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Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Accounting, Architecture, Art, Business, Chinese, Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Marketing, Sciences, Social Sciences/Sociology
Type of Program:
Language of Instruction:
Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:
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Program Overview     

Energy of Hong Kong at nightThe University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. It was founded in 1911 and has over 21,000 students and 6,000 of them are non-local. The University is proud of its international reputation and faculty are drawn from over 40 countries. All classes are taught in English on this completely smoke-free campus. The University's Main Campus is in the Bonham Road/Pokfulam area of Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong, as a "Special Administrative Region" of the People's Republic of China, has retained some degree of autonomy and still uses its own currency, the Hong Kong Dollar. With a high level of education and low unemployment, its standard of living is on par with other developed nations. This city of 7 million is well known for its dramatic skyline and deep natural harbor. The efficient mass transit system includes buses, subway, the famous Star Ferries and even an outdoor escalator system. Note that the city of Hong Kong uses simplified Chinese characters. 

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Education Abroad Credits

Hong Kong street viewYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

To find more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog that indicates classes taught by a particular Faculty (College). You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load. A full course load at HKU is worth 30 University of Hong Kong credits, where most classes are worth six University of Hong Kong credits and Chinese language and broadening courses are worth three University of Hong Kong credits. Of the 30 University of Hong Kong credits, students must take at least 50 percent of their classes in a single Faculty (College), while the remaining courses can be taken from other Faculties. All classes, except for those in the Faculty of Chinese, are taught in English. Classes taught by the Faculties of Dentistry, Education and Medicine are restricted to exchange students. Very limited classes are available for students to take in the Faculty of Architecture.

Additional information available:
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Hong Kong: HKU Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact


Smeal College of Business students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau must first contact the Smeal Office of International Programs before applying to inquire about eligibility requirements. 

Housing and Meals

You will live in campus halls (usually double occupancy) with local and other international students. All hall floors have a shared kitchen, communal bathrooms, air-conditioning and furnished rooms. Some halls provide a compulsory meal plan, while others do not. For those residents whose halls do not provide a meal plan, students can have their meals at the campus catering/food outlets. Students will apply for housing once they have been nominated by Penn State and received the housing application form from the University of Hong Kong.

The total cost for housing will vary depending on the assigned hall. The budget sheets reflect the average estimated costs. In some instances, students are required to pay for additional housing fees including internet access, air-conditionining, and a residence hall association fee.  

Learn more about University of Hong Kong international student support services and activities by reviewing the Incoming Students Guide

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong KongPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 08/29/2014 12/23/2014
NOTE: The first day of classes is September 1, students will be required to arrive in time for a mandatory orientation beginning on August 29.
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/16/2015 05/30/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. Orientation has not yet been confirmed so please confirm arrival date with The University of Hong Kong. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 05/01/2015 06/30/2015 TBA TBA

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