Thursday, October 3, 2019

[Bachelor and Master Degree] ASEAN in Today's World (AsTW) 2020 at University of Malaya by Kyushu University ,Malaysia (Scholarship Available)

ASEAN in Today's World (AsTW) is a two-week international study program focusing on ASEAN and East Asian affairs. It is designed for university undergraduate students from around the world. The medium of instruction is English. AsTW was launched in March 2009 in Thailand. From 2009 to 2011, AsTW was co-organized by Kyushu University (Japan) and Mahidol University (Thailand). From 2012 to 2014, Kyushu University worked together with Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines) and hosted AsTW in the Philippines. From 2015 to 2017, AsTW was held at Vietnam National Universiy, Hanoi (Vietnam). Since 2018, AsTW has been co-organized with University of Malaya (Malaysia) and the AsTW 2020 will be the last AsTW at University of Malaya.

Those six prestigious universities in the ASEAN regions and Japan, namely University of Malaya, Mahidol University, Ateneo de Manila University, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Fukuoka Women’s University, and Kyushu University, have collaborated in the AsTW program with the strong support from the ASEAN Secretariat and AUN.

Structure of AsTW:
The AsTW curriculum consists of ASEAN Studies (AS) and Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) courses, supplemented by co-curricular Study Trips, providing students with rich and unique learning opportunities.

The AS component gives AsTW its distinction as a rigorous introduction to selected ASEAN issues that increasingly affect global and regional “ASEAN+3” relations. Students will broaden their knowledge and gain deeper understanding of ASEAN and “ASEAN+3” cooperation through the AS courses. A valuable part of the program is the opportunity to approach ASEAN and East Asia topics from different perspectives. The ALC component provides students with an intensive Asian language study experience designed to build proficiency in the language chosen and to help with acquisition of basic knowledge of the related culture in an integrated approach. Students will gain a general understanding of the culture and sociolinguistic context of each language. By the end of each course, students are expected to have developed some fundamental skills in listening and speaking as well as an understanding of daily conduct in the appropriate cultural setting.

The combination of AS and ALC studies will contribute to the students’ synthetic understanding of the ASEAN and East Asia communities.

A series of cultural study trips is another attractive part of the program. Each excursion is intended to allow students the chance to increase their awareness and enhance their appreciation of the history, culture, and social life of the country where AsTW is held.

To complete the AsTW program, students must enroll in two courses (one each from the ALC and AS offerings) for credit and participate in all official events. Students who meet all AsTW requirements will be awarded a certificate issued jointly by Kyushu University and a partner university.

Program Fee
  • 159,200JPY (Approximately 1,400USD-1,500USD depends on the exchange rate)
  • The program fee includes tuition fee, study trips, accommodation with breakfasts, some banquets and meals as indicated and group airport pick-up/drop-off; exclude the cost of international airfare to and from Kuala Lumpur, other meals not included in the program, local transportation, and personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry, etc.).
  • Payment method will be informed to participating students in November, 2019 at earliest.
  • For reference, the average cost of a meal is USD$5.00.

Accommodation All students will stay in the University of Malaya Residential College (twin room).


  • Kyushu University offers a limited number of scholarships to students from ASEAN countries who present a strong academic record. All applicants are considered but priority will be given to students with ASEAN nationalities and currently studying at an ASEAN country.
  • The scholarship fund can cover the AsTW program fee, but it does not cover travel expenses to and from Kuala Lumpur, local transportation, and personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry, etc.).
  • The ASEAN countries include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand.
  • There is no scholarship application form to be compeleted by an applicant. The scholarship award process will be on a competitive basis with an emphasis on applicants that can contribute the most to multi-cultural dynamics in and outside of the classroom. Officials from both Kyushu University and University of Malaya will make the decision on scholarship recipients.


  • The applicant should be a registered undergraduate (preferably) or a graduate student and fulfil the following criteria.
  • Over 18 years old;
    • Possess good academic standing (has the equivalent of a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 or a B or a 7.5 out of 10);
    • Fluent in English language for academic purposes;
    • will continue his/her study at his/her home university after finishing the AsTW program. 

Application Requirements:

The following requirements must be submitted to AsTW by means of the downloadable forms (xls, xlsx, doc, docx).
by October 11, 2019. Application materials will be accepted by e-mail or regular mail.
  • If you are an applicant from a university in an ASEAN country, please e-mail to
  • If you are an applicant from a university in a non-ASEAN country, please e-mail to
Application Form-1
All applicants must complete and submit.
Click here to download an AsTW Application Form-1
Application Form-2
All applicants must complete and submit.
Click here to download an AsTW Application Form-2

Academic Transcript issued by home university (Original)
All applicants must submit.
Letter of Recommendation
All applicants must complete and submit.
A Reference Letter Form must be completed by any academic staff member at your current institution other than a language instructor

Click here to download a Reference Letter Form
Essay in English
All applicants must complete and submit.
Title : Why I want to join AsTW? (800 to 1000 words)
Click here to download an Essay Form

Language Proficiency Certificate
A copy of an official English language test score (either TOEFL IBT-60/CBT-173/PBT-500(PBT) or IELTS(Academic) – Band 5.0 or PTE-41 or the equivalent.  Students without any official test score is required to provide verification letter from home university as proof of the language proficiency)

Click here to download a Statement of Language Proficiency Form

Postgraduate students must submit.

Certificate of Health
The Certificate must be completed and signed by a physician.
Click here to download a Medical Certificate Form

Certificate/Proof of Enrollment
All applicants must submit an official letter or document from the applicant’s home university/academic institution to confirm the applicant’s enrollment or student status at that university/ academic institution.

Please send correspondence concerning admissions and application materials to the following AsTW Offices.

Applications from universities
in ASEAN countries:

International Student Centre
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 7967 7712 / Fax: +603 7967 7710
Applications from universities
in non-ASEAN countries:

AsTW Office, International Student Exchange Division
Kyushu University
744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 Japan
Tel. +81-92-802-2283 / Fax. +81-92-802-2287

27 October 2019


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