The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Virtual Student Exchange (VSE) Program Season 2 has now commenced which provides you with the opportunity to take up intensive academic courses during your S2 study (January to April).


By joining the VSE, you can:


  • Choose from a vast catalogue of intensive online academic courses, most of them credit-bearing, from oversea universities.
  • Complement your studies with a wide variety of co-curricular programmes designed to connect you with peers and experts worldwide.
  • Embark on an international exchange experience in the comfort of your home.





  • Full-time undergraduate students
  • Good academic standing
  • Fulfill English language proficiency requirements and prerequisites set by the host university for individual courses
  • Outgoing and eager to meet new challenges
  • Ready to be an ambassador of HKU
  • Willing to share exchange experience after the study



Points to Note


  • Application period for Season 2, 2021: Open throughtout Season 2, 2021/22 (please refer to each host university's applicaiton deadline)
  • Each VSE student could take ONE or TWO academic courses within a single VSE Season. Taking more than two courses in one Season is not allowed.
  • Applicants who wish to apply for two courses are required to submit two separate application forms in the VSE Application System.  The two courses could be from the same course offering university, or from two different universities.


  • Course offering universities may impose English language proficiency requirements for admission and prerequisites for individual courses. The requirements could be found on each university’s course list page on the VSE website.
  • Credits earned from VSE academic courses may be transferred back to HKU. Please consult your home faculty for details.
  • No additional fees are required to take VSE courses. Any additional fees, if required, will be detailed under each course or programme.
  • Since the delivery mode is virtual, financial assistance from HKU will NOT be available to APRU Virtual Student Exchange Programme Season 2, 2021.
  • Application deadline for each host university varies. Please refer to the VSE website for application deadlines.
  • Acceptance of virtual course and host university are subject to the decision of the course-offering university.



Programme Details


Via APRU Virtual Student Exchange Programme, students can take virtual course at the following available host universities in Season 2, 2021.


Course information and requirement can be found HERE.



Application Procedures


1. Application to APRU VSE Central Office


Please read through the VSE Application Instructions when working on your applications.


Complete the Application Form at APRU VSE Central Office before the university's application deadline that you wish to take a course. Please upload the documents and you will receive an application Confirmation Email containing your application details from APRU VSE Central Office.


  • a copy (scanned/electronic) of the latest transcript (official/unofficial)
  • proof of language proficiency (if required by your selected course offering university)


2. Application to IAO


Your application must be endorsed before it would be processed. For endorsement from HKU, please complete the following steps upon receiving Confirmation Email from APRU:


  • Complete registration at our Outgoing Application System: 
    • Register your first course HERE 
    • Register your additional course HERE 
  • Upload the Confirmation Email, latest transcript, and proof of language proficiency (in PDF format)


3. Application to Host University


Once approved, you will be notified of the result through email from the APRU VSE Central Office and provided with further registration procedures by the course offering university.



Application Deadline


Please observe the application deadline of each host university. Application deadlines for each host university on the website shall prevail.


Upon completion of the VSE Programme, please submit programme report and response to the evaluation questionnaire by the designated deadline.


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