Coronavirus Situation Report
How are our destinations doing under the COVID-19 situation?
The COVID19 pandemic must be addressed individually in our destinations as the situation is very different in each destination.
We at Asia Exchange are continuously in personal contact with our host universities to negotiate solutions that are the best for our students. We do everything in our power to provide life-changing experiences to all our students.
Strong measures for fighting coronavirus has been taken in all our destinations in Asia. Using the masks outside the home is mandatory and it is recommended to stay home and practice social distancing.
This page contains information about our destinations in Asia and our measures to make you feel as secure as possible with studying abroad, which more than often the best decision one can make. It is our passion to enable life-changing experiences in Asia and make dreams come into reality. Right now, it is more important than ever to learn how to cope with the unpredictability and focus on the future and the adventures ahead.
Student safety is our highest priority, but it is essential that the students feel comfortable and welcome in our destinations, even during the most turbulent times. To make these ideas come true, we have negotiated extended application deadlines with our partner universities, implemented even more flexible terms & conditions, and most importantly, thoroughly made sure that our partner universities are safe, prepared, and welcoming for you.
We will continue to stay in close exchange with our Asian partner universities, universities in your country, and most importantly, with the students in our destinations at the very moment. We hope that we can also help you find the perfect destination for the adventure of your life! Stay safe, and don’t hesitate to contact us at any time at email@example.com or +358 45 322 1230.
As the situation in our destinations is very different and information oftentimes confusing, we implemented a categorization system, to provide a first glimpse overview of the status of our destinations.
1. Category – A haven for international students
The destination has returned to a new normal. Traveling to the destination as a student is possible and the university takes mostly place on campus.
2. Category – Study online from a destination of your choice
Students may not travel to the destination and studies are organized online. Thus, students may participate in their studies online and travel to the destination as soon as possible.
3. Category – No studies are organized
Students may not travel to the destination and our partner universities are not able to provide online studies to international students. These destinations are not suitable for any study activities and applicants are advised to prioritize their back-up destinations.
For more than 12 years, from the first day of its existence, Asia Exchange has run programs all over Southeast Asia and has always been prioritizing student’s safety and health over everything else. We carefully handpicked our partner institutions and built great relations with key contacts in each destination. Some of our contact persons have even agreed to be available for our students at any time. Regardless of the development of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to do our best to provide our students with the safest possible study environment abroad.
We will provide students, parents, faculties and all members of our vast study abroad network with frequent and relevant updates that will be published on this page.
Asia Exchange is constantly monitoring updates from several national and international sources in all our destinations and sending countries. We decided to only follow official announcements from governmental institutions and organizations like the WHO to avoid the spread of false information of any kind. We also regularly consult our host universities that advise us on the risks associated with traveling to the countries of the host universities and monitor advice from local authorities.
Asia Exchange’s employees are based in various countries worldwide and working remotely for the time being. While we are doing our best to overcome these unfortunate times hand in hand with our partners, we cannot deny noticing an impact on our ability to complete day to day operations. Thus, we would like to apologize for any delays in communication.
We appreciate your patience with Asia Exchange as we face many ongoing concerns associated with this situation, from many directions and about several destinations. Global health information and related travel restrictions are changing fast and often nowadays. We always share information with our best knowledge, about the current COVID-19 situation in our destinations whenever we receive confirmed information, without delay, and to our best knowledge. We at Asia Exchange will regularly inform our students, parents, and institutions about our destination countries and the host universities activities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic on this page.
Currently, many institutions of higher education in Europe are facing an unfortunate time and are seeing their partnered study abroad destinations canceling their semesters for international students.
We provide a solution to this problem as have enough seats for your students if they wish to go to Asia. We are in daily contact with our host Universities and consulted them during COVID-19. Most of our partners are not canceling their semesters and on top of that, application deadlines have been extended to help students to react very flexibly and spontaneously.
On-site, each of our partner universities is taking necessary measures to ensure the safety of your students. Please have a look at the destination sections below for the most up to date information on our destinations.
