International Exchange Program


Columbia University
Year of Study
during Exchange
  • 4Y - Yr 3
  • 4Y - Yr 4
Exchange Term Spring
Special Term Periods No

Spring: Mid Jan - Mid May

CGA Requirements 3.0 or above
Language Requirements Nil

Language requirement exempted for HKUST students

(TOEFL (iBT): 100 / TOEFL (pBT): 600 / IELTS: 7.0)

Time Accepting Applications
  • Spring: By 30 Apr
Credit System Used HKUST Equivalent

- Credit load per semester: 15

- Course Restrictions:

Students may NOT take courses from any of the professional schools at Columbia: Graduate School of Architecture, School of the Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Continuing Education, Dental Medicine, School of International and Public Affairs, Jewish Theological Seminary, Columbia Journalism School, Columbia Law School, College of Physicians and Surgeons, School of Nursing, Mailman School of Public Health, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary.

Information Sheet


'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