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 Programmes [Exchange-out]

List of Partner Institutions

The list of partner institutions for Faculty-level Exchange Programme can be found HERE


  • Full-time non-final year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences who have completed at least two semesters of study upon admission to the host institution
  • A good academic standing at HKU with a minimum "B" average grade / a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above would be an advantage

Application Procedures for 2021/22

Students are required to submit the following information/documents to the Faculty:
  • Three choices of preferred host institution
  • Personal Statement (100-200 words) | What do you expect to gain from the Faculty-level exchange programme in general? | What are the reason(s) for you to put the preferred institution as your first choice? | Which skills do you want to develop through your participation of the exchange programme?
Offer Acceptance
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Deposit Slip
  • Copy of Passport
  • English Proficiency proof (if applicable)

Leave of Absence with Credit Transfer

Students will be invited to apply for leave of absence and credit transfer via the Faculty's Outgoing Exchange Studies Credit Transfer Application System (OES) upon acceptance of offer. Please read the following important notes for details.

Exchange Report

Upon completion of the exchange study, students are required to submit an exchange report to the Faculty no later than a month after return to Hong Kong. The exchange report should include the following information/documents:
  • Three photos taken during exchange study
  • 100-200 words reflection on the out-of-Hong Kong experience

Financial Support

There are a limited number of scholarships and sponsorship opportunities to provide financial assistance to students. The International Affairs Office (IAO) will assign an appropriate scholarship to students according to your financial needs and academic standing once the application to the host institution becomes successful. For details, please check here.


Students should make sure they are covered by comprehensive health, accident, personal property and travel insurances for their entire study abroad period, especially if they are planning to travel for personal purpose during the study period.
  • Travel Insurance: Group Travel Insurance is provided by HKU Finance Office for all HKU undergraduate students going on study abroad programmes organised/recognised by HKU. Total number of travelling days per study abroad trip must NOT exceed 180 days.
  • Medical Insurance: Students should make sure they have met the health requirements of their host country before departure. Check the medical insurance coverage with the International Office of the host institution. If the coverage is inadequate, or if the host institution does not offer a compulsory medical plan, it is advisable to get private medical insurance.
  • For enquiries, please contact

Points to Note

  1. Students 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 student's responsibility to obtain the necessary approval for a leave of absence and credit transfer before departure. Students 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. Most countries require international students to apply for a valid student visa if they are planning to stay there for more than 180 days. Please check the requirements in detail with the host institution or with the relevant consulates in Hong Kong. Please bear in mind that failure to comply with the entry visa requirements may result in delays or even deportation.
  4. The host institution will assist students in finding proper accommodation.


Please include your full name, university no., curriculum and year of study when you send enquiry to

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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. 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


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 2021-2022 academic year

•  List of courses available in 2021-2022  (The course list is tentative and subject to change. Please refer to the Student Information System (SIS) for the most updated course list)

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