Asia

Studying in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

Garden in Japan (image: Colourbox.de)

Garden in Japan (Image: Colourbox.de)

It is not only their cultural diversity which makes China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan such exciting destinations for a study exchange. The education offered at the universities is of a high standard thanks to the quality of the education systems in the countries and the wide range of courses offered in English at the universities. Studying in Asia offers you the opportunity to obtain further qualifications in your subject, whilst at the same time gaining language and intercultural skills for a region which is one of the most important from a political and economic point of view. FAU offers an Asian exchange programme, allowing students to study abroad at selected universities in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

The deadline for applications for exchanges beginning WS 2018/19 or SS 2019 is 15 January 2018.

Partner universities

Huazhong University of Science & Technology (Wuhan, Hubei province)

Exchanges available for a year or a semester

Semester times: winter semester (September to January) and summer semester (February to July)

Possible degree programmes:

  • Only Master’s degree programmes
  • Degree programmes only available in natural sciences and engineering: chemistry, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, energy technology, life science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, materials science, molecular biology, physics.

Teaching language: English, Chinese

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees

Only students studying a Master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Sciences or the Faculty of Engineering and those studying for a teaching degree (Gymnasium) with a science as their main subject can apply for an exchange at HUST.

Features: it is possible to study in English. Students are not required to have any knowledge of Chinese.

1. Osaka University (Osaka)

Exchanges available for a year or a semester

Semester times: winter semester (October to February) and summer semester (April to July)

Possible degree programmes:

  • iExPo: attending regular teaching units in Japanese, additional courses may be available in English (admission requirements: a high level of proficiency in Japanese at JLPT level N2 or N1).
  • OUSSEP: a very restricted range of courses is available in English, usually in combination with a Japanese language course (admission requirements: proficiency in English; knowledge of Japanese not required), predominantly for Bachelor’s students who have already studied four semesters at FAU before starting to study in Japan.
  • FrontierLab@Osaka: a laboratory course (only for certain areas of research in engineering and sciences)with the option to attend teaching units taught in Japanese or English (admission requirements: proficiency in English or Japanese at JLPT level N2).
  • Maple: intensive one year course in Japanese language and culture (admission requirements: proficiency in Japanese, JLPT level N3).

Teaching language: Japanese, English

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees

Features: depending on the programme chosen, it may be possible to study in English.

Students of Japanese Studies who would like to study at Osaka University should apply directly via Dr. Nobuyuki Yamanaka at the Chair of Japanese Studies.

2. Kwansei Gakuin University (Nishinomiya)

Exchanges available for a year or a semester

Semester times: winter semester (September to January) and summer semester (March to July)

Possible degree programmes:

  • Contemporary Japan Programme (CJP): combination of teaching units in English relating to Japanese/East Asian studies and a language course in Japanese. The programme is offered in two versions: Japanese Language Track (predominantly language-based; Japanese course compulsory) and Modern Japan Track (mainly area studies; Japanese course not compulsory).
  • Students with a very good knowledge of Japanese (JLPT level 1) may also choose teaching units from the regular range of teaching units on offer.

Teaching language: English, Japanese

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees

Features: it is possible to study in English.

Students from the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology have priority when allocating exchange places at Kwansei Gakuin University.

Students from the School of Business and Economics who would like to study at KGU should apply directly via the International Relations Office.

1. Chungnam National University (Daejeon)

Exchanges available for a year or a semester

Semester times: winter semester (September to December) and summer semester (March to June)

Possible degree programmes:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes
  • Students can choose from all degree programmes on offer; it is not possible to study medicine or dentistry.
  • Wide range of degree programmes available in English in social sciences, economics, science, engineering and the humanities e.g. Asian studies, biology, chemistry, chemical and biological engineering, economics, geosciences, life science, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, materials science.

Teaching language: Korean, English

Funding: waiver of tuition fees, option to apply for a scholarship as part of the Global Scholarship Programme (GSP) run by Chungnam National University if grades are good enough (GPA of at least 3.5/4.5, roughly equivalent to an average grade of 2.0 at FAU).

Features: it is possible to study in English. Students are not expected to have any knowledge of Korean.

2. Inha University (Incheon)

Exchanges available for a year or a semester

Semester times: winter semester (September to December) and summer semester (March to June)

Possible degree programmes:

  • Bachelor’ and Master’s degree programmes
  • Students can choose from all degree programmes on offer, but it is not possible to study medicine or dentistry.
  • Wide range of degree programmes available in English in social sciences, economics, science, engineering and the humanities e.g. Asian studies (Chinese studies, Japanese studies), chemical and biological engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, energy technology, English studies, geosciences, industrial engineering, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics, political science, sports science, teaching.

