Undergraduate Exchange

We are looking for students who demonstrate a strong interest in broadening their world views and in pursuing knowledge in the areas of humanities and social sciences.


You are eligible to apply for HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Outbound Exchange Program if you fulfil the requirements listed below:

  • You must have enrolled into the BSc Global China Studies (BSc GCS) Program or BSc Quantitative Social Analysis (BSc QSA) Program.
  • You must have completed at least three regular terms of study in the program prior to exchange
  • With CGA (2.7) B- or above by the time of applying; CGA (2.5) or above for Mainland Programs
  • A proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Nomination decision rests with the School
  • Final decision rests with the host university

Application Timeline

Application period Exchange out Semester
SHSS Application time Partner U Application Semester Year 2 Spring Year 3 Fall Year 3 Spring Year 4 Fall
Year 1 Summer Year 2 Fall
Year 2 Winter Year 2 Spring
Year 2 Summer Year 3 Fall
Year 3 Winter Year 3 Spring

Application Period

SHSS & HKUST Partners

Exchange Semester SHSS Application Period Partner University Application
and Selection Period
Fall January – Early February Mid-February to April
Spring July – August August – October
Mainland Partners

Exchange Semester Online Application Period Partner University Application
and Selection Period (via GSPO)
Fall February – March March – April
Spring September – October October

*Application deadline for few partners (i.e. UC) will end a bit earlier, details please refer to the emails from SHSS.

*Subject to further changes according to Partner’s nomination deadline each year. SHSS reserves the rights to change the above period and will announce the call for application on different dates without further notice. Students are reminded to check their emails frequently and pay attention to the call starts and ends and always be prepared to have different call period as mentioned.

Application Procedures

Submit an online application as instructed via MyStudyAbroad

Sometimes the interview will be exempted if we could locate the outstanding students right upon reviewing the application.

If you are shortlisted and nominated by our school, we shall liaise with the corresponding host university coordinator.

Some partner universities (e.g. Sciences Po) will have online application system. Students are required to register an account before submitting their application. The details will be announced by email sent from partner universities once they accept SHSS’s nomination.

Some partner universities (e.g. University of California) will require students to submit supporting document by hardcopy after finishing online application. Students are required to send the original copy to SHSS before the stipulated deadline and SHSS will help students to deliver those document to partner universities.

After application submitted to partner universities, sometimes they will contact students individually and directly for any follow-up procedures. Students are reminded to forward the acknowledgement emails/letters, any important emails from partner universities to SHSS for future reference.