Outbound Exchange Students FAQ

Outbound Exchange Students
- Frequently Asked Question

Year 1 to Year 3 undergraduate degree programme students with academic performance of a minimum
CGPA 2.5 are eligible to apply. Some institutions may require a higher CGPA score. At the same time,
Programme-specific exchange programme may have a different requirement, please check with the
respective Programme accordingly.

Final year students can only participate in the first semester of the Student Exchange Programme but NOT
in the second semester so that you will be in HSUHK for the last semester to ensure all graduation
requirements are fulfilled. Please note that going on an exchange study even only for the first semester of
your final year may delay your graduation as you may need to catch up with credit requirement or
complete a group project during the final year studies in order to graduate in time from the HSUHK.

Under normal circumstances, Year 3 students can only apply for exchange study in Semester 1 in your final year so that you will be at HSUHK in your final semester to work on the fulfilment of the graduation requirement. Due to the COVID-19 situation whereby students may have to postpone their exchange study, special consideration can be reviewed by the relevant School. Applicants are required to submit a written request with study plans and justifications. In addition, a mandatory consultation session with Programme Director/Academic Advisor is required before nomination to the host institution. For details, please contact HSUHK Exchange at exchange@hsu.edu.hk or call 3963-5506.

Yes. Newly-admitted year 2 & 3-entry students are welcome to apply in January after you have obtained your academic results in Semester One.

For ad hoc Special Round Applications which may take place in September or October to fill places for
Semester 2, newly admitted senior year-entry students are NOT eligible to apply as they have not studied long enough at HSUHK to be considered by partners.

No. Year 4 students are NOT eligible to apply as they would become “out-time” students in the next academic

Yes. The language proficiency requirements are as follows:

– Partners in most locations have waived any English proficiency requirement for our students.
Otherwise, in general, the requirement is IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall Band 6; or
TOEFL 60-78 in internet-based test
– Students should have a basic command of Putonghua to study programmes in Mainland China and

Both tests are accepted worldwide as proofs of English proficiency while IELTS is now more widely

Yes. We accept the result of IELTS or TOEFL as long as it is within the two-year validity period of the

It is assumed that students should have a basic command of Putonghua to study in Mainland China and
Taiwan. If students have taken any public examination, they may provide a copy of the test result.

  • In addition, a recommendation from a teacher is required. A recommendation letter template will be enclosed in the Outbound Student Exchange Programme application announcement at eCampus. 
  • You are also required to submit a personal statement in English (150 words on your reasons and expectation for studying at the preferred host institution).

No. You only need to pay HSUHK’s tuition fee. You are NOT required to pay tuition fee to the host
institution but may have to pay administrative fees, such as those for registration, issuance of a student card
and/or insurance etc to the host institution.

Yes. If your application is successful, the HSUHK will nominate you to the host institution and you are
required to fill in another set of application forms for the host institution. The host institution has the final
judgment on the admission of exchange students and has the right to reject our nomination.

Scholarship for Exchange will only be available to those successful applicants who fulfil the requirement
laid down by the University’s Scholarship and Financial Assistance Committee.

Application to the exchange programme will proceed as usual. However, given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 situation, borders may be closed with short notice, exchange student visa application may be suspended (for Taiwan, the application has been suspended since February 2020), host institutions may switch to online teaching and close their campus. With the above uncertainties, home/host institution will suspend the exchange programme at any time. Successful applicants will be informed of the updated arrangement closer to the nomination deadline, i.e. Mar/Apr for Semester 1 and Sept/Oct for Semester 2, though changes may still occur thereafter.

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