Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad at the top-ranked University of Hong Kong (HKU) offers rigorous coursework in a wide range of disciplines and departments. HKU is the oldest and most prestigious institution of higher education in Hong Kong, embracing all major areas of teaching and research. Courses are primarily taught in English, with the exception of courses in Chinese language and literature.
Its attractive, compact campus is located on the slopes of Hong Kong Island facing Victoria Harbor and is only a MTR or bus ride away from Hong Kong's bustling financial district. HKU dormitory/residence halls provide a good opportunity to get to know local and international students through social activities, crazy floor competitions, and sports.
Have questions about the program? Contact UCEAP Student Ambassador and HKU returnee, Mac Casey
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
. See Chinese Language Center
for course information.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to late December
early January to late May
late August to late May
You are encouraged to extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the year.
You may reside in a dormitory or apartment with local and international students. You also have the option of living off campus. More information on housing
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by HKU Office of International Student Exchange (OISE) and HKU Global Lounge
. Immerse yourself into HKU student life by participating in one of the many student clubs and recreational sports. Examples include animation, chess, dance, photography, archery, choir, magic, rowing, and martial arts. You will also find many opportunities for hiking, nature walks, and camping around Hong Kong.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Once abroad, a host university faculty or staff member representing EAP will be students' first point of contact for all matters. Among other things, the designated person provides support with academic matters, program logistics, and personal issues. The HKU
program is administered by an EAP Liaison Officer who is primarily responsible for academic advising. Additional support is provided through the Office of International Student Exchange
(OISE) and the Center of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS).
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
A full curriculum of coursework is taught in English in the arts, humanities, business, engineering, science, and social sciences.
Due to the rigor of HKU coursework, business and economics, engineering, and science courses are only recommended for those advanced in those majors as most courses have strict prerequisites. Humanities and other social science courses will have less strict prerequisites.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
"The academic culture at HKU is much different from what I am used to. With lectures usually only once a week and a tutorial also once a week, there is an expectation that you are keeping up with your work independently. You need to seek help if you are unclear or uncertain, particularly on how assignments are graded. That being said, all of the professors and tutors I had seemed to make it a point to help out international students or explain things that we would not be familiar with." -- UCEAP HKU Participant Spring 2015
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad;
20 quarter/13.3 semester UC units per semester minimum is required (four courses);
25 quarter/16.7 semester UC units is recommended (five courses).
30 quarter/20 semester UC units maximum allowed (six courses).
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Research and special study for academic credit may be possible in this program. Arrangements for either are made at the Study Center after arrival at the host institution. Predeparture preparation may be required.
The University of Hong Kong has many courses with research or field study components. These are listed in the course catalogs as directed studies, field courses, or projects. Enrollment in these courses usually requires permission from the instructor after arrival during the add/drop period.
Internships for academic credit for exchange students (UCEAP) are not possible in Hong Kong due to immigration policy.
The University of Hong Kong
Established in 1911, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a comprehensive and research-led university with ten faculties and numerous research centers.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- UC fees
- Tuition at HKU
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
- On-site orientation
- Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
- Room and Board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Round-trip transportation from California
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Students must have a cumulative UC GPA of at least 3.0. Transfer GPAs will not be accepted for Hong Kong programs.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the University of Hong Kong.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: