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Application Requirements and Procedures

Who should apply?

We welcome the following current BBA/BSc full-time students who do not have any exchange study experience to make the application.
Students are required to complete at least one year of university studies at CityU before your exchange semester.  Students may need to seek the advices from their Departmental Exchange Coordinators for special arrangement if necessary.

Year of Programmes Period of Application First Round Application* Period of Study Expected Graduation Date
2-Year BBA Programmes
(BBAU2)
Year 3 November Yes Year 4 Semester A and/or B Normal
Year 3 July   Year 4 Semester B Summer (i.e. mid-October)
3-Year BBA Programmes
(BBAU3)
Year 2 November Yes Year 3 Semester A and/or B Normal
Year 2 July   Year 3 Semester B Normal
Year 3 November Yes Year 4 Semester A and/or B Normal
Year 3 July   Year 4 Semester B Summer (i.e. mid-October)
4-Year BBA Programmes
(BBAU4, BSCCBU4)
Year 2 November Yes Year 3 Semester A and/or B Normal
Year 2 July   Year 3 Semester B Normal
Year 3 November Yes Year 4 Semester A Normal
Not Applicable   Year 4 Semester B Not Applicable
4-Year BBA Accountancy &
BSc Computational Finance and
Financial Technology Programmes
(BBAU4, BSCCBU4)
Year 1
November
Yes Year 2 Semester B Normal
Year 1
July
  Year 2 Semester B Normal
Year 2 November Yes Year 3 Semester A and/or B Normal
Year 2 July   Year 3 Semester B Normal
Year 3
November
Yes Year 4 Semester A Normal
Not Applicable   Year 4 Semester B Not Applicable

When to apply?

Application Exchange Period Application Period
2019-2020 First Round Semester A and/or B 2020-2021 1 to 30 November 2019
2019-2020 Second Round Semester B 2020-2021 1 to 31 July 2020

*The quotas left behind from the First Round Application will be invited application in the Second Round.  Students are therefore encouraged to make their application in the first round.

Where to go?

Applicants should make their choices from the List of Universities for the College and Departmental Level Exchange Programmes.

How to apply?

For the First Round Application 2020-2021, applicants are required to complete the application for the (i) College & Departmental Level Exchange Programmes (including International Triangle Programme) and (ii) Institutional Level Exchange Programmes.  Interview is required for (i) only. Finally, each applicant will receive an offer from (i) if they have satisfactory performance in the interview and also an offer from (ii).  Applicants need to confirm their acceptance of the offer in either (i) or (ii) if they have two offers.

Please follow the Application Schedule to make your application.

(i) College and Departmental Level Exchange Programmes
(offered by College of Business, Department of Economics & Finance, Department of Management Sciences)

Please complete the Online Application by logging in your Electronic ID and submit the following supplementary documents electronically from 1 to 30 November 2019:
  • A recent passport-size photo
  • English proficiency test report, i.e TOEFL or IELTS organized by British Council or IDP
    • optional for applicants who choose to study in Mainland or Taiwan
    • the test date of your report should be after October 2018 (i.e. valid for duration of two years until end of October 2020)
    • late submission of the report can be accepted until 19 January 2020
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (DSE) report (for local students only)
  • Upload 1-minute Video of (i) Self-Introduction or (ii) Introduction of CityU campus facilities and services
  • Any other supplementary information which you think would be relevant to your application

(ii) Institutional Level Exchange Programmes
(offered by Global Engagement Office)

Please complete the Online Application by logging in your Electronic ID in AIMS (>Student Services > Outbound Student Exchange Application) and submit the following supplementary documents electronically from November 2019 to 19 January 2020:

  • English proficiency test results, i.e TOEFL or IELTS organized by British Council or IDP
    • optional for applicants who choose to study in Mainland or Taiwan
    • the test date of your report should be after October 2018 (i.e. valid for duration of two years until end of October 2020)
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (DSE) report (for local students only)

