Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is the city's oldest tertiary institution. Ranked among the top twenty-five universities in the world and first in Asia, HKU is a public institution with a multinational student body of over 22,0000. With English as its official language of instruction, course offerings include the humanities as well as natural and social sciences.
Students enroll directly into courses at HKU. All courses, except those offered by the School of Chinese, are taught in English. The HKU credit system is based on the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) model, hence 6 credits per course. BC students take 30 HKU credit units per semester, or typically 5 courses. At least 3 courses (worth 18 credits) must be chosen from one single faculty, with the remaining credits from other faculties. (For the Faculty of Business and Economics, the minimum and maximum credits are 6 and 30, respectively.) Graduate-level courses are generally not offered to exchange students. Students are required to check the course prerequisites and requirements before selecting a course. Actual enrollment is subject to class availability and class schedule. The program is suitable for most students, especially those concentrating in the humanities and sciences. For more details, please review the HKU Program Information Sheet
. CSOM students, as well as Economics majors need to know that courses at the HKU School of Business and Economics are subject to availability and scheduling. For details, please review the School of Business and Economics fact sheet.
Ms. Iris Ip
Office of International Student Exchange
G/F, Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Academics & Support
HKU uses the semester system and detailed dates can be found in the Dates of Semesters
section. Course selection information is available here
. Learn about support services
and on-site orientation activities
in Hong Kong. For more information about life at HKU and helpful resources, check the incoming student program guide
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in late December.
- Spring Term: Starts in late January and ends in late May.
Boston College students will, in most cases, be accommodated on campus in modern University of Hong Kong residence halls. Please note that HKU does not guarantee housing to exchange students and in some cases BC students will be responsible for finding independent housing. Check-out dates and procedure vary by hall. More about accommodations and costs can be found here
Some halls have compulsory meal plans, others do not (see “Hall Charges” for details). For those residents whose halls do not provide compulsory meal plans, they can have meals on the campus catering outlets.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of HKU’s world-class sports facilities and wide array of activities including volunteer programs. Exchange students may apply for the HKU Buddy Programme
. A current HKU student will be assigned to be your buddy and help you throughout your stay at HKU. Your buddy may also meet you at the Hong Kong station, the terminal station of Airport Express and bring you to the HKU campus. You are expected to establish direct contacts and exchange emails with your HKU buddy before your departure. You can apply for a buddy directly on the website of the Office of International Student Exchange
(OISE) after you have received the admission letter.