- Language of instruction: English
- Number of students enrolled: 27,005
- Number of campuses: 2
- Academic year: September - May
- Autumn Semester Equivalent: September - December
- Spring Semester Equivalent: January - May
Things to do
Hong Kong Island is the island that gives the territory Hong Kong its name. The city is divided into a number of regions. HKU is located in the northwest of the island, in the core urban area of Hong Kong, Central. This part of Hong Kong provides evidence of its colonial past. You can walk from the University through the Po Fu Lam Country Park to The Peak, one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong, providing stunning views of the surrounding city skyline, the famous Victoria harbour and Kowloon.
There are also many opportunities to travel within the different regions of Hong Kong, including experiencing vibrant dining, shopping and nightlife area in Kowloon, chilling out on idyllic beaches on the Southern side of the island, visiting the Ma Wan Park Noah’s Ark in the New Territories or seeing the giant Buddha, Disneyland and the Ngong Ping cable car in the Outlying Islands.
Top attractions: Tian Tan Buddha, Peak Tower, Ocean Park Theme Park, Apliu Street Market and Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade skyline viewpoint.
Hong Kong is situated in the heart of SE Asia and offers fantastic travel opportunities including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. It takes 2½ hours to fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai and around 3½ hours to Beijing, or you can visit Shenzhen by train or bus.
Hong Kong weather is famous for its unpredictability. Despite having a subtropical climate, the city has four distinct seasons: Fall (September-December) average 24ºC; Winter (December-February) average 17ºC; Spring warming towards 25ºC with many showers; Summer (June-August) average 28ºC with high humidity.
Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at HKU:
Means tested International Office Travel Bursary of £750 dependant on household income for students starting their studies in 2016. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the financial webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)
- British Council Scholarships for Excellence for students accepted to study abroad in Hong Kong during 2017/18. In the past, a minimum of ten scholarships have been awarded each year, with each scholarship worth up to £3,000.
Approximate living costs per semester:
- Return flight from UK (av. 12 hours) £500-800
- Visa costs £30-80
- Medical Insurance £50-100
- Accommodation £600-1500
Approximate living costs compiled from student surveys and partner university website.
General living costs in Hong Kong are around HK$75,000 per year (approx £8000).
- University halls of residence are available but not guaranteed to exchange students. Most rooms are shared between two students with a bathroom shared between four. Accommodation is self-catered with a kitchen on each floor, but there are cafeterias on campus and in hall that provide subsidised meals for students. All halls have common rooms, a laundry and recreational facilities. Internet access and a telephone are provided in each room in most of the halls. Hall fees will not normally include air-conditioning which is payable depending on usage. HKU halls are known for their strong hall spirit, and each hall has its own tradition, culture, and unique characteristics.
- Private accommodation is available but quite limited and significantly more expensive. Most landlords tend to only consider a one-year lease.
More about accommodation
Application success rate
Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).
2014/15 = 46%
2015/16 = 56%
2016/17 = 37%
Module links and information
More about studying abroad at the University of Hong Kong