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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll, Exchange Program Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Special Opportunities: Other Opportunities, Research Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Two Academic References
Program Information:


Hong Kong

Hong Kong, the former British colony and now the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a thriving and vibrant city of almost seven million. While legally part of China, Hong Kong is secluded from main land China as a dependency with a high degree of autonomy. The former colony has its own laws, separate immigration controls, financial system and is officially bi-lingual (Cantonese and English). It is a commercial and economic center surrounded by the natural beauty of the South China Sea and its nearby islands. The transportation network is excellent and Hong Kong's shopping opportunities are world famous. In Hong Kong you can find the all the conveniences of modern living side-by-side with the reminders of its historic past. Visitor highlights such as Ocean Park, the fantastic view at the top of Victoria Peak and beautiful Repulse Bay draw tourists and residents alike.

Program Dates*
Fall Semester: Mid-August through late December
Spring Semester: Early January through late May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
Students in this program will take courses at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), a dynamic, comprehensive university of world-class standing. As a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, it attracts outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning and research and knowledge exchange. With ten Faculties and numerous research centers, its reputation as a center of intellectual excellence is recognized around the world.

Exchange students at HKU may take courses at the following faculties

A comprehensive course list will be announced every year in mid-July for the courses that will be offered in the coming academic year. Please see HKU course information for details. Courses offered by the Faculty of Dentistry and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine are not open to exchange students.

  • 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).
  • Within each semester's full load of 30 credits, half of them must come from a single faculty, which means that a student should pick three courses from one faculty while the remaining can be chosen from other faculties.
  • All courses, except those offered by the Department of Chinese, are taught in English.
  • Open to juniors only
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • No Chinese language study is required, although language study is always encouraged.

Students interested in applying for this program should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments. Students who are self-starters, independent, and responsible are better suited for this program.
Please note that this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces.

Special Opportunities
  • Orientation—At the beginning of every semester, HKU will hold a day-long orientation for exchange students. It will usually be held on the last Friday before school starts including cultural adjustment sessions, library tours, city tours and outings.
  • Buddy Program—A 'buddy' will be assigned to all incoming students to meet them when they arrive Hong Kong and to take them to the hall of residence if needed.
  • Office of International Student Exchange offers a variety of activities to incoming international students.
Cultural and Recreational Opportunities
Whether you are an exchange or study abroad student, you can enjoy the full range of cultural, extra-curricular and sports activities available at HKU to supplement your academic life. Through these activities, you can learn more about the culture of Hong Kong and China, make friends with local students, and get immersed in the local student life.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.