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Switching of Majors (for year one normative 4-year degree students admitted in 2018/19)

Eligibility
  • The switching of majors exercise is a one-off provision provided immediately after the completion of the 2018/19 majors allocation exercise.
  • Year one bachelor’s degree students admitted in 2018/19 (excluding those admitted with advanced standing) can submit an online application to apply for switching out from their own College/School to a major offered by another College/School. In addition, students of the College of Business (CB), College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), & College of Science and Engineering (CSE) may apply to switch to a major offered by another Department within the same College. (Note: Students of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering are not allowed to apply for switching of major between the two departments.)
  • Year one students already admitted to a home major who do not participate in the majors allocation are also eligible to apply for switching of majors through this exercise.
 
Points to Note for Application

An online system in AIMS is provided for students to apply for switching of majors. The system can be accessed via the following: AIMS → Study Plan → Switching of Majors. Please note the following:

(a)
The application period is from 10 to 15 July 2019. The online system will be closed at midnight (23:59) of 15 July 2019, and no change to the proposed switched major can be made after the closing date. Students should avoid making last-minute submissions near the closing time. Students can view the application results via the online system by 7 August 2019.
 
(b)
Students can apply to switch from their (allocated) home major to a major offered by another College/School. In addition, students of the College of Business (CB), College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), & College of Science and Engineering (CSE) may apply to switch to a major offered by another Department within the same College. Students can indicate only one choice of major proposed to be switched to.
 
(c)
For students who wish to switch to a major offered by their own School/Department, they can apply via the 'Change of Home Major' exercise starting from their year two of studies.
 
(d)
Up to 10% of students in each College/School are allowed to switch between Colleges/Schools. In addition, for students of the College of Business (CB), College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), & College of Science and Engineering (CSE), up to 10% of them in each Department are allowed to switch to a major offered by another Department of the same College. The assessment is based on the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual Colleges/Schools/Departments.
 
(e)
For students who are awarded a scholarship for their current programme of study (such as UGC Mainland Student Scholarship, CityU Mainland Student Scholarship, etc.), switching to another major may affect their eligibility in receiving the scholarship. Hence, please check with the Student Development Services (tel: 3442 8105) before submitting an application.

 

Timeline for Switching of Majors
Date Event
10 – 15 July 2019 Students to apply for switching of majors via the online system
16 July – 5 August 2019

- Schools to consider the switch-in applications (16 July – 5 August 2019)

- Departments to consider the switch-in applications (16 – 29 July 2019)

- Colleges to consider the switch-in applications (30 July – 5 August 2019)

By 6 August 2019 Associate Provost (APUE) to consider cases that exceed the maximum limit of 144 credit units for normative 4-year degrees
By 7 August 2019 Students to view the application results via the online system
 
 
Approved Applications for Switching of Majors

Regarding the approved applications for switching of majors, please note the following:

(a)
The switched major will take effect from Semester A 2019/20.
 
(b)
All courses and grades previously attained (except for EL0200A English for Academic Purposes 1, EL0200B English for Academic Purposes 2, and CHIN1001 University Chinese I) will be included in the GPA calculation for the switched degree and major.
 
(c)
If a student is studying a minor which is exclusive with the switched major, he/she will need to drop the minor.
 
(d)
Students who have switched their home major still need to abide by the maximum period of study stipulated in the Academic Regulations for  Undergraduate Degrees.
 
(e)
If the completion of the switched major requires a student to study additional credit units exceeding the maximum credit limit of 144 for normative 4-year degrees permitted by the University, the major-offering academic unit will stipulate a ceiling for additional credit units to be permitted for approval by the Associate Provost (APUE). If such approval is not granted, the consent from the major-offering academic unit for the switching of majors request will be rescinded, and the student will not be allowed to switch the home major. 
 
(f)
If approval is granted for exceeding the maximum credit limit, the student will be required to 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 switched major. Notwithstanding the above, if the student subsequently pursues a double major, any extra credit units exceeding the maximum credit limit of 144 should be paid on a self-financing basis.