Outgoing
International Exchange Program

Application Procedures

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for our Exchange Program if you are:

  • A Year 2 or 3 undergraduate student in the 4-Year program in the School of Science (Applications from current Year 1 students with special study progress that is almost equivalent to the one as Year 2 students will be considered as well)
  • AND having CGA at 2.5 or above (students with CGA below 2.5 may still submit application; offers will be granted under special consideration)

Application Procedures

Our Exchange Program is open for application normally 1 month prior to the application deadline. To apply for it, please submit an online application as instructed via MyStudyAbroad

When preparing for your application, it is important for you to make your exchange venue choices wise! Please study the part Making Wise Choices, where you may find some tips for making choices that may fit you most.

For MAEC students, please read the special notes thoroughly before applying for the program.

Application Deadlines

For students in 4-Year programs:

3rd Year - Fall 30 November (during 2nd Year Fall Term)
3rd Year - Spring 30 April (during 2st Year Spring Term)
4th Year - Fall 30 November (during 3rd Year Fall Term)
4th Year - Spring 30 April (during 3rd year Spring Term)
Summer (pending on individual programs offered by partner institutions; applications usually open starting from January till April; program and application details will be made available in MyStudyAbroad when ready)

Interview

Selected applicants will be invited for interviews normally conducted during the Study Break in each term. Here are the interview details that applicants may be interested to know:

  • Language: English/Putonghua/Cantonese
  • Format: Group interview
  • Duration: 15 to 30 minutes
  • Assessment criteria: readiness for exchange (e.g. maturity & stress tackling ability), language proficiency, communication skills
  • Remarks:
    • Only those passing the interview will be given exchange offers
    • Absence from interview without justifiable reasons will affect your future exchange application

Result Announcement & Accepting Offer

Application results are normally announced via email by January/February for Fall Term and June/July for Spring Term respectively. To formally accept the offer assigned by the School, you are required to do the following by the deadline specified in the notification email:

  • Complete the required procedures to accept the offer online at MyStudyAbroad
  • Submit a cheque of HKD$2,000 made payable to ‘The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’ as exchange deposit (this will be returned to you upon successful completion of the exchange program)
  • Attend a pre-departure briefing session arranged by the School, during which important notes for exchange-out students will be given to you

Students who are dissatisfied with the offer assigned by the School may apply again in the second round application. However, please note that the exchange venue choices available in the second round will be the remaining places left after the offers have accepted in the first round. Details of the second round application will be sent to the eligible students via email, usually in 2 weeks after the result announcement of the first round.

Important Note – Students should have planned well before applying for the exchange program to avoid any withdrawal afterwards. Withdrawal due to, e.g. financial concern or course selection issues in exchange institutions, may induce certain penalties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The exchange deposit of HK$2,000 submitted will be forfeited
  • Your future exchange application both for the international and mainland exchange programs will be affected

Application to Host Institution

Once you have accepted the offer assigned by the School, you have to start preparing for the formal application documents required by the partner institutions. Here are the important points to note when preparing for the application to the assigned institution:

  • Check carefully the factsheet and website of your assigned institution for the most updated application requirements
  • Submit the completed application form and other required documents to the School
  • DO NOT send individual application to assigned host institution directly as only nominations from the School will be accepted
  • For institutions requiring online application, please submit the online application on your own AND submit the printed version of the online application to the School; please also keep a copy of the printed version for your own record as well
  • The following documents are normally required in the application:
  • Please note that the final decision rests with the assigned host institution

Testimonials

'Staying at DTU for exchange is definitely one of the best choices I have made in my university study. Apart from living in a completely different environment and tackling with new challenges every day, I have been inspired by the people around. All these have a huge impact on my personal development and helped me develop a positive attitude towards life. 'Life is an adventure with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.' I am really thankful that I have met great companions during exchange!'

LAI Ka Wing, Chemistry, Spring 2017
from Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

'The exchange experience was fruitful and inspiring. First of all, I got to learn more about the American way of college education and improved my academic speaking skills. Second, by putting myself into the new culture, I made interesting friends and had fun together. Third, it prepared me for future graduate study in the USA: independence, time management, transportation, tipping etiquette, etc. It is definitely a precious opportunity to join the exchange program and explore the world!'

BAI Xue, Mathematics and Economics, Spring 2017
from Columbia University, USA

'This five-month exchange has become one of the integral parts of my university life! I have developed a strong sense of belonging in this spacious campus as well as in this fabulous country with a beautiful natural environment surrounding by. The friendliness, kindness and the affectionateness of the people there have made my heart melt, that they were definitely wonderful and have filled my life with colours. I could get help easily from the amiable professors when I faced obstacles in my study. This valuable and irreplaceable exchange experience have shaped me to a brand new person and to be more mature. I can tell you that Taiwan is the origin of love that I have no doubts to love this place and the great people I met there!'

CHEUNG Kam Tim, Biological Science, Spring 2017
from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan