VSE Season 1, 2023-24

Explore and apply to a wide variety of online academic courses offered by APRU member universities across the Pacific Rim at VSE Season 1, 2023-24!

VSE Season 1, 2023-24 offers regular-term courses from July to December 2023.

Be sure to go through all the details on this page before making an application. Courses on offer this Season are listed at the bottom of this page.

VSE Seasons

Each year, the VSE offers three distinct study periods known as SEASONS:

Season 1: offers regular-term courses with starting dates from July to December
Season 2: offers regular-term courses with starting dates from January to June
Season 3: offers intensive, short-term courses between May and August

Participating Universities

Every APRU member university could participate in a VSE Season by:

  • Offering courses to students from other VSE participating universities, and/or
  • Allowing its own students to take course from other VSE participating universities.

The following table lists the participating universities at VSE Season 1, 2023-24 and shows whether they would offer courses and/or allow its students to take courses. You can also find out if your home university has limited the time period for you apply for a course during the current Season.

Participating UniversityOffers CoursesHome Students can Apply for Courses
Chulalongkorn UniversityYJul 22, 2023
Keio UniversityYJun 29, 2023Sep 30, 2023
Korea UniversityYJun 22, 2023Aug 26, 2023
Kyushu UniversityNThroughout Season
Nagoya UniversityYThroughout Season
Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeYNTU students are not eligible to apply for courses at VSE Season 1, 2023-24
Osaka UniversityYThroughout Season
POSTECHNJun 7, 2023Jul 31, 2023
Pusan National UniversityNThroughout Season
Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityYThroughout Season
Sun Yat-sen UniversityNThroughout Season
The Chinese University of Hong KongYThroughout Season
The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyNThroughout Season
The University of AucklandNThroughout Season
The University of Hong KongNThroughout Season
The University of QueenslandNJun 15, 2023Nov 13, 2023
Tohoku UniversityYThroughout Season
Tongji UniversityNJun 1, 2023Aug 30, 2023
Tsinghua UniversityYThroughout Season
University of Science and Technology of ChinaYMay 16, 2023Sep 30, 2023
Universidad de ChileYThroughout Season
University of the PhilippinesNThroughout Season
UNSW SydneyYThroughout Season
Waseda UniversityYThroughout Season
Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityNThroughout Season
Yonsei UniversityYThroughout Season
Zhejiang UniversityYThroughout Season


To apply for a VSE academic course, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You are an undergraduate student currently studying at an APRU member university.
  • Your home university is participating in the current VSE Season.
  • Your home university allows its students to take courses at the current VSE Season.

Your home university, course offering universities and specific courses may have additional academic and language proficiency requirements .

Application and Enrolment

Refer to the Application section for detailed instructions on how to apply for a VSE academic course.

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 endorsement from your home university and approval from the course offering university.

Your home university may require you to go through an internal selection process before you can make an application through the VSE application system. For details, Please consult your home university’s VSE Coordinator.

Language Requirements

The majority of academic courses offered through the VSE are taught in English. However, some courses on offer are taught in other languages. The language of instruction of a course can be found on the course details page of each course offering university.

Some course offering universities require applicants to provide proof of language proficiency when they apply for a course. These requirements can be found on the course details page. Remember to upload the required proof when you make an application through the VSE application system. While some course offering universities do not specify language requirements, students are expected to be able to to understand and study the course materials in the course’s language of instruction.

Credits and Transcripts

Most academic courses offered through the VSE are credit bearing. Credits, if available, will be provided by the respective course offering university. If you are looking to take a VSE academic course and transfer the credits back to your home university, please make sure the following before you apply:

  1. The course is credit-bearing
  2. Your home university would approve the transfer of credits
  3. How credits would convert between the course offering university and your home university

Transcripts for credit-bearing courses will be sent to your home university and/or you directly. Certificates of participation or Pass/Fail Certificates are available for most non-credit bearing courses.


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.


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, the corresponding course offering university will have the final decision to approve applications from postgraduate students.

I have made an application but I need to submit additional documents. What should I do?

Please send your additional documents to [email protected] with your full name and application number in the subject line. DO NOT start another application to submit additional documents.

When can I expect to receive my application result?

Your application, if endorsed by your home university, will reviewed by the corresponding course offering university. 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 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.

I am informed that my application is unsuccessful. May I know the reason(s) why?

Your unsuccessful VSE application could be due to your application not being endorsed by your home university, or not being approved by the course offering university. The course offering university evaluates VSE applications based on their own criteria, which may include (but not limited to) the following:

1. Spaces available for VSE enrolment in the course
2. Academic attributes (year, major, GPA etc.) of the applicants
3. The applicant’s proficiency in the course’s language of instruction

List of Academic Courses
Season 1, 2023-24

(Click university name to access full course details)

The list below is sorted by application deadlines, and will be updated from time to time with new course offering universities and courses.

Application Closed

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2023
Classes Start From: Aug 14, 2023

*Each student can apply and enroll in ONE academic course offered by NTU at VSE Season 1, 2023-24 only.

CH5222Future Foods - Introduction To Advanced Meat Alternatives
DD2013Visualization of Cultural Heritage
HY0001Ethics & Moral Reasoning

UNSW Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Application Deadline: Jul 23, 2023
Classes Start From: Sep 11, 2023

*Each student can apply and enroll in ONE academic course offered by UNSW Sydney at VSE Season 1, 2023-24 only.

GENC3004Personal Finance
GENS0401Introduction to Climate Change
PHYS1160Introduction to Astronomy

Korea University

Seoul, South Korea

Application Deadline: Jul 30, 2023
Classes Start From: Sep 1, 2023

DISS140Globalization and Beyond: Culture, Society, and Political Economy
DISS338Human Rights in a Globalized World

Osaka University

Zhejiang University

Hangzhou, China

Application Deadline: Aug 20, 2023
Classes Start From: Sep 12, 2023

*Each student can apply and enroll in ONE academic course offered by ZJU at VSE Season 1, 2023-24 only.

12121620Engineering Elasticity
12195660Green Building
18122650Systematic Anatomy
19190790Chemical Biology and Drugs
72120150Medical Genetics
20124440Strategic Management
3121351Studying International Education Policies

Waseda University

Tokyo, Japan

Application Deadline: Aug 21, 2023
Classes Start From: Oct 5, 2023

210PR20100Introduction to Philosophy
210PR31300Thought, Knowledge and Feeling

University of Science and Technology of China

Hefei, China

Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2023
Classes Start From: Sep 11, 2023

ASTR6013PParticle Cosmology (MOOC)