About AIMS

The ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) programme aims to create a vibrant student mobility programme for citizens of all SEAMEO member countries. It has a long history, emerging from the Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand (M-I-T) Student Mobility Pilot Project which was initiated in 2009 as collaboration between the governments of the three countries and SEAMEO RIHED. The M-I-T project was a pilot project. Following the success of the pilot project, it is now being turned into a fully-fledged ASEAN programme. Additional Southeast Asian nations are now invited to join the efforts of the three existing countries, and collectively develop a regional Southeast Asian student mobility programme. This section provides a background to the student mobility pilot project, including key partners, objective and key events.

ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme has been at the core of SEAMEO RIHED’s educational programmes as indicated in our 4th Five-Year Development Plan to cultivate globalized human resources. To SEAMEO RIHED, student mobility has always been one of the key strategic elements of cooperation leading to the development of a harmonised higher education environment among countries in Southeast Asia. By 2015, it has been ambitiously agreed as a short-term goal among AIMS member countries that at least 500 students will be mobilized across the region, with expanding disciplines as well as membership.

The program was launched in 2010 by the coordinated efforts of Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand and the current members including Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Japan. In November 2013, TUAT along with Ibaraki University and Tokyo Metropolitan University presented a joint proposal with the title “ASEAN initiative to foster next generation talents to lead environmentally friendly food production, technological innovation and regional planning” which was approved under the Re-Inventing Japan Project implemented by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT). The Re-Inventing Japan Project provides financial support to international collaborative programs of universities that conduct both study abroad programs for Japanese students and acceptance of foreign students.

Participating Universities

Japan Partner Universities

  1. Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  2. Ibaraki University
  3. Tokyo Metropolitan University

AIMS Affiliated Universities

  1. Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
  2. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia)
  3. Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
  4. Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)
  5. Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia)
  6. Kasetsart University (Thailand)
  7. King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand)
  8. Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Brunei)
  9. University of the Philippines at Diliman (Philippines)
  10. University of the Philippines at Los Banos (Philippines)
  11. Saint Louis University (Philippines)
  12. De La Salle University (Philippines)

Admission Process and Applications for Inbound Students Students

Students interested in applying, please inquire at AIMS Program Office in your home university, or through the international relations office (International Collaboration Office of IPB). You will have to go through screening process at your home university as we only accept applications from the offices of ASEAN Affiliated Universities.


Cost of airfare, visa, monthly living allowance, health check-up and health insurance, academic fees associated with the program are under the responsibility of home government. Administration office at home university will provide you with these details.

Tuition Fees

In principle, eligible students will be exempted from tuition fee charged at all universities under this agreement between three Japanese universities and the member ASEAN universities.

Credit Transfer

AIMS Policy requires that students will be given credits for subjects studied during the scheme period. From the subjects available in this program, students will be able to take 12-18 credits. It may vary between universities but the partner university will award minimum 12 credits.


Room will be provided by Host University where the student will attend classes for the 15 weeks.
Note: Daily lunch/meals are the students’ responsibility.

Visa Applications

Students will be required to obtain a “Student Visa” from the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their home city. Please secure your student visa before coming to Japan. The respective offices of Japanese Host Universities will issue a “Letter of Invitation” in advance to certify your academic status in order to assist prospective students with their visa applications. For further details please enquire at the Embassy of Japan in your country.

Admission Process and Applications for Inbound Students Students


To be completed at home university, all necessary documentation will then be submitted to host university. Please download necessary forms from the host university above. Selected applicants will be recommended to host university for further consideration.


Students must hold valid passport with expiry of more than one (1) year from date of entry into their host university, meanwhile some country may require 6 months only.

Health Insurance

Outbound students must hold valid travel/health insurance covering their AIMS program period.

Arrival and Orientation

Home university will coordinate communication with host university to ensure proper pickup from airport. The host university is responsible for airport pickup. Students will follow academic rules and guidelines of the host university.