FAQs for 4-year Curriculum Students

(1) Can GE be counted towards a Minor?
(2) Can I take GE courses as free Electives?
(3) Can I take courses other than those in the GE Programme to fulfill my GE requirements?
(4) Will I be exempted from taking University English or University Chinese if I got a merit in HKDSE examination/IELTS/TOFEL?
(5) I can’t speak Chinese. Will I be exempted from taking University Chinese?
(6) When should I take GE courses?
(7) I am admitted to HKBU from an Associate Degree (AD) Programme. Do I have to take all 38 units of GE?

Q1. Can GE be counted towards a Minor?

NO. GE courses cannot be taken to fulfill major, minor and double major requirements.


Q2. Can I take GE courses as free Electives?

YES. You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses in any categories as free Electives.

Q3. Can I take courses other than those in the GE Programme to fulfill my GE requirements?

NO. You can only take GE courses listed here to fulfill your GE requirements.


Q4. Will I be exempted from taking University English or University Chinese if I got a merit in HKDSE examination/IELTS/TOFEL?

NO. All students have to complete the 38 units of GE.


Q5. I can’t speak Chinese. Will I be exempted from taking University Chinese?

YES. Under special circumstances, students may apply for exemption of University Chinese if they:

  • have learned Chinese Language for less than six years while receiving primary and secondary education; or
  • have learned Chinese Language for six years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in our local schools; or
  • are non-Chinese speaking, i.e. students who are (i) admitted to HKBU with the substitution of the HKDSE Chinese Language requirement by other Language Subjects; or (ii) non-local, non-Mainland and admitted as undergraduate degree-seeking students.

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who are granted exemption of University Chinese under these circumstances are required to take a 3-unit elementary Chinese course, GCLA1015 Chinese I (漢語一), as replacement.

Please contact Academic Registry for information of the exemption application.


Q6. When should I take GE courses?

You are encouraged to finish your CORE requirements by the end of the 2nd year of study, and complete the Distribution Requirements before you graduate.


Q7. I am admitted to HKBU from an Associate Degree (AD) Programme. Do I have to take all 38 units of GE?

You may apply for GE exemptions/transfer of GE units. For details, please click here.