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Hong Kong University (HKU)

The University of Hong Kong (or HKU, as it is familiarly known to students, staff and alumni) is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. It is situated on the Hong Kong island, underneath Victoria Peak.
Find out more at HKU's website
HKU Campus

Number of places available: 6 full year places (all subjects) and 5 full year places (Law School)


Term dates:

  • September-December then January-May

Key Dates (Dates vary on a yearly basis, depending on weekends)

Application to HKU Start Date (after students have applied to DU and received a GO place):

  • Fall (full year): 1 April
  • Spring: 2 September 

Application Deadline 

  • Fall (full year): 1 May
  • Spring: 28 September

Accommodation Application Deadline

  • Fall (full year): 29 May
  • Spring: 30 October

Visa Application Deadline

  • Fall (full year): 12 June
  • Spring: 31 October

Academic Information

Full list of programmes available to Exchange students.

Students should choose at least 50% of all semester credits within one faculty. This means that 3 courses should be chosen from one faculty whilst the remaining can be chosen from other faculties.

Study Load

60 credits per academic year; 6 credits per course in general. For more information, please see Academic Information - HKU International Affairs Office

Programme Information

Undergraduate academic requirements:

  • Applicants to Faculty of Law must have at least upper second class honours (2:1) results, which converts to approximately a CGPA of 3.33 or above on a 4.3 scale
  • Applicants to Faculty of Business and Economics must have a grade level of B average / CGPA 3.0 / Satisfactory level.


Law students are strongly encouraged to achieve an average of 65% in their first year for admission to the Faculty of Law. Applicants who achieve 60-64% will be expected to provide an academic reference letter, but there is no guarantee of acceptance.

Courses offered in the Faculty of Business and Economics are highly competitive and limited.

Some Faculties at HKU require students to have a minimum GPA (or equivalent Durham grades) in the relevant subject area before being accepted.

Language Requirements

All courses, except those offered in the School of Chinese are taught in English.

Subject to availability, exchange students may take up to 2 courses in Cantonese/Mandarin.

If you are a non native English speaker, you may be required to submit evidence of English language ability at application.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Exchange Application Form
  • Academic Transcript
  • Proof of Financial Support (e.g. bank statement)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Student Visa Application
  • CV (Law applicants only)


CEDARS: HKU Student Support

The Centre of Development and Resources for Students provides support services for students including: Counselling, Housing, SEN and Disability Support

Discover more about CEDARS (select services)


Students are required to submit an application for accommodation at HKU. Students are not guaranteed to be offered on campus accommodation. Students who stay in on campus halls of residence are required to pay a compulsory meal charge. The costs of accommodation and meals for the year would be roughly $23,000 HKD (depending on exchange rate, roughly £2000).

Full information on all accommodation options can be found on the CEDARS webpage.

Other Information

Students must arrange health and accident insurance for their time in Hong Kong. HKU recommends Federal Insurance Company but students can email for more advice and information.

Summer Opportunities

HKU offers a fee paying Summer Institute programme which offers a wide variety of programmes throughout the summer period. The cost of the Summer programme depends on how many courses students would take. These programmes allocate credits but this does not mean that Durham University would allow students to bring these credits back into their Durham degree programme.

More detailed information can be found on our Summer Schools webpage.


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GO Full Year Study: Step by Step

How does it work?

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How to apply

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Preparing to go

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Returning Students

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