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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About the University of Hong Kong 



Ranked 18th best university in the world by The Times Higher Education Supplement 2007 and, founded in 1911, is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. More information here.

Accessibility information

All courses taught in English. No prior study of Chinese required.

Courses offered in many disciplines ranging from science, humanities, social sciences as well as business.

Student population of over 14,000, including postgraduate students.

'Buddy programme' available for incoming exchange students.

HKU offers university owned accommodation both on and off campus

Exchange Student Information:


  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad.  Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 or better.
  • Robins School of Business students must attend an information session before choosing a program and submitting an application.
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Hong Kong University's basic approach to pedagogy is based on the British universitGlobal Lounge - Hong Kong Universityy education model. Courses consist of both lectures, tutorials (seminars) and laboratory classes, where appropriate. Lectures are much larger than tutorials, which typically have 10-15 students. The tutorial is the traditional strength of the British university system. Participation in the tutorial is very important and can count for a significant part of the total grade.

Click here to review course offerings in the common (or Core) curriculum.  To learn about courses available, view the HKU web page 

Except for courses in the Departments of Chinese and Japanese Studies, the curriculum, classes, written work and
examination papers are generally in English.

Richmond students are required to register for the Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese course at HKU offered to international students. More information regarding these courses can be found on the web page

The grading and GPA scale is the same as the University of Richmond.

Credits: Students will be expected to take 30 HKU credits per semester or 60 per year.  At least three courses (worth 18 HKU credits) must be chosen from one single faculty per semester.  The credit weighting of each course is varied so students must consult the course descriptions or syllabus on the individual HKU faculty web pages for further information. Students are expected to take all exams and assessments expected of the HKU students. No special arrangements can be made for early examinations.

To determine the unit value of an HKU course, the following formula will be used by the University of Richmond Registrar's office: HKU credits/7, round up to nearest tenth of a unit = equivalent units.

Keep in mind that a minimum unit load at
. Richmond is 3.5 units. A maximum of 35 HKU credits may be transferred from each semester abroad, which is equivalent to 5 units. Therefore, in order to maintain full-time status at Richmond you should take no fewer than 24 HKU and no more than 35 HKU credits per semester.  For more information about conversion to units, visit

Below is a sample table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript.

HKU Credits Richmond Units
5 .8
6 .9
7 1
8 1.2
10 1.5

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AccommodationsView from Sara Rossi's room in Starr Hall

Exchange students can apply to live in one of HKU's halls of residence. If a student does not meet the deadlines or if the accommodation is full, the University will assist students in finding alternate accommodation. *Note that on-campus housing in the fall semester is much more difficult to obtain that HKU housing in the spring.

Dates and Costs
Click here for HKU dates and costs.
Visa Information
Students are required to apply for a student visa prior to departure. UR recommends that students apply for the student visa through the Centre of Development and Resources for Students at HKU. Please visit the HKU web site for more information:

For more information
Contact Fae Bell, International Business Programs Coordinator in the Robins School of Business or Michele Cox, Director of Study Abroad in the Office of International Education.
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Revised October 2018

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the documents are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.