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Exchange Programmes in Japan

The University of Hong Kong offers exchange opportunities during the academic year at nineteen universities in Japan. HKU partners with Japanese universities through two different exchange programmes, the HKU Worldwide (HKUWW) Exchange Programme and the Department of Japanese Studies Exchange Programme. Please note that these programmes require separate applications. Students interested in studying in Japan are strongly encouraged to apply for exchange through both HKUWW and the Department of Japanese Studies.

HKU Worldwide Exchange Programme
Akita International University
Chuo University
Hitotsubashi University
Keio University
Kyoto University
Kyushu University
Nagoya University
Osaka University
Ritsumeikan University
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Sophia University
The University of Tokyo
Waseda University

For more details about HKUWW, including application information, please visit the HKUWW Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme on the International Affairs Office website.

Department of Japanese Studies Exchange Programme
Hitotsubashi University
International Christian University
Kansai Gaidai University
Meiji University
Oita University
Soka University
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Utsunomiya University

Students in the Department of Japanese Studies Exchange Programme spend an entire academic year at a university in Japan. Students may study Japanese language and other courses selected in consultation with their academic advisors. Students are expected to complete all assignments and examinations to the satisfaction of their host universities.

Application Timeline
late November
Details of briefing session will be announced by email to all JAPN Year 2 and 3 students. Application form is available here (link).
December to mid January Application period.
mid January to early February Interviews will be held prior to the Lunar New Year.
early to mid February Allocation of exchange offers.
mid February to May
Application period to host universities. Individual consultation and application guidelines will be available to all students who receive exchange offers.
late April to late July Offer confirmations by host universities.
late August Departure for Japan.

Fees & Costs

During their time in Japan, students pay their regular tuition fees to the University of Hong Kong; no tuition fees are to be paid to the host university. However, students are responsible for their own living expenses. The host universities will make every effort to place students in their residence halls and, if necessary, will assist students in finding off-campus accommodation. There is financial assistance available from the University of Hong Kong, the host universities, and some external sources. However, as this assistance is limited, and is offered on a competitive basis, students interested in exchange must be prepared to cover these expenses themselves. Please see Scholarships for more information.

How to Accept the Exchange Offer
Step 1 - Pay HK$2,000 Deposit
1. Follow Deposit Payment Instructions to pay HK$2,000 deposit
  · Remember to save the payment proof
  · Bank drafts or personal cheques are not acceptable
2. Deposit is refundable if all the followings are fulfilled:
  · Successfully admitted to the host institution
  · Successfully registered to the host institution
  · Completion of the programme in accordance with all the conditions listed on Letter of Acceptance
  · Submission of Exchange Report
3. No refund can be arranged if students withdraw from the programme after the acceptance
Step 2 - Read the Risk Form and Fill in Reply Slip
1. Read the Risk Form carefully
2. Complete Reply Slip (Page 3)
  · Check and make sure all personal information is filled in accurately
  · Type-written electronic signature is acceptable
3. Save and convert the risk form into one PDF file

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