Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Centennial College - Outgoing Students

The Student Exchange Programme aims at providing an opportunity for students to gain global exposure and widen their horizons by studying abroad for a semester at a partner university of Centennial College.


Host Institutions and Courses Offered

At present, the College operates a number of partnerships with institutions in the USA, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. The College aims to establish more partnerships with institutions around the world.

The 6 host institutions are:

Please visit the websites of the host institutions to get further details and information about the courses* offered.

* Requirement(s) or prerequisite(s) may apply on some courses.


Credit Transfer

Students may be granted credit transfer for up to five Open Elective courses taken at a partner institution. You should apply to the Registry for credit transfer immediately upon your return to Centennial College by completing an application form. Your application should include supporting documents such as a certified true copy of the transcript issued to you by the partner institution and the course documents of the course(s) for which you wish to obtain credit. The course documents should include information such as course syllabus, contact hours, assessment method etc.

You should ensure that the courses you select at the partner institution do not duplicate courses you have previously taken at Centennial College. For example, if you have completed Principles of Economics at Centennial College, you should not enroll in Introduction to Economics at the partner institution. You should view the experience of studying abroad as a unique opportunity to take courses you would not otherwise be able to take at Centennial College: Psychology, American Studies, Journalism, Literature, etc. Generally speaking, these courses should be at the American “200” level or higher. Courses at the 100 level are introductory courses usually taken in the first year of studies, roughly equivalent to QF 4 courses in Hong Kong.

The exact number of credits granted will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the College.



Eligibility and Selection Criteria

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following criteria

  1. You should have completed at least 30 credits of study at Centennial College;
  2. You have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75; and
  3. You have obtained a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS (Academic) or minimum score of 80 on the IBT (Internet-based TOEFL).


You are not encouraged to participate in the exchange during your final year at Centennial College. Your eligibility for the programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Selection Criteria

  1. Academic achievements
  2. Non-academic achievements
  3. Participation in extra-curricular activities inside and outside Centennial College
  4. A letter of academic support from a professor of the College
  5. Performance at the interview
  6. Motivation


Costs of the Programme


While studying at the partner institution, you must pay your regular semester tuition fees to Centennial College. You are exempt from paying tuition to the partner institution.

Other Expenses

You must pay accommodation, meals, insurance, and certain additional fees to the partner institution. You are also responsible for your own airfare, books, travel, entertainment and miscellaneous expenses while abroad. In total you should budget a minimum of HK$80,000 for one semester. The living costs vary and depend much on your lifestyle.

Financial Support

Sponsorship is available for students' application for supporting their participation in the Student Exchange Programme.

Moreover, the Education Bureau of HKSAR Government has launched a scheme, namely Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange (SSE) and Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions (SSEBR) for Post-secondary Students, to provide assistance to financially needy students. For details, please click here.



The timeline for the 2017–18 Semester Two exchange is shown below.

4 September 2017 Enrollment Start/ IELTS/TOEFL registration and examination
11, 13 & 14 September 2017 Exchange Programme Table Exposition
29 September 2017 Submission Deadline
Late-October 2017 Applicant's nomination to host institutions
November - December 2017 Application for the passport / visa & course selection
January 2018 (USA & Indonesia) /
March 2018 (Japan)
Pre-departure briefing
February to May 2018 (USA) /
February to July 2018 (Indonesia) /
April to August 2018 (Japan)
Study Abroad


Application Procedures

  1. Download an application form by clicking here   Centennial College - Application Form PDF
  2. Submit the following in person to the College Office of 1/F by the application deadline: (Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted)
    • Completed application form
    • 2-page (double-spaced and typed) personal statement that explains

      – why you are applying for the exchange programme and

      – why you would like to study at the partner institution
    • Current and valid IELTS or TOEFL results
    • Relevant certificates and supporting documents relating to academic and non-academic achievements, extra-curricular activities inside and outside College
  3. Ask a professor at this college who is familiar with your work to write a letter of recommendation for you and to submit it directly to College Office by the application deadline.
  4. Attend an interview.

         Successful candidates will be:

  • ​individually notified by the Admissions and International Affairs Office; and
  • asked to submit their application for admission to the host institution about one week after their notification of acceptance into the programme.



For questions relating to the exchange programme, please contact:​ 

Admissions and International Affairs Office

Email: international@centennialcollege.hku.hk
Tel: (852) 3762 6200