All non-final year full-time undergraduate students fulfilling the following general academic and language requirements are eligible to apply for SEP. Please note that specific requirements of admission vary among host institutions. For details, please refer to Table of Academic and Language Requirements.

Academic Requirements

(a) Non-final year full-time students registered in a 4-year degree programme (except Year 1 students under 4-year programme) under both UGC and non-UGC funded programmes. No final term of the final year students are permitted to study outside Lingnan. Please refer to the summary table below:

Year of SEP Application

Exchange Term(s)

Year 2

Term 1/ Term 2 of Year 3

Year 3

Term 1 of Year 4

(b) Cumulative GPA as of application and before departure should be at least 2.50.

Language Requirements

(a) English Language Requirement for International Exchange Programme (IEP)

Students applying for IEP must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 213 (computer-based test), 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test). For information, please refer to TOEFL website and TOEFL Study Practical Guide.
  • A minimum IELTS (Academic Module) score of Band 6.0. For information, please refer to IELTS website and the following organizations in Hong Kong: British Council and IDP

As test dates are filled up quickly, it is advisable to register TOEFL and IELTS as soon as possible, even before the application for IEP opens. Your IEP application will not be considered if you are unable to provide your score reports before the submission deadline of TOEFL and IELTS.

(b) Chinese Language Requirement for Mainland Exchange Programme (MEP)

Students applying for MEP must have a good command of Chinese and Putonghua at the level of LCC 2010 Practical Chinese II or equivalent. Please refer to the LCC course descriptions.