Faculty Exchange Programme 2021-22

Faculty Exchange Programme 2021-22

The Faculty encourages students to participate in the Faculty Exchange Programme and the HKU Worldwide Exchange (HKUWW) Programme during their course of study, so that they can widen their horizons, expand their international exposure, enrich their learning experience and learn to appreciate different cultures, by studying abroad at prestigious engineering schools. Details of the Faculty Exchange Programme are as follows.

Application Procedures

Applications will commence on November 20, 2020. Interested students, despite having applied for the HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme 2021-22, should submit the following online application form for the Faculty Exchange Programme 2021-22 and supporting document(s), if applicable, by 5:00 p.m. on FridayJanuary 8, 2021:

Faculty Exchange Programme Application Form:

Students should only apply through Faculty Exchange Programme for the institutions which are partners of both International Affairs Office (IAO) (HKUWW) and the Faculty Exchange Programme. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be considered. Suitable candidates will be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview, if any, to be held in mid/late-January 2021 with individual notification by email in due course.

Notes to application

  1. Student Eligibility
  2. Host Institutions
  3. Course Selection
  4. Credit Transfer
  5. Leave of Absence
  6. Tuition Fee
  7. English Proficiency Test
  8. Exchange Scholarship and Financial Aids
  9. Selection Criteria
  10. Application Result
  11. Refund of Deposit
  12. Application to the Host Institution
  13. Timeline

1. Student Eligibility

All non-final year undergraduate students of BEng/BASc(FinTech) programmes in the year 2020-21 are eligible to apply for the exchange programme. Application from students who have previously been or are going to be on exchange under the HKUWW Programmes or any other student exchange programmes organized by other faculties or departments will NOT be considered. Please note that preference of outgoing exchange offers will be given in the following order:

  1. Third year BEng students
  2. Second year BEng/BASc(FinTech) students
  3. First year BEng/BASc(FinTech) students

2. Host Institutions

No. Institution Name Country
1 Queen’s University Canada
2 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
3 CentraleSupélec  France
4 ECAM LaSalle, Lyon Campus+
5 INSA Toulouse*
6 Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
7 Tohoku University Japan 
8 University College London UK
9 Illinois (University of) at Urbana-Champaign USA
10 University of Maryland

+ For students of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering only.
* For Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering students only.

Under the HKUWW Programme, undergraduate students of the Faculty of Engineering can apply for exchange studies at overseas institutions with exchange agreement with HKU in 2021-22. Please refer to the list of host institutions available at To facilitate students’ consideration of host institution(s) under the HKUWW Programme, you may refer to here for the list of overseas institutions in which our students finished their exchange studies as reference.


Students are suggested to join Semester 2 exchange studies for institutions in Denmark, France, Germany and Japan in view of the different semester dates and calendar of these institutions.

3. Course Selection

Students are required to visit the website of the partner/host institutions for information on their courses on offer in a particular academic year. Please note that some courses offered by the host institution may not be opened to exchange students.

The host institutions reserve the rights to accept or reject students from enrolling in certain courses. Students concerned may be required to amend their course selection when they pursue their study at the host institution.

4. Credit Transfer

Students may apply for credit transfer for the credits they have obtained at the host institution during their exchange studies to fulfill their degree requirements of HKU, while granting of credits is subject to the completion and actual grade(s) achieved of the courses. Failed courses will not be accepted for the purpose of credit transfer application.  

Students may refer to the credit transfer database which covers the approved course mappings for credit transfer for reference. Please note that pre-approval for course mapping is still required even if there are equivalent course mappings in the database; and there is no guarantee that the courses listed in the database will be approved as the course content may differ at the time when you apply for pre-approval.

