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Exchange length

One or two semesters

Semester Dates

  Classes Examination
A August 31 to November 28, 2015 December 7 to 19, 2015
B January 11 to April 23, 2016 May 3 to May 16, 2016

Note that a one-term exchange in the Dalhousie Fall term (CityU Semester A) works best with this program. A two-term exchange, or a one-term exchange in the Dalhousie Winter term is feasible provided that either you do not have to be in Halifax at the beginning of the Dalhousie Summer term, or you can choose CityU Semester B courses that do not have final examinations.

Course Load

To comply with Hong Kong SAR Immigration requirements for student visas, exchange students must take a full-time load, consisting of 12 to 18 credit units per semester.


Undergraduate course catalogue

Exchange students are normally allowed to take courses only at undergraduate level (course level: B1-B4) unless approved otherwise.

For courses with pre-requisites, a student must have taken courses considered equivalent to the pre-requisites.

Some courses with capacity limits do not accept exchange students.

Exchange students may take courses outside CSE, subject to the approval of the departments concerned, but must take at least 9 credit units from courses offered by CSE departments.


Exchange students may apply for accommodation in student residence, however, the provision of on-campus accommodation is not guaranteed due to limited spaces. Accommodation in student residence is not available during term break between Semesters A and B.

Visa Requirements

Exchange students require a student visa. Details and procedures can be found at and Students are encouraged to apply for student visas via CityU. CityU may act as local sponsor of exchange students who are accepted for admission and meet Hong Kong visa application requirements.


Exchange students must purchase insurance before coming to Hong Kong, including medical and travel insurance that will cover the entire period of study in Hong Kong.


Recommended arrival dates (A) August 24–28, 2015
Recommended arrival dates (B) January 4–8, 2016
Is airport pick-up service available? Yes, scheduled shuttle bus service from Hong Kong International Airport to CityU Student Residence at Cornwall Street will normally be provided during the orientation week (Mon-Fri). Reservation is required.

Estimated Expenses

Residence (per semester, per person): HK$10,700 (single); HK$5,350 (double); HK$7,150 (3-person apartment unit)
Food (per month): HK$2,500HK$3,500
Personal expenses (per month): HK$1,500
Academic expenses (per month): HK$200HK$500

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