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University of Hong Kong (HKU), Exchange in Engineering
Hong Kong, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Francesca Schenker
Program Description:
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Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program. For spring semester 2019:

  • Nomination deadline: September 1, 2018
  • Program deadline: September 30, 2018
  • Princeton application deadline: October 26, 2018 


University of Hong Kong, Exchange in Engineering

Princeton Engineering students may participate in the Exchange in Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. HKU's Faculty of Engineering has departments of Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Medical/Biomedical Engineering, as well as Computer Science.

The University

The University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. It was founded in 1911 and opened in 1912 with teaching programs in medicine, engineering, and arts. Since then, the University has grown substantially and now embraces a wide range of teaching and research programs. The student population of the University (including postgraduate students) is approximately 22,150. There are ten faculties: Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences. Each faculty has a faculty office, which provides advice on academic matters.

The Setting

Hong Kong consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and more than 260 outlying islands. Most of the territory’s almost 7 million inhabitants live on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and various “New Towns” such as Ma On Shan and Tin Shui Wai. The rest of the New Territories is hilly and sparsely populated. Scattered throughout the region are fishermen and agricultural communities whose clans trace their Hong Kong ancestors back for centuries.

Academic Program

Students in the Engineering exchange will be admitted to the School of Engineering and must take a minimum of 15 out of 30 credits in the Engineering program.  The remaining courses may be taken in any school at HKU.

The Engineering Faculty began its first academic year in 1912-13, with 37 students out of a total of 54 undergraduates and had since developed into one of the largest Faculties in the University with six departments admitting approximately a total of 500 students per year.  As one of the University’s founding faculties, the mission of the Faculty is to provide a well-rounded curriculum and high quality engineering education in the global knowledge-based economy, and to engage in innovative, high impact basic and applied research within and across disciplines. The emphasis is on the balance between technical and non-technical subjects, theoretical foundation and practical design and applications, and the education of the mind as well as the whole person.

The Faculty provides first-degree, postgraduate and research degrees in a number of important fields of modern engineering, technology and computer science. These include civil engineering, environmental engineering, computer science, information systems, computer engineering, electrical energy systems engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, medical engineering, mechanical engineering, building services engineering, communication engineering, communication and information technology, geotechnical engineering, industrial engineering and technology management, engineering management, electronic commerce and internet computing, logistics engineering and supply chain management, and software engineering.  The Faculty of Engineering has contributed engineering solutions to Hong Kong and the region, in such areas as container traffic, harbor waves, computer systems, landslips, and medical engineering.

Financial Aid

For information about financial aid, visit the “Money Matters” section of our website.


Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Hong Kong. For further information please consult the U.S. State Department website.

*PLEASE NOTE: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you will LEAVE Hong Kong. 


Non-local students will need to apply for a HKSAR student visa. After receiving a letter of admission, students should apply for a visa by mailing a visa application, supporting documents, and HK$850 visa application fee to the Centre for Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) at HKU. CEDARS will forward your visa application to the HK Immigration Department. Normal processing time is 6-8 weeks. Details can be found on the CEDARS website.


Students are guaranteed housing in a residence hall or University-administered housing.

Student Life

Students on this exchange can participate in cultural activities and excursions arranged by HKU as well as student clubs and recreational sports. Examples include animation, chess, dance, photography, archery, choir, magic, rowing, and martial arts.

Application Process

In order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.
  • Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in the HKU Engineering exchange program.
  • Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.
  • Complete the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline.
OIP will review applications, and will nominate qualified students to HKU Engineering. Once you have been nominated by the OIP, the University of Hong Kong will provide you with instructions to complete their online application process.

PLEASE NOTE: This application requires you to enter your current passport information. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you will LEAVE Hong Kong.

In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.

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Spring Semester 2019 10/26/2018 11/02/2018 TBA TBA
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