Selection Criteria

  • At least completed one year of study in bachelor's degree programme before commencing the exchange programme
  • Have a good academic track record with a minimum cumulative CGPA of 2.8 (for the College and Departmental Exchange Programmes)
    • (i) CGPA after the examination result of Semester A 2019-2020 will be considered
    • (ii) students who have cumulative CGPA of 2.5 or above is eligible to apply for the Institutional Level Exchange Programmes offered by the Global Engagement Office
  • Meet the admission requirements of the host university (e.g. GPA, IELTS, TOEFL, foreign language, etc)
  • Fulfill the following English language requirement (optional for applicants who choose to study in Mainland or Taiwan):
    • (i) a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (Internet-based)/213 (Computer-based), or
    • (ii) IELTS Band 6.5 or above, and
    • (iii) the test date of your report should be after October 2018, i.e. valid for duration of two years until end of October 2020
  • Have a good performance in the selection interview, and
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have
    • (i) satisfactory IELTS or TOEFL scores on or before 19 January 2020, and/or
    • (ii) participated in the CB School Outreach Programme and as recommended by BBA programme administrators

Academic Arrangement

Academic Aspects

  • Students would be registered as not-for-degree visiting or exchange students in the overseas universities.
  • All credits earned overseas would be transferable to CityU.
  • Students have to take at least four courses relevant to their College Core, College Electives, Majors, Major Electives, Gateway Education, Minors and Free Electives enrolled in CityU.
  • Courses selected must be approved by the Major Leaders (major programmes) or Minor Advisors (minor programmes) or Teaching Departments (e.g. Gateway Education outside CB departments) and the overseas universities.
  • After finishing the exchange programme, students will receive their transcript from the overseas universities. In the transcript of CityU, their exchange period and name of target university will be listed.
  • Failure of two or more courses will automatically trigger notification to student's Head of Department and Major Leader.
  • Students must return to CityU on completion of the exchange period.

Financial Arrangement

Tuition Fees and Other Fees

  • Participating students shall pay Tuition and Mandatory Fees to CityU.
  • Participating students shall be responsible for the following costs:
    • International Transportation
    • Room and Board
    • Health and Travel Insurance
    • Telephone Costs
    • Personal Expenses
    • Entertainment
    • Books and Related Instructional Materials

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Obligation

  1. Students must abide by the law of the host country and the regulations of the host university.
  2. Students must return to Hong Kong on completion of the exchange period and resume their study at the City University of Hong Kong.
  3. Students should act as a goodwill ambassador of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong while abroad.
  4. Students must complete the required surveys and attend the Pre-departure Training (Part I & II) organized by the College of Business.
  5. To claim credit transfer, students have to submit a poster for exhibition and a reflection form to evaluate their exchange experience to the College of Business.
  6. Students are required to attend a sharing session after exchange study to be organized by the College of Business.
  7. Students are required to assist the College of Business in the promotion activities of the Student Exchange Programme.

List of Universities

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Schedule of Events for 2020/2021 Application



* Applicant may attend either IELTS or TOEFL
** Choose either one of the options
*** Applicant is required to complete both the applications for the (i) College & Departmental Level Exchange Programmes and (ii) the Institutional Level Exchange Programmes. Interview is required for (i) only. Finally, each applicant will receive an offer from (i) if they have satisfactory performance in the interview and also an offer from (ii). Applicants need to confirm their acceptance of the offer in either (i) or (ii) if they have two offers.
Event Date Details

“I’m Ready for Exchange”
Student Exchange Programme Briefing

23 October 2019 **
15:00 to 17:00
1507, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building Presented by Dr Mary Pang, Associate Dean of College of  Business (CB)
29 October 2019 **
15:00 to 17:00
Mr and Mrs Sze Chi Ching Theatre (LT-2), 4/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building
English Language Proficiency Prepare for IELTS or TOEFL Before the test (i) Self-study at the English Language Self-Access Centre located in Room 4240, 4/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building
(ii) Applicants who have already attended IELTS should make sure the test date of their report should be after October 2018 (i.e. valid for duration of two years until end of October 2020)
Attend IELTS for CB Students organized by IDP * Registration:
1 to 30 November 2019

