VSE Season 1, 2021-22

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VSE Seasons

A new Seasons system has been introduced to the VSE program to maximize opportunities for students to enroll in courses offered by different universities. Under the new system, academic courses offered at the VSE are put into different Seasons based on their course starting dates.

Each VSE academic year would begin in September, and end in August of the following year. There are three seasons in each VSE academic year:

Season 1: for courses starting from September 1 to December 31
Season 2: for courses starting from January 1 to April 30
Season 3: for courses starting from May 1 to August 31

To facilitate the transition to the new system, Season 1, 2021-22 will include regular-term courses offered by participating universities that start from July 1 to December 31 2021.

Eligibility

To enroll in VSE academic courses in Season 1, 2021-22, you should be an undergraduate student currently studying in one of the APRU member universities participating the current VSE Season. Please note that your home university may limit the period in which you could apply to the VSE.

Participating Universities of VSE Season 1, 2021-22

Your Home University Application Period set by Your Home University
Start Date End Date
Chulalongkorn University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Far Eastern Federal University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Harbin Institute of Technology Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Keio University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Korea University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Monash University May 13, 2021 Jul 15, 2021
Nagoya University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Nanjing University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Nanyang Tecnological University Jun 4, 2021 Jun 11, 2021
Osaka University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
POSTECH Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Tecnológico de Monterrey May 7, 2021 Jun 28, 2021
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
The University of Hong Kong Aug 1, 2021 Sep 15, 2021
The University of Sydney Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Tohoku University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Tsinghua University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Universidad de Chile Jul 15, 2021 Aug 15, 2021
Universidad de los Andes Jul 1, 2021 Jul 21, 2021
Universidad San Francisco de Quito Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Universitas Indonesia Jun 2021 Jul 19, 2021
University of California, Santa Cruz Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
University of Science and Technology of China Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
UNSW Sydney May 15, 2021 Jul 15, 2021
Waseda University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22
Yonsei University Jul 1, 2021 Aug 20, 2021
Zhejiang University Open throughout Season 1, 2021-22

Additional academic and language proficiency requirements may apply to some course offering universities and their specific courses.

Application and Enrolment

You can take ONE or TWO courses within a single VSE Season. To apply for a second course after submitting your first application, please submit another application through the VSE application system. We encourage you to save one of your two course quotas for a course that is offered later into the Season.

Course enrolment is subject to final approval from your home university and the course offering university.

Credits and Transcripts

Most academic courses offered through VSE are credit bearing. Academic credits, if available, will be provided by the course offering universities. Credits earned from VSE academic courses may be transferred back to the home university, subject to approval from your home university.

For credit-bearing courses, your course offering university may send your transcript to your home university and/or you directly. Certificates of participation or Pass/Fail Certificates are available for most non-credit bearing courses.

Additional Application and Enrolment Requirements

Please observe any internal instructions and deadlines, set by your home university for application and enrolment of VSE academic courses. To see such details, please refer to your home university’s website, or contact your Study Abroad Office.

University-specific Restrictions

Courses offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Courses offered by HKUST are open to students from HKUST exchange partners only, i.e. not open to students from the following universities: California Institute of Technology, Far Eastern Federal University, Nagoya University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Universiti Malaya, University of Chile, University of Indonesia, University of Oregon, University of Science and Technology of China, University of the Philippines.

Fees

No additional fees are required to take VSE courses. Pay your regular tuition to your home university only. Any additional fees, if required, will be detailed under each course or program.
 
 
 
 

FAQs

When can I expect to receive my application result?

Your application, if endorsed by your home university, will be sent to the corresponding course offering university after that university’s application deadline. The time for course offering universities to review and approve your application varies, but you will be informed by the VSE Central Office of your application result (successful/not successful) before the first day of class of your selected course.

I am a postgraduate student. Can I apply to VSE academic courses?

You can apply to VSE academic courses if it is approved by your home university. However, your selected course offering university will have the final decision to approve applications from postgraduate students.

I have only taken one course in the current VSE Season. Can I take three courses in the next Season?

Untaken course quotas cannot be carried over to subsequent VSE Seasons.

I have applied to two academic courses at the current VSE Season, but one of the applications was not successful. Can I apply to another course?

You may apply to another VSE academic course within the same Season, if that course is still open for application and if doing so will not exceed the enrolment limit of two courses per Season.