University of Oregon

Hong Kong University Exchange

Program Overview

Hong Kong University (HKU – officially known as the University of Hong Kong) is among the top-ranked universities in Asia and is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), of which the University of Oregon is also a member. You will participate in HKU’s Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme. In this program, you may take classes in most major departments at HKU, including journalism, education, the sciences, and liberal arts. All courses (except for Chinese language) are taught in English and you will be enrolled alongside HKU students. The program accepts two to four UO students each year.

Due to its international business role, Hong Kong makes Chinese culture accessible to English-language speakers. As a doorway to Asia, it hosts cutting-edge world architects and contains innovative projects.

Academic Details

HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme:
You will be able take classes in most major departments at HKU. Courses in the sciences, liberal arts, journalism, business, and education are available in English. A comprehensive course list is announced every year, typically in mid-July, for the courses that will be offered in the coming academic year. Courses offered by the Faculty of Dentistry and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine are not available.

You will take three to four classes per semester while at HKU, and you will take half of your classes from a single department (called a faculty). You must take half of the 30 semester credits from a single faculty. All courses, except those offered by the Department of Chinese, are taught in English. Optional Mandarin or Cantonese courses of different levels and credits are available to you. Courses offered by the Faculty of Architecture, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Medicine are not available.

For further information about courses, please visit the University of Hong Kong.

Housing Description

You will stay in the residence halls that are conveniently located around campus and allow for interaction with other HKU students. The 13 residence halls typically provide beds, desks, LAN connection ports, limited cooking areas, laundry facilities, and air conditioning. Campus cafeterias provide both Chinese and Western food options at reasonable rates. Halls of residence vary considerably in size and character. Most of the rooms available are double rooms. Single rooms have limited availability. All halls have air-conditioned rooms, common rooms, recreational facilities, as well as quiet places for study. Bathroom facilities are communal. Halls of HKU are known for their strong hall spirit. Each hall has its own tradition, culture, and unique characteristics. All halls reserve a small number of places for international students. Many students in the past have chosen to stay in Swire Hall.

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. You will be required to complete the HKU exchange application in a timely manner. This application is provided after the interview.

Graduate Students:
In addition to the process described above, you must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in UO-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • 3.25 or above GPA is required for graduate students
  • If you are an international student who is a non-native English speaker, you will be required to submit an English Language Proficiency Test Score (such as TOEFL or IELTS). Departments at HKU typically require a minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5. Please make sure that your scores will not expire within the next year. If your scores are expired you will be required to retake the test.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineExtended DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20172/1/2017N/ALate AugustLate December
Academic Year2017-182/1/2017N/ALate AugustEarly June
Spring Semester20182/1/2017N/AEarly JanuaryEarly June

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.