Lingnan University (Hong Kong)

Lingnan University is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Hong Kong, China.

Lingnan University is a liberal arts university and therefore interesting for a wide range of academic fields.

Number of places available

2 per semester

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: beginning of September – mid-December
Spring Semester: mid-January – end of April
Summer Term: end of May – beginning of July

Language of instruction

Most courses are available in English except for Chinese, language, and translation courses, and therefore prior knowledge of Chinese is not required. 

Course offerings

Find course descriptions here. There are no course restrictions, but some courses have pre-requisite requirements / major restrictions.

The following Introductory Language Courses are available subject to the number of interested students:  Chinese Language as a Second Language, Cantonese for International students, Japanese, and Korean.

Credit system

1 Lingnan credit is the equivalent of 2 ECTS. Courses are usually worth 3 credits = 6 ECTS, so students should take a minimum of 5 courses (6 courses is the maximum).

Grade system

Lingnan University uses the same letter grade system as we do.


Students are required to live on campus and share room with a non-exchange student during the entire period of study at Lingnan. All the rooms are on twin-sharing basis and are generally sex-segregated on each floor. Exchange students will live in a residence hall with Lingnan students.

The University does not operate any meal plan, mandatory or optional. There is a student cafeteria and a full service Chinese restaurant on campus that provides a variety of inexpensive meals. There are also many restaurants in the neighborhood of the campus. 

You can find more information on student accommodation and the cost here


Estimated living costs can be found here


There is a compulsory orientation for international students, as well as a buddy program to promote cross-cultural exchange and internationalization within the university community. 

Student life

Lingnan University has roughly 4000 students. It has a campus which is about an hour away by train from the city center. 

The university has extensive sports facilities and teams, as well as social student clubs and activities and an arts festival.  


Hong Kong is primarily a modern city located on a number of islands off the coast of China. It has 7.5 million inhabitants and is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Hong Kong has a subtropical climate. It has warm and humid summers with frequent thunder storms, but temperatures can reach 10 degrees Celsius in winter. It also experiences typhoons between May and November. 

You can find general tourist information here

Student experiences

Since Lingnan University is a new UCU exchange destination, we currently do not have student experiences yet.

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.