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:

  • 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);
  • Any other similar result on another officially recognised test;
  • A certificate provided by the Flemish home institution stating you have a B2 level of English.

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;
  • Republic of 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).

Step 4: Complete your online application.

Step 5: The scholarship will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. This means that your grant will be awarded as soon as your application is correct and complete, given that there is still an available budget for the current call. Therefore, it is important to submit your application as soon as possible once the call is launched.