International Exchange Program


University of California
Year of Study
during Exchange
  • 4Y - Yr 3
  • 4Y - Yr 4
Exchange Term Fall, Spring, Summer
Special Term Periods No

For UC Berkeley (UCB) and UC Merced:

Fall: Mid Aug - Mid Dec

Spring: Mid Jan - Mid May

For other UC campuses:

Fall: Mid Sep - Mid Dec

Winter: Early Jan - Mid Mar

Spring: Early Apr - Mid Jun

CGA Requirements Nil
Language Requirements Nil

Language requirement exempted for HKUST Students

Time Accepting Applications
  • Fall: By 30 Nov
  • Spring: By 30 Apr
Credit System Used Others

Min. 12-13 units each term

Most UC students enroll in 14-17 units per term


- Campuses available: 

Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz

- Term & Quarter System:

UC Berkeley (UCB) and UC Merced operate on the semester system; while the other UC campuses operate on the quarter system

- Exchange Period:

For students applying for exchange program in Spring Term, they can enroll in either Winter Quarter or Spring Quarter only at all UC campuses operating on quarter systerm

- Note when submitting application to SSCI:

DO NOT indicate campuses (e.g. Berkeley, Santa Barbara, etc) at application stage

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