Oct 9, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The October 11 deadline for ASEAN applicants to a new EU-sponsored scholarship program is fast approaching.  

The EU and ASEAN agreed on a scholarship that would allow 175 southeast Asian undergraduate students to study in Europe for one semester this year.   

In an article in The Jakarta Post, ASEAN deputy secretary-general for the socio-cultural community Vongthep Arthakaivalvate said, “An effective regional higher education system centered on a robust scholarship scheme for students is a key element in promoting people connectivity.”    

ASEAN’s priority? To enhance student mobility.  

EU ambassador to ASEAN Francisco Fontan Pardo said that the agreement between ASEAN and the EU would provide 500 scholarships.  

He said, “The scholarships are life-changing opportunities for students in the ASEAN region. In Europe, the Erasmus Plus program has taught in the past 30 years how important studying abroad is for individual careers as well as building a regional community.”  

In the same article, a student at Diponegoro University in Indonesia, Normawati Susanto, earned a scholarship to study at Mandalay University.  He said, “Becoming an exchange students was one of the best things that could have happened to me. It gave me opportunities I never could have imagined.”  

Interested? Apply here.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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