CityU has exchange links with more than 330 partners worldwide. Last year, we welcomed more than 800 overseas students to CityU for exchange study.
The University welcomes applications from exchange students. Before you apply, please check with your home institution to see whether CityU is one of its exchange partners.
Prospective exchange students are first selected by their home institutions prior to the approval of their exchange study by the relevant academic departments of CityU. Successful applicants will have to:
Students wishing to apply for exchange study at CityU should:
Online Application Periods
|Institutional level exchange programmes||Online Application Period|
|Semester B, 2014/15 (January - May 2015)||1 September - 15 October 2014|
|Summer Term, 2015 (June - August 2015)||15 January - 15 February 2015|
|Semester A, 2015/16 (September - December 2015)||1 April - 15 May 2015|
Colleges/Departmental exchange programmes may have their own application procedures and deadlines.
Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance listing the courses approved for their exchange study at CityU.
If you are to be affiliated with the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and plan to take nine or more credits of courses offered by the College, you may apply for a CSE exchange scholarship. This scholarship is competitive and awarded on a merit basis, and is subject to funding availability. Interested applicants should submit a separate application to the CSE at CityU.
You will need to obtain a student visa to study at CityU unless you have the right of abode or the right to land in Hong Kong. For details, please refer to the website of the Mainland and External Affairs Office (Click on ‘Incoming Exchange Students' -> 'Visa').
It normally takes six weeks or longer to process a student visa application. You are advised to apply well in advance to ensure that your visa is issued before the start of your exchange study.
We will assist you in any way appropriate to facilitate your visa application. Please contact the Mainland and External Affairs Office (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance about your visa application.
Please note that a visa/entry permit to enter the HKSAR for study may not be granted to nationals of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Nepal and Vietnam, at the discretion of the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
Please note that exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit units of CityU courses for Semester A or B, or a minimum of 6-7 credit units for the Summer Term, and enrol as a full-time student, to meet the requirement of the Hong Kong Immigration Department for visa issuance.
You must enrol as a 'not-for-degree' full-time student of the University before you may attend classes. Upon completion of the required enrolment procedures, you will be issued a student identity card. You should carry this CityU identification document with you at all times, as it allows you access to various University premises and facilities. It is an important document and should not be used by anyone else. If the card is lost, you will need to pay a fee to obtain a replacement from the Service Centre of the Academic Regulations and Records Office (ARRO).
CityU provides a campus environment and a range of programmes designed to enhance students' physical and mental health. Visit the Student Development Services website to find out more.
As an exchange student, you may apply for on-campus student residence. Applications should be made online when you apply for your exchange studies. Please note that there is no guarantee of accommodation in the student residence because of limited capacity. Exchange students should be prepared to arrange their own off-campus accommodation, if necessary.
For college/departmental level exchange applicants of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics and School of Law, please contact the respective academic units of CityU directly for the application method.
Information on Expenses
CityU waives the tuition fee for exchange students, but they are required to pay all of the tuition and study-related fees levied by their home institutions. Exchange students are also responsible for financing their travel, accommodation and other living expenses, visa, insurance, books and other study-related expenses.
Estimated Living Expenses (HK$)
For undergraduate halls, the residence fees vary according to the room type. The residence fees are subject to annual review. Please refer to the website of Student Residence Office for details.
Cost of Living
Living costs will vary depending on individual lifestyle expectations. A basic student budget is estimated to be HKD4,500 (per month) including meals, transport, laundry, and education expenses for books and stationery.
There is a health centre on-campus that provides primary medical care to staff and students. As an exchange student, you are eligible to use the Centre’s services at a charge. However, as medical expenses can be quite high in Hong Kong, exchange students are required, following CityU policies, to have a medical and travel insurance coverage during their stay at the University. Please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/meao/ for details.
The University provides a wide range of services and amenities to ensure that students enjoy a rich campus life in a supportive environment. To help you to settle into your new environment and to adapt to the new culture, the Mainland and External Affairs Office (MEAO) organises an orientation programme specifically designed for exchange students. This programme usually takes place one week before the semester begins, and you are strongly encouraged to participate. The MEAO will announce the exact schedule for the exchange student orientation programme on its website (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/meao/) about three weeks before the start of the semester.
Mass Transit Railway (MTR)
If you are coming to CityU by MTR from the direction of Central, get off at Kowloon Tong station and follow the signs to City University (Exit C). Exit C2 will lead you to the Festival Walk Shopping Centre. Go up to Level LG1 and find the escalator next to Shop LG1-10, which will take you to an underpass to CityU. When you emerge from this underpass, CityU’s main entrance is right in front of you. If you are coming from the direction of Lo Wu, cross the bridge that takes you to the Festival Walk Shopping Centre. The escalator facing you when you enter the Festival Walk Shopping Centre leads to the aforementioned underpass to CityU.
Ask the taxi driver to take you to the City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon and to drop you off at the University Circle. When you get out of the taxi, you will be in front of the Academic Building and the Cheng Yick-chi Building.
If you are arriving by car, then it would be best to contact the department that has arranged your visit to see whether it can help you with parking arrangements.
From the Airport
The easiest way to get to CityU from the Hong Kong International Airport is by taxi. The fare will be about HK$350. Alternatively, you can take the Airport Express and then the MTR for HK$67.50 [The extra $7.50 is for the MTR from Tsing Yi to Kowloon Tong – the $60 is for the Airport Express]. Ask for instructions at the information counter on the arrivals level. For general information about Hong Kong, please visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
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