Our Story

Creating Life-Changing Experiences for Students All Over the World

Asia Exchange was established in 2007 in Finland by two former exchange students, Harri Suominen and Tuomas Kauppinen. They both had studied abroad in Asia in the mid-2000s, and the experience left a deep impression on both of them – so deep that they wanted to help others do the same.

At the time, opportunities to go study abroad in Asia were either limited or very inconvenient. Harri and Tuomas wanted to change this and give more and more students the chance to spend a life-changing semester in Asia, easily and affordably.

Today, Asia Exchange offers the chance to study abroad in TaiwanChina, Indonesia, Malaysia, ThailandSouth Korea and lately also New Zealand. –> Lately in New Zealand

Through our partnerships and a remarkably simple and fast application procedure, we help young people from all over the world to gain valuable international experience and enjoy life-changing experiences abroad.

more than 7000 students

from over 600 universities

and over 80 countries

Simple, flexible and secure option for studying abroad

Many students are interested in studying in Asia, but not everyone can find a right option through their home university or college. Others are simply left outside the tight placement quotas. Normally, the only option left would be for the student to arrange the study abroad semester on their own.

First, they would have to find a suitable university abroad, contact the university, find out about courses in English they could take, and then finally apply. The whole process can mean countless of hours of work, dozens of emails sent back and forth and piles of documents to fill out.

On top of all this, the student would also need to take care of travel arrangements, such as finding accommodation and applying for a student visa. What’s worse, there’s still no certainty that it will all work out for the best.

This is where we come in: We offer an easy and affordable way to study abroad. We do this by coming in between the student and the foreign university. We take care of the application process, communication with the foreign university and the mailing of all official documents.

We also provide the student with all the information they need to make their course selections, travel arrangements and generally make the most out of the semester abroad. We answer any and all questions quickly through email, phone and live chat.

Not only do we help students: by doing all the above, we make things easier for the students’ home institution as well.

10 Year anniversary

Interview with Harri Suominen (Founder of Asia Exchange

Wide range of courses in English from 65+ fields

All the courses offered by our partner universities are part of the their official curriculum. The courses consist of lectures, workshops, visits to local businesses as well as charity organizations that we sponsor.

Students from all fields and majors can apply through us. While most applicants have a background in business, technology/engineering, law, social sciences or tourism, there are many students with other majors as well.

While not everyone might be able to find courses perfectly matching their field, there’s still the possibility to take interesting elective courses or minors to complement your major.

Decisions about scholarships and transfer credits are still made by the students’ home universities and colleges. We encourage students to plan their studies carefully and to include the course descriptions (available on our website) in their study plans. This helps the home institutions allocate transfer credits.

More than 6000 students from over 450 universities and over 70 countries

Since 2007, a lot has happened. New destination countries, new universities, and new programs have been added, and are still being added, as the demand for study abroad semesters in Asia grows. We are now sending close to 1000 students per year to spend a life-changing semester in Asia. Each year, we have welcomed students from more and more countries and universities to join our programs.

We truly believe that studying abroad is one of the best decisions anyone can make. Not only does it help you grow as a person and provide you with more career opportunities later on, but the experience of foreign cultures and international friendships brought about by studying abroad can help to create a more tolerant, harmonious world for everyone.

Here’s what some former students have said

Working together for international education

Since 2007, a lot has happened. New destination countries, new universities, and new programs have been added, and are still being added, as the demand for study abroad semesters in Asia grows. We are now sending close to 1000 students per year to spend a life-changing semester in Asia. Each year, we have welcomed students from more and more countries and universities to join our programs.

Helping more and more students to study abroad in Asia is our guiding vision, but it’s something we couldn’t fulfill on our own. In addition to our partner universities, we collaborate with many home universities and study abroad organizations. Learn more about our partnerships and references. 

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