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Global Opportunities

The University of Hong Kong

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to the University of Hong Kong. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the University of Hong Kong!


The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is Hong Kong's oldest and most pre-eminent research university. The University has grown to embrace almost all the major areas of teaching and can confidently claim to be one of the leading universities in Asia. HKU has an especially strong reputation in arts and humanities, social sciences, life sciences and biomedicine.
Hong Kong University is:

  • Ranked 22 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • Ranked 1st most International University in the World (THE The World's Most International Universities 2019)
  • Ranked among the world’s top 20 universities in 10 academic discipline.

HKU prides itself on its international community of students and staff, providing a vibrant, colourful campus life for everyone. Some 144 countries are represented in the student body since 2000, with new ones added every year.


Take a video tour of the University of Hong Kong Campus!

Level of competitiveness

Very competitive ***

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: Late August to December

Semester 2: January to late May

For more information, please check their key dates.


The approval of courses is on a case-by-case basis and subject to the Faculty's approval. Actual enrollment is subject to class availability, courses offered in the first semester, quota and class schedule.

To access the list of courses available to you, please visit the Academic Information webpage.


Students are required to take 24 to 30 credits in each semester subject to approval of Dean / Head of Department. Courses are usually 6 credits. 50% of the course load must be chosen from ONE faculty with the remaining credits from other faculties.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Accommodation in HKU is managed by CEDARS – Accommodation office. There are 4 main types of housing in HKU:

Due to a shortage in housing resources, students are suggested to apply for accommodation as soon as possible. The allocation of housing is subject to availability. The availability of accommodation is usually higher in Spring semester than in the Fall semester.

Support Services

Hong Kong University provides a lot of support and advice outside of academic matters. You can find a list of support services on their Arrival Advice webpage.

CEDARS-Counselling and Person Enrichment (CEDARS-CoPE) provide free-of-charge counselling services and/or support services for students with special needs, such as physical, senor, mental, learning, developmental disabilities or Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Campus Life

What is it like to be an HKU student? Hear stories from HKU current students to find out the highlight of their experience and be inspired!

Social Media

The University of Hong Kong: 


Hong Kong University Information sheet 2020-2021 [PDF 746KB]

A Glimpse of Student Life @HKU provides practical information that you will need before arriving in Hong Kong!