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.

Discovery Camp Program

The UMAP Discovery Camp Program started in 2016, hosted by the Philippines. The program focused on Asian arts, culture, and cuisine, as well as an exploration of the environment and climate change.  The intention behind the Discovery Camp model was to enable UMAP member institutions and countries to showcase their countries and to offer students  a fully sponsored and immersive intercultural experience during the summer months. Discovery Camps have since been hosted in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.  Additional Discovery Camps were scheduled in Malaysia and China but canceled due to COVID-19.

Beginning in 2022, UMAP plans to expand the Discovery Camp model and will aim to offer at least two Discovery Camp cycles per year: Summer and Winter.  An effort will also be made to offer at least one physical and one virtual Discovery Camp program per year.  Ideally one physical camp will be offered in each of UMAP’s geographic regions (Asia and the Americas), plus one virtual program.  For physical programs, all in-country expenses must be covered by the hosts.  Programs must include content related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

New Discovery Camp hosting opportunities and proposal guidelines will be available from this website.

The following UMAP Summer Programs have taken place:

  • Japan (2017)
    Theme: ‘History and Presence of Japanese Culture, Society and the Environment’
  • Thailand (2018)
    Theme: ‘Global Citizenship’ 
  • Taiwan (2019)
    Theme: ‘Contemporary Taiwan’ 

Click HERE to watch the virtual information session on hosting Discovery Camps!

Click HERE to apply to host a Summer or Winter Discovery Camp!

Networking and Partnership Development Initiative (NPDI)

The UMAP Networking and Partnership Development Initiative, a two-part virtual program, was launched in September 2021 with a networking and matchmaking activity for participating member institutions. A total of 227 faculty and staff from 13 countries and representing 51 higher education institutions applied to participate in Phase 1 of the program.  A matchmaking algorithm identified the 120 applicants with the strongest potential matches and these participants were invited to online networking sessions on Zoom.  At the Zoom meetings, the cohorts split into small groups, with facilitators who introduced questions to guide the discussion within these groups.  The questions were designed to identify common interests and values from the participants.  Everyone who took part was encouraged to get in touch with others to continue the conversation and explore the potential for further collaboration.  Read more.

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.