APRU Inbound Virtual Student Exchange Program

As member university of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), HKUST offers quality virtual courses for students from participating member universities of the Virtual Student Exchange Program (VSE).

Courses and Participating Universities

  • Click here to access the list of participating universities and course offering in Fall 2020.
  • HKUST courses are open to students of exchange partners only. HKUST courses are not open to students from Universidad de Chile, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and University of Oregon.
  • All courses offered by HKUST are online interactive classes, not pre-recorded. Students are required to attend the online class at the scheduled time. Attendance will be marked.

Application Procedure

Interested students from participating universities can apply by following the steps below.

  • Step 1: Complete application at ARPU VSE Central Office
    Click here for details of the application procedures at APRU VSE Central Office.

  • Step 2: Complete HKUST application
    After receiving the confirmation email from APRU VSE Central Office, click here to provide your basic information to HKUST. HKUST will review your submission and contact you shortly for the login details to complete application on HKUST system (i.e. MyStudyAbroad System). Detailed instruction on the HKUST application can be downloaded here.

    After you submitted the application on HKUST MyStudyAbroad system, HKUST will review it, and may contact you if more information is required. If you are admitted to the program, you will receive a decision email from HKUST.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

7 September to 22 December 2020
25 August 2020
Noon, 26 August 2020 (Hong Kong Time)
17 September 2020

Course Drop

Based on the choice of course, admitted students will be pre-enrolled into the course given there are seats remain. The course enrollment result will be announced one week before the term starts.

If students wish to drop the course, ‘drop’ request should be submitted to before the drop deadline aforementioned. Late ‘drop’ requests will be considered as withdrawal and subject to instructor’s approval. If the withdrawal request is approved, a “Withdrawal without Penalty (W)” grade will be recorded as the course grade on your transcript.

Coursework and Exam

Virtual exchange students are not required to be physically present at HKUST to complete the coursework and examination requirements. Online exams and alternative assessments will be arranged.

For courses that require exams, the exam times might be standardized for all enrolled students to ensure equity although they could be located in different time zones. As such, students need to be prepared that the exam times may not be what you are accustomed to normally at your home institution.


HKUST will issue transcripts detailing the courses taken and the grades obtained. The transcripts will be mailed to your home institution.

HKUST uses a 4.3 grading scale, with letter grades, with Grade D being a marginal pass. Please visit here for details.

Credit transfers are approved by students’ home institutions. You should check with your home institution on its policy regarding the transfer of grades and credits.


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