CityU has exchange links with over 450 partner universities worldwide. 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 need to:
(Students who wish to apply for law courses must meet School of Law's minimum CGPA requirement of 3.0 (out of 4.3), AND English requirement of TOEFL 100 (internet-based test) or IELTS 7. The TOEFL and IELTS scores should be obtained within 3 years before admission.)
If you wish to apply for exchange study at CityU, you should:
Please note that the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Privacy Notice which may apply to you, where applicable.
|Institutional level exchange programmes||Online Application Periods|
|Semester A, 2022/23 (September - December 2022)||8 April - 15 May 2022|
|Semester B, 2022/23 (January - May 2023)||1 September - 15 October 2022|
|Summer Term 2023 (June - August 2023)||15 January - 15 February 2023|
College/school/departmental level 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.
Application information, including your ID card/passport number, will be used in the admission evaluation process. Upon your enrolment in the University, such information will become part of your student record and may be used for any purposes relating to your study in accordance with University procedures.
In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, you have the right of access to and correction of the information contained in your application, as well as the right to request a copy of such data. If you wish to obtain more information, please write to the Admissions Office. You may be charged a fee for each request.
Data relating to unsuccessful applications and unenrolled applicants will be destroyed at the end of the admission exercise.
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 Global Engagement 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 Global Engagement Office (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance with your visa application.
Please note that a visa/entry permit to enter the HKSAR for study may not be granted to nationals of Afghanistan, 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 can attend classes. Upon completion of the required enrolment procedures, you will be issued with 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. Living healthily will benefit both your efficiency in learning and your drive to explore Hong Kong. Visit the Student Development Services website to find out more.
Global Engagement Office provides opportunities for students to immerse themselves in an ambiance rich in diversity through a variety of multicultural activities and celebrations held on campus every year. Take the opportunity to challenge yourself and become open to new experiences. For more information, please visit here.
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.
CityU waives the tuition fee for exchange students, but they are required to pay all tuition and study-related fees levied by their home institutions. Exchange students are also responsible for financing their travel, accommodation and other living expenses as well as visa, insurance, books and other study-related expenses. For the estimated cost of living in Hong Kong, please visit GEO website.
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 by CityU's policies to have medical and travel insurance coverage during their stay at the University. Please visit https://www.cityu.edu.hk/geo (Click on 'Incoming Exchange Students' -> 'Health & Insurance') for details.
To help new students get acquainted with the CityU community as soon as possible, the Global Engagement Office (GEO) will organizes a series of induction programmes exclusively for non-local and exchange students before the semester starts. You will have an opportunity to meet both local and international students with experience of Hong Kong. Details on the Orientation Programme will be available on GEO’s Welcome website before the start of the semester.