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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Number of places available for 2021/22:

- 6 full year places (all subjects)

- 3 full year places (Law School)

Incoming Exchange website: https://aal.hku.hk/studyabroad/index.php?type=incoming

Term Dates: September-December then January-May

General Contact: exchange@hku.hk

Academic Information

A full list of programmes offered for Exchange students can be found here: https://aal.hku.hk/studyabroad/index.php?type=incoming

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.

Programme Inofrmation

Undergraduate academic requirements:

  • Applicants to Faculty of Law must have at least upper second class honours (2:1) results, which converts to approximately a CGPA of 3.33 or above on a 4.3 scale
  • Applicants to Faculty of Business and Economics must have a grade level of B average / CGPA 3.0 / Satisfactory level

Key Dates

Dates vary on a yearly basis, depending on weekends. A more extensive list of dates and deadlines can be accessed here.

Fall (Full Year) Spring

Exchange Application Key Dates

Application Start Date April 1 September 2
Application Deadline May 1 September 28
Accommodation Application Deadline May 29 October 30
Visa Application Deadline June 12 October 31

Requirements/Restrictions

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.

Accommodation

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: http://www.cedars.hku.hk/sections/Accommodation/News/HallsofRes.php

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)

Student Support

The University of Hong Kong offer a wide range of support services covered over 4 departments. Individual details for each dpartemnt can also be found on their contact page.

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: https://www.summerinstitute.hku.hk/

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 on our Summer Opportunities Page.

Other Information

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