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Change of Home Major

Eligibility

Students admitted to UGC-funded bachelor's degrees, including those admitted with advanced standing, are eligible to apply for change of their home major via the online system in AIMS in accordance with the specified application periods for 2017/18, with the exception of the students admitted to normative 4-year degrees in 2017/18.
 

Application Periods for 2017/18

There are two application rounds in each academic year, and the application periods for 2017/18 are as follows:

RoundApplication PeriodAnnouncement of ResultsEffective Term for Change of Major
11- 21 November 2017By 12 January 2018Semester B 2017/18
23 - 24 April 2018By 6 July 2018Semester A 2018/19

Note: Late applications received after the above application deadlines will not be accepted. For online applications, change of home major requests must be submitted by midnight of the deadlines (at 23:59), and results can be viewed in AIMS. E-mail will NOT be sent for unsuccessful applications.

 

Points to Note for Application
  • Eligible students can login AIMS, select "Change of Home Major" under the "Study Plan" tab, to submit their change of home major application.
  • Details on majors offered by academic units are available on the Programmes and Courses website and the respective academic unit's website. Students are advised to check the information and consult the Major Leader, especially on course requirements for the requested major, before submitting an application. Please note that some majors may not be available for application as stipulated by individual academic units.
  • Students can submit up to two choices of major indicating the order of priority. The requested major(s) can be offered within or outside the students' home academic unit.
  • For students who are awarded a scholarship for their current programme of study (such as UGC Mainland Student Scholarship, CityU Mainland Student Scholarship, etc.), transferring to another major may affect their eligibility for receiving the scholarship. Hence, before submitting an application, students should ensure that they have obtained approval from the relevant authority to transfer their scholarship to the requested major if the application is successful.
  • Applications for change of home major are considered on a case-by-case basis, and approval from the Head (or his/her delegated authority) of the receiving academic unit offering the major is required.
  • For students who have indicated two choices of major, their application will be considered by both major-offering academic units simultaneously. If only one academic unit has approved the application, the student will be allocated to that major. If both major-offering academic units have approved the application, the student will be allocated to the first choice major.
  • The student’s home academic unit can retrieve the information of the student's application for change of home major from AIMS at the application stage, and of the application result when it is available.

 

Approved Applications for Change of Home Major
  • For approved change of home major requests, all courses and grades from the previous major will be included in the GPA calculation for the student’s requested degree and major.
  • Students who are undertaking a minor should review if the minor and the requested major are exclusive. If so, they will need to drop the minor in accordance with the procedures stipulated by the University.
  • For students who have been approved to change their major AND add a minor in the same application round effective from the same semester, the request for adding a minor should be further approved by the new receiving major-offering academic unit (i.e., current home academic unit >> minor-offering academic unit >> new receiving major-offering academic unit). If the change of major will result in exceeding the maximum credit limit, the approval for adding a minor will be rescinded and the students concerned will not be allowed to add the minor.
  • After the change of major, students are still required to abide by the following maximum period of study (inclusive of any change of majors, periods of leave of absence and suspension of studies) stipulated in the Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees:

    - Normative 4-year Degree: 8 years
    - Advanced Standing I: 6 years
    - Advanced Standing II: 5 years

  • To ensure that they can complete the requested major within the maximum period of study as mentioned above, students are strongly advised to run the ‘What-If’ audit in DegreeWorks, which allows them to hypothetically change the home major, showing them what courses are required for the requested major, what previously taken courses can satisfy the new requirements, and what courses they still need to take to fulfill the award requirements of the requested major. Please remember to choose the appropriate ‘Catalog Term’ (i.e., the semester for which the requested major will take effect).
  • If the completion of the requested major requires students to study additional credit units exceeding the stipulated maximum credit limit (e.g.,144 for normative 4-year degree, 114 for Advanced Standing I, 84  for Advanced Standing II) permitted by the University, the major-offering academic unit will recommend the number of extra credit units for completing the requirement of the requested major. Final approval rests with the Associate Provost (APUE). If such approval from the Associate Provost (APUE) is not granted, the receiving major-offering academic unit's consent for the change of home major will be rescinded and students will not be allowed to change their home major.
  • If the recommendation for extra credit units mentioned above is approved, the students will continue to pay tuition fees at the UGC rate (or non-local rate for non-local students) until completion of the extra credit units permitted for the requested major. Notwithstanding the above, if the students subsequently pursue a double major/double degree, any extra credit units exceeding the original maximum credit limit permitted by the University should be paid on a self-financing basis. For details, please refer to "Payment of Self-financed Tuition Fee".
  • Please note that students who have been granted extra credit units above the maximum credit limit will not be allowed to declare a minor.
  • For non-local students, if the approved change of major results in a change of programme code, endorsement from the Hong Kong Immigration Department is necessary before the change of major comes into effect. Also, any "No Objection Letter" (NOL) issued for the previous major will cease to be valid. Students' eligibility for study/curriculum-related internship, part-time on-campus employment and summer employment will be assessed afresh. Students should apply for a new NOL, if necessary, with the Immigration Department. For enquiries, please contact the Global Services Office.