University of Hong Kong (HKU)

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Program Overview

About University of Hong Kong

"The University of Hong Kong, founded in 1911, is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. The University attracts the best students in Hong Kong and is committed to developing a global perspective and cross-cultural understanding among its students. The Office of International Student Exchange (OISE) maintains close links with over 100 partner institutions in 15 different countries and manages the University's international student exchange programs. Together with the Office of Student Affairs, OISE organizes information sessions, cultural adjustment and orientation programs, excursions and social activities for exchange students. The Office also gives advice and services to both incoming and outgoing exchange students on academic matters, and administers a buddy system which aims at fostering a better understanding and friendship between local and international students." - The University of Hong Kong

Term Dates

  • Fall semester: late August to December
  • Spring semester: mid-January to mid-May
Note: Dates are approximate and may be subject to change

Approximate Living Expenses (in HK$)

  • Housing: Basic lodging fees for university undergraduate halls range from HK$5,880-9,576/semester (excluding hall administration fee, air-conditioning and electricity charges which vary greatly with individuals and seasons)
  • Meals: Compulsory meal charge HK$ 3,680 – 4,480 per semester in the residence halls,otherwise approximately HK$3,000 per month
  • Books & Academic Expenses: approximately HK$1,500 per semester
  • Local transportation: tram ride costs HK$2.3 while the subway fare is based on distance and can range from HK$10-HK$50

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On-campus housing is provided but not guaranteed.  Basic lodging fees for university undergraduate halls range from HK$5,880-9,576/semester.

Student Services

Guidance and advice are given on areas such as visa and immigration formalities, accommodation, living costs, adjustment and orientation, etc.  Prior to the start of the academic year, a series of orientation programs are organized for incoming non-local students to facilitate their adjustment to the new environment.