Prepare to Study Abroad


Pre-departure Information (2017-18)

Pre-departure Briefing Session is to provide soon-to-be exchange students the most important information and reminders before they take off. Students may download the information for preparation:

-Booklet - Pre-departure Notes by CEDERS

-PowerPoint - Predeparture Notes by IAO

-PowerPoint - Academic Preparation by AAO

-PowerPoint - Psychological Preparation and Safety Issues by CEDARS

-PowerPoint - HKU Mentorship Programme by DAAO


Not every host institution offers on-campus accommodation. Be prepared to live off-campus or even work on your own housing arrangements. Nevertheless, all host institutions will provide assistance for you to find proper accommodation.


Financial Arrangements
Extra costs will arise in the first month of your stay, such as rental charges and various set up fees. It is important to have a realistic idea of the amount of money you need and plan accordingly. Try to get a rough estimate of living costs from the International Office of your host university. Get tips from your HKU predecessors as well.


For some exchange programmes, the host university will require you to provide proof of good health. In this case, you will need to have a medical check-up. If you have received a medical check-up form from your host university, please make an appointment with our University Health Service (UHS) department for a check-up as soon as possible.
In order to protect yourself from infectious diseases endemic in the countries you will study or visit, you may have to get inoculations and vaccinations before going abroad. If you need vaccination, let the doctor know if you have any allergies before receiving it. The other way to protect yourself is to investigate the public hygiene of your host country, make sure the drinking water is safe to drink and the food is clean and cooked before you have your meals while abroad.



You should make sure that you are covered by comprehensive health, accident, personal property and travel insurances for your entire study abroad period,  especially if you are planning to travel for personal purpose during the study period.  Please refer to this page for your planning.


Visa Requirements
Most countries require international students to apply for a valid student visa if they are planning to stay there for more than 180 days. Please check the requirements in detail with your host university or with the relevant consulates in Hong Kong. Please bear in mind that failure to comply with the entry visa requirements may result in delays or even deportation.


While You are Abroad


HKU Mentorship Programme


HKU Global Assistance Programme (SOS)


Official Transcript - Host Institution

Before you return, please check with your host institution for application of the transcript for submission to your Faculty at HKU for credit transfer and/or record. You may wish to apply for extra copy(ies) for future use, such as postgraduate studies application.


Return from Abroad


Submission of Exchange Evaluation

Upon completion of exchange programme, you are required to submit an exchange evaluation per below schedule:

-Full Year/Semester 1 exchange returnees: By December/January

-Semester 2 exchange returnees: By August/September


Details will be updated here and sent to returning students in due course.  Your comments will help improve the exchange programme and benefit future HKU students in preparing for their exchange studies.  IAO reserves the right to publish or reprint the submitted texts and photos (full or extracts), either online or in print format.