Eligibility & Application

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Application Period |  22 August - 6 September 2017

Exchange Period | Semester B of 2017/18

Exchange Quota | Institutional level | College level | Departmental level

Selection Interview | Institutional level: 21-22, 25 September 2017| College level: No interview | Departmental level: please check with your home department

Result Announcement | Early October 2017


Minimum Requirements for Application for Student Exchange Programme

Study Programme

Full-time student of a government-funded bachelor's degree programme offered by CSE

Year of Study

Nominative 4-year students: Must have completed at least ONE year of study at CityU and have major declared before applying for exchange programme. 

Advanced Standing students: Must have completed at least ONE year of study at CityU before undertaking exchange studies.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) At least 2.5
English Language Proficiency

Achieved one of the following Minimum requirements:

  • TOEFL: 79 (internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test)
  • IELTS: Overall band of 6.5
  • Public Examinations: 
    • Grade C or above in one of the following:
      • HKALE Use of English / English Literature
      • GCEAL English Literature (or Grade B at GCSE English Language)
    • Level 4 or above in HKDSE English Language
  • Senate approved English courses:  Grade C or above
  • Any other equivalent English proficiency result, including a minimum of 1650 SATI or International Baccalaureate Diploma with an overall minimum score of 28.

If the English language requirements prescribed by the host institution are higher than the above, you must follow such requirements for admission purpose.

Students MUST fufil the English requirement before application.  Only students apply for programmes which are conducted in Chinese in Taiwan and mainland China can be exempted from the English requirement.

Remark: Some partner universities/institutions require applicants to submit their TOEFL / IELTS score reports together with their applications for admission. You are therefore strongly advised to prepare your TOEFL / IELTS test as early as possible.

 How to apply?

  1. Identify up to 6 exchange institutions (2 at Institutional level, 2 at College level and 2 Departmental level) from the list of partner institutions that fit your study plan and interests. Students MUST select at least 1 Institutional level programme.
  2. Consult your Programme Leader or Departmental Exchange Coordinator about the suitability of the proposed exchange study and procedures relating to your application. The discussion should include your tentative course plan and credit transfer arrangements.
  3. Submit your Student Exchange Application and proof of English result through AIMS (under "Student Services") by the application deadline.
  4. Nomination will be made by your Department based on your preferences, CGPA and English proficiency.
  5. Attend the selection interviews scheduled by Global Services Office (for Institutional-level programme) and CSE (for College-level programme) if you are shortlisted.

Remark: Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the selection interview. Global Services Office will invite you for the selection interview. The partner institutions, however, reserve the final decision on the admission of exchange students. 

Application Period

Normally, there are two rounds of applications each academic year. However, no second round of applications will be organised if all exchange places have been allocated to eligible students in the first round. Interested students are therefore advised to apply for exchange studies as early as possible.

  First Round Second Round
Application Period January September
Exchange Period Semester A or Semester B of the next academic year Semester B of the current academic year

Selection Criteria (for reference only)

  • Good academic performance
  • High English proficiency (Bonus will be granted if IELTS / TOEFL results can be provided)
  • Active in extra-curricular activities/community services
  • Presentable and cheerful
  • Positive attitude towards his/her studies at CSE/ CityU
  • Good knowledge of the achievements of CSE/ CityU/ Hong Kong 

Admission to host institution

Successful candidates will receive a conditional offer of Student Exchange Programme from the University. The application for admission to the host institution shall be made via the University in the form of a nomination. The University reserves the right to withdraw the conditional offer if a student fails to fulfill the Programme requirements, which include but not limited to English language requirements. Students should note that the final result of application for Student Exchange Programme is subject to your fulfilment of all Programme requirements set by both home and host institutions.