University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR

Language of instruction

English

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. HKU is ranked as the best university in Hong Kong, 4th in Asia and 40th in the world. It attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange. 

Hong Kong lies on the coast of mainland China, and HKU’s campus is situated in the residential area of Pokfulam, on Hong Kong Island.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) January–May
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) August–December

View the HKU academic calendar, click on "Dates of Semesters".

Guides and additional information

HKU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

HKU has 2 campus locations available to exchange students:

  • Main campus
  • Sassoon Road campus

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 credits per semester at HKU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

GPA

  • You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at HKU.
  • Faculty of Business and Economics: You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.7 to study in the HKU's Faculty of Business and Economics.
  • Faculty of Law: You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.0 to study at HKU's Faculty of Law.

Study Options
You must choose one admission faculty of the faculties open to exchange students and take the majority (50%+) of courses within the chosen faculty.

Semester Restrictions
Students are typically only able to participate in a single semester of exchange at HKU, due to the popularity of this university.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice. 

Find courses

Individual course lists are provided by each HKU faculty. Faculty options and catalogues can be found on the HKU academic information page under "available courses offered by faculties".
Search the relevant HJU faculty course catalogue to find suitable courses. Please check the "Additional academic information" section below before starting your search. 

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Business administration
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
Finance
French
German
History and ancient history
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International relations
Italian
Japanese
Journalism
Korean
Law
Linguistics
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Music
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Religion
Social work
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

HKU provides a range of accommodation options, including halls of residence, non-hall student housing and university-rented off-campus accommodation.  All halls reserve a number of places for exchange students, but spaces cannot be guaranteed.

Cost of living

HKU provides an estimate of basic living costs for students (refer to page 7-9 on the booklet) in Hong Kong. Some additional costs you can expect to encounter include the Student Union fees and Caution money.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

It is strongly recommended you take out medical insurance for the duration of your exchange, however, it is not mandatory. Coverage should include provisions for emergency evacuation, rescuer's expenses and repatriation.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

HKU provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Immigration Department of Hong Kong for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)