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Hong Kong exchange program at Lingnan University

Applications for 2018-2019 are now closed.  If you wish to be added to an alternate list for this program please contact the IOP Director at

Augustana College has a longstanding relationship with Lingnan University, Hong Kong's liberal arts college. Located in one of Asia's most dynamic and cosmopolitan cultural and economic hubs, Lingnan University offers students in any major the chance to expand their horizons and immerse themselves in Asian culture. 

Coursework is available in both English and Mandarin. Students who opt for a one-semester program will be off campus for an entire term as well as half of Augustana's winter trimester. Students may elect to take courses at Augustana for the second half of the winter term.  

Eligibility: This program is open to all students in their sophomore year or later with a GPA of 2.5.  It is open to any major and recommended for students of business, international business, economics, Chinese and Asian studies. 

Students should consult with their academic advisors before application to ensure that the program will fit with their other academic goals. Courses must be pre-approved before the student leaves for Hong Kong. All students must be approved by both Augustana and Lingnan University and must apply for a visa to study in Hong Kong.

Anticipated program cap:  Six students per year.

Academics:  The expansive catalog of Lingnan University is at your disposal.  It is recommended that students study Mandarin Chinese as part of their program, but may also take courses in a wide range of fields in English.  All courses must be pre-approved and it is up to each Augustana department to determine the course equivalency. Learning perspectives will be granted based upon the Augustana course equivalencies.  Coursework is available in multiple fields, including:

Accounting • business administration • Chinese language and literature • cultural studies • economics • environmental studies • finance • history • languages • philosophy • political science • psychology • sociology

Students on this, or any exchange program, must receive a grade of C or higher in coursework in order for the course to be accepted for Augustana credit.

Calendar: Lingnan University operates on a semester system, so Augustana students should expect to be in Hong Kong for the equivalent of either
1. All of fall term and the December portion of winter term or
2. The January/FebruaryFeb portion of winter term and all of spring term.

Lingnan University's semesters run from late August through mid-December and from mid-January through May. Students who participate in the semester program should expect to take 12-15 credits during the program and to enroll in 3-6 credits of coursework in either the December or January-February five-week module format at Augustana, allowing them to complete equivalent credits to two trimesters at Augustana (a total of six courses or 18 credits.) 


Students will pay standard Augustana tuition, room charges and fees for the time they are abroad. Payments are made on the standard schedule for the fall, winter and/or spring trimesters.  

Cost includes: The payments made to Augustana College cover tuition while in Hong Kong as well as accommodations in one of the four Lingnan residence halls on the campus of the university.

Cost does not include: Airfare, ground transportation, health insurance, discretionary spending or meals while attending Lingnan University. Student accommodations provide shared kitchen facilities to help reduce the cost of meals while in Hong Kong.

Financial aid

Students participating in an exchange program are eligible for the same financial aid they would receive were they on campus in Illinois. This includes grants, scholarships and loan eligibility, but not work-study arrangements. This program is Augie Choice and IOP Grant eligible. The $1,000 IOP Grants are competitive and limited in number. 

Freistat Grants: If a student chooses to earn at least six credits of their coursework in the host country language while participating in an exchange program (Germany, Hong Kong, Japan or Sweden), they may also apply for a Freistat Grant for Language Immersion. 

This grant can be $2,000 or more towards the cost of the terms abroad. It requires that at least six credits of coursework be either language study or courses taught in the host country's language (other than English). (more information).

Augie Choice:  Exchange programs are Augie Choice eligible for students who have completed six terms or 60 credits at Augustana prior to departure.  Transfer students who have completed three terms or 30 credits at Augustana prior to departure are also eligible for Augie Choice grants.

Application process:  Students should apply for both Fall or Spring semester programs by the January deadline in the year prior to their planned study at Lingnan University.  If there remain open slots in the program, applications for the Spring semester may extend to August of the same year.

Once approved by Augustana, students must also apply to Lingnan University for approval and must seek the appropriate student visa.  Augustana's International & Off-Campus Programs office, along with the International Student Office at Lingnan University, will assist students with the admissions, course approval and student visa processes.

For more information on any exchange programs, contact Dr. Allen Bertsche, International and Off-Campus Programs.