Have you ever dreamed of having an intercultural friendship?
Like this one. (that’s not my girlfriend by the way, haha)
Or do you want to have a lot of money?
So you can use it for your future plans.
Or maybe are you simply wanting to leave your comfort zone?
So you can enjoy sceneries like this one.
I happened to acquire those three things by applying for SHARE Scholarship. But before I begin my story, I will warn you one thing. “This is only for those with a courage to embrace the unknown and to get out of their comfort zones.” Okay, now that you are ready, let’s proceed to the main things.
Set The Goals
Napoleon Hill in his classic book Think And Grow Rich said that “Where wishing is often undefined and non-committal, wanting is well-defined and commits to a course of action.” Before anything else, wanting is essential in order to attain success. So first, you have to define that you really want to get the scholarship and will do what it takes to get one.
The reasons can be simple like what I have described by the opening of this post. But it would be better if you can include social matters. Which means that your experience will benefit not only you but also others around you. For example, by learning how society lives in other parts of the world, it can give you some insights to create a future project which will improve the lives of others.
Applying for The Scholarship
Are you a student of one of the universities listed below?
- National University of Management
- Pnom Penh International University
- Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
- The University of Cambodia
- Bina Nusantara University (BINUS)
- Bogor Agricultural University
- Universitas Diponegoro
- University of Indonesia
- Taylor’s University
- The National University of Malaysia (UKM)
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
- University of Malaysia Sabah
- Myanmar Maritime University (MMU)
- University of Mandalay (UM)
- University of Yangon (UY)
- Yangon University of Economics (YUEco)
- Ateneo De Manila University
- De La Salle University
- University of Santo Tomas (UST)
- University of the Philippines (UP)
- Chulalongkorn University
- King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)
- Payap University
- Thammasat University
- Hanoi University of Science and Technology
- Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Education
- Hue University
- Viet Nam National University, Ha Noi
And also, are you a citizen of ASEAN Member States and have finished at least two semesters at your university?
If you answered both questions with YES, then you are eligible to participate in SHARE Scholarship.
To sum it up, there are only 2 steps that you have to take.
(1) Letter of Acceptance from Host University (s)
You have to obtain a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) first, before applying for SHARE Scholarship. To get the information about the requirements and the deadline of each university, you can refer to Facebook page of SHARE Scholarship, and you can also check the SHARE Platform. Because each university has different requirements and application deadlines.
(2) Applying for SHARE Scholarship
To apply for SHARE Scholarship, we can use an online platform which can be accessed at http://share-asean.org. After making an account, we need to upload some required documents. The required documents are:
a. Letter of Acceptance from host university (s)
b. Letter of Endorsement from home university
c. Latest academic transcript/score sheet (in English)
d. Passport scan which expiration date is still one year ahead or more.
e. A formal photo of you, with the same size as the photo in your passport.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here I listed some questions which my friends often coin when asking me about SHARE Scholarship.
(1) What If My English is Not Good Enough?
If you can handle at least English in communication level, you should try to apply. In fact, participating in an exchange program is an effective way to practice your English. Because you will be forced to use it unconsciously. Your professor and classmates will also be able to help you with learning the materials during the class if you encounter some difficulties.
(2) What If This Year is My Last Year at My University?
You can still apply, as long as you are still an active student at your university. In fact, it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to become an exchange student in your last year, because you will not know when you will be able to get an opportunity like this one. And you will also adapt better with the lecture materials because most of your required courses are already taken.
To conclude this post, I would like to quote a sentence from Dead Poets Society.