Exchange

In addition to the HKU Worldwide Exchange Programme (HKUWW) organised by the International Affairs Office (IAO), the Faculty has established faculty-level exchange programmes with universities in Mainland China and overseas to broaden students' exposure and facilitate cultural exchange. Each year, more than 120 students benefit from the exchange programmes.

Faculty Level Exchange - Out 

List of Institutions

Partner Universities Quota Duration Special Requirement
3 Campus East Asia
  • Keio University, Japan
  • Yonsei University, South Korea
  • HKU, Hong Kong
10 students Sem 1: Late Sep to Feb (Keio University) Sem 2: Mar to Mid Jun (Yonsei University) Summer Sem: Jun to Aug (HKU)
Fudan University (FU), China Two students for one semester Sem 1: Sep to Jan Sem 2: Feb to Jul
IE University, Spain Two students for one academic year* Sem 1: Sep to Dec Sem 2: Jan to Jun
Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU), Russia Three students for one semester Sem 1: Sep to Late Jan Sem 2: Early Feb to Jun
National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan Two students for one academic year* Sem 1: Sep to Jan Sem 2: Feb to Jun
National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan Fact Sheet Two students for one academic year* Sem 1: Aug to Jan Sem 2: Feb to Jul
National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Five students for one academic year* Sem 1: Aug to Dec Sem 2: Jan to May
The Institut d'Eudes Politiques de Toulouse (SciencesPo), France 2 students for one semester* Sem 1: Aug to Dec Sem 2: Jan to May
The University of Warwick (UW), the United Kingdom Four students for one academic year Sem 1: Late Sept to Dec Sem 2: Jan to Mar A minimum score of 620 in TOEFL, or a minimum IELTS Band 6.5.
Tsinghua University (TU), China Three students for one semester Sem 1: Sep to Jan Sem 2: Feb to Jun
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi-Milano (UCLB), Italy Two students for one semester Sem 1: Sep to Dec Sem 2: Feb to Jun
University of Essex (UE), the United Kingdom Two students for one academic year* Sem 1: Oct to Dec Sem 2: Jan to Jun IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.
University of Kent (UK), the United Kingdom Four students for one academic year* Sem 1: Sep to Dec Sem 2: Jan to Jun A minimum IELTS Band 6.5 including 6.0 in both reading and writing.
University of St Andrews (UA), the United Kingdom Two students for one academic year* Sem 1: Mid Sep to Dec Sem 2: Late Jan to May A minimum IELTS Band 6.5; and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.
Waseda University (WU), Japan One student for one academic year Sem 1: Mid Sep to Early Feb Sem 2: Early Apr to Aug A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
* Two students enrolling in one semester = one student enrolling in one academic year

Eligibility

Participants must be full-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences who have completed at least two semesters of study upon admission to the host institution. Participants must be students in good academic standing at the home institution with a minimum "B" average grade or must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Important Notes

  1. Participants will continue to pay their usual tuition fees to HKU while being responsible for all other expenses during their stay at the host institution.
  2. It is the participant's responsibility to obtain the necessary approval for a leave of absence and credit transfer before departure. Participants should apply to the Dean for permission to be away by General Regulation G8, and seek prior approval from the Faculty Office on credit transfer.
  3. Participants are required to select not fewer than 24 nor more than 36 HKU-equivalent credits of courses in any one semester.
  4.  At least 50% of the credits for fulfilling a major (excluding the fulfilment of Social Innovation and Global Citizenship)/ minor programme requirement must from the study at HKU.
  5. The host institution will assist participants in finding accommodation in the host city.

Resources

  1. Important Notes for Outgoing Exchange Students
  2. Credit Conversion for Outgoing Exchange Students
  3. Flow Chart for Outgoing Exchange Students
  4. Briefing on Outgoing Exchange and Summer Programmes
  5. FAQs for Faculty-level Exchange Programmes
  6. Other resources

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Faculty Level Exchange Programmes [Exchange-in]

Reciprocal arrangements will be made for exchange-in students who participate in University or faculty level exchange programmes. Except for the three Campus East Asia Programme, all applications shall be made via the University Central System.

Important Notes

Exchange/Visiting Students should select 50% or more of the core courses offered by the Faculty, which are those with the prefixes GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SINO, SOCI, SOWK and JMSC. For some elective courses offered by other Faculties, students may seek approval upon their arrival at HKU during the course selection period/ add-drop period. Students are required to register courses via the online course selection system at their HKU Portal accounts.

Arriving at HKU – Registration Procedures (exchange/visiting students)

Step 1

Exchange students should go to the International Affairs Office (Global Lounge, G/F, Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre) to obtain registration package during office hours (Mondays to Fridays 9:00 – 17:30)

Visiting students should go to the Faculty Office (11/F, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus) to obtain the registration folder during office hours (Mondays to Fridays 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:00).  You are required to bring along your passport with a valid student visa, if necessary, for identity verification. Also, please submit the completed "Photograph Submission for Student Registration Card" in hard copy together with your photo for student card and a copy of student visa to the Faculty Office OR follow the instructions in the HKU Portal to upload the required documents in soft copy format.

Step 2

Access a computer to activate your HKU Portal and complete the master registration.  You are required to register courses at your HKU Portal account during the online course selection period.

Step 3
Your student card will only be ready for collection seven days after submission of all required documents, including the completed "Photograph Submission for Student Registration Card," a student visa copy and a photo.  You will receive an email notification when your student card is ready for collection. Remember to bring along your passport for identity verification. Details for the collection of the student card are as follows: Venue: Academic Services Office of the Registry (G04, Run Run Shaw Building) Office hours: Mondays to Fridays 9:00 – 17:30, Saturdays 09:00 – 12:30

Orientation

To let you know more about life in HKU and Hong Kong, an orientation will be organised by the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) via the International Affairs Office (IAO) and the Faculty Office respectively for non-local students. Details will be sent to your HKU email account in due course. You are highly recommended to attend both orientations to facilitate your study at HKU.

Course Selection

Please visit the Faculty website and check your HKU email account (each student will be given an HKU email account after registration) regularly for any latest events/notices (e.g. the course selection period) from the Faculty.

Courses available in the 2017-2018 academic year

•  Click here (Please refer to the Student Information System (SIS) for the updated course list for the 2017-2018 academic year)

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