News & Events

Weeks of Welcome (WoW) 2017 - Events for new non-local students

Signing-up is on a first-come-first-served basis for some of the events with limited quota.
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Date, Time and Venue


Welcoming Reception

August 21 (Mon) - 25 (Fri)

10:00 -17:30

Global Lounge, HKU

Visit International Affairs Office when you arrive at HKU in Global Lounge (G/F Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre) to pick up useful information and to hand in your student card application form during August 21 - 25.

You will also have the chance to mingle and chit-chat with your peers!

Orientation Day for Non-local students

August 25 (Fri)

9:30 -16:30

Grand Hall, HKU

This is an orientation specially for the newly arrived non-local students. Apart from introducing you to HKSAR, the University and our campus, you will also get to know other newly arrived non-local students on the occasion.  

Free of charge; light lunch is included
Prior registration is required. Please visit this link for registration: before August 22, 2017.

Campus Orientation

August 28 (Mon) & 30 (Wed)

15:30 -17:30

Global Lounge (assembly point),  HKU Campus and its neighbourhood

Still not yet familiar with the HKU campus and puzzling where to do your grocery shopping?  Join our Student Ambassadors for the Campus Orientation to walk around the HKU campus and its neighbourhood, from Water Street to The Westwood mall.

Free of charge

Sign up at the Global Lounge reception (first-come-first served)

Quota: 60

Board Game Night

August 31 (Thur)

16:00 - 19:00

Global Lounge, HKU

Are you an expert or a novice in Mahjong, Killer Game and Poker? The Global Lounge Board Games Night welcomes BOTH experts and novices. Our Student Ambassadors will lead you through different board games.

Free of charge; light refreshment will be served

Sign up at the Global Lounge reception (first-come-first-served)

Quota: 60

WoW Party

September 1 (Fri)

19:00 - 22:30

Loke Yew Hall, HKU

Loke Yew Hall, one of the most beautiful historical buildings in the University of Hong Kong. Let's dance the night away with hip music by professional DJ at HKU's legendary dance hall, enjoy drinks and meet some cool friends!  

Ticket available at:

- Chi Wa Learning Common: August 10 - 11,2017
- Gloabl Lounge: August 21 - 25, 2017
- WoW Reception, K. K. Leung Concourse: August 21 - 31, 2017

Study Abroad Fair (& Cultural Exchange Bazaar)

September 8 (Fri)

11:00 - 16:00

University Street, HKU

Exchange students from around the world are invited to introduce your unique culture. If you are interested in sharing yours, now it is your chance to interact with the HKU community and share the fun, food, and music together!
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Cultural Exchange Bazaar and you are most welcome to dress in traditional costume of your home country!
Email invitation has been sent to exchange students in late-July. Sign-up required for forming country booths.

Visit to Tsz Shan Monastery

September 9 (Sat)

09:00 - 15:30

Global Lounge, HKU

Have you ever heard of the Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong? It is a Chinese Buddhist monastery established for the preservation of the inheritance of the Dharma preached by Śākyamuni Buddha.

Join our visit to the Monastery for a guided tour inside and learning some self-reflection and meditation exercises to get away from the busy daily life.

HK$30 / person; coach trip between HKU and the Monastery in Tai Po included

Sign up and pay at the Global Lounge reception (first-come-first served)

Quota: 60


September 15 (Fri)

17:00 - 19:00

Global Lounge, HKU

TGIF - Thank God it's Friday! Having a hectic time at the start of the semester with course selection, timetable confirmation and enrolment of clubs or associations? Give yourself a break by joining our very first TGIF Party this year to hang out with your buddies and make new friends! 

Free of charge; free drinks and beer (for those age 18 and above only) will be served

Sign up at the Global Lounge reception (first-come-first served)

Quota: 60

Global Hometown Food Sharing

September 20 (Wed)

18:30 - 20:00

Area outside Main Building, HKU


Food is a great unifier for all cultures. It brings friends together, creates common ground for sharing, and opens up dialogue across cultures. What is your favourite cooking show – Jaime Oliver’s, Gordon Ramsey’s, or Yan Can Cook?

HKU prides itself on its international community for it is a mini globe with students from over 100 countries. In this HKU Global Kitchen event, you can taste the food from another continent for the first time, and cook the home cuisine which you have been dearly missed.

We are now recruiting student chefs from diverse backgrounds. Upon successful application, you will meet new friends from your home regions and shop and chop together. Or you can even bring some ingredients from your hometown! The outdoor potluck party will be the highlight where you can share your own cultural identity and explore other cultural traditions and customs.


Application Form (for Student Chefs):

Application deadline:  August 25 (Friday)

Successful student chefs will receive an email confirmation by 30/8 (Wed). Student chefs will be divided into groups of four according to their home regions. Each group will be provided with a maximum of HK$300 subsidy, on a reimbursement basis.