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 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.
UMAP members can offer virtual programs on any topic at any point in the year. Virtual programs can range from a single week to an entire semester and can include traditional academic content, cultural programming, mentored research or even virtual internship opportunities. There are no pre-determined deadlines or application cycles. Virtual programs can be used to share a special area of interest or expertise and can attract international students who might later be interested in applying for an in-person exchange.
The UMAP Discovery Camp Program enables UMAP member institutions and countries to showcase their cultures and offer students a short-term, immersive intercultural experience during breaks in the academic schedule. Discovery Camps may be offered in-person or virtual and must include content related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Discovery Camp programs are fully sponsored by the host institution(s), for example for in-person programs, all in-country expenses (accommodation, transportation, meals, etc.) are covered by the hosts.
Upcoming Discovery Camps
Past Discovery Camps
|2016||Philippines||Discovery Camp Philippines|
|2017||Japan||‘History and Presence of Japanese Culture, Society and the Environment’|
|2020-2021||no programs held|
|2022||Canada||‘Small Changes, Big Impact’|
|2022||Philippines||‘Gonô Bong Tëkuy: Our Common Home, Our Common Humanity’|
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