HONG KONG: The University of Hong Kong (HKU) (Closed – Spring 2016)

Hong Kong, China

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  • Fall Semester - Early September - Late December
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Late May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - August 15 **NOTE THE EARLIER DEADLINE**


Study Abroad Coordinator: Mike Miller (m.miller@neu.edu)

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. Over the past century, HKU has evolved from a minor institution in a colonial outpost into one of the best universities in Asia and one of the top universities in the world, located in a global financial center. Like the city in which it is rooted, HKU has achieved great things by being many things- not solely East or West, British or Chinese, but all of these together.

HKU has a supportive learning environment, with a library opened seven days a week and wireless internet access throughout the main campus. Students at HKU are able to enjoy a well-rounded campus life. We have fitness centres, swimming pools, computer centres, health clinic and dental services, canteens (dining halls) serving various cuisines, and numerous student societies and interest clubs.


  • 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.
  • NU students will transfer 16 credits (24 HKU credits/four classes). Students who elect to take 30 HKU credits (5 classes) and want to transfer back 20 NU credits, must pay the overload fee for the additional four credits.
  • 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 remaining can be chosen from other faculties.
  • All courses, except those offered by the Department of Chinese, are taught in English.
  • Please refer to individual faculty websites for course provision and course content.

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Host University

Today, HKU has a population of some 27,000 students and over 2,000 academic staff, and near 6,700 non-local students coming from 80 countries around the world. In 2012, HKU ranked 1st in Asia and 23rd in the world according to the 2012 QS World University Rankings.  As a comprehensive University, HKU offers a wide range of degree programmes, from humanities to science, from architecture to education, from law to medicine, and more. It emphasizes the importance of education as more than just training, and aims at cultivating the 'whole' person concept among students, who graduate with knowledge beyond the confines of their subjects.

The University of Hong Kong, as a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, contributing to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through a global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China.

Today, HKU has gained international recognition for its accomplishments as a research-led comprehensive university.

Eligibility Requirements

Full-time Northeastern student, 3.0 GPA, and sophomore or above.

Application Procedure

    • OISP online application
    • HKU online application (Students will be sent the link to the HKU online application after nomination by Northeastern)

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Official transcript
    • Photocopy of passport ID page
    • If your native language is not English, please submit an academic letter of recommendation that confirms English language ability
    • If your native language is English, students must submit signed English proficiency letter
    • If applying to the faculty of law, students must submit a personal statement and CV
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Student residences and housing are called "halls" at HKU. There are at present thirteen halls, which vary considerably in size and character. The halls are principally for undergraduate students, but they also accept a small number of postgraduate students.

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.  For more information visit the HKU housing page.


You will find Hong Kong a metropolis rich in both Asian and Western cultures and traditions, a legacy inherited from its colorful past. The city was ranked the most culturally integrated economy by the Globalization Index 2010.

HKU campuses and facilities are mainly located on the western part of Hong Kong Island with extensions in the New Territories.

The University is spread over 50 hectares of land, with its Main Campus situated on the Bonham Road and Pokfulam Road areas of Hong Kong Island. It accommodates the Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Science and Social Sciences.

Sassoon Road Campus is situated about 3km to the southwest of the Main Campus, which mainly houses the departments of the Faculty of Medicine. For the Faculty of Dentistry, it has clinical teaching facilities in the Prince Philip Dental Hospital in Sai Ying Pun, a short distance to the north of the Main Campus.

Apart from this, HKU also operates Swire Institute of Marine Science on the Cape d'Aguilar peninsula (also known as Hok Tsui) at the southern tip of Hong Kong Island; The Cyberport Institute of Hong Kong in Pokfulam and Kadoorie Institute in Shek Kong of New Territories.