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University of Hong Kong (Media and Journalism)
The spring semester program often has an earlier application deadline than most other study abroad programs; please see the Dates below for the deadline!
This program is open only to students from the UNC-CH School of Media and Journalism (MEJO).
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.
UNC students have the opportunity to 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.
The University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Center (JMSC), founded in 1999, provides instruction in print, audio, video, multimedia and online journalism with a local, regional and international mindset. The Center is committed to producing passionate, highly trained journalists to provide an impartial Asian voice in the global media landscape.
JMSC’s international faculty are at the leading edge of the journalism industry, bringing many years of top-level media experience into the classroom. Many courses are small seminars that focus on deep understanding of practical techniques and close interaction with faculty. All courses are taught in English.
This program is open to students in all MEJO specializations. All students have the chance of completing their two Immersion requirements. Students who are in a Journalism specialization may have the chance to complete a course in their specialization depending on what courses they have taken and what courses are offered at JSMC. Students are encouraged to discuss course selection with the MEJO associate dean for undergraduate studies before applying for the program.
Eliot Hall, the home of the JMSC, has been recently refurbished to provide students with the highest standard of classrooms, computer labs, media equipment, and radio and television studios.
JMSC operates many research projects including The China Media Project, the Media Law Project, and ABC on Campus in conjunction with ABC News. Students also have the opportunity to work on projects through JMSC’s media production service, an in-house organization that works with international industry and media groups to provide all aspects of event management and media messaging.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Student residences and housing at HKU are called halls. There are currently 13 halls that 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, 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. 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-
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.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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