Undergraduate and postgraduate students participating in UMAP exchanges may spend one or two semesters studying abroad, hosted by UMAP member Higher Education Institutions. Host institutions are expected to waive tuition fees for UMAP students studying on Program A exchanges.  

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

Program A is a multilateral exchange program in which participating UMAP institutions send and receive up to 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 another UMAP institution for additional exchanges.  This is known as Program B.

Participating higher education institutions that agree to accept and host more than the maximum of two inbound students will receive, in return, the possibility to send an equal number of additional outbound students in the following semesters.

Program A exchanges between UMAP participating institutions are based on tuition-waivers. Programs can last one or two semesters, beginning in the fall or spring semester.  The host institution waives tuition fees and assists participating students in securing appropriate accommodations at a reasonable costs.

Program B is a bilateral student exchange made between any two UMAP participating institutions that would like to exchange more than two students. The relevant institutions discuss and agree on whether to charge or waive tuition fees for their students for their bi-lateral program.  Programs are offered 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 to the exchange students’ home universities/institutions.  The UMAP Credit Transfer Scheme (UCTS) is a system that was created to facilitate the recognition and transfer of credit for studies undertaken through the UMAP program.

Program List

List of Participating Institutions 

Apply for Program A&B




Program C (Super 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.

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

Host institutions may determine whether or not to offer credits for Program C offerings. If credits are offered, they can be transferred using the UMAP Credit Transfer System – UCTS.


Program List

Participating Institutions

Apply for Program C

SSTP Scholarship





Summer Program

The UMAP Summer Program location and theme varies each year, depending on the host country.  

Starting in 2016 as “UMAP Discovery Camp 2016 (UDC2016)” the program was 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 the 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:  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 **POSTPONED
Theme: ‘Uniquely Malaysia: The Colour of Culture’
Organizer: UMAP Malaysia National Secretariat, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

5. China (July 2021) **POSTPONED 




UMAP-COIL Joint Honours Program


What is the UMAP-COIL Joint Honours Program?

In the first years of the program, approximately 25 students, annually, 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 COIL-style educational methods (see below), and was supported for the 2018-2022 fiscal years by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Students from Japan and the U.S. participated in COIL virtual lectures offered experts from both countries. Additionally, teams of students worked together to generate presentations promoting the local areas they visited during the program.  The final presentations were 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.


Program Contents 2021

Program Details 2021

Past Programs




UMAP 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 participating UMAP higher education institutions who share common research interests. URN funding helps enable the successful development of cooperative research projects as well as meaningful and long-lasting connections between UMAP member institutions.

URN periodically calls for proposals from research networks. All submitted proposals will be reviewed by an international panel of reviewers.  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.

The most recent application cycle for UMAP Research Net was completed in 2020.  The next cycle is scheduled to launch in 2022.

Call for Proposals 2020

Application Form

Previous research reports




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