Teaching language: Korean, English

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees

Features: it is possible to study in English (teaching units available in English can be seen by clicking in the menu on “Curriculum” > “English Track Guide”). Students are not expected to have any knowledge of Korean.

3. Pusan National University (Busan)

Exchanges available for a year or a semester

Semester times: winter semester (September to December) and summer semester (March to June)

Possible degree programmes:

  • Bachelor’ and Master’s degree programmes
  • Students can choose from all degree programmes on offer, but it is not possible to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or law.
  • Wide range of degree programmes available in English in the humanities, social sciences, economics, science and engineering e.g. Asian studies, biology, chemistry, chemical and biological engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, energy technology, English studies, industrial engineering, life science, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, molecular and cell biology, nanotechnology, physics, political science, sports science, teaching.
  • Exchange students are enrolled at the Department of Global Studies , but may also attend teaching units at other departments.
  • It is not possible to attend teaching units in medicine, pharmacy, nursing science or law.

Teaching language: Korean, English

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees

Features: it is possible to study in English (teaching units available in English can be seen by clicking in the menu on “Courses” > “Courses in Foreign Languages”). Students are not expected to have any knowledge of Korean.

National Taiwan University (Taipei)

Exchanges available for a year or a semester

Semester times: winter semester (September to January) and summer semester (February to June)

Possible degree programmes:

  • Bachelor’ and Master’s degree programmes
  • Students can choose from all degree programmes on offer, but it is not possible to study medicine or dentistry.
  • Wide range of degree programmes available in English in the humanities, social sciences, economics, science and engineering e.g. Asian studies, chemistry, chemical and biological engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, English studies, life science, materials science, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, medical engineering, philosophy, physics, political science, law.

Teaching language: Chinese, English

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees

Features: it is possible to study in English (teaching units available in English). Students are not required to have any knowledge of Chinese.

Students from the School of Business and Economics who would like to study at NTU should apply directly via the International Relations Office.

Applications

The deadline for applications for exchanges beginning WS 2018/19 or SS 2019 is 15 January 2018.

The Asian exchange programme is open to all students at FAU. Due to the admission restrictions of the partner universities, students of medicine and dentistry may only study in disciplines relating to their subject (e.g. Health Policy and Management). It is not possible to study medicine as such as part of the exchange programme.

Students at the School of Business and Economics who are interested in an exchange at Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan) or National Taiwan University (Taiwan) should please apply directly via the International Relations Office.

The requirements for taking part in the exchange are as follows:

  • You are enrolled at FAU.
  • You remain enrolled at FAU whilst you are abroad.
  • At the time of application you have not yet exceeded the regular duration of study for your degree programme.
  • You have studied for at least 2 semesters at FAU before beginning to study in Asia.
  • It is possible for you to be admitted to a degree programme in a suitable subject at the host university.
  • You are proficient in English (at least level B2).

Places in the Asian exchange programme are advertised twice a year:

  • First application deadline: mid January
  • Second application deadline: mid July (only places which are still available after the first application deadline has passed; applications only possible for an exchange in the summer semester)

All application documents can be found under downloads.

  1. Please submit your application to the Central Office for International Affairs in January or July, respectively. You may state your preference for several host universities in your application.
  2. The selection committee checks all submitted applications and decides how places are to be allocated.
  3. You are informed of the decision by e-mail approximately six weeks after the deadline for applications.
  4. If you are selected by the committee for a place in the Asian exchange programme, you must inform the Central Office for International Affairs by e-mail whether you intend to accept the place. This decision is binding.
  5. You should submit your application to the host university in Asia in March or April (for beginning to study in the winter semester) or in September or October (for beginning to study in the summer semester). The final decision on acceptance is made by the host university.
  6. You should receive your notification of acceptance from the host university in either May or June (for beginning to study in the winter semester) or in November or December (for beginning to study in the summer semester). Now you can apply for your visa and start to organise your journey.
  7. You start to study in China, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan in September/October (winter semester) or February/March (summer semester).
  8. After completing your exchange abroad please submit your final documents to the Central Office for International Affairs: confirmation of exchange, experience report and a copy of your Transcript of Records.

The decision on how places are allocated is taken by a selection committee. The selection committee is made up of Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner (Chinese Studies), Prof. Dr. Marc Matten (Chinese Studies) and Dr.-Ing. Oliver Kreis (Mechanical Engineering).

The decision is based on the following criteria:

  • Course achievements and academic qualifications
  • Reasons motivating you to apply for the exchange
  • Language skills

Please submit your application for the direct exchange programme with Asia to the Central Office for International Affairs.

All the information and documents you need for your application can be found here:

Contact

Marietta Disch, Dipl.-Kulturwirtin (Univ.)

  • Organization: Department of Academic Affairs and Student Services
  • Working group: Office of International Affairs
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-65147
  • Email: marietta.disch@fau.de