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/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 accepted by the home university/institution.

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

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

Universities/institutions 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 Participating universities/institutions on a tuition-waiver basis. Programs can last one or two semesters, beginning in the fall or spring semester.

The host university/institution 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 Participating universities/institutions that would like to exchange more than two students. Conditions for the waiver/non-waiver of tuition fees will depend on the host universities/institutions. Programs at the undergraduate or postgraduate level can last one or two semesters, beginning in the fall or spring semester.

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

Program C (Super Short-Term Programs)

Program C are short-term (one to eight-week long) programs offered by UMAP Participating universities/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 awards scholarships to selected participants.

Universities/institutions offering Program C may charge or waive tuition fees for students coming from UMAP member universities/institutions* in other countries/territories. (*only those universities/institutions that signed “Pledge of Agreement”.)

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


Summer Program

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 Programs have successfully completed:

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. VIRTUAL Discovery Camp (Summer 2021) Coming soon!



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

UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program


What is the UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program?

Up to 25 students will be invited to participate in a two-week Peace Boat cruise in the Asia-Pacific region. The boat will depart 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 will be enhanced utilizing the COIL-style educational method, which is scheduled to be 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. will take part in COIL virtual lectures from experts from both countries. Additionally, teams of students will work together to generate a presentation promoting the local areas they have 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 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 Pledged universities/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 universities/institutions.
(* those universities/institutions that signed “Pledge of Agreement”)

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.

Application for UMAP Research Net 2020 was ended in June 4, 2020. New program is scheduled for launch in 2022.

Click on “List of Member Institution” below to check if your university/institution has signed the Pledge of Agreement.
Universities/institutions that have signed the agreement will be marked in blue*.
The list is useful to find out the eligibility of your partners.