The ASEM Work Placement Programme (ASEM WPP) promotes the exchange of talent between Europe and Asia by offering scholarships to higher education students for an internship in a number of Asian countries.

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Candidate profile

- Students from all disciplines may apply for the scholarship;

- Students of all nationalities may apply for the scholarship;

- Students must have completed one year of higher education and gained 60 ECTS credits;

- Students must prove sufficient knowledge of the English language in one the following ways:

  • Exemption for the language test signed by the home institution.
  • English language test:
    • A score of at least a 6 on an IELTS test;
    • A score of at least an 80 on a TOEFL test;
    • A B2 Level on the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE);
    • A similar result in another official English language test, recongnized by the home institution.

Attention: In addition to the general programme criteria, the destination country or institution may have additional admission criteria of their own.


Student mobilities to the following destination countries are eligible:

  • Bangladesh;
  • Brunei;
  • Cambodia;
  • China;
  • India;
  • Indonesia;
  • Japan;
  • Kazakhstan;
  • Republic of Korea;
  • Laos;
  • Malaysia;
  • Mongolia;
  • Myanmar;
  • Pakistan;
  • The Philippines;
  • Singapore;
  • Thailand;
  • Vietnam.

Scholarship amount

The total scholarship consists of:

  • a scholarship amount of €700 per month;
  • an amount for travel costs, determined based on the distance between Belgium and the host institution;
  • students who can demonstrate at the time of the application that they belong to an underrepresented group will receive an additional allowance of €200 per month.


The duration of the mobility is at least one month and no more than six months.

Application and selection procedure

There are 2 calls for applications per year:

  • during the call in the spring, you can apply for a grant for an internship in the first semester of the following academic year;
  • during the call in autumn, you can apply for a scholarship for an internship in the second semester of the same academic year.

Step 1: Submit your application to the international coordinator at your own higher education institution.

Step 2: Your higher education institution will pre-select you for the scholarship application and provide substantive approval of your internship.

Step 3: Your higher education institution will submit your application online to the Flemish Higher Education Council (VLUHR-i).

Step 4: Complete your online application.

Step 5: The Flemish higher education institution that submits at least one eligible application will be awarded a minimum of one scholarship of two months + travel expenses. Flemish students from underrepresented groups receive an extra allowance on top of the regular allowance.

Step 6: After the first round of scholarship allocations and, on condition that there is still budget available, VLUHR-i will award the remaining scholarships by drawing lots.

At least 25% of all scholarships will be awarded to students from underrepresented groups.