Undergraduate Exchange

School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) is pleasured to offer students from BSc in Global China Studies (GCS) and BSc in Quantitative Social Analysis (QSA) Program a wide range of study abroad programs. Students may choose to spend a regular term as an exchange student at one of the partner institutions in school- or university-level. Students are expected to read through all the information in StudyAbroad website before the application.


SHSS students are eligible to apply for HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Outbound Exchange Program by meeting ALL the requirements listed below:

  • Must complete at least three regular terms of study in the program prior to exchange
  • With CGA 2.7 or above by the time of applying; CGA 2.5 or above for programs in mainland China
  • A proof of English Language Proficiency (as required)

NOTE: Nomination decision rests with SHSS while final decision rests with the host university.

Upcoming Application Period – 2020 Fall:

13 Dec 2019 – 8 Jan 2020

Interested individuals should pay attention to the email from the Office of Global Learning.
Please read through all the information here before starting to apply.

Application Timeline

SHSS Application Term 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 deadlines may be differ, applicants should check corresponding mailbox regularly.

* Subject to further changes according to Partner’s nomination deadline each year, SHSS reserves the rights to change the above period and announces the call for application on different dates without further notice. Applicants are reminded to check their emails frequently and pay attention to the application deadline.

Application Flow


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

Application Procedures

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 applicants right upon reviewing the application.

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

The details will be announced by email sent from partner universities once they accept SHSS’s nomination.

Applicants may be required to submit supporting document by hardcopy after finishing online application of host institutions. Applicants will be asked to send the original copy to SHSS before the stipulated deadline and SHSS will help applicants to deliver those document to partner universities.

After application submitted to host institutions, sometimes they will contact applicants individually and directly for any follow-up procedures. ALL applicants should forward the acknowledgement emails/letters, any important emails from partner universities to SHSS for future reference.

Important Reminder

Research before you apply

  • Applicants 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 applicants to complete 2 years of study prior to exchange.
  • 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.
  • Applicants would be blacklisted in future exchange applications (for both school- and university- level) and SHSS internship applications for those who decline the offer or withdraw the exchange program whenever the offer is confirmed.
  • 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