Undergraduate and postgraduate students participating in UMAP exchanges spend a period of formal study overseas. This study should be for one to two semesters. Host universities are expected to waive tuition fees for UMAP students studying on exchange. Credits for studies undertaken during the exchange period can be accepted by the home university.

Program A&B (UMAP Multilateral/Bilateral Student Exchange Program)

Program A is a multilateral exchange program in which UMAP affiliated universities send and receive two students per semester. If any two UMAP universities would like to exchange more than two students, they may do so by signing a bilateral agreement with the host university (Program B).

Universities may accept more inbound students than the maximum number of two students in return for extra ‘quotas’ to send more outbound students in the following semesters without any expiration date.

Exchanges are made between UMAP affiliated universities on a tuition-waiver basis. Programs can last one or two semesters, beginning in the fall or spring semester.

The host university waives tuition fees and assist students in securing appropriate accommodations at a reasonable costs.

Program B is a bilateral student exchange made between any two UMAP affiliated universities that would like to exchange more than two students. Conditions for the waiver/non-waiver of tuition fees will depend on the host universities. Programs at the undergraduate or postgraduate level can last one or two semesters, beginning in the fall or spring semester.

Participating universities are encouraged to use the UMAP Credit Transfer Scheme (UCTS) to facilitate the transfer of earned credits to the participants’ home universities.

Program C (Super Short-Term Programs)

Program C are short-term (one to eight-week long) programs offered by UMAP affiliated universities. Programs are generally offered between July and September, and are available in a wide range of disciplines: cultural studies, language proficiency courses, vocational training, entrepreneurship, and more. UMAP awards scholarships to selected participants.

The UMAP National Secretariat in each member country/territory acts as the coordinator for UMAP affiliated universities participating in Program C. More specifically, it collects information about the courses and assists UMAP in promoting the courses.

Students apply for Program C using UMAP’s application form for Program C. Universities offering Program C may charge or waive tuition fees for students coming from UMAP affiliated universities in other countries/territories.

Participating universities decide whether or not to offer credits for Program C. If credits are offered, they can be transferred using the UCTS.

*Please note that the application for Program C in 2018 has ended. Details of the application period for 2019 will be published in April 2019.

Summer Program

The UMAP Summer Program is a special summer program provided by UMAP. Place and content of the program differs every year depending on the organizer of the program. It started in 2016 as “UMAP Discovery Camp 2016 (UDC2016)” hosted by the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines in partnership with De La Salle University, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Bantagas and Ateneo de Manila University. The purpose of the UDC2016 was to learn about Asian arts, culture, and cuisine, and discuss about environment and climate change. The following UMAP Summer Program was held in Japan from 14th to 27th August 2017, hosted by UMAP Japan National Committee, Niigata University and Toyo University. The theme of the program was on the history and presence of Japanese culture, society and the environment.

Following is the list of future UMAP Summer Programs:

1. UMAP Summer Program 2018 -Thailand
Will be hosted by Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, and the Office of Higher Education with the theme of ‘Global Citizenship’

2. UMAP Summer Program 2019 – Taiwan
3. UMAP Summer Program 2020 – Malaysia

Further information regarding registration period will be announced on the News Section at a later date.

Please refer to the following “Program list” for more information of the program during that time period.

UMAP Research Net (Partial financial support for Research Net)

UMAP Research Net [URN] promotes the mobility of academic faculty, researchers and students through the establishment of research networks—groups of two or more researchers from UMAP affiliated universities who share common research interests. URN helps enable the successful development of cooperative research projects as well as meaningful and long-lasting connections between UMAP affiliated universities.

URN calls for proposals from research networks. All submitted proposals will be reviewed by an international panel of reviewers, and UMAP will select the proposals based on their significance, timelines, and relevance to the goals of UMAP. Selected research projects will be funded by UMAP and partial financial support may be provided to selected URN researchers for expenses incurred in participating in the APAIE Conference and Exhibition where they present the interim results of their research.