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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
Meiji 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
Hokkaido University
Hokkaido University of Education
International Christian University
Kansai Gaidai 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
Briefing session, to be announced by e-mail to all students enrolled in JAPN1011, JAPN1088, JAPN1188, JAPN2088, and JAPN2188. Application forms will be available at the briefing session and here on the Department of Japanese Studies website. Application forms may also be obtained from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures Office (Run Run Shaw Tower, 5.01).
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.

Credit Transfer
Students may apply for course credits earned as an exchange student to be transferred back to the University of Hong Kong. To do so, they must complete a Summary Description of Courses for Credit Transfer and assemble English-language versions of all relevant supporting documents, such as syllabi, transcripts, and records of assessment methods. These materials must be submitted, either physically or electronically, to the Arts Faculty Office between May 1 and May 31 ahead of their return to Hong Kong. Since course requirements and syllabi differ according to each university, applications for credit transfer will be considered on an individual basis. For further details, please contact the Arts Faculty Office.

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