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 for one regular semester.


You are eligible to apply for HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Outbound Exchange Program (TBC in due course) 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

Upcoming Application Period – 2020 Fall:


Interested parties should pay attention to the email from the Office of Global Learning.
For more information, please click here.

Application Timeline

SHSS Application time Exchange Term Partner University Selection
Year 1 at the end of Spring (May – June) Year 2 Spring August – October
Year 2 at the end of Fall (Dec – Jan) Year 3 Fall February/March – April
Year 2 at the end of Spring (May – June) Year 3 Spring August – October
Year 3 at the end of Fall (Dec – Jan) Year 4 Fall February/March – April

Application Period

SHSS & HKUST Partners

Exchange Semester SHSS Application Period Partner University Application
and Selection Period
Fall December – January Mid-February – April
Spring May – June August – October

Mainland Partners

Exchange Semester Online Application Period Partner University Application
and Selection Period (via OGL)
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 Flow


*Nomination decision rests with the School
*Final decision rests with the host university

Submit an online application as instructed via MyStudyAbroad

Your academic profile, study plan, language proficiency, experience in co-curricular activities and interview performance (if any) will be reviewed by school.
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.

*Final decision rests with the host university

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.

Important Reminder

Research before you apply

  • Do some quick search on the university and the city that you would like to choose from (courses, weather, culture, cost of living, safety, etc).
  • Requirements as well as the Terms and Conditions set by the host institution may vary from year to year. SHSS reserves the rights to revise the requirements & call period accordingly and without prior notice.
  • Students are recommended to do their regular exchange program between the Fall term of their third year of study and the Fall term of their fourth year of study, as some partners might require students to complete 2 years prior to exchange.
  • A placement in a study abroad program is a valuable opportunity offered by HKUST for HKUST students. It is a valuable resource which must be used effectively without wastage. You are expected to think carefully about your participation in such programs before you submit your application. If you withdraw the program after you have committed to the offer, this may result in low priority for future applications in SHSS programs
  • About courses and study plan

  • Upload your study plan to the online application
  • Prepare a back-up & flexible plan for your studies (extra credits / take courses in winter or summer to fulfill credit requirements)
  • Check out the course information available to exchange students.
  • Approach ARR for the course transfer before exchange. HERE(ITSC login required)
  • Course registration to any specific courses are not guaranteed.
  • Useful links

  • SHSS useful information page HERE
  • Student sharing profiles HERE (ITSC login required)
  • Pre-departure Information HERE
  • International ISOS HERE
  • Course Equivalence Database HERE