University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Hong Kong, China.
University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts is especially interesting for students that want do at least 50% of their courses in the arts department. Predominantly Humanities courses are available. This is an exchange destination that can be part of the China Studies program.
We recommend going in the Spring semester, since university housing is more readily available then.
Fall: 2, Spring: 2
Fall Semester: Early September - Late December
Spring Semester: Mid-January - Late May
All courses are in English, except for those offered in the Department of Chinese. One language course (Mandarin) compulsory for exchange students.
Fall Semester: April 30
Spring Semester: September 30
There can be differences per faculty, but in general the first digit of a course code will indicate the level. I.e. 1xxx is an elementary course, whereas 6xxx and up is a course for graduate students. For an overview of the courses available to exchange students, see here.
UCU has an agreement with the Faculty of Arts. It means that half of your courses has to be of that faculty, which offers courses in all Humanities disciplines, Chinese and Buddhist studies. The other half can be a free choice.
A full course load of one semester at HKU is worth 30 credits, which equals the 30 ECTS you’d have to take at UC. You can choose courses from different faculties, as long as 18 credits (at least 3 courses) come from one single faculty.
The grade system is the same as UCU's.
|Grade||Basic grade point||Grade range|
|A||4.0||3.86 - 4.00|
|A-||3.7||3.46 - 3.85|
|B+||3.3||3.16 - 3.45|
|B||3.0||2.86 - 3.15|
|B-||2.7||2.46 - 2.85|
|C+||2.3||2.16 - 2.45|
|C||2.0||1.86 - 2.15|
|C-||1.7||1.36 - 1.85|
|D||1.0||0.51 - 1.35|
|F||0.0||0.00 - 0.50|
Student residences and housing are called "halls" in HKU. There are at present thirteen halls, which vary considerably in size and character. The halls are principally for undergraduate students, who’ll get a furnished single room and share bathroom facilities. More information.
One semester in a residence hall costs between HK$ 5000- 8000 (€525-840). An (often compulsory, but depending on your residence) meal plan will cost between €400-700.
At the beginning of every semester, a day-long orientation for exchange students is organized. It will usually be held on the last Friday before school starts and includes cultural adjustment sessions, a library tour and a city tour.
When you’re going to Hong Kong University, you’ll be free to choose any course at the Arts Faculty and other faculties that you like, although some courses are very popular and might very soon be full. Usually, exchange students will be placed to live in international halls. You might have to share a room and be prepared for rules that are a bit stricter than what you’re used to. (Guests are usually not allowed overnight, etc.). On-campus housing is, however, to be preferred over living off-campus, as this is very expensive. For the rest, the costs for your stay will be relatively low as most teachers don’t ask you to buy books and the on-campus rent is quite low. Students are enthusiastic about the city of Hong Kong and the surrounding area, and mention that it is an ideal location from which to travel to other places in Asia.