Incoming Students

Programmes Offered


Semester Exchange

Course Load

  • A course at HKU usually has 6 HKU credits (3 credits for broadening courses). A full load is 30 credits for one semester (60 credits for a year) but you might also take a minimum of 24 credits to a maximum of 36 credits each semester, subject to the approval of the Dean/Head of the Department.
  • Within each semester's full load of 30 credits, more than half of them must come from one single faculty. That means you should pick three courses from one faculty while the remainding can be chosen from other faculties.
  • All courses, except those offered by the School of Chinese, are taught in English.

Semester Date

HKU uses the semester system and detailed semester dates can be found here

Course Information

Please refer to individual faculty websites for course provision and course content:

Credit Bearing Cantonese/Mandarin Courses for Exchange Students

Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Business and Economics
Please note:
  1. Courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) are highly competitive. Students who are in their final year in particular, should note that course enrollment is NOT guaranteed.
  2. Students who apply to FBE should have a grade level of B average / CGPA 3.0 / Satisfactory level.
  3. Students should have already completed the course prerequisites before requesting to enroll in courses with pre- requirements Co-registration (e.g taking Microeconomics I and II together in a semester) is not allowed.
  4. Economics and Finances courses highly emphasize mathematics.
Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Law

Generally, the standards for admission for exchange and visiting students are at least upper second-class honours (2:1) results (which converts to approximately a GPA of 3.33). 

Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences

Courses offered to Exchange/Visiting Students in Academic Year 2015

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Summer Programme

Some of our faculties offer summer programmes and welcome international students to enroll. A comprehensive programme list will be announced for the programmes that will be offered in the coming summer. Please go to for details.

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