ASEM-DUO provides students at universities and university colleges in Sweden with the opportunity to participate in exchange studies in Asia. Students from Asian countries can, in turn, come to Sweden.

What is available?

ASEM-DUO allows students at Swedish universities and students at universities in several Asian countries to participate in exchanges. Both the Swedish student and the Asian student apply for the programme. Funding is available for studies lasting from four to six months.

Exchanges are carried out as part of the Asian-European ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) cooperation and are based on reciprocity. This means that the countries that participate in the programme always send one student in each direction.

Who can apply?

Students registered at Swedish universities can apply. In order to participate in the programme, the Swedish university must have a partnership agreement with the university in Asia at which you want to study.

Which countries?

ASEM-DUO has several different programmes. Swedish students primarily apply through the ASEM-DUO programme in Sweden, which provides opportunities to study in:

Australia, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

To study at universities in South Korea, Thailand and Singapore, Swedish students can also apply to ASEM-DUO Korea, ASEM-DUO Thailand and ASEM-DUO Singapore.

The size of the fellowship grant

The grant amounts to maximum €7,000 per pair of students.


Applications are submitted as pairs, which means that one student from a Swedish university applies with a student from an Asian university.

More information about the programme, application, application forms and dates can be found on the ASEM-DUO website

Decisions and selections

Decisions about who receives fellowship grants are published on the ASEM-DUO website, usually in June. Student pairs that receive a grant also receive written notification.

Financial support is awarded on the basis of the following criteria, in this order:

  • Prioritisation of the highest number of completed full-time years of study for applying student pairs.
  • Prioritisation of evenly allocated grants between Swedish universities if the number of equivalent applications is more than the number of available scholarships.
  • Prioritisation of an even distribution of awarded grants between the partner countries.
  • Prioritisation of a broad spread of subjects among the Swedish students.

If you have questions, please contact:

Anneli Lindberg
E-mail: anneli.lindberg(at)
Tel: 010-470 03 79

Page last updated 2023-03-13