunity to study in Malaysia involves discovering new cultures and habits from the country and other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and many more, without spending a lot of money. I had the privilege to see so many different landscapes, to try plenty of local dishes, and to make friends and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I really recommend you to study in Asia wherever you go, as long as you choose Asia Exchange as your travel organism. They will answer all your questions in a short time and will provide you great help before and during your entire semester.
I will never forget this amazing adventure in Malaysia.

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly, nothing. This program is very complete. Thank you very much.
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Christopher
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best time of my life

I have never been to Asia before and decided kind of spontaneously to take a semester abroad in Phuket, Thailand, which turned out to be the best decision of my life. I had no clue how to organize it and which courses are thought in English, as this is not usual in Asia and the direct contact with the Universities can be difficult. Asia Exchange help me a lot with this and also to get my course accredited. They provide a lot of courses in English and handle you out a detailed course description for each course, which you can show to your professors at your home university to make them feel comfortable to get the credit points. The hole experience was just super nice and I would always do the same. Thanks Asia Exchange!

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Gerhard
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A lifetime experience you should definitely try

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

A must-DO for everyone!

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.