The ASEAN International Mobility for Students Programme

The ASEAN International Mobility for Students Programme


The ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) programme, formally known as M-I-T, 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 mobilised across the region, with expanding disciplines as well as membership.

Affiliated universities are selected by the Ministry of Education of each member country to participate in this exchange program in 10 undergraduate study programs:

1.  Language and Culture

2. Agriculture

3. International Business

4. Food Science and Technology

5. Hospitality and Tourism Management

6. Engineering

7. Economics

8. Environmental Science & Management

9. Biodiversity

10. Marine Science


In 2013, KMUTT was selected to represent Thailand to participate in the Engineering Programme while Chiang Mai University, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Mahidol University, Mae Fah Luang University, Prince of Songkla University, and Thammasat University were selected according to their academic excellence and strength of other programs of study.

In 2018, the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Program welcomed new country members: Singapore.

Students who are selected to join the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Program will participate in the program for one semester and must enroll for 9 credits or 3 subjects. They can transfer credits obtained from the host institution to their home institution. Students will be sponsored by the Ministry of Education of each home country. For Thailand, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) offers 5 scholarships for KMUTT student who apply for the exchange program to Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, and the Philippines each fiscal year. AIMS scholarship provides 125,000 Baht/person, which covers the followings:

  • Round-trip airfare (economy class only).
  • Allowance including living allowance and accommodation during the stay in the host universities.
  • Coverage of health and accident insurance during the period of the scholarship.

Additionally, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) will sponsor 2 students who apply for the exchange program to Japan and Republic of Korea 10,000 Baht if the home university has already completely nominated 5 students to the host university in ASEAN country.

Presently, there are 22 universities participating in the Engineering Exchange Program are as follows:

1Universiiti Brunei DarussalamBrunei
2Institute Teknologi BruneiBrunei Darussalam
3Bandung Institute of
4Tokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyJapan
5University of TsukubaJapan
7Sophia University
9Chonnam National UniversityRepublic of
10Universiti Kebangsaan
11Universiti Sains Malaysia
12Universiti Teknologi
13Universiti Malaysia
14De La Salle UniversityThe
15University of MindanaoThe
16University of the PhilippinesThe
17Saint Louis UniversityThe
18University of Santo TomasThe Philippines
19King Mongkut’s University of Technology
20Thai Nguegen University of
21University of Transport and
22Thuy Loi University (Water Resources University)

We have a balancing number of AIMS – KMUTT participants as shown in the below picture.


Status as of 20/12/2019

How to participate in AIMS Programme

For KMUTT Student

1. Fill in KMUTT Outbound Exchange Application Form and/ or other required documents.

2. Consult your advisor about course registration. This is to make sure that the credits taken at the partner institutions can be accepted and transferred back to KMUTT.

3. Submit KMUTT Student Exchange Application Form, along with other required documents to your department.

4. Your department will screen out and submit the application package to KMUTT International Affairs Office (IA).

5. IA will nominate successful candidates to the partner universities / institutions for their final consideration.

6. IA will announce the result to the department and students.

7. If accepted, students have to re-consult with their advisor on registration, while feel free to discuss on immigration and other administrative matters with IA.

International Student from the partner universities on the list as above 

Please visit the following link for more information (here)