The University of Hong Kong


The University of Hong Kong is a universitywide partner in Hong Kong, China.

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Academic calendar

Semester I: 1st week of September – 3rd week of December
Semester II: 3rd week of January – 3rd week of May

Orientation generally commences the last week of August for Semester I and mid January for Semester II.

Exams take place the 2nd and 3rd week of December for Semester I and the 2nd and 3rd week of May for Semester II.


GPA (Average Grade)

There is no GPA requirement for this destination.

English Language Requirement

After selection by Utrecht University, you will have to fulfill the language requirements: a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo or other acceptable test result. You can find more details on the language requirements on the website of the host university.


Areas of study open to exchange students

All, except for courses offered by the following Faculties/programmes:

  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
  • BSc (Exercise and Health) Programme
  • Most final year project courses provided by all faculties

Law – Generally, the standards for admission for exchange and visiting students are at least upper second-class honours (2:1) results (which converts to approximately a CGPA of 3.33). 

Business & Economics – Courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) are highly competitive.

Students who are in their final year in particular, should note that course enrollment is NOT guaranteed.
Students who apply to FBE should have a grade level of B average / CGPA 3.0 / Satisfactory level.

If you are interested in Law or Business/Economics courses, please inform the region coordinator after selection. Lottery might be necessary.

Courses at Master’s level

Not in general, but you can inquire with the exchange officer at HKU.

Language of instruction

All courses, except those offered by the School of Chinese, are taught in English.

Housing assistance

Hall accommodation is available but NOT guaranteed. Most of the rooms are double rooms, expect to pay around 3000 HK$ per month. For those residents whose halls do not provide compulsory meal plans, they can have meals on campus.

Housing has become more scarce in recent years, increasing the possibility students have to look for housing themselves. Note that this can take a lot of time.

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Estimated living costs per month

Estimated living costs for an undergraduate student are around 10.000 HKD per month (1257 EUR). (Estimate from 2020).

You can find a more detailed breakdown of the living costs here.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

6-9 places per year


Selection was necessary last year.



If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office.