Test Date:
7 December 2019
(i) Online Registration
(ii) Attend the test on 7 December 2019 in a venue outside CityU
Attend other test date of IELTS organized IDP * Register other test date before 14 November 2019 Attend the test on or before 14 December 2019 (i) Applicants may attend either IELTS or TOEFL
(ii) Choose “Academic Module” for test registration
Attend IELTS organized by British Council  *
Attend TOEFL *
Submit IELTS or TOEFL Report on or before 19 January 2020 Complete both of the below procedures (i) & (ii)
(i) Online Submission to College of Business (CB)
> Upload the Report at “Upload Files” Section, and
> Mark the Score at “Education” Section
(ii) Online Submission to Global Engagement Office (GEO)
> Login AIMS > Student Services > Outbound Student Exchange Application 
Application Period for College and Departmental Level Exchange Programmes ***
1 to 30 November 2019 Online Application
(i) For applicants who plan to study abroad in 2020-2021
(ii) Login your EID is required
(iii) Late Submission of IELTS or TOEFL report online is acceptable before 19 January 2020
(iii) Organized by the CB
Exhibition 1 to 12 November 2019 Entrance of the Swimming Pool, Floor 4, Bank of China (HK) Complex
Advice Corner (Cancelled) 18  & 27 November 2019
14:30 to 17:00 (Cancelled)
(i) 14-282, 14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building
(ii) Arranged by the ESC
Application Period for Institutional Level Exchange Programmes *** November 2019 to 19 January 2020 (i) For applicants who plan to study abroad in 2020-2021
(ii) Login AIMS (Student Services > Outbound Student Exchange Application)
(iii) Applicants are required to submit the IELTS or TOEFL report
(iv) Arranged by the GEO
Receive Interview Schedule for the College and Departmental Level Exchange Programmes 6 to 10 January 2020 Applicants will receive the Interview schedule one week in advance by e-mail from CB
Interview for the College and Departmental Level Exchange Programmes *** 14 to 17 January 2020 (i) For applicants who made the application before 30 November 2019
(ii) Arranged by CB
Announcement of Result 14 February 2020 after 17:00 Announced by CB via E-mail
Q & A Session for Selected Students 15 & 17 February 2020
10:00 to 12:00 &
14:00 to 17:00

(i) By Telephone: 3442 7411 if you have some enquiries
(ii) Leave a voice message if the line is engaged
(iii) No e-mail enquiries can be accepted unless you decide to withdraw
(iv) All students will receive the summary of Q & A by e-mail two hours after the end of each session

Briefing Session for Course Plan 5 March 2020
12:00-13:00
(i) LT401, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Complex
(ii) to be invited by CB
Confirmation of Exchange Study 18 February 2020 Online Confirmation with CB in the “My Exchange Portfolio”
14 March 2020 (i) Login AIMS to accept the offer (Student Services > Outbound Student Exchange Application)
(ii) Settle caution money for the amount of $1,000 in AIMS
Sharing Session for Selected Students April 2020 Arranged by the ESC
Registration for Overseas University March to May 2020 For Semester A exchange students
August to October 2020 For Semester B exchange students
Complete online Survey (IDI) April 2020 (i) For Semester A exchange students
(ii) Online Submission with assigned username & password
October 2020 (i) For Semester B exchange students
(ii) Online Submission with assigned username & password
Pre-Departure Training April 2020 (i) For Semester A exchange students
(ii) Organized by CB
October 2020 (i) For Semester B exchange students
(ii) Organized by CB
Briefing Session from GEO April 2020 (i) For Semester A & B (first round) exchange students
(ii) To be organized by GEO
Departure Late August/September 2020 For Semester A exchange students
Late December 2020 / January 2021 For Semester B exchange students

Announcement of Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am a student of Year 1 BBA 4-Year Programme.  Can I apply for the Student Exchange Programme?
    You may apply during your Year 2 or Year 3 to study abroad in Year 3 (Semester A or B) or Year 4 (Semester A only).
    Please visit “Who should Apply” on https://www.cb.cityu.edu.hk/exchange/cityu_student/sep/notes/app_requirement for more information.

  2. I am a graduate of an Associate Degree Programme and will be admitted to BBA 2-Year Programme (advanced standing 2) in the coming academic year. Can I apply the Student Exchange Programme in the second round application to be held in July?
    You may apply in the main round application to be held in November during your Year 1 to study abroad in Year 2. According to the selection criteria of the Student Exchange Programme, students need to complete at least one year of study in bachelor's degree programme before commencing the exchange programme. In other words, you are eligible to study abroad in your final year since by that time you have completed one year of your BBA programme.

