Prepare to Study Abroad

Before your departure for studying abroad, it is very important for you to learn about the credit transfer, application of leave of absence and other preparations. Therefore, please take some time to read through the information here to get yourself more familiarised with the items you need to know and prepare.


Pre-departure Briefing Session

Pre-departure Briefing Session is to provide soon-to-be study abroad students the most important information and reminders before they take off. Students may download the information for preparation:


Credit Transfer

Please consult Head of Department or Departmental Course Selection Adviser on the credit transfer application. The arrangement of each Faculty may vary so please follow the page below for information.


Website Page Course Equivalency List
Faculty of Architecture Application  
Faculty of Arts Application  
Faculty of Business and Economics Application Course Details (For reference only)
Faculty of Dentistry    
Faculty of Education    
Faculty of Engineering Application  
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine    
Faculty of Law Application Course Details (For reference only)
Faculty of Science Application Course Details (For reference only)
Faculty of Social Sciences Application Course Details (For reference only)











Leave of Absence

Students are required to apply for the leave of absence for the exchange semester (Fall and/or Spring). Please complete "Leave of Absence" application before departure. In the application, you have to explain clearly which programme you particiate in and attach relevant supporting documents.



Not every host institution offers on-campus accommodation. Be prepared to live off-campus or even work on your own housing arrangements. Nevertheless, all host institutions will provide assistance for you to find proper accommodation.


Financial Arrangement

Extra costs will arise in the first month of your stay, such as rental charges and various setup fees. It is important to have a realistic idea of the amount of money you need and plan accordingly. Try to get a rough estimate of living costs from the International Office of your host university. Get tips from your HKU predecessors as well.


Visa Requirement

Most countries require international students to apply for a valid student visa if they are planning to stay there for more than 180 days. Please check the requirements in detail with your host university or with the relevant consulates in Hong Kong. Please bear in mind that failure to comply with the entry visa requirements may result in delays or even deportation.



For some study abroad programmes, the host university will require you to provide proof of good health. In this case, you will need to have a medical check-up. If you have received a medical check-up form from your host university, please make an appointment with our University Health Service (UHS) department for a check-up as soon as possible.


In order to protect yourself from infectious diseases endemic in the countries you will study or visit, you may have to get inoculations and vaccinations before going abroad. If you need vaccination, let the doctor know if you have any allergies before receiving it. The other way to protect yourself is to investigate the public hygiene of your host country, make sure the drinking water is safe to drink and the food is clean and cooked before you have your meals while abroad.





You should make sure that you are covered by comprehensive health, accident, personal property and travel insurances for your entire study abroad period, especially if you are planning to travel for personal purpose during the study period. Please refer to the following types of insurance for your planning:


Travel Insurance

Group Travel Insurance is provided by HKU Finance Office for all HKU undergraduate students going on study abroad programmes organised/recognised by HKU. Total number of travelling days per study abroad trip must NOT exceed 180 days. Students can approach Finance Office to obtain proof of the insurance. It has been confirmed with the insurance company that no extension of days beyond 180 days can be arranged for travel insurance policy. 


Medical Insurance

Make sure you have met the health requirements of your host country before your departure. Check your medical insurance coverage with the International Office of your host university. If the coverage is inadequate, or if your host university does not offer a compulsory medical plan, it is advisable to get private medical insurance. Most travel insurances also include a medical coverage for sickness. However, please make sure you know what items and services are covered and the limits. Most of the coverage is also strictly on a reimbursement basis.


Additional Insurance Plan

Group Personal Accident Insurance Programme is recommended if students want to purchase an additional insurance plan.



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While You are Abroad 


HKU Mentorship Programme

The objective of HKU Mentorship Programme is to create supportive relationships between mentors and mentees; to assist mentees on exchange to adapt in a new environment; to guide a mentee’s personal development; and to help mentor stay connected with HKU and Hong Kong. For more information, please refer to the website HKU Mentorship Programme.


HKU Global Assistance Programme

HKU has partnered with International SOS to provide worldwide medical and security support for HKU students and staff participating in exchange, overseas internships, service learning, competitions, academic activities etc. For more information, please visit the website HKU Global Assistance Programme.


Official Transcript - Host Institution

Before you return, please check with your host institution for application of the transcript for submission to your Faculty at HKU for credit transfer application. You may wish to apply for an extra copy for future use, such as postgraduate study application.




Return from Abroad


Submission of Study Abroad Evaluation

Upon completion the study abroad programme, you are required to submit the study abroad post-evaluation. Details will be updated here and sent to returning students in due course. Your comments will help improve the exchange programme and benefit future HKU students in preparing for their study abroad programmes. IAO reserves the right to publish or reprint the submitted texts and photos (full or extracts), either online or in print format.