The HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme (HKUWW) provides exchange places from partner institutions (or host institutions) of the University for one to two semester(s). Applications to HKUWW should be made via the International Affairs Office (IAO). After an HKUWW applicant has been offered a place at a particular host institution, the applicant will be nominated by IAO to the host institution and instructed to submit an application to the institution for admission to the exchange programme.

 


 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Non-final year students:
    • those enrolling in the second-to-last or last semester in the current year are NOT allowed to apply; and
    • Year 2 or above students will be given higher placement priority than Year 1 students
  2. Not joined any previous semester exchange programmes or special visiting programmes organised by IAO, faculties or departments 
  3. Good academic standing: 
    • students with a CGPA 3.0 or above have a relatively higher chance of getting a placement in the programme
    • have at least a TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 or an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5 
  4. Supported by the applicant’s faculty
  5. Outgoing and eager to meet new challenges
  6. Ready to be an ambassador of HKU
  7. Willing to share exchange experience after the study

 


 

Available Host Institutions

Follow the link here to research the available host institutions and read through the institution details and fact sheets. You should consider the following criteria of respective host institutions for your application:

  • CGPA requirement
  • Restrictions on major and year of study
  • Courses offered – credit transfer subject to approval by your faculty
  • English language requirement – which could be higher than IAO’s requirements
  • Medium of instruction at the institution and language use in the country
  • Academic calendar – whether there will be any clash throughout semester

 


 

Application

  • Main Round Application: Sep to Dec, 2019
  • HKUWW 2020/21 Host Institutions (To be ready in Sep 2019)
  • Step-by-Step Guideline for Online Application

 


 

Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on the following:

  • Academic performance (CGPA as of Semester 1 in the year of application) 
  • Personal statement
  • English language proficiency
  • Interview performance (if applicable) - applicants will receive interview invitation if applicable

 


 

Personal Statement

It is important to state your reasons of why you would like to join this exchange programme, so we get to know more about you and whether you are fit and qualified for going to specific country and institution. Please write 100 words by including the followings. It is expected that you are able to present your ideas and demonstrate your writing skills with condensed and precise vocabularies.

  • Reason(s) why you apply for this study abroad programme
  • Reason(s) why you put the preferred institution as your first choice
  • Reason(s) why you put the preferred country as your first choice
  • Reason(s) why you apply for full-year exchange (if applicable) – since quota for full-year exchange is limited, you need to explain clearly why you should be considered  

 


 

English Proficiency

You are required to upload a valid English proficiency proof to the online application system on or before the deadline. Without the proper proof, you will not be eligible for being nominated to the institutions which require specific English proficiency test results.

  • IELTS – please submit a scanned copy of the IELTS test result
  • TOEFL – please submit a scanned copy of the TOEFL test result

 

The English proficiency proof should be valid until the host institution's application deadline.

  • If your existing proof is valid until HKUWW application deadline, you may submit the proof as supporting document. Please arrange to re-take the language test in due course for host institution. In view of the limited available timeslots for IELTS or TOEFL tests, you should schedule to take/re-take the test as soon as possible.
  • English proficiency proof is required for all applications. If you were graduated from an international school or overseas high school, you may submit IB / SAT / GCSE or other related international qualifications. Subject to the respective host institution's recognisation, students may sometimes be required to submit IELTS / TOEFL results as host institution's application.

 


 

 

Application Timeline 

 

Year

Date

Activity

Details

HKUWW Main Round Application

(Application for 2020/21, Full Year, Semester 1, and Semester 2)

 2019 

 Sept 27 (Fri)

Application

Online application

 

Dec 6 (Fri)

Deadline

Online application deadline

 

Late Dec

Interview

Selected candidates invited for interview

(only if applicable)

2020

Early Jan

Interview

Interview registration deadline

 

Mid Jan

Interview

Interview

 

Jan 31 (Fri)

 Results Release 

Release of placement results

 

Feb 7 (Sat)

Acceptance

 Deadline for acceptance and deposit payment

HKUWW Late Round Application

(Application for 2020/21, Semester 2 only)

 

Mar 9 (Mon)

Information

Institution list to be released on website

 

Mar 13 (Fri)

Application

Online application

 

Mar 20 (Fri)

Deadline

Online application application

 

April 3 (Fri)

Results Release

Release of placement results

 

April 9 (Thu)

Acceptance

Deadline for acceptance and deposit payment

HKUWW 2nd Late Round Application

(Application for 2020/21, Semester 2 only)

 

April 20 (Mon)

Information

Institution list to be released on website

 

April 24 (Fri)

Application

Online application

 

May 4 (Mon)

Deadline

Online application deadline

 

May 15 (Fri)

Results Release

Release of placement results

 

May 22 (Fri)

Acceptance

Deadline for acceptance and deposit payment

 

 


 

Nomination and Application to Host Institution (2020/21)

 

Year

Date

Activity

Details

For Semester 1 and Full Year

2020

Feb - May

Nomination

Students being nominated to host institution

 

Feb - May

Application

Exchange application to host institution

 

May - Aug

Admission

Admission letter issued by host institution

For Semester 2

2020

June - Oct

Nomination

Students being nominated to host institution

 

July - Nov

Application

Exchange application to host institution

 

Oct - Dec

Admission

Admission letter issued by host institution

  

 



 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read through the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more details and advice on the application.

 


 

Further Questions

Please include your UID and name when you send enquiry to goabroad@hku.hk.