The Asia Summer Program began through a shared sense of responsibility felt by the leaders of its five founding members: Bangkok University, Dongseo University, Josai University, Petra Christian University, and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

It was agreed that given the increasing importance of Asia, institutions of higher education should strive to produce future leaders with a strong understanding of Asian perspectives. It was also agreed that this could best be accomplished by providing students with direct experience of foreign cultures.

In 2013, the Asia Summer Program became affiliated with the Asian University Presidents Forum, the Secretariat of which is located at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. This affiliation helped the ASP expand its network of participating universities and attract students from all across Asia and beyond.

Since its establishment, the Asia Summer Program has been hosted each year in a different country. The first ASP was held in Indonesia at Petra Christian University, the second in Korea at Dongseo University, the third in Malaysia at Universiti Malaysia Perlis, the fourth in Japan at Josai University, the fifth in Thailand at Bangkok University, and the sixth in China at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

In 2018, Dongseo will become the first university to host the ASP for a second time. Preparations are underway to make ASP 2018 truly outstanding.