Faculty Exchange Programme - Princeton University

Faculty Exchange Programme - Princeton University 2020-2021

The Faculty of Engineering established bilateral exchange agreement with the Princeton University since 2011-2012, which offers precious opportunity for non-first year, non-final year BEng students of HKU to go for exchange studies at the Princeton University for one semester in the spring term. The details of the programme are as follows:

Exchange Period: Second semester of 2020-2021 (January to May 2021)
Quota: One
Tuition Fee and other expenses: Students are responsible to cover their own airfare, tuition fee, housing, meal plan, health insurance and personal expense at the Princeton University. Please refer to the website of Princeton University at  for reference.
Exchange Scholarship(s): Powering a Sustainable Generation Scholarship by CLP
This scholarship provides financial support to outgoing exchange students with a maximum value of HK$200,000 which covers the tuition fee, accommodations, travel expenses and living expenses during the exchange studies.

Special HKUWW Exchange Scholarship
Students shortlisted for exchange studies at the Princeton University may apply for the special HKUWW Exchange Scholarship with an amount of HK$70,000. However, students previously awarded for any HKU scholarship for study abroad programmes will have to pay back the scholarship amount granted before receiving the special HKUWW Exchange Scholarship.

Note: The above mentioned scholarships could not be held concurrently.

Application Procedures

Application details will be provided in August 2020. Suitable candidates will be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview to be held in mid-September 2020 with individual notification by email in due course. Application result will be announced in mid-September 2020.

Students who are interested in exchange to the Princeton University may apply for the HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme and/or the Faculty Exchange Programme as well. However, they are strongly recommended to apply to go for exchange in the second semester of 2020-2021.

[Application invitation will be sent to non-first year, non-final year BEng students in August 2020. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.]

Selection Criteria

A selection panel will be formed to consider all the applications. A selection interview will be organized to vet applicants. The selection criteria are as follows:

  • non-first year, non-final year BEng students as in the academic year of 2019-2020;
  • Excellent academic standing preferably with Cumulative GPA 3.7 or above in the academic year of 2019-2020;
  • English Proficiency:
    • IELTS: 7.0 or above
    • TOEFL
      • paper-based: 627 or above
      • Internet-based: 108 or above
  • Communication skills;
  • Personality and outlook;
  • Capable of being a good ambassador of HKU and Hong Kong;
  • Participation in extra-curriculum activities;
  • Study plan;
  • Performance at the interview.

Application to Princeton University

Successful candidate will be notified by the Faculty Office to submit application documents as required by the Princeton University. Please note that Princeton University shall have final authority on the exchange studies application decisions.


The timeline for the exchange programme to Princeton University is as follows:

Event Date
Submit application to the Faculty Office for consideration August 2020
Shortlist suitable candidates Early September 2020
Selection Interview Mid-September 2020
Result Announcement Mid-September 2020
Submit application to Princeton University Late September 2020


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