Travel the world and have it count towards your Asian Studies Degree
Imagine learning about Japanese theatre and film in Tokyo, or learning Mandarin in the heart of Beijing. You could even learn about Asian politics or literature amidst the bustle of Seoul. This and more, is all possible with UBC’s Go Global study abroad program.
Go Global and the Asian Studies Department have worked closely together to identify study abroad opportunities for Asian Studies students. Study abroad opportunities include: Exchange, International Internships, Research Abroad, Global Seminars, International Service Learning and more.
Why Go Global as a Part of Your Asian Studies Degree?
Going Global lets you:
- explore your Asian Studies degree from a different perspective and gain access to courses you would not have access to at UBC
- get an edge in the workforce, as more and more industries value cross-cultural competencies and international experience
- experience another country as a student and not just a tourist
- become globally aware, grow and develop as a person, and gain cross-cultural understanding
Go Global Exchange: Where to Start
Go Global has partner universities in over 35 countries, but some of our partners offer programs and courses that will complement and enhance your UBC Asian Studies degree. You can explore all of Go Global’s partner institutions by visiting Go Global’s partner pages. Once you’ve completed your research on available programs, you should submit an application with your top three university choices.
Mapping your exchange for your Asian Studies degree
Study abroad for Asian Studies majors is recommended for students during your third year, after you have completed your lower-level Asian Studies requirements (found on the UBC academic calendar). This foundation will allow you to better appreciate differences in psychological perspectives around the world and to cope with any differences in teaching styles that you may encounter Generally, credits taken abroad will contribute to your upper-level Asian Studies major requirements. However, there are still a variety of credits that may also count towards lower-level requirements.
As an alternative, students may also want to consider taking courses outside your Asian Studies degree requirements, but which count towards your elective credits.
We would encourage Asian Studies students to take note of the requirements for all of the Asian Studies major, minor and honors programs prior to international exchanges.
Below are some guidelines to help you determine if a course abroad is equivalent to a UBC upper year Asian Studies course:
- Is the course offered by the Asian Studies department in the partner university?
- Does it have a lower level requirement?
- Is it offered as an upper year course abroad?
Where to study abroad?
Browse institutions using the Go Global partner search tool.
Other ways to Go Global
Conduct research abroad at one of our 150 partner universities worldwide! Students may choose to embark on self-directed research abroad programs or structured research abroad programs. Research abroad allows undergraduates to learn new techniques, build your career as well as network and engage with other cultures.
For more information, please visit the Research Abroad webpage.
International Service Learning
Contribute towards important projects led by community partners around the world. Connect your academic studies with real-world experience. ISL fosters meaningful connections with communities around the world and will help you discover the local impact of global issues.
For more information, please visit Go Global’s International Service Learning webpage.
Take a UBC course led by a faculty member alongside a small group of peers abroad to experience hands-on learning. Each course is unique in location, length, and cost. Immerse yourself in another part of the world and bring course content to life. Visit our Global Seminar page to browse through a list of our programs.
Summer Language Learning Opportunities
Spend the summer studying in an exciting international location without interrupting your winter semester course load. Together, the Asian Studies department and Go Global have identified institutions where students may wish to take Asian language courses throughout the Summer:
- Ewha Womans University
- Keio University
- Osaka University
- Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
- Seoul National University
- Sophia University
- Waseda University
- Yonsei University
- Chinese University of Hong Kong
Visit our Summer Abroad page to browse through a list of our all programs.
Scholarships and Funding Opportunities
UBC has a variety of scholarships and awards available for students who intend to embark on exchange, research or internships abroad. A variety of Go Global scholarships are available, and most students are automatically considered for these upon application to the program. For more about UBC scholarships, see here.
There are also a number of International Learning Awards that are available to UBC students through UBC’s partner universities. If you are accepted to the partner university as a visiting exchange student, you will be notified about these awards. Awards include but are not limited to:
- Global Korea University Study Abroad Scholarship
- JASSO Scholarships for study in Japan
- Monbukagakusho Scholarship for study in Japan
- Chinese Government Scholarship for study in China
- Study in Korea Program
Get started today
- Explore the Go Global website to learn more about all study abroad options such as exchange, Group Study Programs, International Service Learning, partner universities, application deadlines, eligibility criteria and information about scholarships and Awards.
- Attend an information session – see the Calendar of Events on the Go Global frontpage
- Connect with Go Global Advisors
- Browse through the Partner Pages to see what universities are available for your discipline and what courses have been previously transferred back to UBC