  3. Do I need to defer my graduation if I joined the Student Exchange Programme?
    Deferment of graduation is not encouraged. You should prepare your course plan in consultation with your BBA major leader or minor advisor to ensure that credits you earned overseas could be transferred back to CityU in order to graduate on time. Normally graduating students will get the CityU official transcript in July. If you go on exchange in final semester of your final year (for students from 2-Year or 3-Year Programmes only), you will receive the official transcript of CityU in October. However, you will also be invited to attend the Congregation in November.

  4. Is IELTS or TOEFL a must for application for the Student Exchange Programme?
    You are required to take IELTS or TOEFL as the application requirement unless you choose to study in Mainland or Taiwan. Priority will be given to applicants who have satisfactory IELTS or TOEFL score before the submission deadline of 19 January 2020. Applicants who have already attended IELTS should make sure the test date of their report should be after October 2018 (i.e. valid for duration of two years until end of October 2020).

  5. When should I take IELTS or TOEFL?
    You should attend IELTS or TOEFL according to our application schedule. Attend the on-site IELTS on 7 December 2019 is highly recommended. You may fill in your test date on the online application form and submit the score report after the closure of the application according to the submission deadline of 19 January 2020. Late submission will not be considered. You are suggested to register IELTS or TOEFL as soon as possible because the quotas for each test are very limited. It takes about two weeks to get your score report after you finished the test.

  6. Do I have to attend both the interviews for (i) College and Departmental Level Exchange Programmes and (ii) Institutional Level Exchange Programme?
    No, you are required to attend the interviews for (i) only. If applicants performed satisfactorily in the interview and met the admission requirements of their target universities, each applicant may receive an offer from (i) & (ii) for their consideration.

  7. Can I submit the IELTS or TOEFL report after the submission deadline?
    Priority will be given to applicants who submit the report online before 19 January 2020. Late submission of report will not be considered..

  8. Should I go on exchange in Semester A or B?
    Most partner universities welcome exchange students in either Semester A or B. However, some are restricted to specific semester only. Check out the exchange period of your target universities on the List of Universities.

  9. What are the differences between Institutional-level, College-level and Departmental-level Exchange Programmes? What should I choose as my choices of university?
    Institutional-level exchange places are open for application from all CityU full-time undergraduate students. Selected students can register courses offered by all the departments of the host university. College-level exchange places are open to all full-time CB BBA/BSc students. Selected students can register courses offered by college of business only. Departmental-level exchange places are generally open to full-time BBA/BSc students of the specific academic departments. Selected students can register courses offered by specific department only. In this regards, depends on the level of your programme, you may choose courses offered by the institution, college or department. In the First Round Application, you have to apply both (i) College & Departmental Level Exchange Programme and (ii) Institutional Level Exchange Programme.

  10. How I choose my target country/university?
    You should consider the following when you choose your target university:
    1. Can I meet the admission requirements of the overseas university, e.g. TOEFL or IELTS score, GPA requirement?
    2. Are my required courses for credit transfer offered by the overseas university? You should consult your BBA major leader or minor advisor for your academic planning.
    3. Can I afford the expenses of the exchange? Even if you are eligible for the Student Exchange Fund, it could only cover 30% to 40% of the total cost of living in overseas.
  11. Do I have to fulfill any foreign language requirement (e.g. French, Spanish, Japanese) in order to be admitted by the overseas university?
    All the special admission requirements (e.g. foreign language), if any, are specified on the List of Universities.

  12. What can I do if I cannot attend the interview invited by CB for the College/Departmental Level Exchange Programmes?
    Applicants who cannot attend our interview will not receive any offer from the (i) College/Departmental Level Exchange Programmes.  When applicants applied (ii) Institutional Level Exchange Programme before 19 January 2020, they would receive an offer from (ii) only.

  13. How much I will spend for my exchange study?
    The cost of living during exchange depends greatly on the country/region, exchange rate and individual's needs. Estimated expenses can be found on the List of Universities or the homepage of the university.

  14. How can I get in touch with returned exchange students (buddies) to share their experiences?
    Sharing sessions will be organized around the application period and after the announcement of result. Buddies will be pleased to share with you the tips and experiences in studying abroad. Please refer to the application schedule. You may also contact the members of Exchange Student Club (ESC), who are returned exchange students of the previous year, to get more information on the overseas universities in order to prepare your study. You will also be invited by the ESC to join the facebook group by country after you are being selected.