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Online, credit and non-credit bearing undergraduate courses from leading universities. Taught by experts across diverse disciplines, they bring knowledge and ideas together from different cultural and geographical perspectives.
Learn with experts and work with peers from around the world in programs for cultural immersion, global leadership, career planning, and social community engagement.

Universities have adopted technology into its teaching to enhance learning experience for students. Now, more than ever, digital technology is utilized to support international education. The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), a network of 60 leading universities in the Americas, Asia and Australasia, brings to its students an exclusive opportunity to connect with peers from around the world to learn new knowledge and skills, exchange ideas and cultures, and develop connections vital for success in the 21st Century.

The APRU Virtual Student Exchange (VSE) Program, led by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, makes international education accessible by allowing students to take academic courses and participate in co-curricular programs without the need to leave home. It opens up international education for all students by providing an immersive virtual student exchange experience through digital technologies and platforms and creating encounters with new ideas, cultures, experts, academics and students from around the world.

Explore diverse
academic interests
Earn credits from
another university

Reach out to a global community
of students & educators

Cultivate cross cultural skills & awareness
Equip for future workplace
Develop digital competencies

No additional tuition fee
needed besides regular tuition
fee to home university


Join the APRU Virtual Student Exchange Program

Connect with peers, teachers and
experts from around the world

University of Sydney
Monash University
UNSW Sydney
Universidad de Chile
Nanjing University
Fudan University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Harbin Institute of Technology
University of Science and Technology of China
Zhejiang University
Tsinghua University
Tongji University
Xi’an Jiaotong University
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of Hong Kong
Universidad de los Andes
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Universitas Indonesia
Keio University
Kyushu University
Nagoya University
Osaka University
Tohoku University
Waseda University
Tecnológico de Monterrey
The University of Auckland
Nanyang Technological University
University of the Philippines
Far Eastern Federal University
Korea University
Pusan National University
Yonsei University
Chulalongkorn University
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Oregon


Application for VSE Academic Courses


Student Feedback


University of the Philippines

The courses I took are unique and diverse that would improve my training as an interdisciplinary arts major and further my understanding of fields that I want to pursue in the future.

Samantha YUEN

The University of Hong Kong

I like the learning atmosphere, the lively interaction, the active guidance of speakers, professor, and tutor to encourage students to ask questions, and to extend the topic discussion. It was a fun and interesting learning journey.

Nathan TU

Xi’an Jiaotong University

I was impressed by the way the course was assessed. I was required to share my gains and questions from the reading material with my classmates each week. The big map project assignment made me feel new and changed my role from a student to a storyteller, creating web pages to tell viewers through a variety of media.

Joaquin SÁEZ

Universidad de Chile

Being part of APRU VSE program has been a wonderful experience. I have been able to meet people from many countries and have learned a lot about intercultural communication.

Yixuan SUN

Fudan University

In my daily life, it is hard for me to manage time for extra curriculum learning apart from courses of my home university and part-time job. But VSE classes allow me to move at my own pace. Now I have become a successful distance learner given that I am self-disciplined and able to adjust my timetable flexibly.

Edmund ANG

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The teaching content and discussions amongst peers were no different from the regular classroom settings. The professor went through so many different and new topics every week, which has broadened my perspective on various issues. Studying aboard has indeed opened my eyes to the world around me.


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