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APRU Virtual Student Exchange Program

(VSE Summer Semester 2021)

Are you looking for international exchange opportunities but are unable to join because of current health and safety concerns, restrictions on international travel, budget constraints, or other commitments?

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Virtual Student Exchange (VSE) is an innovative breakthrough in global education. Utilizing online platforms and advanced technologies, the Program provides an opportunity for you to participate in an exchange without the need to travel.

Take Academic Courses

Academic courses, many bearing credits, in a range of disciplines are available for undergraduate CUHK students under the APRU VSE. You can take one course from the catalogue of courses available. Enrich your knowledge and earn credits from the course offering universities. Apply for course and unit exemption at CUHK after successful completion (subject to final approval from the respective CUHK department).

Courses available to CUHK students during the VSE Summer Semester 2021 are listed below. Check for full course details at the VSE official website. A * marked after the course title denotes that credits earned from that course is provisionally approved by the relevant academic Departments at CUHK for credit transfer. Final approval is subject to the relevant Department, Faculty and the CUHK Registry upon successful completion according to the course outline.

Please note each VSE course offering university has a different starting date for its academic term, and specific application deadlines for each group of universities. Please refer to the VSE official website for details.

Application Deadline: 7 May 2021

2200154 Basic Thai For Foreigners

Application Deadline: 26 May 2021

ECON170005 China’s Modern Economy
ECON170008 Lecture Series on Chinese Economy and Society
HIST170005 Culture Resources of Cities in China
HIST170007 China, the Third World, and the Cold War
JOUR170001 Chinese Media and Politics in the Context of Globalization
LAWS170003 IP Law of China
LAWS170005 Chinese Legal Culture
SOCI170007 Social Networks and Chinese Society
SOCI170008 China’s BRI and Its Impact in the Developing World

Application Deadline: 25 June 2021

EN32213 Water Quality Engineering I
ME32401 Production Planning and Control

Application Deadline: 11 May 2021

ISC181 Media, Art, Culture and Society
ISC186 New Media and Communication
ISC265A Introduction to Psychology
ISC283A Korean Cinema and Visual Culture
ISC300A Business Communication
ISC309A Organizational Behavior
ISC311 Global Leadership and Management
ISC312A International Business
ISC392 Sustainability Strategies
ISC397 Business and Management in Contemporary Korea

Application Deadline: 14 April 2021

885004 Topics in Quantum Simulations II
885008 International Exchange Lecture on Nanoscience and Nanoengineering B
885009 International Exchange Lecture on Nanoscience and Nanoengineering C

Application Deadline: 4 May 2021

S021 Discover China
S022 China’s Public Policy and City Governance
S023 China’s Policy on Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Policies
S024 Practice in Restoring Chinese Historical Buildings
S025 Discovering Shanghai: Past and Future-The Story of Li-Long (里弄)

Application Deadline: 30 April 2021

Course Information Coming Soon

Application Deadline: 21 April 2021

ENVR 1080 The Smart Consumer – Uncovering the Hidden Story behind the Product Label
ENVR 2020 Urban Air Pollution
HUMA 2670 Understanding Western Painting
ISOM 1380 Technology and Innovation: Social and Business Perspectives
ISOM 3400 Python Programming for Business Analytics
LIFS 1020 Biology of Human Health
MARK 2120 Marketing Management
MGMT 1110 Introduction to Management
MGMT 3170 Managing CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
OCES 1030 Environmental Science

Application Deadline: 11 May 2021

COUNTING2021 Techniques of Counting
GCIN2003 Cultural Policy: A complex marriage of business, politics and culture
GEND2004 Gender in Visual and Material Culture
PHIL2652 Language of Internet

Application Deadline: 4 May 2021

Course Information Coming Soon

Co-curricular Programmes

The VSE presents opportunities for students to join co-curricular programmes offered by APRU member universities. With a network of 55 leading universities around the world you can connect with peers across the globe through cultural immersion, global leadership, career planning and social programmes that take place throughout the term.

Check out the available VSE Co-curricular Programmes now!

Application for Academic Courses

CUHK undergraduate students can apply to VSE courses through the VSE Central Office.

To enroll, CUHK students should:

  1. Complete and submit the VSE online application.
  2. Forward the VSE application confirmation email to Alex Chau at the Office of Academic Links for endorsement. Your application will not be processed by the VSE Central Office if it is not endorsed by OAL.
  3. The VSE Central Office and the course offering university will notify you once you are admitted to the VSE academic course. After you have received the admission letter/email from the course offering university, complete the additional endorsement procedures at CUHK only if the course you are taking is credit bearing.
    1. Download and complete the required sections on the CUHK Endorsement Form.
    2. Email the partially completed CUHK Endorsement Form and the admission letter/email from the course offering university to Alex Chau for processing.
    3. You will be notified once your Form has been endorsed by your major department and submitted to the RES.

Points to note for CUHK students applying to the VSE:

  1. How many VSE academic courses can I take? You may enroll in one academic course at the VSE Program. If you wish to enroll in more than one course, you should seek approval from the VSE Central Office.
  2. Are VSE academic course credits counted towards my CUHK course load in a particular term?
    Yes, for credit bearing courses. No, for non-credit bearing courses. Approvals from your major department and the Registration and Examination Section are required for taking more than 18 credit units in Term 1 or Term 2, and/or more than 6 credit units during the summer, including VSE academic course credits.
  3. Do I need to make an application to transfer my VSE course credits to CUHK?
    Yes. If you wish to transfer the credits earned from the VSE academic course, you should make an application to the RES for course and unit exemption after you have received the transcript from the course offering university. Transferability of VSE academic course credits is subject to the approval of CUHK Faculties and Departments.


Have a question about the APRU VSE Program? Contact the VSE Central Office.

For enquiries about course related procedures and regulations at CUHK, please contact Alex Chau at the Office of Academic Links.