You should study abroad with UMAP because:

  1. Host institutions offer opportunities that your home institution may not have.
  2. Tuition is normally waived by host institutions 
  3. Credits can be recognized by using UMAP Credit Transfer Scheme (UCTS)
  4. Scholarships are available to inbound/outbound students of Taiwan, Japan, and starting 2022, Canada.

  • Make international friends
  • Learn about new cultures and expand your perspectives
  • Advance your career outlook 
  • Hone your languages
  • Lead an independent life in new countries
  • Challenge yourself with new experiences

About UMAP Programs

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◆ Program A & B:
Multilateral/ Bilateral exchange program for 1-2 Semesters.

◆ Program C:
Short-term programs offered by UMAP member institutions for 1-8 Weeks.

◆ Summer Program:
Summer programs hosted by UMAP member countries/territories each year.


Eligibility for Program A&B (Program A&B is on hiatus due to COVID-19 through 2021)

  1. Only those students whose institutions have offered programming are eligible to apply.  Please confirm the list of Participating Institutions by checking the UMAP Student Connection (USCO) website.
  2. You must be enrolled at your home institution at the time of application and throughout the exchange period.  If you will graduate from your home institution before the end of the exchange program, you will not be eligible to apply.
  3. A maximum of two students can be nominated by each institution per semester (Program A).  It may be possible to nominate additional students on a fee-paying basis if the relevant institutions enter into a separate bilateral agreement (Program B).

Eligibility for Program C (Program C is on hiatus due to COVID-19 through 2021)

Only students of UMAP Institutions are eligible to apply. 

An applicant must:
  • Be currently enrolled in academic institution that has signed the Pledge of Agreement.
  • Have a home institution registered in the UMAP USCO System. 
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a good command of any required languages.
  • Be physically fit to travel and able to engage in all activities.
  • Obtain a visa/study permit if required.
  • Purchase international health insurance in their home country which covers both illness and accidents.


Eligibility for Summer Program 2021

No physical exchanges will be offered for Summer 2021.  Please see the News section of this website for updates on virtual offerings.

Application Procedures

  ◆ Application Procedures for programs A&B

  1. Visit the USCO website and register your student account.
  2. Carefully read the program details and review the program contents, length, application deadlines, etc. before applying.
  3. After you select your top five preferred institutions, submit your application and wait for your application to be approved and nominated by your home institution.
  4. Once your application is approved by both the UMAP International Secretariat and host institution in the USCO system, you need to submit your “Study Plan.”

To join UMAP programs, you must create an account in our online system. A variety of new programs are available each application period!


  ◆Application Procedures for Program C 

To Apply, complete the following three steps.


  1. REGISTRATION:  Students create an account on the USCO System by registering their email address and password. For more information about the USCO System, see the online manual or download the pdf file.
  2. APPLICATION – Students complete the Application Form in the USCO System for up to five preferred programs and click “Save and Submit.”
  3. NOMINATION – Coordinators from the home institutions review the applications they have received and nominate appropriate students.  Applications are then sent to host institutions for consideration.

Program list


  ◆Application Procedures for Summer Program 2021

No physical exchanges will be offered for Summer 2021.  Please see the News section of this website for updates on virtual offerings.

Financial Aid

Some students who study abroad through UMAP exchange are eligible to apply for UMAP Scholarships.

  ◆The UMAP Taiwan Exchange Student Scholarship Program (for Program A)

The UMAP Taiwan Exchange Scholarship Program, funded by the UMAP Taiwan National Secretariat (NS), was established to promote student exchanges between Taiwan and UMAP member countries/territories, and promote cultural and academic exchanges, fostering mutual understanding. Successful applicants of semester-long exchange students to and from Taiwan will receive an email from  UMAP with details about this scholarship. For more information, please download scholarship regulations and application form from the button below.
If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact UMAP Taiwan NS. (List of UMAP NS)

◆ Funding may be available on a competitive basis for inbound/outbound students of Japanese programs.  Students may contact the  UMAP Japan National Committee for more information.

◆  Funding has been committed by Global Affairs Canada to support scholarships for inbound/outbound students of Canadian programs, starting 2022.  Check back soon for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, please visit our FAQs or leave us a message at the  Contact us page.