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Virtual Exchange for HKBU Students

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Virtual Exchange For HKBU Students



VIRTUAL EXCHANGE: Virtually No Limits


The world we are living in is intrinsically digitalized, globalized and multicultural in nature.


Virtual exchange is an excellent opportunity for you to study in a cross-cultural environment, prepare for global challenges, develop digital competency, and improve your career prospects.


Apply now!  *Take courses and earn credits from both HKBU and an overseas host institution, all in one semester!

*Please consult your academic advisor and observe the maximum study load for virtual exchange.


Easy Steps to Apply procedure





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  • Pay HKBU Tuition Only

    You maintain the status of a full-time student at HKBU.  Hence, you only pay tuition fee to HKBU and do not pay tuition fee to the host institution.  However, some courses may require you to pay study-related fees (e.g. materials fee or laboratory fee).


    Check with the host institution and course instructors. 

  • Study Load

    You can choose ONE host institution only per virtual exchange semester.

    Participating in virtual exchange, you attend classes both at HKBU and at a host institution.

    During the virtual exchange semester,

    - You can take at most 6 units of courses at the host institution.
    - You are required to enroll for not less than
     12 units and no more than 18 units in total at HKBU, for both HKBU courses AND online courses at partner institutions.

    You should take no more than 18 units in total for virtual exchange over your undergraduate studies at HKBU. 

    1. You are allowed to take part in at most 4 semesters of virtual exchange over your undergraduate studies at HKBU.

    2. You are strongly advised to consult your academic advisor on your study plan, unit transfer and academic-related matters.

    3. Academic Registry will cap the total number of HKBU course units of virtual exchange students at 12 units in that semester.

    4. In the event of withdrawal, you are obligated to inform your i) academic department and ii) International Office at HKBU officially.  Otherwise, the University will assume your full participation and completion in the enrolled virtual exchange semester.

  • Before Applying

    Check if there are any pre-requisite or special requirements before applying for the course(s).

    Pay attention to the host institution's add/drop deadlines and procedures.


  • Exams & Assessments

    You should take note of the examination and assessment arrangements at the host institution.  Enroll only when you are able to meet with the arrangements.

  • Eligibility & Requirement

    To be recommended for participating in virtual exchange, you must meet all requirements below:

    1. Have completed at least one year of full-time study in a Government-funded undergraduate programme at HKBU before virtual exchange study.

    2. Have obtained a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA (cGPA) at the time of application.

    3. Meet the eligibility requirements of the host institution.

    4. You are required to participate in at least one online cultural immersion activity organized by the host institution and/or the International Office.

    Not open to regular exchange students (both outgoing and incoming).

  • Transfer of Units

    Upon completion of the course(s), you may apply to the Academic Registry  for the transfer of units by submitting hard copies of the following documents:

    1. A completed application form for transfer of units.

    2. An official transcript issued by the host institution.

    3. A copy of course syllabi, coursework and related information, such as the number of contact hours, assessment methods.

    The University reserves the right not granting units for courses with grades below the equivalence of grade C in the University grading system.  Units transferred from other institutions are recorded without inclusion in grade point average calculations.


1. For students from School of Business, note that your participation in virtual exchange programme is not counted as an Experiential Learning activity towards your graduation requirement.

2. For non-final semester students, a remark showing the virtual exchange experience will appear on the transcript only if a pass/satisfactory grade (or equivalent) for at least one online course at the host institution. Students need to submit a proof document issued by host institution to the Academic Registry.


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