Prospective exchange students are first selected by their home institutions prior to approval by the relevant academic departments of CityU. Successful applicants will:
Students wishing to apply for exchange study at CityU should:
|Entry Semester/Term||Online Application Period|
|Semester A, 2013/14 (September 2013 Entry)||2 April - 15 May 2013|
|Semester B, 2013/14 (January 2014 Entry)||2 September - 30 October 2013|
Some academic units may have their own application procedures and deadlines.
Incomplete and/or direct applications from students will not be accepted.
Academic Calendar 2012-2013
|Start Date||End Date|
|Teaching Period||14 January 2013||27 April 2013|
|Student Revision Period||29 April 2013||4 May 2013|
|Examination Period||6 May 2013||20 May 2013|
|Semester Break||21 May 2013||8 June 2013|
|(Lunar New Year holidays: 11 February - 13 February 2013)|
|Teaching Period||10 June 2013||27 July 2013|
|Student Revision Period||29 July 2013||3 August 2013|
|Examination Period||5 August 2013||10 August 2013|
|Term Break||12 August 2013||31 August 2013|
Academic Calendar 2013-2014
|Start Date||End Date|
|Teaching Period||2 September 2013||30 November 2013|
|Student Revision Period||2 December 2013||7 December 2013|
|Examination Period||9 December 2013||21 December 2013|
|Semester Break||23 December 2013||11 January 2014|
|Teaching Period||13 January 2014||26 April 2014|
|Student Revision Period||28 April 2014||3 May 2014|
|Examination Period||5 May 2014||19 May 2014|
|Semester Break||20 May 2014||7 June 2014|
|(Tentative Lunar New Year holidays: 31 January - 3 February 2014)|
|Teaching Period||9 June 2014||26 July 2014|
|Student Revision Period||28 July 2014||2 August 2014|
|Examination Period||4 August 2014||9 August 2014|
|Term Break||11 August 2014||30 August 2014|
Provisional Academic Calendar 2014-2015
|Start Date||End Date|
|Teaching Period||1 September 2014||29 November 2014|
|Student Revision Period||1 December 2014||6 December 2014|
|Examination Period||8 December 2014||20 December 2014|
|Semester Break||22 December 2014||10 January 2015|
|Teaching Period||12 January 2015||25 April 2015|
|Student Revision Period||27 April 2015||2 May 2015|
|Examination Period||4 May 2015||16 May 2015|
|Semester Break||18 May 2015||6 June 2015|
|(Tentative Lunar New Year holidays: 19 - 21 February 2015)|
|Teaching Period||8 June 2015||25 July 2015|
|Student Revision Period||27 July 2015||1 August 2015|
|Examination Period||3 August 2015||8 August 2015|
|Term Break||10 August 2015||29 August 2015|
If you are to be affiliated with the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and plan to take nine or more credits in courses offered by the College, then 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 four to six weeks to process a student visa application, and you are advised to apply well in advance to ensure that your visa is issued before you are due to arrive in Hong Kong.
We will assist you in any way appropriate and attempt to facilitate your visa application, but you will be responsible for all visa-related fees. You may contact the Mainland and External Affairs Office (email: email@example.com) for assistance.
Please note that the aforementioned application for a visa/entry permit to enter the HKSAR for study does not apply to nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Nepal and Vietnam.
Note: The Immigration Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) requires non-local exchange student to take a minimum of 12 credits if they are to be enrolled as full-time students.
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, then you will need to pay a fee to obtain a replacement from the Service Centre of the Academic Regulations and Records Office (ARRO).
As an exchange student, you are eligible to apply for on-campus hostel facilities. Application should be made online when you apply for your exchange studies. Please note that there is no guarantee of accommodation in these hostels because of limited capacity. Exchange students should be prepared to arrange their own off-campus accommodation, if necessary.
Information on Expenses
CityU waives tuition fees 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$)
|On-campus Accommodation||HK$4,840-$7,260 (per semester)*|
|Living expenses (meals, transport, laundry and expenses for books, stationery, etc.)||HK$4,000 (per month)|
* The hall charges for 2013/14 are now under review, and subject to further adjustment and confirmation by the Student Residence Office.
CityU operates an on-campus health centre that provides primary medical care to staff and students. As an exchange student, you are eligible to access the centre’s services at a charge. However, as medical expenses can be quite high, you are also required to hold a medical insurance policy during your stay in Hong Kong should an emergency medical situation arise.
Starting from the 2006/07 academic year, it has been compulsory for exchange students to secure medical/travel insurance covering potential hospitalisation and other medical expenses during their stay at the University. You are strongly advised to take out a travel/medical insurance policy with sufficient cover before coming to Hong Kong. Please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/meao/ for further 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 that is 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, then 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, then a concrete bridge will take you into the Festival Walk shopping centre. The escalator facing you when you enter 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, check out our Handbook for Exchange Students or visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
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