Who would be better to talk about the on-site situation than the students themselves? Our international students in Asia have been sharing their experiences and we are gladly sharing them with you. Feel free to have a look at the following link/videos on what others are saying about the situation on-site.
- Co-Founder of Asia Exchange Shares His Thoughts Regarding COVID-19
- How Is the Situation in Seoul, South Korea?
We are relentlessly working to provide the best possible study abroad opportunities for our students and students in general for the upcoming spring.
As defined in our values, we aim to provide study abroad opportunities to many and made it our mission to enable students to gain life-changing experiences, even in these uncertain times. Thus, we developed many new opportunities for students from all around the world so that they can adjust to the situation and do not need to give up on their dream of studying abroad.
Studying abroad is also available with our European Partner Universities
Firstly, we left our comfort zone and partnered up with host universities outside of east Asia. Today we offer to our students during these times of crisis is to complete their semester abroad in Europe. We are happy to announce that we have partnered up with 2 host universities within Europe. One is in Lisbon, Portugal, and the other one in Sardinia, Italy. The universities in these destinations are very excited to accept applications from Asia Exchange from now on. These destinations are the ideal choice for all that encountered complication with their semesters abroad on very short notice but still looks for a solution to complete a semester abroad without losing too much time within their major at home.
Find out more about our Beyond Abroad destinations here:
- Lisbon, Portugal – European University of Lisbon
- Sardinia, Italy – University of Cagliari
- San José, Costa Rica – Latin American University of Science and Technology
These destinations offer the unique chance for students to get rid of all uncertainties regarding travel restrictions for their upcoming semester and to complete their semester abroad this autumn inside Europe and to be home before your next semester continues. Thus, students will not lose the chance to study abroad because of COVID-19.
Currently, we are in contact with various universities all over the world to provide study abroad opportunities to students from each corner of the world.
Despite the current pandemic, Asia Exchange still pursues a great vision to offer students the opportunity to study abroad. Therefore, we have carefully thought through ways to deliver what we can do best: mobilizing and connecting students. Consequently, we came up with the perfect solution for you! With our Exchange Hubs, you can still realize the dream of an exchange semester abroad, regardless of travel restrictions. You can still attend one of our Exchange Hubs, even if you are not studying at an Asia Exchange partner university. Attend one of our Exchange Hubs at a discounted price, meet other students, and study online courses to your host university through Erasmus exchange or other.
Currently, we offer Exchange Hub programs in Bangkok, Phuket, and Lisbon. We would like to invite you to visit our webpage about the Exchange Hubs.
Since the outbreak of COVID19, we worked hard on bringing our partnerships with our host universities to whole new levels. We always aimed to provide flexibility to our students that exceed any expectations and thus decided to not rely on applications for single destinations during COVID times. Thus, we give our applicants the chance to apply with one application for several destinations simultaneously. Then our applicants may decide at the latest possible time which program they would like to participate in and to which destination they want to travel.
Our newest project is focussing on providing opportunities to students that applied for student exchange through bilateral agreements of their home universities or for instance through Erasmus programs. Many of these programs are getting canceled due to the pandemic but this should not mean that you cannot go abroad. We have started to work directly with universities to help them in their student mobility efforts. In practice, this means that your home university may send you to any of our open destinations or they give you the chance to visit our Exchange Hubs while you study online at your initial Partner University.
We would like to invite you to discuss these opportunities with the international office of your home university.
As an organization focusing on international student mobility it became our mission to provide opportunities to study abroad to many and to do our best that none feels left out.
We also focus on reliable and trusted sources for information and recommend anyone to follow a similar approach. Both WHO and national health institutes have excellent up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
Please feel free to inform your parents and guardians that they can email us, give us a phone call, or request a meeting on any other communication channel with a working professional at Asia Exchange. We speak English, French, German, Swedish, and more! We are here for you and calling you is not a problem for us.
DISCLAIMER: Due to the nature of the COVID pandemic, situations and information may change very rapidly and with very short notice. We at Asia Exchange aim to provide the best possible information to our students. Please note that the categorization of destinations may change very quickly as well. Depending on your nationality, regulations and restrictions may differ.