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Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Number of places available for 2018/19: 6 full year places available with 2 ringfenced for Law students

Incoming Exchange website:

Term Dates: September-December then January-May

General Contact:

Academic Information

A full list of programmes offered for Exchange students can be found here:

Students should choose at least 50% of all semester credits within one faculty. This means that 3 courses should be chosen from one faculty whilst the remaining can be chosen from other faculties.


Courses offered in the Faculty of Business and Economics are highly competitive and limited.

Some Faculties at HKU require students to have a minimum GPA (or equivalent Durham grades) in the relevant subject area before being accepted.

Language Requirement

All courses, except those offered in the School of Chinese are taught in English.

Subject to availability, Exchange students may take up to 2 courses in Cantonese/Mandarin.

If you are a non native English speaker, you may be required to submit evidence of English language ability at application.


Students are required to submit an application for accommodation at HKU. Students are not guaranteed to be offered on campus accommodation. Students who stay in on campus halls of residence are required to pay a compulsory meal charge. The costs of accommodation and meals for the year would be roughly $23,000 HKD (depending on exchange rate, roughly £2000)

Full information on all accommodation options can be found here:

Supporting Documents Required

  • Exchange Application Form
  • Academic Transcript
  • Proof of Financial Support (e.g. bank statement)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Student Visa Application
  • CV (Law applicants only)

Other Information

Students must arrange health and accident insurance for their time in Hong Kong. HKU recommends Federal Insurance Company but students can email for more advice and information.

Students can apply for the British Council Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence to study at HKU. These scholarships are worth up to £3000 depending on the length of stay. More information can be found here:

Summer Opportunities

HKU offers a fee paying Summer Institute programme which offers a wide variety of programmes throughout the summer period. The cost of the Summer programme depends on how many courses students would take. These programmes allocate credits but this does not mean that Durham University would allow students to bring these credits back into their Durham degree programme.

More detailed information can be found here: