Eligibility and Credit Transfer

Why go on exchange ?

UM Student Going on Exchange (Click for videos)

France The NetherlandsSwedenPortugal
SingaporeSouth KoreaTaiwan, ChinaThe United States


What are the requirements and eligibility to apply exchange programme?

Specific requirements for exchange vary according to the exchange programme. Here are some of the basic requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • Satisfactory English language proficiency as required by both UM and partner institutions
  • Maintain good academic and disciplinary standing at UM
  • Cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0, if applicable
  • Specific criteria set by faculty and host institution

For more information about the requirements of your exchange programme, please contact the programme coordinator in your faculty.


How to transfer my credits back to UM?

  • It is the student’s responsibility to handle his/her course selection and credit arrangement.
  • Seek advice and support from your faculty’s general office in relations to academic issues concerning your exchange.  In most cases, your programme coordinator or Head of Department will be assigned as your academic advisor.  They will be able to advise you on transferability of credits which you will take at the host university.  Students should be prepared that not all credits you would like to enroll in the host university will be transferred back to University of Macau due to policy of your own faculty.
  • Students should understand that hosting university reserves the right not to allow exchange students to enroll on selected courses based on their own policy.  Students should be prepared that not all credits taken during exchange can be transferred back to University of Macau.
  • Students should confirm with their programme coordinator on selected courses by obtaining approval from the programme coordinator on the Learning Agreement before they leave for exchange.
  • Change status at University of Macau before going for exchange.
  • Get tips also from students who had been exchanged to the same host university.  Ask them on life, studies, and ‘must knows’ in the exchange destination.


Step 1: Find out exchange programmes details

  • Read through the whole Xchange@UM section
  • Attend Exchange Programme & Outgoing Exchange Scholarship (OES) Briefings held in August (for 2nd semester) and January (for 1st semester).
  • Check for application schedule, important dates and deadlines set by your faculty or GAO.


Step 2: Choose your exchange university

  • Look for your desired exchange universities.
  • Obtain details of selected institutions from office offering the exchange programme.
  • Consult your programme coordinator about course selection, credit transferability and academic advice.

Step 3: Apply for Xchange@UM and OES

  • Exchange program operated by Global Affairs Office:
    Apply via Student Exchange Application System (https://isw.um.edu.mo/seas)
  • Exchange program operated by Faculties:
    Download the application form from concerned faculty’s website
  • Submit your completed application form together with the required documents to the office in charge before application deadline.
  • You may be invited to an interview, if required.
  • Apply Outgoing Exchange Scholarship at the same time.


Step 4: Complete application for the host university

  • If your application at UM is successful, you will be notified through email.
  • Complete the application form and obtain all required documents set by the host university.
  • Receive an offer of admission from the host university in due time.


Step 5: Pre-departure Preparation

  • Confirm with your programme coordinator on choice of courses selection.
  • Inform your faculty’s general office and programme coordinator of application result.
  • Apply for a valid student visa.
  • Make your flight and accommodation arrangements.
  • Obtain travel and health insurance.
  • Pack you bag, and GO!



Cost and Financial Aid

You will pay the regular UM tuition fee when going on exchange for a semester or a year. Tuition fees at the host university will be waived for UM full-time undergraduate students who participate in an approved exchange programme.


Estimated Expenses for Exchange in Different Zones per Semester

The following expenses might serve as a general guideline for your reference:

Americas and EuropeOceania and AfricaJapan and South KoreaAsia 
TuitionWaived under agreement
Student Activities and Other Mandatory Fees2,000
Personal Expenses9,0007,0006,0005,000
Health/ Medical/ Travel Insurance3,5002,5003,0001,000
Student Visa Application Fee4,0004,800500200
Local Transportation5,0002,5003,5003,000
Total Estimated Expenses 
(One Semester)

The Outgoing Exchange Scholarship is now available to subsidize students for outgoing exchange.

Application and Exchange Briefing

Student Exchange Programme

  • Details of available exchange programmes for academic year 2020/2021 Semester 1 (Download)
  • As the academic year of universities in Mainland China and Taiwan are different from UM, Undergraduate Exchange Programmes (The Mainland of China and Taiwan) will open for application in every First Semester and exchange in Second Semester.


Visiting Student Researcher and Post Doctoral Affairs Programme


Application Period

  • Academic Year 2020/2021 Semester 1:
    13 January – 7 February 2020
  • Academic Year 2020/2021 Semester 2:
    31 August – 11 September 2020
  • UC Berkeley Visiting Researcher Programme:
    January/ February (Apply with your own faculty)



  1. Log in to the Student Exchange Application System at https://isw.um.edu.mo/seas
  2. Click “S5102 – My Application”  -> “Add Application”
  3. Fill in the requested information and upload your CV, learning agreement together with other supporting documents (e.g. certificates, awards, language proficiency).Note: Hard copy or e-mail submissions will NOT be accepted. 
  4. The following documents should be submitted with your application.
    1. Transcript (Please download the latest transcript from ISW)
    2. CV
    3. Learning agreement
    4. Travel document to Mainland & ID copy (for exchange to Mainland Universities only)
    5. Other supporting documents, if any (e.g. certificate, awards, language proficiency)

 * Note: Email submission will not be accepted.



Exchange Programme & Outgoing Exchange Scholarship (OES) General Briefings

Upcoming Briefings:

Date:10 January 2020 (Friday)15 January 2020 (Wednesday)
Time:15:00 – 16:0015:00 – 16:00
Venue:Anthony Lau Building E4-G051Anthony Lau Building E4-G051

GAO Exchange programmes for academic year 2020/2021 Semester 1 – Handout and Enquiry

GAO Exchange programmes for academic year 2019/2020 Semester 2 – Program Details

Exchange Programme General Briefing, 2019/2020 Semester 2 – Handout and Enquiry

Exchange Programme General Briefing, 2019/2020 Semester 1 – Handout and Enquiry

Exchange Programme General Briefing, 2018/2019 Semester 2 – Handout and Enquiry

Exchange Programme General Briefing, 2018/2019 Semester 1 – Handout and Enquiry