Pre Exchange

Visa Application

You are responsible for obtaining a student visa for the country of the institution you are planning to attend before leaving Hong Kong. The visa process may take some time so you should apply as early as possible. For details of the Consulates of different countries, please click here.

Course Equivalence System

To help plan and choose your overseas courses, you can check course equivalency details on the Course Equivalence System. This is for your reference only and is subject to change.

Credit Transfer Guidelines

SBM has a credit load and overloading policy which will also apply during exchange. Exchange students can transfer a maximum of 18 credits from semester abroad. Students with a CGA of 3.3 or above in their fall or spring term before exchange, can transfer up to 21 credits, subject to SBM approval. For winter or summer programs, students can transfer a maximum number of 10 credits.

The entire course assessment and credit transfer process is handled by the Academic Registry Office. Students can refer to the procedures listed on their website. Inquiries can be sent to

NOTE on Virtual Courses: SBM UG Students are permitted to take ONE virtual course a semester, regardless of credit load. [Updated on 27 April 2021].  

Travel Insurance

You will be automatically subscribed to the University's Travel Insurance for outgoing exchange. The plan provides insurance cover for travelling in the destination country of the exchange study. SFAO will provide insurance details to all successful exchange students.

Your host institution may have additional insurance requirements. In this case, you should also purchase the plan provided by your host institution, either before or after you arrive at you destination. Your host institution's exchange coordinator will provide details on how or where to buy this insurance.

Insurance cover is mandatory, if you do not fully comply with all the insurance requirements you will not be allowed to go on the exchange.

Financial Support

Need help covering the expenses while you travel and learn? There are several sources for financial assistance through SFAO, OGL, and SBM. The schemes are outlined below. Successful exchange applicants will be separately provided with more details of these financial aid schemes.

University Scholarships (SFAO)

Several University Scholarships available through the Students Financial Aid Office(SFAO) to assist with the cost of your exchange program:

  • Aji-No-Chinmi Co (HK) Ltd Scholarship for Overseas Experience
  • China Merchants Scholarship
  • Edmond Yue Exchange Scholarship for Heilongjiang Students
  • Forewide 20th Anniversary Exchange Scholarship
  • Fung Scholarships
  • HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund - Exchange Scholarships for Non-local Students
  • HSBC Overseas Scholarship Scheme
  • Hung Choh Jan Fong Scholarships
  • Kowloon Investment Co. Ltd. Overseas Exchange Scholarships
  • Lee Hysan Foundation Exchange Scholarships
  • Lo Bo Wing Memorial Exchange Scholarship
  • The Centaline Eagle Club Exchange Programme Scholarship
  • University of British Columbia Incoming Exchange Student Award

These scholarships are handled by the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office (SFAO) and for more details on these awards, please visit the SFAO Scholarship website.

Exchange Sponsorship (OGL)

Exchange Sponsorship is offered through the Office of Global Learning (OGL). The schemes that are available include:

  • HKUST Study Aboard Sponsorship (for local and non-local; non-means tested)
  • Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (for local only; means-tested)
  • Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions for Post-secondary Students (for local only; means-tested)

These sponsorships are handled by the OGL. For more details on these sponsorship schemes, please visit the OGL Study Abroad website.

Travel-related Financial Award Schemes (SBM)

besides scholarships and sponsorships, our Business School also offers SBM travel-related financial award schemes:

  • Wong Chak Chui international enrichment Scholarship (for local and non-local; means-tested; CGA 2.85)
  • International Enrichment Grant (for local and non-local; means-tested)
  • Franklin Fund (for local; means and non-means tested)

These schemes are handled by SBM. For details on the International Enrichment Scholarship/ Grant, please visit the website.

Buddy Program

To help you learn more about your Exchange University, SBM has a one-on-one Exchange Buddy Program in which you will be paired with an incoming exchange student from your Exchange University.

In this program, you will act as his/her Buddy Ambassador and meet your buddy at the airport to help him/her wherever you can throughout his/her short stay in Hong Kong. In the meantime, he/she can help you prepare for you exchange to his/her university.

The Buddy program will help you make new friends and understand more about your host institution, and the culture and traditions of the country which you will visit for your Exchange Program soon.

Photo Competition

Winners from 2022 Fall    

1st Place


KEUNG, Yeuk Yan


University of Exeter

Pumpkin Patch Exploration


This is the first time for me and for my friends from Europe and Japan to experience the pumpkin patch right before the Halloween during our UK exchange journey, though the field is really muddy after rains, we still enjoyed it a lot!





2nd Place


LEE, Ka Yi


Queen’s University

Paint Party at NEWTS Orientation!

This picture was taken at NEWTS Orientation during the paint party. We randomly applied the color to our hands and painted it onto other people's clothing during this activity. The school colors of The Queen's University: blue, red, and yellow, are represented by the three colors of the dye. We also combine the colors to produce new hues, representing the integration of different cultures. By dancing and painting together, we have fun social outings with the other exchange students. This event is one of the most remarkable memories as we can embrace the party culture at Queen's!





3rd Place


TONG, Man Hin


Monash University

Sky High


Exchange is all about "JUMPING" out of your comfort zone. As you step into the unknown, you will only be amazed by what the future holds!





Merit Award


CHAN, Wing Yin


Indiana University

Jill Behrman Color the Campus 5K -  Showered with Colored Powder!


JB5K is an annual event held in Indiana University that aims to bring awareness to issues of violence in the community. Students and anyone in Bloomington community are welcome to join.
Participants are showered with five different colors along the race route. My friends and I get extra colorful at the post-race celebration. It is the most colorful experience I have ever had in my life!





Merit Award


WONG, Hei Chi Roderic


NEOMA Business School

Allez les Bleus!


Had an intense 2 hours in watching the FIFA World Cup 2022 Finals, where France VS Argentina, with Canadian and South African exchange students in France.





Merit Award


ZENG, Yongxi


University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon is one of seven natural wonders of the world, and one of the largest canyons on Earth. It cuts by the Colorado River in the high plateau region of northwestern Arizona, U.S and stretches for 450 kilometers. It’s beyond words to describe when I first see it. The colorful rock layers record billions of years of history and hide many unique species there. No descriptions can ever completely describe the beauty of the canyon and it’s a must-go in life !!!





Merit Award


LAU, Cho Ki Lorraine


BI Norwegian Business School

Warm Bonfire, Warm Hearts


Taken at Sognsvann, Oslo’s most famous lake right beside our Kringsja dorm, the photo depicts a group of friends building their bonfire and friendship through perseverance, passion and their love for one another. Three out of the seven people were exchange students from other destinations who came to visit. To provide our beloved friends with the best Norwegian experience, we built the most original bonfire under -5 degrees by timber by trial and error. It was cold, but persevering to build the bonfire and our hearty chats warmed all our hearts. We barbecued local Norwegian meat like reindeer. The lake scene was picturesque and the sky was starry and dreamy, perfect for weaving our friendship amidst exchange.





Merit Award


CHAU, Yat Corliss


University of St. Gallen



My exchange friends and I went to Jungfrau in Switzerland during one of the weekends in September. Although it was really cold, the view there and throughout our journey really worth it. We also had a lot of fun with the ice and snow up there, including having a snowball fight!






Merit Award


HUI, Siu Lun


National University of Ireland

First night out in Ireland


A photo taken in front of Monroes, a famous Irish  bar in Ireland