Undergraduate and postgraduate students participating in UMAP exchanges spend a period of one or two semesters of formal study overseas. Host institutions are expected to waive tuition fees for UMAP students studying on exchange Program A. Credits for studies undertaken during the exchange period can be transferred to the home institution.

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

Program A is a multilateral exchange program in which UMAP participating institutions send and receive two students per semester. If any two UMAP institutions would like to exchange more than two students, they may do so by signing a bilateral agreement with one another (See Program B, below, for details).

Participating institutions may accept more inbound students than the maximum number (two) students in return for extra  allocations to send more outbound students in the following semesters.  These additional allocation slots do not expire and may be used at any time.

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

The host institution waives tuition fees and assists students in securing appropriate accommodations at a reasonable cost.

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

Participating institutions are encouraged to use the UMAP Credit Transfer Scheme (UCTS) to facilitate the transfer of earned credits back to the visiting students’ home institutions.

Program C (Short-Term Programs)

Program C consists of short-term (one to eight-week) programs offered by UMAP Participating institutions. 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 may award scholarships to selected participants going to or coming from specific countries.

Institutions offering Program C may charge or waive tuition fees for students coming from UMAP member institutions in other countries/territories. 

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


Summer Program

The UMAP Summer Program is hosted by a different country each year.  The host country determines the focus, topic, and activities of the program.

The summer program 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 Programs have taken place:

1. Japan (August 14 – 27, 2017)
Theme: ‘History and Presence of Japanese Culture, Society and the Environment’
Organizers: UMAP Japan National Committee, Niigata University and Toyo University

2. Thailand (July 22- August 4, 2018)
Theme: ‘Global Citizenship’ 
Organizers: Office of Higher Education Commission and 3 co-host universities, namely, Chulalongkorn University (CU), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), & Bangkok University (BU)

3. Taiwan (August 4 – 17, 2019)
Theme: ‘Contemporary Taiwan’ 
Organizers: Ministry of Education, UMAP Taiwan National Secretariat, Fu Jen Catholic University

4. Malaysia (August 3 – 14, 2020) POSTPONED
Theme: ‘Uniquely Malaysia: The Colour of Culture’
Organizer: UMAP Malaysia National Secretariat, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

5. Summer Program 2021 also POSTPONED due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  


UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program


What is the UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program?

In the first years of the program, up to 25 students were  invited to participate in a two-week Peace Boat cruise in the Asia-Pacific region. The boat departed from Osaka, making stops at various ports for a half-day of field work, as well as university visits in Japan, South Korea, and Russia. The cruise was enhanced utilizing the COIL-style educational method, which was  implemented as a part of the program adopted in the 2018-2022 fiscal year Inter-University Exchange Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Students from Japan and the U.S. took part in COIL virtual lectures from experts from both countries. Additionally, teams of students worked together to generate a presentation promoting the local areas they  visited for inbound/tourists from overseas to be broadcast virtually to interested universities in the last week of the program.

What is COIL?

COIL stands for “Collaborative Online International Learning” a form of teaching which uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to connect students in different countries so that they can participate together in projects designed to boost their understanding of various fields or to help them acquire specific skills. Focus is placed upon the students and their collaboration with one another, i.e. encouraging them to take a proactive and participative role in their education.


UMAP Research Net (Partial financial support for Research)

UMAP Research Net promotes the mobility of academic faculty, researchers and students through the establishment of research networks—groups of two or more researchers from UMAP Pledged member institutions 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 member institutions.

UMAP Research Net announces calls for proposals which are then reviewed by an international panel of reviewers.  UMAP selects the proposals based on their significance, timelines, and relevance to the goals of UMAP. Selected research projects will be funded by UMAP.

The most recent application cycle for UMAP Research Net 2020 ended in June 4, 2020. The next cycle is will open in 2022.

Click on “List of Member Institutions” to see if your institution has signed the UMAP Pledge of Agreement.