As you can see, the pandemic is making it rather difficult to plan and to anticipate. However, SL teachers have had three semesters’ worth of experience dealing with these unanticipated changes and they will already have a Plan B in place in case unexpected changes come up. If you are already enrolled in an SL subject, your SL teacher will have more details — remember to check in with them and do make sure that you read all the emails and announcements on Blackboard! If you are looking to enrol in an SL subject, you can find the subjects on offer and their subject/contact information HERE. Please also watch out for the email announcements concerning Learning and Teaching Arrangements, subject registration, etc. issued by the Academic Registry. If you need further information on the subject themselves, please approach the subject-offering departments directly.
Yes of course you can still take service-learning. Over the last few semesters, many non-local students not in Hong Kong have successfully completed their service-learning subjects. The arrangements for each subject are different. Some subjects may require students to conduct service projects face-to-face. As you will not be in Hong Kong, you should not register into such subjects. The Academic Registry will issue a separate email to students in mid-July on the learning and teaching arrangements of individual subjects. Please do check with the subject-offering departments directly if you have any questions. Some more information will also be available on our webpage, under “Subjects on Offer”, in mid-late July.
If there is no vacancy for the subject(s) you would like to take, you should indicate your wish to take the subject(s) via Preferred Subject Indication. Also, inform the subject teacher that you are interested, and ask him/her how you can still “sit” in the “lecture” while you wait for a vacancy to come up. And of course, you should go to class. During the subject registration, adjustment before semester commencement and add/drop periods, you should monitor the subject vacancies and register yourself into the subject if a vacancy comes up.
After the add/drop period, the subject-offering department will review the situation and the Preferred Subject Indication List and consider offering extra places to cater for students in the list who have legitimate reasons to take that subject within the semester (e.g. the subject is required for graduation by final year student). The concerned students will be informed for registration if there will be an increase to the quota. Just sitting in the class does not guarantee any place for later registration of the subject.
For more details of the subject registration arrangement (e.g. subject registration schedule, subject registration procedures, FAQ, etc.), please refer to the Subject Registration Section of Academic Registry's website. If you have any queries on the subject registration arrangements, you can also contact the Academic Registry at 23330600 during office hours or via email at
(as well as at the special hotlines of 27665599 / 27665191 / 27665172 operating during office hours of the subject registration and add/drop periods).
If you wish to contact us in the Service-Learning and Leadership Office, please call us at 27664376 or email us at