Minimum Requirements for Application for Student Exchange Programme

  1. Full-time students in government-funded bachelor's degree programmes at CityU can apply for the Student Exchange Programme.
  2. Full-time students in non-government funded bachelor's degree programmes should check with their College, School or Department to see whether they are eligible.
  3. Applicants must have attained a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.5 in their latest semester or term of study.
  4. Applicants must fulfill the minimum English language requirement set for the Student Exchange Programme unless they choose programmes that are conducted in Chinese language at partner institutions in Mainland China or Taiwan.
  5. Students must meet the English language requirements, if any, set by their host institutions.
  6. Students of 3-year undergraduate programmes must have completed at least one year of their study at CityU before going on exchange, while students in 4-year undergraduate programmes should have completed at least one year of study and have major declared before they apply for Student Exchange Programme. Interested students should check with their College, School or Department for details.
  7. Students who have withdrawn from an institutional-level programme cannot apply again in the same calendar year to any institutional-level programme.

English Language Requirement

Students who wish to participate in the Student Exchange Programme must meet one of the following minimum requirements set by the University, unless you are seeking entry to a programme conducted in Chinese language at a partner institution in the Mainland China or Taiwan:

  1. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based test)
  2. A minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5
  3. Grade C or above in one of the following subjects:
    • HKALE AS Use of English
    • HKALE English Literature
    • GCEAL English Literature (or grade B GCSE English Language)
    • An English course approved by the Senate for fulfilling the University language requirement, or
  4. Level 4 of HKDSE English Language
  5. Any other equivalent English proficiency result, including a minimum of 1650 on SATI or International Baccalaureate Diploma with an overall minimum score of 28

In addition to the above, exchange students must also satisfy English language requirement, if any, set by the host university.

The result of TOEFL & IELTS should be valid throughout the entire application process, i.e. from the time when you apply for Student Exchange Programme to the time when the application deadline set by the partner institution is due. Students who intend to participate in Student Exchange Programme should make sure their TOEFL, IELTS and/or equivalent exam scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. Failure to meet the requirements will result in the withdrawal of Student Exchange Programme offer and funding.

Selection Criteria for University-level Student Exchange Programmes

Exchange students are selected on academic merit and overall suitability. CGPA result and language proficiency are basic criteria for the shortlisting of candidates for interview. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

The weighting of the assessment criteria is as follows:

CriteriaWeighting (%)
English language proficiency*30
Interview performance40

* Students who are able to produce a valid IELTS (min. overall band 6.5) or TOEFL (min. iBT test score 79) or equivalent result that is internationally recognized and widely accepted by the partner institutions will have the advantage in the selection process.

Successful candidates will receive a conditional offer of Student Exchange Programme from the University. The application for admission to the host institution shall be made via the University in the form of a nomination. The University reserves the right to withdraw the conditional offer if a student fails to fulfill the Programme requirements, which include but not limited to English language requirements. Students should note that the final result of application for Student Exchange Programme is subject to your fulfilment of all Programme requirements set by both home and host institutions.