The maximum number of credits eligible for credit transfer for students participating in student exchange programme is 30 credits per semester, which is equivalent to 60 credits for the whole year of studies. Prior approval for course mapping MUST BE sought before the designated deadline. Please note that application can only be submitted once before the deadline and late application WILL NOT be considered. The application form for credit transfer for exchange studies can be downloaded from:

Students pursuing minor option or double degree programme should note the restrictions on their curriculum structure, and should seek advice and approval from respective department(s) / Faculties for credits to be granted for courses intended for fulfilling the requirement of the minor options or double degree programme.

5. Leave of Absence

Students who are selected for participating in exchange programme should apply for leave of absence by submitting the application form to the Faculty Office by July 31, 2021 (for first semester exchange), or by November 30, 2021 (for second semester exchange). The application form for the Leave of Absence can be downloaded from:

6. Tuition Fee

Students are required to pay full tuition fees to HKU, while exempted from paying tuition fees to the host institution (except for exchange programme at Princeton University. Please visit here for details).

7. English Proficiency Test

Students who are selected for university or faculty level exchange programmes are required to submit valid proof of English proficiency (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL) to the host institutions with their exchange applications.  Please be reminded to refer to the English language requirement(s) of the host institution(s) as the language requirement varies. Some of the institutions may require higher English language proficiency.

For students who have not taken any English language proficiency test, they must register for one of the tests immediately and report the test date to the Faculty. The IELTS or TOEFL result should be ready by mid-January 2021. The offer may be withdrawn if the test result cannot be provided with the application to the host institution.

8. Exchange Scholarship and Financial Aids

All eligible participants of the Faculty Exchange Programme in academic year 2021-22 will be automatically considered for the Scholarship for Semester Exchange.  Please visit here for details.

The HKUWW Scholarship award for exchange studies in different regions for 2021-22 is listed as follows:


HKUWW Scholarship
per semester (HK$)

HKUWW Scholarship
per year (HK$)

Europe, Americas,South Africa, Japan, Israel



Australia, New Zealand



South Korea



Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Macau




HKU China 10,000 Exchange Programme

Note: The value of the scholarships to be awarded depends on the country of the host institution.

Students who need financial assistance can approach the Centre of the Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS), if necessary. Details can be obtained from the website at

9. Selection Criteria

  • Academic standing (preferably with CGPA 3.0 or above)
  • Communication skills (in English for most institutions)
  • Personality and outlook
  • Capable of being a good ambassador of HKU and Hong Kong
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities
  • Study plan
  • Performance at the interview

10. Application Result

The application result will be announced in early February 2021.  Successful applicants are required to pay a refundable deposit of HK$2,000 upon acceptance of the offer.

11. Refund of Deposit

The deposit will be forfeited if you withdraw from the Faculty Exchange Programme after acceptance of offer.  It will be returned upon completion of the exchange programme and the submission of the exchange report to both IAO and the Faculty.

12. Application to the Host Institution

Successful applications will be notified by the Faculty Office to submit application documents as required by the host institution. Please also be reminded to pay attention to the entrance requirement(s) of respective host institutions.

13. Timeline

Nov 20, 2020 to 5:00p.m., Jan 8, 2021 Submit application
Jan 18, 2021 Deadline for submission of English language proficiency test result
Mid/Late Jan 2021 Selection interview, if any
Early Feb 2021 Announcement of result
Feb 2021 Accept offers
Mar 2021 Submit application to host institution* (for first semester exchange)
Before Jul 31, 2021 Submit application of leave of absence and credit transfer
(for first semester exchange)
Sep 2021 Submit application to host institution* (for second semester exchange)
Before Nov 30, 2021 Submit application of leave of absence and credit transfer
(for second semester exchange)
Sep 2021 to Jun 2022 Exchange studies
Return from exchange Submit official transcript for credit transfer
Submit exchange reports to IAO and the Faculty

* Please refer to the application deadline of respective host institutions.

14. Enquiries

Please contact the Faculty Office for any enquiries:
Telephone: 3917-2803

15. Briefing Session

The briefing session was held on November 19, 2020. You may refer to the presentation file here.