Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to apply for more than one project at the same time?

Yes, but you need to prioritise your first, second, and third choice. As projects are often oversubscribed, there is no guarantee that you will be considered for your 2nd or 3rd priority projects. Please only submit your application to your first priority, and we will make sure your application is transferred to the other project teams.

What do I need to hand in to apply?

Your CV (German or English), a copy of your passport, and a reference within the FHNW (indicate full name and email). Additionally, there will also be five questions concerning your motivation to join the project, which you need to answer (max. one A4 page).

From when on is the application binding?

The delegation for the 9th edition of exploreASEAN will be communicated mid-November. Once you have signed our agreement (which you will receive later on), the application is binding, and you will automatically get unsubscribed for the Integration Module or corresponding module of your degree program (which will be compensated).

Is there a special rule regarding compulsory attendance at the seminar in Switzerland for part-time students? Or do they have to take a week off?

The attendance is mandatory – there is no special dispensation for part-time students.

How much are the costs?  

Generally the costs are CHF 2800.- per delegate, but please note that our goal is to optimize costs, which might allow a partial refund at the end (not guaranteed).

What is included in the cost of CHF 2’800.-?

The calculated costs represent the highest degree and can be lowered, depending on the successful acquisition of sponsors and partnerships. The costs cover accommodation, visas, international flights, domestic travel and transportation, joint dinners, and some cultural activities.

What happens if I get sick or there is a family emergency etc. right before the seminar abroad and I am unable to travel? What happens with the money I paid and the credits?

This will be discussed individually together with the project supervisor, as there is currently no binding answer for this. The assignment should still be able to be completed, so the credits can be awarded.

Do we get the ECTS, even if the seminar in Switzerland or the seminar abroad cannot be held?

In any case, you will get the respective ECTS, the seminars will not be cancelled. Even if they cannot take place on site, we will find a suitable solution.

What is the plan B if we cannot travel?

We are currently working on alternative travel routes that will be as interesting and where you will also be able to gain intercultural knowledge and broaden your network.

What are the relevant dates for the delegation?

Seminar in Switzerland: February 12th to 16th 2024, Seminar Abroad: Within the period March 21st to April 7th 2024 (depending on the concrete travel plans of each project team), Closing Event: May 6th 2024.

What exactly are the tasks of a delegation member?  

Active participation in both seminars, showing interest in the culture of the respective project destination, and additional written assignments in connection with the topic of the respective project team

Is there any additional work/exam that has to be done/taken or “only” the two seminars?  

Each project team will have similar tasks that need to be completed, ranging from reflection papers to a literature review on topics discussed in the seminars or articles written together in groups of two etc. There will be no exam.

How many ECTS will I receive?  

Up to 5 ECTS depending on the degree program and agreements with the respective program heads.

How is the project credited (focus, context, etc)?

“Integration Module_ISP_Student Delegates” (no. 931), for BOEK & IM Students. All other FHNW delegates are required to commit in the same way. How their work will be transferred is up to their program heads.

Do we get the ECTS, even if we would not travel?

In any case, you will get the respective ECTS, if you hand in your work correctly and attend all the mandatory events 100%.

Do I need my own travel insurance?  

Everyone is personally responsible for having the required (travel) insurances. If they do not have insurance, we need a written confirmation from them that they will willingly accept all the connected risks.