We have collected some of the most common questions you might ask about your studies. Since Faculties might have different policies and practices with regard to different curriculum requirements, all answers here are for your reference only. If in doubt or wish to have more information, please consult the relevant Faculties/offices concerned.

Course Enrolment

1. How and when should I select courses?

2. How many credits can I take to the maximum? Can I overload?

3. Should I late drop a course?

Major/ Minor

1. When should I declare major? What should I consider?

2. Can I change my major later?

3. What should I do if I have not met the prerequisite(s) for a course I want to take?

4. Can I take a first-year prerequisite course for a major or minor, in my second/third year of study?

5. Would all the credits that I took for a particular major be 'totally wasted' if I switch to a new one? Do I need to start from scratch again?

6. Are there any academic requirements for double majors or major-minor?

7. If I have declared a second major or a minor, but I cannot go on to complete them. What are the consequences?

8. Can a course satisfy the requirement of two different majors (or a major and a minor) if such a course appears in both syllabi?

9. Is it possible to double minor?

10. Can I extend my period of study to fulfill the requirement of an additional major/minor, even if I have already taken the required 180 credits?

Exam and Discontinuation of Studies

1. When are exams held?

2. When are exam results announced?

3. I was sick on the exam date. What should I do now?

4. What should I do if I am unable to take a written exam on the scheduled date?

5. What should I do if I fail a course?

6. Under what circumstances will I be discontinued from my studies?

7. Can I appeal for my exam results?


1. When should I start planning for exchange?

2. Do I need to extend my study period if I go on exchange?

3. Do I get credits for the courses I completed during exchange year?

4. What are the application procedures for credit transfer from exchange studies?

Leave of Absence

When and how do I apply for leave of absence?

FAQ Videos

Apart from the questions listed above, there are also some FAQ videos that you may feel interested. These video clips are produced by the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS). They will give you insights on how to better prepare for the challenges ahead and to develop positive attitudes for a fruitful and healthy university life. The video topics include:

  • Will my academic results be revealed to my parents without notifying me?
  • What is IELTS (International English Language Testing System)? Do I have to take it for graduation?
  • I find it difficult to handle my studies. Where can I seek help?
  • How can I build a better relationship with my lecturers?
  • My lecturers seem busy all the time. How and where should I contact them?
  • How can students and teachers work together to achieve better student learning?
  • What should I do if my academic result in the first semester is not good?
  • How can I make the most out of my university life?