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Exchange studies in Asia

Asia is a popular destination for exchange studies. Here you'll find highly ranked, prestigious universities where you can experience a different study culture and environment than you're used to, and where you can enjoy a huge range of culture, nature, urban environments and food.

Higher Education in Asia

In Asia, the higher education systems vary across countries and universities. Many universities utilise a structure where students take several courses at the same time. Courses generally last one semester and student performance is commonly assessed via a series of small tests and larger so-called final exams at the end of each semester. Student attendance is often recorded for each course meeting and is taken into account when course grades are assigned. Semester start and end dates as well as credit systems vary across universities. Click the respective universities further down on this page for more detailed information.

Language Skills

Students need strong English skills to be able to study in Asia. Some universities require a passing score on a standardised test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL or IELTS). For more information, see under each respective university below. If you want to apply to a university that requires a TOEFL or IELTS score, we recommend that you register for a test as early as possible as seats are limited and often fill up quickly.

Most universities in Asia also allow exchange students to take courses in the domestic language. However, if you are interested in doing this, you need to prove that you have sufficient skills in the respective language.


Information about scholarships for studies abroad is available here.

GU-wide exchange spots

In the following countries, the University of Gothenburg has agreements at central level, which means that most of the university's students can apply for exchange spots there. However, this does not apply to all students, and the possibility of going on central, GU-wide agreements differs between the different faculties. You need to check what applies at your faculty, and that the university offers courses in your subject area.


For questions about GU-wide exchange spots, please contact International Centre.

Exchange spots at your faculty and department

Below you can see if there are exchange agreements between your department/faculty and other universities in Asia. If the tab is empty, there are no agreements in your subject area.


For questions about exchange spots within your study field, please contact the international coordinator at your faculty or department.