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University of Hong Kong (HKU)
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: Claire Hu
Program Description:
Program Description:


We are not accepting applications to this program for the fall 2020 term. Please contact Claire Hu ( for information and guidance about alternate options.

University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is renowned for its academic excellence, world class research programs, and global connections. Students on this program get to experience a modern campus, a diverse community of more than 30,000 students, and an education in English, with an international focus from a distinct Asian perspective. 

HKU offers more than 34 undergraduate programs across 10 faculties, covering 70 major areas of study. They aim to provide students with a broad-based education across different disciplines with a global perspective, in order to develop students’ intellectual and personal strengths. They expect the best out of their students, who are among the top achievers in their schools and often their countries.

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 sciences can take courses in Chemistry, Math, Physics, Actuarial Science and Biology. Humanities areas include English, History, Sociology and more. Courses available are found by clicking on the individual departments listed on this page. All classes are taught in English!  Please note that economics courses are limited and are very much math-based. 

For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:
Students will take a total of 30 credits at the host institution.

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. Please see here for more information.

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.
  • 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. 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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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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