University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP)

KPU joined the UMAP network in June 2020, with the sponsored support of the British Columbia Council on International Education (BCCIE). The membership works in close alignment with KPU International’s mission of nurturing and empowering globally minded learners, and vision of becoming a hub that open doors to global learning opportunities.


UMAP is the acronym for the “University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific”. Founded in 1991, it is a voluntary association of government and non-government representatives of the higher education (university) sector.

The general aim of UMAP is for each of the countries and territories in the Asia- Pacific region to achieve a better understanding of the cultural, economic and social systems of the other countries and territories in the region through enhanced cooperation among higher education institutions and increased mobility of university students and staff.

UMAP Membership

UMAP currently comprises 36 countries/territories with over 600 member universities. Its membership is open to countries/territories in the Asia-Pacific region. Member countries/territories can be represented by government higher education departments or ministries, individual universities, university umbrella organizations, or a combination of these. Individuals are not eligible for membership. Please find the list of countries/territories eligible for UMAP membership here.

UMAP Programs

Undergraduate and postgraduate students participating in UMAP exchanges spend a period of formal study overseas. This study should be for one to two semesters. Host universities/institutions are expected to waive tuition fees for UMAP students studying on exchange (Program A). Credits for studies undertaken during the exchange period can be accepted by the home university/institution. Please find more information on UMAP programs here.

If you are interested in how to leverage our UMAP membership, please contact one of our Global Development Managers for more information.