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University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong, founded in 1910. HKU is ranked 18th overall in the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings and is considered to be one of the best English-language institutions in all of Asia.
The variety of academic choice, combined with the quality of academics make HKU a great study abroad choice for UNC students. Our students fully integrate into undergraduate life at HKU and Hong Kong, as one of the true “global cities,” is a fascinating location to spend a semester or year.
*All courses are taught in English. Students may opt to take a language course in Chinese, and are encouraged to do so.
Hong Kong is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with an amazing blend of cultures, urban development and natural beauty, and traditional and modern influences.
Exchange students take 4-6 courses per semester. All courses, except those offered by the Department of Chinese, are taught in English. Optional Mandarin or Cantonese courses of different levels and credits are offered to exchange students.
Academic offerings include:
- Faculty of Social Science (Geography, Politics and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work and Social Administration, and Sociology)
- Faculty of Arts (American Studies, Chinese, Comparative Literature, English, European Studies, Fine Arts, History, Japanese Studies, Language and Communication, Languages, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy)
- Faculty of Science (Department of Chemistry, Department of Earth Science, Department of Mathematics, Department of Physics, Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science, School of Biological Sciences)
- A wide variety of additional departments (see the HKU website for a full listing).
PLEASE NOTE: generally a 6 credit hour course at HKU is the equivalent of a 3 credit hour course at UNC and a 3 credit hour course at HKU is the equivalent of a 1.5 credit hour course at UNC.
UNC Dept of Asian Studies Policy towards Mandarin courses at the University of Hong Kong:
The Department of Asian Studies normally will not honor any Chinese-language credits earned from this program to be used towards the major/minor in Chinese or towards general education language requirements (though exceptions may be made for the latter on a case by case basis with complete syllabi-- pre-approval is strongly suggested). Returning students who wish to enroll in the Chinese program at UNC to complete the major or minor in Chinese must contact Asian Studies, take a placement test, and successfully complete an appropriate course before any language credits from this exchange program can be considered towards the major or minor.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Student residences and housing are called "halls" in HKU. There are at present thirteen halls, which vary considerably in size and character. All halls have common rooms and recreational facilities. Each floor has its own pantry and is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, hotplate, kettle and drinking fountain. Communal bathrooms and toilet facilities are provided on each floor. All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with beds and mattresses. Each student is provided with a wardrobe, desk, desk-lamp, chair and bookshelf. Internet access and telephone line are provided in each room in most of the halls. Coin-operated washing and drying machines are provided in each hall as well. Please note that university housing is not guaranteed.
In the event that it is unavailable, The Centre of Development and Resources for Students at HKU provides advice for locating private housing off-campus.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
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Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access
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